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Trump says U.S. ready to act alone on North Korea

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"I’m not going to tell you"

But it is going to be beautiful and tough. The best human kind had ever seen.

Joke aside, pressuring China on it is good but going alone is mistake.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

I agree with what he's saying about China. I think we should just keep moving more and more hardware into South Korea to force China's hand. As for his "secret plan", obviously I have my doubts.

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"I am not the United States of the past..." a slip of the tongue reveals the royal aspirations of Trump. He equates himself with the United States and does not seem to understand that he is an employee of the people of the United States. The most famous instance of that in history is this: Louis XIV brought France to its peak of absolute power and his words 'L'etat c'est moi' ('I am the state') express the spirit of a rule in which the king held all political authority. Louis died in 1715 after leading France down the road that ended in 1789 with many of his kind having their heads *** off. The point was made that neither the king nor the POTUS is the state, and he brings peril and doom to the country that lets him get away with thinking that he is. Trump needs to be put in his place.

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Is this becoming a bit of a pattern for Trump? Spout a bunch of tough, outrageous bluster just before the meeting ("We're going to pull out of Japan!" "Germany owes us money!") and then during the meeting accomplish nothing to change the status quo and call it a successful negotiation?

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It's become obvious that you can't predict or even guess what Trump will actually do about some situations based on what he says until he actually does something.

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He didn't tell us his terrific plan for health care either, where everyone would be insured with a better plan that would cost less. Turns out he didn't tell us, because it didn't exist. What are the bets that's the same with his North Korea plan?

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I know what he is going to do. He's going to nuke them and, and, this is the good bit, he's going to make them pay for it!

Seriously though, the reality is that he probably has no idea as to what he is going to do next. It does worry me that during the campaign he asked "why do we keep building nuclear weapons if we don't use them". And this should worry people because it has been fashionable for the last few years to declare - with no evidence - the NK's leader is deranged or mad and cannot be trusted. And now we before us a US president who if not mad is at least suffering from a disturbing personality disorder.

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"I’m not going to tell you"

To be honest, even when he does tell you it usually turns out to be bulls### anyway.

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Trump's credibility is an issue. PERIOD. China knows this and so does N. Korea. Trump has no plans. He only has marketing meant for his followers.

All those lies and tweets have eroded any credibility he had with the American people and foreign countries. The only people who still feel he has credibility are the 35% of the population that makes up his base. Still, when asked whether they trust what he says, they even hesitate to answer and ask to clarify the question, i.e., in what way should they trust him?

There is no solution to N. Korea without finishing the war that began in 1950 and that lasted three years. If the U.S. does that, it will have elements of the Iraq war where N. Korea lashes out at soft target (sending missiles to S. Korea and Japanese population centers) and elements of the original Korea war (China will be involved). Can the U.S. win that war? Yes, but it will be at great cost, and could bleed over into war with China. The scary part is that we don't have a thoughtful president like Truman in the WH. I don't agree with all of Truman's decisions in that war, but I am scared to death of Trump and would take Truman over Trump any day.

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Except there is nothing much he can do.

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The issue I have with Trump acting alone is that we the neighbours (SK and Japan in particular), would have to face NK's ire and missiles after such attack, not Trump nor his ppl back home. This is why any attack on NK should be part of a coordinated response (us, china, sk and japan at the very least).

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"Asked how he would tackle North Korea, Trump said: "I'm not going to tell you. You know, I am not the United States of the past where we tell you where we are going to hit in the Middle East."

Finally a smart president.

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I just cant believe how many of these people go on TV and say they American people deserve to know what the plan is so that it can be publicly debated prior to any action being taken? Man, I used to get educated by watching news programs now I just feel dumber. This week is going to be even more insane with China visit, King of Jordan visit, NK discussion, continuing healthcare debate and the identify of the Obama administration unmasker/leaker being made public.

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a slip of the tongue reveals the royal aspirations of Trump.

I doubt 4 years in office will make Trump royalty, and in the extremely unlikely event he were to be reelected, it would be no more likely. The Clintons and Bushes had "Royal Aspirations," and you are certain to see Chelsea running for office, and likely a few more Bushes as well, god save us. But Trump certainly does not. Trump is less royal than a pack of playing cards.

