12 thoughts on “Nukes, novices, what could go wrong?

  1. Boum says:

    “Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House” https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/07/department-of-energy-risks-michael-lewis
    “Donald Trump’s secretary of energy, Rick Perry, once campaigned to abolish the $30 billion agency that he now runs, which oversees everything from our nuclear arsenal to the electrical grid. The department’s budget is now on the chopping block. But does anyone in the White House really understand what the Department of Energy actually does? And what a horrible risk it would be to ignore its extraordinary, life-or-death responsibilities?”

  2. Duck&Cover says:

    “Trump Tweets as North Korea Threatens the U.S. over New Sanctions” (Vanity Fair August 8, 2017) https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2017/08/donald-trump-north-korea-sanctions
    Meanwhile, according to GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, “There is a military option to destroy North Korea’s (missile) program and North Korea itself (and) If there’s going to be a war to stop them, it will be over there. If thousands die, they’re going to die over there, they’re not going to die here and (President Donald Trump) told me that to my face.”
    “We will handle North Korea. We are gonna be able to handle them. It will be handled. We handle everything,” Trump said after a reporter asked him about his strategy. (CNN 8/1/17) http://www.cnn.com/2017/08/01/politics/lindsey-graham-north-korea-donald-trump-white-house/index.html
    Re: UNSCR 2371 see http://www.38north.org/2017/08/rnephew080717/

    • Countdown says:

      August 8th, 2017: “North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States,” Mr. Trump told reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, N.J. “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.” https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/08/world/asia/north-korea-un-sanctions-nuclear-missile-united-nations.html The president’s comments came as North Korea earlier in the day escalated its criticism of the United States, as well as its neighboring allies, by warning that it will mobilize all its resources to take “physical action” in retaliation against the latest round of United Nations sanctions.

  3. Romans 13:1 says:

    Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers who preached the morning of his inauguration, has released a statement saying the president has the moral authority to “take out” North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
    “When it comes to how we should deal with evildoers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil,” Jeffress said. “In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/acts-of-faith/wp/2017/08/08/god-has-given-trump-authority-to-take-out-kim-jong-un-evangelical-adviser-says/

    • Oscar G. says:

      “Trump predicts ‘tenfold’ boost in tourism for Guam amid threats by North Korea” https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-politics/wp/2017/08/11/trump-predicts-tourism-spike-for-guam-in-wake-of-n-korea-threat-reassures-islands-governor/#comments
      …Early Saturday, the White House released an official readout of the call that was far more staid. In its entirety, it read: “President Donald J. Trump spoke yesterday with Guam Governor Eddie Calvo. President Trump reassured Governor Calvo and our fellow Americans on Guam that United States forces stand ready to ensure the safety and security of the people of Guam, along with the rest of America. White House Chief of Staff John Kelly spoke separately to Governor Calvo earlier in the day.”
      Elsewhere: “In an editorial on Saturday, North Korea’s [state-run] Minju Joson newspaper said that the U.S. “finds itself in an ever worsening dilemma, being thrown into the grip of extreme security unrest by the DPRK [the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea]. This is tragicomedy of its own making.” The paper said, “The powerful revolutionary Paektusan army of the DPRK, capable of fighting any war the U.S. wants, is now on the standby to launch fire into its mainland, waiting for an order of final attack.” It continued, “If the Trump administration does not want the American empire to meet its tragic doom in its tenure, they had better talk and act properly.” https://www.nytimes.com/aponline/2017/08/12/us/politics/ap-north-korea-nuclear-the-latest.html

      • 孙子 says:

        “North Korea’s ICBM tests may be a deception tactic to hide a much more capable threat”
        http://www.businessinsider.com/north-koreas-icbm-tests-a-possible-deception-tactic-2017-8 See also http://breakingdefense.com/2017/07/was-north-koreas-july-4th-surprise-a-mobile-launched-icbm/
        Re: Paektusan army of the DPRK, “North Korea appropriates the mythology of Paektu Mountain in its propaganda and uses it like a brand-name, for example with the Paektusan rocket and the Paektusan computer. The peak is featured on the Emblem of North Korea, defined in Article 169 of the Constitution, which describes Mt Paektu as “the sacred mountain of the revolution”. The mountain is often referred to in slogans such as: “Let us accomplish the Korean revolution in the revolutionary spirit of Paektu, the spirit of the blizzards of Paektu!” North Korean media even celebrates portentous natural phenomenon witnessed at the mountain.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paektu_Mountain
        Video: “Kim Jong Un by a ICBM launch 4 July 2017” https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=2&v=CsZd354WygU

        • Nightmare fuel says:

          “North Korea’s Missile Success Is Linked to Ukrainian Plant, Investigators Say” (NYT Aug 14, 2017) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/14/world/asia/north-korea-missiles-ukraine-factory.html “Analysts who studied photographs of the North’s leader, Kim Jong-un, inspecting the new rocket motors concluded that they derive from designs that once powered the Soviet Union’s missile fleet. The engines were so powerful that a single missile could hurl 10 thermonuclear warheads between continents.
          Those engines were linked to only a few former Soviet sites. Government investigators and experts have focused their inquiries on a missile factory in Dnipro, Ukraine, on the edge of the territory where Russia is fighting a low-level war to break off part of Ukraine. During the Cold War, the factory made the deadliest missiles in the Soviet arsenal, including the giant SS-18. It remained one of Russia’s primary producers of missiles even after Ukraine gained independence.
          But since Ukraine’s pro-Russian president, Viktor Yanukovych, was removed from power in 2014, the state-owned factory, known as Yuzhmash, has fallen on hard times. The Russians canceled upgrades of their nuclear fleet. The factory is underused, awash in unpaid bills and low morale. Experts believe it is the most likely source of the engines that in July powered the two ICBM tests, which were the first to suggest that North Korea has the range, if not necessarily the accuracy or warhead technology, to threaten American cities.
          “It’s likely that these engines came from Ukraine — probably illicitly,” Mr. Elleman said in an interview. “The big question is how many they have and whether the Ukrainians are helping them now. I’m very worried.”

    • Noob-Noob says:

      “It takes just one madman to press the button. We have two” https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/12/takes-just-one-madman-to-press-button-we-have-two “…the leaders of North Korea and the US are throwbacks. No one in North Korea can check Kim Jong-un – he is a hangover from the age of the dictators. Trump, by contrast, is checked everywhere. His repeal of Obamacare failed. His tax reform will fail. Now the North Koreans defy him. But beware leaving a narcissistic, know-nothing, fantasist in possession of the nuclear codes when he fears he is becoming ridiculous. He may want to save face and prove his manhood.
      It is not irrational to fear what he will do next. Look at where we are. Look at what we accept. It’s normal for the senior officials of the president of the United States to try to stop a shooting war by stopping their commander in chief shooting his mouth off. According to reports that have not been denied, it is now normal for the secretary of defence and the chief of staff to co-ordinate their travel plans so that one of them is always in the US. They have joint custody of a baby that can never be left home alone.”

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