White House: Trump’s “calm before the storm” Remark is “extremely serious”

Let’s suppose that President Trump’s mysterious remarks should be taken seriously and that they involve North Korea.

What have we got to work with?

Newsweek reports that according to the Norks, that the U.S. tried to kill Kim last May. Is another assassination attempt coming?

VOA raises the possibility of a Chinese takeover of the North.

The Sun quotes Russian sources as saying that Kim has a missile capable of hitting the United States.

Finally, consider a few of the wilder ideas floating around the Internet.

From the comments at Zerohedge

The Norks are preparing a launch they say can hit the west coast of North America. On October 9 (Monday), North Korea will celebrate the anniversary of its communist political party controlled by Lil’ Kim, his father, and grandfather. There will no doubt be a grand military parade showcasing North Korea’s military hardware — missiles, tanks, artillery, etc… and the massive number of North Korean troops.

WHAT BETTER TIME FOR THE U.S. TO STRIKE AND DESTROY MUCH OF THE NORTH’S MILITARY CAPABILITY?! My question is, Will anyone REALLY care if the Norks nuke LA or Frisco?!

Trump is a MUSLIM. He is working with his Jew daughter and Kushner to form an alliance between Muslims and Jews for the final battle against Christianity. Why was his first state visit to Saudi Arabia and then Israel immediately after, with his Jew-in-law and daughter in tow?

???

(Stop down voting, stop calling me insane, and think about it for a minute. The sooner you wake up, the sooner you can prepare.)

Not knowing the nature of the threat, how do you prep? Do you buy more beans and rice? Do you build a bomb shelter? Do you buy bullion in anticipation of a currency collapse? Do you buy another thousand rounds of ammo? What the hell do you do? Comments like this, raise the level of anxiety without providing a single bit of useful information. Then again maybe it was a wink and a nod to the ones that were listening to do all of the above.

Fake Threats: terrorists, EMPs, nukes, Syria, NK, Russia, China, guns, nationalism, tribalism, white men.

Real Threats: government and its massive swarm of parasitic lackies/lickspittles.

Trump’s Cryptic Message: “This is the calm before the storm.”

War with North Korea, Iran, Syria, Russia, China?

Or is Trump on the verge of really draining the swamp–taking out the (((Deep State.))) Alternatively, he may be talking through his hat, throwing his enemies off balance.

Like he says, we’ll have to wait and see.

Seen at GLP.

Jimmy Carter: “I know what North Korea wants.”

Former American president Jimmy Carter doesn’t have a particularly stellar record in conducting foreign policy. He seems to be unable to break out of his Christian mindset long enough to recognize that there’s evil in the world that has to be dealt with harshly.

Since he’s offering advice about what to do with North Korea, let me briefly summarize my theory. Kim Jong Un is a CIA agent, constantly stirring up trouble in order to justify the huge American military presence in the Far East. I like to think of Kim as an actor playing a role in a Bond movie. If Kim did not exist, we’d have to create him. He’s great for the military-industrial complex budget.

Getting back to Carter, he claims the U.S. is an oligarchy, which there’s plenty of evidence to believe is true. However, Carter won’t name the (((oligarchs.))) As a Christian, he must believe they are God’s chosen people and that lightening would strike him dead if he said something bad about the tribe.

Zerohedge

Former US President Jimmy Carter repeated his assertion that the US works more like an “oligarchy than a democracy,” while also lambasting Trump’s “hopeless” approach to the increasing tensions with North Korea.

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The former president was speaking at a ‘Conversation with the Carters’ event at his Carter Center in Atlanta on Tuesday. AP reports that he said money in politics is what makes the US more like an oligarchy – run by a small group of rich people – rather than a democracy, repeating an allegation he has vociferously uttered for a few years [5].

“[Money in politics] violates the essence of what made America a great country in its political system.

Now it’s just an oligarchy with unlimited political bribery being the essence of getting the nominations for President or being elected President. And the same thing applies to governors, and U.S. Senators and congress members.

So, now we’ve just seen a subversion of our political system as a payoff to major contributors, who want and expect, and sometimes get, favors for themselves after the election is over.”

Carter was referring to the Supreme Court’s 2010 Citizens United ruling to allow corporations to give unlimited campaign donations to political candidates, which he has previously said [6] was “the most stupid decision” the court had made.

But then the former President went to town on Trump and North Korea…

Carter said,

“The first thing I would do is treat the North Koreans with respect.”

“I know what the North Koreans want,” he said.

“What they want is a firm treaty guaranteeing North Korea that the US will not attack them or hurt them in any way, unless they attack one of their neighbors.” Carter said,

“But the United States has refused to do that.”