But something must be done about North Korea, something should have been done about them before they blew up their first bomb 11 years ago. Things are only going to become more dangerous as North Korea develops a longer arm for it's weapons. If Trump does do something, he'll catch hell for it, but the situation should never have been allowed to go on as long as it has. Obama, Bush, and Clinton will be no less responsible for what happens with North Korea, because they failed to act in their turns.

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He's not going to tell you because he doesn't have any (good) plan.

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China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.”

If the sh@t hits the fan on the Korean peninsula, Seoul will be in flames, and Kim will be lobbing rockets into Japan before things get contained. I don't care how much shock and awe you use.

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"He's not going to tell you because he doesn't have any (good) plan."

One thing is for sure - nobody else has any good plan to deal with the lunatic North Koreans.

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Just worried he might have gotten in way over his head In which case he might reintroduce conscription.

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The only country of dealing with North Korea without involvement of the military which would start a war is China. Until they take action the current situation will continue. Trump is meeting with the Chinese President Xi Jinping this week at his Mar-a-Lago private club or Winter White House as POTUS prefers to call it, so hope he can pressure the Chinese over NK. But Trump already potty mouthed the Chinese. Plan, do what I demand or more potty mouthing.

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Trump says U.S. ready to act alone on North Korea

The Lone Ranger Rides North.

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We all know that NK are in breach of many international nuclear weapons treaties... but the country is ruled by an absolute nutter who wouldn't be afraid to launch... and then we have America's Nutter in Chief talking about threatening him?

I think we should all be very afraid.

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I just cant believe how many of these people go on TV and say they American people deserve to know what the plan is so that it can be publicly debated prior to any action being taken?

So, are you suggesting Trump has the powers of a king or just a two bit dictator?

The power of the president to unilaterally wage war without Congress (public input) was only intended as a defense power. The drafters of the constitution wanted to clearly break from the British monarchy model where the the king (or queen) alone has the power to declare and wage war.

American presidents have side stepped the constitutional limitations on a president's' ability to start and wage war, and they have caused mistrust. for doing so. Just look at the names of the Korea and Vietnam wars. They were initially called a police action to try and get around not having a declaration of war. By the time the Vietnam war came around, the public became very mistrustful before the war was even over. There is even a theory (not so crackpot) that the government would have a war every 15 to 20 years to thin out the non-college educated males in America and boost government spending to help the economy. The economy has been doing well enough for the last 40+ years to not have that as a potential risk, and America has gotten very good a fighting wars so that a majority of people survive a military conflict.

Sure, we shouldn't tell a country how we will wage war, but a President shouldn't put the country in a war unless it it absolutely needed at the time to defend the nation from an exigent threat or the public has input, through congress.

N. Korea is not a huge threat to the U.S., and the U.S. doesn't need to go to war with NK. These statements by Trump are just Trump PR to sound tough and make people like you believe in him. In reality, he doesn't know what he is talking about.

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These people are wanting the actual 'plan' of what he is going to do and he is smart to not share that. Then of course all the snarks get to say 'he doesnt have a plan'. Obama didnt share his 'plan' for anything yet he was allowed to bomb 7 countries with over 26,000 bombs with no outcries. At the same time, he somehow conveniently avoiding doing anything at all about North Korea for 8 years. So now Trump has to deal with it, and he is taking the first steps by putting China on notice that they need to help.

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Blacklabel, heinous though it is, bombing those 7 countries isn't quite the same as attacking a country with nuclear weapons and a mad dictator.

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These people are wanting the actual 'plan' of what he is going to do and he is smart to not share that. Then of course all the snarks get to say 'he doesnt have a plan'. Obama didnt share his 'plan' for anything yet he was allowed to bomb 7 countries with over 26,000 bombs with no outcries. At the same time, he somehow conveniently avoiding doing anything at all about North Korea for 8 years. So now Trump has to deal with it, and he is taking the first steps by putting China on notice that they need to help.

Trump being held to his word, magnificent health care plans, lying with nearly every breath, etc.

Uhhh, Obama had authorization from GWB's congress to wage war on terrorism.

Uhhh, avoiding a war with a standing 2 million man army and tens of thousands of pieces of artillery. America's plan to deal with it is nuclear armed artillery to fend off the mass waves of ground troops. I call not restarting that war good judgment.

