All wars are economic wars, either to gain or protect an economic advantage in
the wealth creation of the world. Consider that Russia, China or
some other business competitor wants to have the American share of the worlds
business. If the nation attacks us directly, other world nations will likely
side with Americans and defeat the attacker. If China, a “friend”
of ours wanting the American markets, goes to war with America, they would be
seen as the bad guys. But if a small country, bound to China, is attacked by
America, China could go to war with America and be seen as the good guy. North Korea may be just a pawn of some other nation with the purpose of
getting America to attack first and become the bad guy. One of my
favorite quotes goes like “Only a fool cannot get mad, but a wise man who
Mr Reid: As a retired Army national guard Staff Sergeant who has
served in Iraq, I completely agree with you. Your article is one of the most
well-written indictments of American governmental and military profligacy and
recklessness that I have ever read.Thank you.
An "unquenchable thirst for dominance"? If this were really true, an
American imperialist empire from the end of WWII through 2017 could have easily
conquered lands and cultures across the globe with our global superiority and
military and industrial might. But this is obviously not the case. The only
times we linger in another nation is to help stabilize and rebuild. We do not
usurp lands, take over governments and exert control over the people. Not every
war ended as cleanly for America as WWII unfortunately, and we don't get to
dictate terms when we don't win the war. Vietnam and Korea were fought to
stop the spread of communism--not to take over the country, or simply for the
sake of "warmongering". Yes death and destruction do follow in the wake
of conflict. But why does Mr. Reid ignore these byproducts in regard to WWII,
but play them up in more recent wars? Why is it noble to resist Hitler and
Hirohito, but it's "warmongering" to stand up to Kim Jong Un,
Saddam Hussein or Ali Khamenei? I salute you for your service Mr. Reid, but
shame on your lack of moral clarity. The country you served so well deserves
I completely agree.What does America gain by being aggressive? Not
much.What could we lose if we strike first? A lot. Money and blood. Why do you think the policy has been what it has for the last 70 years?
Going after North Korea is not worth it. There are dictators all over the world.
It is not up to the US to police everything. It will only entangle us in the
affairs of others and cost us money.
First of all "Strategic force " . Bombing empty air bases and sending
"armadas" in the wrong direction...really"Secondly,
strategic force that kills a million south Koreans before we can saddle up
sounds like a good idea to you Back Talk? Please, the world you
encountered in 1940 if your claim is true, is not at all similar to the world
today so while a lot of us were alive then we've had the sense to watch the
world change and change with it...I would recommend it to you.
So the US was a great nation when it fought against brutal leaders in WWII but
now we are a warmongering nation when fight against similar brutal leaders and
country's who support terrorists whose goal in life is to attach the US
people? Seems like the isolationist attitude that existed before Pearl Harbor.
That didnt work then and it wont prevent us from being hit again now if we do
nothing.N Korea is lead by a brutal dictator who tortures and
starves his own people. He is in position to threaten the US mainland and her
neighbors with nuclear bombs because action was not taken in the past. Syrian
leader uses chemical weapons on his own people and yet you complain that the US
is a war monger because finally a leader is trying to stop them? Appeasement to these countries and leaders has not worked. Strategic force
and united opposition from the world is the only thing that will.
If I wanted Hillary Clinton's foreign policy, I would've voted for
Hillary Clinton. Why is Trump adoption Hillary's foreign policy?
Bombs empty airfields after seeing pictures.Drops the MOAB on a
bunch of tunnels.Understands now how complicated North Korean
situation is after listening for 10 minutes over a lovely piece of cake.Has no idea where his navy is or which direction it is going.Yea, we got the world on the run now. Brilliant conservatives.
"...the USS Carl Vinson strike group sails off the shores of the Korean
peninsula."We now know this is not true. Defense
News broke the story that contrary to what Trump admin was saying, the strike
group went in the opposite direction after leaving Singapore and has been
"taking part in scheduled exercises with Australian forces in the Indian
Ocean" since.Or at least until they were called out.4/9: PACOM says Adm.Harris has “directed the Carl Vinson Strike Group to
sail north and report on station in the Western Pacific Ocean after departing
Singapore April 8.” 4/10: Def. Sec. Mattis responds to a
question: "[Carl Vinson Strike Group is] just on her way up there [to the
Sea of Japan]"4/11: WH Spox Spicer responds to a question:
"when you see a carrier group steaming into [the Sea of Japan]...is...a huge
deterrence".4/12: Trump responds to question: "We are
sending an armada [toward the Korean Peninsula]."4/12: Spicer
and a WH source fail to correct or clarify questions premised on how the Strike
Group "is in operations with the Japanese naval forces" and "is
steaming its way towards the coast of [North Korea]".
At last, someone with some understanding and context of what a military exercise
on the Korean peninsula will mean. Please let there be someone with the
same understanding in a position to reign in trump. A re visitation of the
Korean conflict will surely end his presidency, but he just doesn't seem to
The problem is Trump is jeopardizing millions of lives with the goal being so he
can puff himself up at a podium someday to say, "I alone solved this
problem, unlike Obama." That's a tremendous risk he's taking to
preen his ego.
Excellent piece.Rushing to war, trying to impose a short-term
solution by force, is foolhardy and will do more harm than good.