Carter said he would send his top person to Pyongyang immediately, adding:

“If I didn’t go myself.” The former president visited North Korea three times between 1994 and 2011.

“Until we’re willing to talk to them and treat them with respect as human beings, which they are, then I don’t think we’ll make any progress,” he said.

This North Korean girl band video was posted in a Zerohedge comment. It doesn’t fit the propaganda we’ve been fed about the Norks.

Paul Craig Roberts: Behold a Pale Horse, and its Rider is Death

We the people elected Donald Trump over warmonger Hillary Clinton in order to destroy ISIS and then pursue peace around the world.

Trump has apparently been co-opted by the (((Deep State))) into doing Israel’s bidding. Or, if you read yesterday’s post, he’s being drugged by forces within the White House.

There’s a very real danger that the Jewish neocons in charge of American foreign policy will deliberately lead us into a nuclear World War III that will destroy the world.

It’s puzzling that both China and Russia are kowtowing to America. Dr. Roberts wonders whether that’s out of fear or whether the two superpowers are planning something big while lulling America to sleep while apparently cooperating with Washington.

Condensed from Paul Craig Roberts

Two of America’s most populous states, Texas and Florida, are in hurricane ruins, and Washington is fomenting more wars.

The US national debt is now over $20 trillion, and Washington is fomenting more wars.

The entire world is helping Washington foment wars—including two targeted countries themselves—Russia and China—both of which are helping Washington foment more wars. Believe it or not, both Russia and China voted with Washington on the UN Security Council to impose more and harsher sanctions on North Korea, a country guilty of nothing but a desire to have the means to protect itself from the US and not become yet another Washington victim like Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Serbia, and Ukraine overthrown in a US coup and now poverty-stricken.

I once thought that Russia and China were checks on Washington’s unilateralism, but apparently not. Both governments have been knuckled under by Washington and both voted to punish North Korea for striving to be sufficiently armed to protect its sovereignty from Washington.

Russia knows that it is surrounded by US nuclear and military bases. So does China. The question is: have Russia and China capitulated out of fear? Or is their cooperation with Washington a ruse while they prepare their own strike on Washington, or are the two misguided governments trying to cooperate with Washington a la sanctions so as to avoid having to confront a US military attack on North Korea?

It requires much competence to confront evil, and there is probably more evil in Washington than there is competence in Russia and China, two countries interested in being rich to an extent that it might cost them their sovereignty and existence.

When you see such potentially powerful countries as Russia and China collapse under Washington’s pressure in the UN Security Council, it makes you wonder if the various analyses of Washington’s many weaknesses are real, and if they are real, if Russia and China are aware of them.

How does one go about explaining why two countries, whose sovereignty is in the way of Washington’s world hegemony, help their known enemy bully yet another small country, especially one in their orbit of influence? How can Russia complain of sanctions against Russia based on nothing but Washington’s propaganda when Russia supports sanctions against North Korea based on Washington’s propaganda?

Russia and China are working hand-in-hand with Washington toward their own demise.

It is becoming biblical. Washington the anti-Christ is subverting all good on earth.

Behold, a Pale Horse, and its Rider is Washington.

During his campaign, Trump promised friendship with Russia and peace with the world. We have to hold his feet to the fire to see to it that the Generals he so admires (McMaster and Kelly) aren’t the only voices he hears.

Paul Craig Roberts Warns, “Trump will now become the war president”

I wonder if the radiation cloud over the United States will drift all the way to Australia. Maybe we should be thinking of moving there.

One unanswered question in PCR’s essay is how are the banksters going to profit from the ultimate war if they’re dead. They must be counting on holing up in those underground bunkers we keep reading about, or fleeing to their New Zealand retreats before the big bombs go off.

Paul Craig Roberts

President Trump has been defeated by the military/security complex and forced into continuing the orchestrated and dangerous tensions with Russia. Trump’s defeat has taught the Russians the lesson I have been trying to teach them for years, and that is that Russia is much more valuable to Washington as an enemy than as a friend.

Do we now conclude with Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev that Trump is washed up and “utterly powerless?” I think not. Trump is by nature a leader. He wants to be out front, and that is where his personality will compel him to be. Having been prevented by the military/security complex, both US political parties, the presstitute media, the liberal-progressive-left, and Washington’s European vassals from being out front as a leader for peace, Trump will now be the leader for war. This is the only permissible role that the CIA and armaments industry will permit him to have.

Losing the chance for peace might cost all of us our lives. Now that Russia and China see that Washington is unwilling to share the world stage with them, Russia and China will have to become more confrontational with Washington in order to prevent Washington from marginalizing them. Preparations for war will become central in order to protect the interests of the two countries. The situation is far more dangerous than at any time of the Cold War.

