What America Should Learn from North Korea’s Latest Missile Test – The Atlantic

Although Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Tuesday that the U.S. wants a dialogue with North Korea, not regime change, others struck a harsher note in their response. “There is a military option: to destroy North Korea’s nuclear program and North Korea itself,” Senator Lindsey Graham said. “If there’s going to be a war to stop [Kim Jong Un], it will be over there,” Graham added. “If thousands die, they’re going to die over there. They’re not going to die over here.”

The fact is: a nuclear war over there still kills thousands here. Not sure where you are coming from. Striking the West Coast would be just as bad.

Apparently, by his reactions to the USA, Kim Jong Un is willing to blow his own country the fuck up. Talk about the end of a dynasty!

Source: What America Should Learn from North Korea’s Latest Missile Test – The Atlantic

John McCain Denounces Trump’s Syrian, Afghanistan Policy

President Donald Trump’s decision this week to end the CIA’s program to arm moderate Syrian rebels —indicating his inclination for developing a constructive working relationship with Russia — hasn’t gone down well with Arizona Sen. John McCain.

While Donald Trump’s policy seems to be somewhat of a Monroe-Doctrine-be-damned approach in the MENA, with Russia taking on the role of contracting out our security in the Middle East, the same thing is going on in the Pacific.

Only in the Pacific, China is taking on that security contract.

Once McCain is gone, I am not sure if there is anyone left, on the Conservative Right, to take his place, as the upholder of US doctrine, at least within the GOP.

Maybe we should start looking for that place-holder within the Democrat party and at a place closer to home than Russia or China that Trump favors.

Source: John McCain Denounces Trump’s Syrian, Afghanistan Policy

Trump vows no more ‘strategic patience’ with North Korea

“The era of strategic patience with the North Korean regime has failed. Many years, and it’s failed. And, frankly, that patience is over,” Trump said during a joint appearance in the Rose Garden with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Patience as a strategy began after Douglas MacArthur’s strategy of using nuclear weapons against China went on the chopping block.  Later, an Armistice was signed by North and South Korea and that patience has continued until, apparently, now.

I guess the question (or real news) would be: are North and South Korea breaking their armistice, and, if so, which side will South Korea be on when the US starts dropping nukes, as MacArthur’s strategy takes hold.

Trump went nuclear on twitter. Perhaps we should see how well that turns out first?

Source: Trump vows no more ‘strategic patience’ with North Korea

Lawmakers praise special counsel appointed to oversee Russia investigation

“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity,” President Donald Trump said in a statement. “I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”

There is always some satisfaction when the burden of proof relies on the other guy. With satisfaction come the possibility of feeling good about something.

This, the withdrawal of the burden of proof,  should be a big relief to POTUS Trump.

Maybe the US can get back on course, and the planet not blow-up, through this action.

Source: Lawmakers praise special counsel appointed to oversee Russia investigation

‘It’s going to hit the poorest people’: Zika outbreak feared on the Texas border | World news | The Guardian

Last November the state’s first reported case of local mosquito-borne Zika infection was in Brownsville, leading the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to designate the city, of about 185,000 people, a Zika “cautionary area” which pregnant women should consider avoiding.

As the way seem to be going: as abortion clinics shut down in the South, it is good to hear that much of the government still considers it a valued argument that those pregnant in certain situations should consider and avoid the event.

There were six cases of local transmission via mosquitoes reported in Brownsville in the final two months of 2016. This month the state health department issued a recommendation that all pregnant women in six border counties be tested in their first and second trimesters, as well as others exhibiting possible Zika symptoms.

It is also good, if true, that this administration and its followers stands by the recommendation to test.

May be considered a low bar in women affairs by many, but, then again, it is a start that by many was considered a higher bar, already won.

Source: ‘It’s going to hit the poorest people’: Zika outbreak feared on the Texas border | World news | The Guardian