Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Handsome Donald marches off to the new Korean war

Hey, look yonder, tell me what you see
Marching to the fields of Korea?
It looks like Handsome Johnny with an M1 in his hand,
Marching to the Korean war, hey marching to the Korean war.

Hey, what’s the use of singing this song, some of you are not even listening.
Tell me what it is we’ve got to do: wait for our fields to start glistening,
Wait for the bullets to start whistling.
Here comes a hydrogen bomb, here comes a guided missile,
Here comes a hydrogen bomb: I can almost hear its whistle.

Lyrics from Richie Havens’ singing Handsome Johnny.

Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) writes that Trump reportedly ignored White House aides ahead of U.N. speech. The more reasonable members of his administration tried to get him to say reasonable things in Trump’s UN speech. But they failed. Trump axed their language and inserted his own epithets and threats in what amounted to an egotistical rant. His speech was taken by the North Korean foreign minister as a declaration of war.. The minister threatened an atmospheric test of a hydrogen bomb.

For all of those hoping that the grown-ups in Trump’s orbit will help prevent the president from doing anything too outrageously dangerous, stories like these are more than a little discouraging.

What next? AZBlueMeanie at Blog for Arizona describes How to stumble into a nuclear war in North Korea. The NK foreign minister said this:

“The whole world should clearly remember it was the U.S. who first declared war on our country,” he said. “Since the United States declared war on our country, we will have every right to make countermeasures, including the right to shoot down United States strategic bombers even when they are not inside the airspace border of our country.”

Blue Meanie offers this depressing prediction.

Someday soon we are going to wake up to a news alert that the Korean war has been renewed and that combat operations are underway. It is only a matter of time, and it is inevitable.

Various sources cited in Blue Meanie’s post believe that a war with NK would end in NK’s defeat. But the price would be horrific for our allies and the consequence for the Korean peninsula is not certain. Neither is it certain what China would do to prevent chaos on its border should war break out between NK and the US. China has said that it will take action to prevent that chaos.

And all this to come because of Trump’s narcissism.

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