Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Rumors of War - Kings of the East

U.S., South Korea conduct ballistic missile drill following provocation -
UPI reports: "The United States and South Korea conducted a ballistic missile drill, following the launch of what North Korea has claimed to be an intercontinental ballistic missile on the Fourth of July. The allies launched the South Korea-developed Hyunmoo-2 missile into the East Sea, known as the Sea of Japan, News 1 reported."

Comment: This situation is scary because there are no easy answers and because the U.S. government seems unable to read the terrain. For example, why does Trump keep insisting that China help solve the problem? Does he not understand the strategic role that North Korea plays for China? I sincerely hope that Trump rises to the occasion but my fear is that a man who understands "the art of the deal" in real estate is little prepared to make deals with people who are not buying, who are not even in the same market. I also draw comfort from the fact that Trump has surrounded himself with some very capable and experienced advisors who understand international and military affairs far more than he does and if he can listen to them then perhaps we can hope for good outcomes during his upcoming meetings with world leaders. 

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