Trump gets what every president gets, a world and country full of problems. You are just under an impression that they are easy to solve or that others have not tried, but your golden haired champion has a midas touch that can solve any problem.

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SerranoAPR. 03, 2017 - 01:34PM JST One thing is for sure - nobody else has any good plan to deal with the lunatic North Koreans.

They were contained pretty well during Bill Clinton's presidency. We had weapons inspectors in there and everything. It was only when Bush launched his "Axis of Evil" rhetoric that we lost control of the situation.

The royal Kim family of the DPRK do not follow international norms, but that doesn't make them crazy. They follow a very consistent pattern of playing the part of a boogieman in order to demand concessions out of people. So long as our leaders are willing to play their game and acknowledge them as a boogieman (as opposed to the starving, barely functional nation that it is) we cede power to the Kim regime to continue their belligerence. Smart presidents understand this. Dumb presidents play into it because they desperately need a bad guy to look tough against.

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It's amazing that Trump and the other people are so ready to become N. Korea, in order to stop N. Korea. Everyone is saying 'we need to attack first' - if you attack first, then you are doing exactly what you are criticizing them for potentially doing, when they haven't even done it.

N. Korea needs the appearance of fearlessness and strength in order to control their own people. They don't need to actually be fearless and strong, they just need their people to think that. So they rattle sabres.

The problem is that so many people can't handle a bit of sabre rattling, and think that N. Korea needs to be attacked. That whoever attacks them just as bad as that which they profess to hate.

I just cant believe how many of these people go on TV and say they American people deserve to know what the plan is so that it can be publicly debated prior to any action being taken?

I actually get your point here. Generally it would make sense, however in this case, the president simply cannot be (and isn't) trusted, which is why people want to know. If he had the confidence of the people, you would see a lot less calls for his plans.

In reality, the only true plan that would effectively take care of N. Korea would be taking out the leader, and the US isn't legally allowed to target foreign leaders.

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Let's take a vote. Those who don't like looking at the acronym POTUS instead of just "the prez" raise your hands.

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"They were contained pretty well during Bill Clinton's presidency"

Oh yeah, ask the S.Koreans if Bill had 'em under control, lol

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Its the media again more than anything, CNN seems to have this as the latest headline as there is no 'definitive link' for the Russia nonsense. They have exhausted their stories about Russian salad dressing, Trump's fear of stairs and the Candian PM wanting to fight the dude from Friends tv show. The New York Times seems to have taken the weekend off while trying to figure out how to protect the name of the Obama administration official who signed off on the Trump surveillance that they still want to say didnt happen.

Also, I didnt say anything about attacking North Korea, no that wouldnt be smart. The President needs to involve China to calm these guys down and if China refuses then he needs to negotiate a resolution of this himself. NK cant just continue to fire off rockets in the direction of Japan with nothing done or said about it. If he doesnt do anything, then Japan or South Korea might try something stupid as well.

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US isn't legally allowed to target foreign leaders.

When's that ever stopped it exactly?

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NK cant just continue to fire off rockets in the direction of Japan with nothing done or said about it.

First, something can and is done - sanctions.

Second, why does anything else have to be done? Who exactly has been hurt by these rockets? The answer is the same number of people who get hurt when someone rattles a sabre.

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When's that ever stopped it exactly?

The Iraq war.

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You guys only hate cause of media.. SHEEP.

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You guys only hate cause of media.. SHEEP.

The truth not to your liking? Blame the media, problem solved.

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wow so many war experts on this blog. Yet everyone seems to forget one important player..Russia. Do you folks really think they will stand by and just watch the show? Please, China is of no concern to the US, just media hype. Russia on the other hand is a concern. If the Russians were to sit idly by and watch the show you can bet there is a deal already in the pocket. The shock and awe that everyone is talking about is nothing more than media hype and too many movies. IT will be quickly over long before there is a wall of fire burning around Seoul, the EMP bursts will frazzle much of the NK made in China circuitry, and tose massive missiles will never get off the ground except for a few what will fizzle out.

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China and Russia have an agreement to protect each country in this side of the world but Russia does not seem to care much about North Korea except not to have America on its border like in Europe.