The foolish American liberal-progressive-left, wrapped up as they are in Identity Politics and hatred of “the Trump deplorables,” joined the military/security complex’s attack on Trump. So did the whores, who pretend to be a Western media, and Washington’s European vassals, not one of whom had enough intelligence to see that the outcome of the attack on Trump would be an escalation of conflict with Russia, conflict that is not in Europe’s business and security interests.

Washington is already raising the violence threshold. The same lies that Washington told about Saddam Hussein, Gadaffi, Assad, Iran, Serbia and Russia are now being told about Venezuela. The American presstitutes duly report the lies handed to them by the CIA just as Udo Ulfkotte and Seymour Hersh report. These lies comprise the propaganda that conditions Western peoples to accept the coming US coup against the democratic government in Venezuela and its replacement with a Washington-compliant government that will permit the renewal of US corporate exploitation of Venezuela.

As the productive elements of American capitalism fall away, the exploitative elements become its essence. After Venezuela, there will be more South American victims. As reduced tensions with Russia are no longer in prospect, there is no reason for the US to abandon its and Israel’s determination to overthrow the Syrian government and then the Iranian government.

The easy wars against Iraq, Libya, and Somalia are to be followed by far more perilous conflict with Iran, Russia, and China

This is the outcome of John Brennan’s defeat of President Trump.

UPDATE: The escalation of the conflict with Russia has begun. US vice president Mike Pence made false allegations against Russia yesterday (Aug. 2) in Montenegro designed to panic Montenegrins into joining NATO. The two-decade march of NATO eastward despite Washington’s promise to the contrary, surely has taught Russia that no agreement with Washington can ever be trusted. So why does Russia continue to seek agreements with Washington?

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201708021056112385-pence-russia-montenegro-prime-minister/

Styx has an alternate view of the new cold war that the left has pushed onto America, with the help of John McCain and the Republican establishment. He notes that Trump stood alone in trying to find a path to peace.

Can we take up a collection to buy him a t-shirt?

Joint S. Korea and USA Military Drill Shows Off Firepower in Response to Nork ICBM Threat That Allegedly Puts the U.S. within Range

There has not been an issue concerning whether the North Koreans would continue to test missiles. They are going to keep on keeping on.

The true unknown is what the United States government is going to do about it.

One theory you may run across on the Internet has President Trump going to war with the North with General Mike Kelly, his new Chief of Staff, advising him.

It’s hard to see how a war on the North would not inflict major damage on the South.

There’s a lot that Trump can do short of war, as detailed in this CNN piece.

If we’re not being conned by the (((neocons))) the way we were conned about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, then economic and diplomatic pressure will surely be applied to the Communist regime.

The following story about yesterday’s missile test explains why Trump is concerned, along with others in the region.

Excerpt from the The Globe and Mail

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Saturday the second flight test of an intercontinental ballistic missile demonstrated his country can hit the U.S. mainland, hours after the launch left analysts concluding that a wide swath of the United States, including Los Angeles and Chicago, is now in range of North Korean weapons.

The Korean Central News Agency said that Kim expressed “great satisfaction” after the Hwasong-14 missile reached a maximum height of 3,725 kilometres and travelled 998 kilometres before accurately landing in waters off Japan. The agency said that the test was aimed at confirming the maximum range and other technical aspects of the missile it says was capable of delivering a “large-sized, heavy nuclear warhead.”

Analysts had estimated that the North’s first ICBM on July 4 could have reached Alaska, and said that the latest missile appeared to extend that range significantly.

Immediately after the launch, U.S. and South Korean forces conducted live-fire exercises. South Korean Defence Minister Song Young-moo called for the deployment of strategic U.S. military assets — which usually means stealth bombers and aircraft carriers — as well as additional launchers of an advanced U.S. anti-missile system.

Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said the missile, launched late Friday night, flew for about 45 minutes — about five minutes longer than the first. The missile was launched on very high trajectory, which limited the distance it travelled, and landed west of Japan’s island of Hokkaido.

The KCNA quoted Kim as saying that the launch reaffirmed the reliability of the country’s ICBM system and an ability to fire at “random regions and locations at random times” with the “entire” U.S. mainland now within range. The agency said that the test confirmed important features of the missile system, such as the proper separation of the warhead and controlling its movement and detonation after atmospheric re-entry.

Kim said the launch sent a “serious warning” to the United States, which has been “meaninglessly blowing its trumpet” with threats of war and stronger sanctions, the KCNA said.

The North Korean flight data was similar to assessments by the United States, South Korea and Japan.

