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What kind of war with North Korea?

“The U.S. Air Force ‘sniffer plane’ was collecting air samples off Russia’s Kamchatka Peninsula on September 3, 1949, when it gathered evidence of radioactivity, confirming that the Soviet Union had tested a nuclear device.  The Soviets’ August 29, 1949, test had come faster than expected.

“The basic science of nuclear explosions is more than 72 years old.  Ballistic missile technology is more than 60 years old.  The problems of miniaturizing warheads for mounting on missiles, and of ensuring the warheads’ survival en route to targets, are not sufficient to stymie a nation—consider Pakistan, whose annual per capita income is less than $2,000—that is determined to have a nuclear arsenal.

“North Korea has one and is developing ICBMs faster than expected and with indifference to U.S. proclamations.  On January 2, President-elect Donald Trump tweeted about North Korea’s promised ICBM test: ‘It won’t happen!’  It did.  North Korea’s most audacious act, firing a missile over Japan, came seven days after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson praised North Korea’s ‘restraint.’

“Pyongyang wants a nuclear arsenal, and as The Economist magazine says, the world’s unpalatable options are the improbable (productive negotiations), the feeble (more sanctions) and the terrifying (military pre-emption).

“When Trump threatened North Korea with ‘fire and fury like the world has never seen,’ was he threatening to cross the nuclear weapons threshold?  Former General Douglas MacArthur handed President-elect Dwight Eisenhower a memorandum on how ‘to clear North Korea of enemy forces’: ‘This could be accomplished through the atomic bombing of enemy military concentrations and installations in North Korea and the sowing of fields of suitable radio-active materials, the by-product of atomic manufacture, to close major lines of enemy supply and communication. …’

“MacArthur badly misjudged Eisenhower, who later rejected two other recommendations that the bomb be used.

“Since then, the non-proliferation regime has been remarkably successful. President John F. Kennedy said that by 1975 there might be 20 nuclear powers. Now, however, North Korea, the ninth, might be joined by Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and others.

“On August 1, Senator Lindsey Graham said that Trump had told him that ‘there will be a war with North Korea’ if it continues to develop ICBMs capable of reaching the U.S.

“Are Congress’ constitutional powers regarding war so atrophied that it supinely hopes for mere post facto notification?  Ten months after November 8, that day’s costs, until now largely aesthetic, are suddenly, although not altogether unpredictably, more serious than were perhaps contemplated by his 62,984,825 voters.”

George Will, Washington Post


So you don’t like President Trump?

If you would have voted for Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries, instead of Hillary Clinton, you’d have no reason to dislike Donald Trump—because Bernie Sanders would be President of the United States.

That said, Senator Bernie Sanders accepts the fact that Donald Trump won the presidential election of 2016—why won’t you?

And Senator Bernie Sanders is willing to work with President Trump on certain issues—and to hold him accountable for keeping his word to the American people—why aren’t you?

Senator Bernie Sanders is not wasting his time resisting the President of the United States, in the streets.  Instead, Senator Sanders is resisting the President of the United States, in the U.S. Senate, on some issues—yet working with the President of the United States, in the U.S. Senate, on others.

You failed miserably in voting against Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primaries—and you’re going to keep failing miserably if you don’t listen to Senator Sanders, and follow his example.  Stop pretending that Donald Trump is not President of the United States—and start working with President Trump on the issues on which you are in agreement with President Trump.

And as you do this, bear this one more fact in mind: There were only four senators in the United States Senate who voted against Nikki Haley’s confirmation for a presidential cabinet position.  Senator Bernie Sanders was one of these four.

This says a lot about Senator Bernie Sanders—and a lot about how you can make a positive contribution, in your attitude and behavior, rather than a negative one.

Stop resisting Trump—and start following Senator Sanders’ lead.



“…You know, I’m automatically attracted to gullible–I just start manipulating them.  It’s like a magnet.  Just manipulate.  I don’t even wait.  And when you’re a politician, they let you do it.  You can do anything.”

“…Grab ’em by the balls.  You can do anything…”

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