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SerranoAPR. 03, 2017 - 05:41PM JST Oh yeah, ask the S.Koreans if Bill had 'em under control, lol

Sure. Go ahead and show me some South Koreans who felt like the Clinton years carried a heavier risk of DPRK attacks than Bush/Trump. I'll wait.

Let's remember that North Korea didn't even have a single nuke back then and UN inspection teams were in the country confirming nuclear weapons weren't being produced. After "Axis of Evil", inspectors were kicked out and never let back in. After "Axis of Evil" nuclear tests were conducted. After "Axis of Evil" ballistic missiles were launched.

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The Iraq war.

Oh strangerland, must you always purvey the kool-aid?

America still has boots on the ground in Iraq and recently just increased those boots in syria. Who are you kidding?

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America still has boots on the ground in Iraq and recently just increased those boots in syria. Who are you kidding?

What? What does that have to do with America not being allowed to target foreign leaders?

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What? What does that have to do with America not being allowed to target foreign leaders?

Ok baby steps. I'll paint you a picture. My first reply implied nothing has ever stopped empire from doing as it damn pleases. No permission required. That's all!!

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North Korea have more than 1,000 drones capable of being used for chemical and biological terrorist attacks against South Korea and Japan. Pyongyang has 13 types of pathogens and 25 chemical nerve agents like sarin and VX.

Are North Korea nuclear spies in Japan.

Ken Kato, director of Tokyo-based Human Rights in Asia and a member of International Coalition to Stop Crimes Against Humanity in North Korea, is alleging that a scientist with links to North Korea is working at a Japanese university on technology required to achieve miniaturization of nuclear warheads.

http://www.dw.com/en/are-nuclear-spies-in-japan-providing-pyongyang-with-weapons-technology/a-38265685

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Why would people give me a thumbs down for praising the president, and actually and US president that does not tell the enemy our plans. It is blatantly stupid to tell the enemy such as Barak did with ISIS.

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Ok baby steps. I'll paint you a picture. My first reply implied nothing has ever stopped empire from doing as it damn pleases.

No, that implication wasn't made at all. Are you having troubles following the coversation?

US isn't legally allowed to target foreign leaders.

When's that ever stopped it exactly?

The question was when not being legally allowed to target foreign leaders has ever stopped them from doing so. I pointed out the Iraq war (when they were not allowed to target Saddam, which is actually when I first hear about that law), and your reply was:

Oh strangerland, must you always purvey the kool-aid?

America still has boots on the ground in Iraq and recently just increased those boots in syria. Who are you kidding?

Your reply had absolutely nothing to do with targeting foreign leaders, and went off on some random tangent. Then you try to talk about baby steps. Yes, start taking baby steps, because you were trying to run and ended up going in a different direction and fell flat on your face.

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It is blatantly stupid to tell the enemy such as Barak did with ISIS.

So, Obama and the generals were bumbling idiots just because Trump who is not a politician and is a draft dodger with no sense of the military said so?

Well, Obama was attacking ISIS in a population center and was trying to minimize civilian casualties. Not minimizing civilian casualties is blatantly stupid.

Killing civilians indiscriminately will cause those civilians to support ISIS.

Trump supporters make leaps of logic and disregard facts to rationalize his stupidity.

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Yes, they were bumbling idiots for telling our plans. War is war, and ISIS and the Taliban were and still are notorious for cowardly hiding behind the so called citizens they make believe they are protecting.

The more civilians that die from collateral damage, makes those citizens even more angry at those subjugating them. Eventually they will fight against those in control.

Draft dodgers went to jail. Learn your history. If he blatantly avoided the draft illegally, he would have been behind bars. If he avoided it by going to college, or becoming a teacher like so many did, then that was not illegal.

Trump is not stupid. I went to the same university he did. However, I did not vote for him nor Hilary, because I believe both to not have what it takes to be a president of the US.

Just because he does not follow the status quo, as you seem to prefer because obviously you do not think change is good, then I wish you luck.

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Your reply had absolutely nothing to do with targeting foreign leaders,

Strangerland dude, I don't think I have to spell out the clandestine operations carried out by Empire targeting foreign leaders. That's googles job It's whole history is littered with assassination attempts. Read a little. Will you?

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