David Wright, a physicist and co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said that if reports of the missile’s maximum altitude and flight time are correct, it would have a theoretical range of at least 10,400 kilometres (about 6,500 miles). That means it could have reached Los Angeles, Denver or Chicago, depending on variables such as the size and weight of the warhead that would be carried atop such a missile in an actual attack.

President Donald Trump issued a statement condemning the missile test as a threat to the world, and rejecting North Korea’s claim that nuclear weapons ensure its security. “In reality, they have the opposite effect,” he said.

Trump said the weapons and tests “further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people.” He vowed to “take all necessary steps” to ensure the security of the U.S. and its allies.

Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said he told U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in a phone call that the second missile test greatly increased the threat from Pyongyang. He said two sides agreed to consider all means necessary to exert the utmost pressure on North Korea. They reiterated calls for new sanctions and to work closely together with South Korea along with efforts by China and Russia.

China, meanwhile, urged its ally North Korea to abide by U.N. Security Council resolutions and halt any moves that could escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Washington and its allies have watched with growing concern as Pyongyang has made significant progress toward its goal of having all of the U.S. within range of its missiles to counter what it labels as U.S. aggression. There are other hurdles, including building nuclear warheads to fit on those missiles and ensuring reliability. But many analysts have been surprised by how quickly leader Kim Jong Un has developed North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs despite several rounds of U.N. Security Council sanctions that have squeezed the impoverished country’s economy.

Trump has said he will not allow North Korea to obtain an ICBM that can deliver a nuclear warhead. But this week, the Defence Intelligence Agency reportedly concluded that the North will have a reliable ICBM capable of carrying a nuclear weapon as early as next year, in an assessment that trimmed two years from the agency’s earlier estimate.

Read more about the live fire drill aimed at intimidating the North at Sky News.

U.S. Urges All Americans in North Korea to “depart immediately”

Cleansing North Korea of all Americans sends a message to Kim Jung Un: “We’re going to bomb the **** out of you.”

Or does it?

It could as easily be a bluff. In any case, it denies the Norks the American dollars that tourists would otherwise be spending there.

If there is a war in Korea, then let’s dedicate it to John McCain. We could call it a “going away present” for McCain, who will surely end up somewhere very hot as his brain cancer rips his head apart and sends the old pilot on his final flight.

Zerohedge

Dennis Rodman will be disappointed to learn that the US is set to ban all citizens from traveling to North Korea, according to two agencies that operate tours there. Koryo Tours and Young Pioneer Tours said the ban would be announced on 27 July to come into effect 30 days later, the BBC reported. “After the 30-day grace period any US national that travels to North Korea will have their passport invalidated by their government.” The ban comes one month after US student Otto Warmbier died following his imprisonment by the Kim regime.

China-based Young Pioneer Tours, which had taken Warmbier to North Korea, and Koryo Tours said the ban will come into force on July 27 – the anniversary of the end of the Korean War – with a 30-day grace period. Koryo Tours added that the Swedish embassy in Pyongyang, which handles consular affairs for the United States in the North, informed it of the ban, but did not say how long it would last. The U.S. embassy in the South Korean capital, Seoul, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Rowan Beard said that the 30-day grace period would “give leeway for any [Americans] currently in the country as tourists or on humanitarian work”. Simon Cockerill, of Koryo Tours, said: “It remains to be seen what the exact text is, but the indication is it’s just a straight up ban on Americans going.” Mr Cockerill told the BBC the agency would still conduct tours and take Americans until the ban came into effect.

Additionally, Rowan Beard of Young Pioneer Tours, told the BBC the embassy was urging all US nationals to depart immediately. He said the embassy was trying to check on the number of US tourists left in the country.

For now there has been no official confirmation from the US: the state department continues to have an alert dated 9 May strongly warning US citizens not to travel to North Korea.

As the BBC adds, there has been movement towards a ban for a while in the US, which increased with the Warmbier death.

In May, two congressmen introduced the North Korea Travel Control bill to cut off the foreign currency the country earns from American tourists. The House foreign affairs subcommittee is scheduled to take up the draft legislation on 27 July but it would still have to go to the Senate. So there could be an executive order. Last month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said: “We have been evaluating whether we should put some type of travel visa restriction to North Korea. We have not come to a final conclusion, but we are considering it.” Apart from the treatment of Americans in North Korea, tension has been increasing over Pyongyang’s nuclear programme.

Some are suggesting the US is using the date the ban is set to be announced – 27 July – to cloud North Korea’s Victory Day on the same day. It was not clear if the urge to clear out US citizens from North Korea is a precursor to more “aggressive” (or kinetic) action by the US government.

There’s a freedom issue here that everyone is going to overlook. A free people would have the right to travel to North Korea, so long as the Norks are willing to have them. Government has no business banning its people from leaving their country to travel to any country.