As North Korea goes nuclear in a dangerous new way, the enemies of the President, and the President’s inability to recognize his own peril, may have crippled an effective US response.
William R Collier Jr: An earthquake, which was detected as an explosion, rattled the Korean peninsula at noon local on September the 3rd. The event was calculated at between 5.7 and 6.3 on the Richter scale, and an actual number is not yet confirmed. It was followed by a 4.3 scale event that is said to be the result of structural collapse, probably of the underground crater.
The DPRK leader, Kim Jong Un, claimed Sunday that his cultic communist dictatorship could mount a powerful thermonuclear (hydrogen) bomb, but some are saying what he has done is to build a plutonium weapon that is more powerful than a uranium fueled “fission weapon”, which a plutonium bomb is. But the regime and most media are claiming the weapon tested was a small fusion bomb in which two isotopes of hydrogen, deuterium and tritium, are fused together to create heavier atoms, creating a tremendous explosive force. The catalyst for this fusion reaction, however, is small fission reaction. Scientists should be able to read the signature of this event and be able to tell us if it is a fission of fusion weapon: the danger to the region and the US increases exponentially if the weapon is a fusion weapon.
Here we see a photo released by the North Koreans showing their alleged hydrogen bomb, which they claim can fit on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which image we are certain scientists will throughout scour for its veracity.
While the North Koreans have repeatedly rattled the nuclear sabre, and while open press reports in South Korea claim a certain disinterest on the part of average Koreans, it is an axiom of warfare to respond more to the enemy’s capability than to rely on their possible intentions or their past performance. In other words, while the communist regime in Pyongyang may have blustered without acting for a long time now, if it is capable to following through any of its threats then military planners would typically base their response on mitigating such threats before they materialize.
Above- a North Korean newspaper extols the accomplishment of a missile-mounted hydrogen bomb.
But that has not been the response, mostly because the Chinese communist regime has provided diplomatic and, to some extent, military shielding for the dictator in North Korea. Diplomacy and sanctions have really been the only actual response, and, thus far, they have utterly failed.
At present the US President is encumbered by three factors: a political witch-hunt aimed at using lawfare to unseat him from power (or simply discredit him) in contravention of the so-called “democratic process”, massive obstruction by both the Democrats and their comrades who seem to run the Republicans in the House and the Senate, and a coterie of more or less partisan liberal bureaucrats and officials who retain their positions in the Trump administration at a time when most of his staunch supporters have been removed by that same bureaucracy.
In short, an effective response by the US, even if envisioned or desired by President Trump, seems impossible. The enemies of the President are legion and seem to view his presidency as more of a threat than North Korean nuclear missiles which could reach the West Coast and create massive damage and death. The upper echelon of the Pentagon have been purged of almost all conservative elements by the Obama administration, and the Trump administration has thus far not been able to rectify this: at present the Pentagon are as likely to delay or undermine the President for purely partisan reasons. In short, America’s military leaders are mostly left-leaning partisans whose instinct will be to view the President with hyper-suspicion. (It took Obama 8 years to purge the upper echelon.)
The Japanese and South Koreans are issuing strong protests, but there are rumors circulating in intelligence circles that the two nations, realizing the US is crippled by the internal political struggles, will “go it alone” and seek military action against the regime in Pyongyan. Their options are grim, for to do nothing is to ensure the ultimate ability of the North to use nuclear blackmail, which could literally be as blunt as the South surrendering or facing nuclear destruction. Without the US as a reliable partner, thanks solely now to the legion of foes aligned against the current President, it is impossible for South Korea and Japan to simply take a back seat and allow the US to lead.
The communications from South Korea and Japan, however, have not given force to these rumors. They use the language of diplomacy and sanctions, and still seem to be waiting for the US response. Whatever the President does, however, you can be certain his opponents will seek to substantially undermine him, for no better reason than to secure their victory over him, which they could not effect at the polls.
At this point North Korea has the advantage of its greatest threat being consumed within by the attempts to unseat or at least completely disempower an elected President. One cannot be sure even if he proclaims a policy that his own staff or appointed officials will obey his orders completely or leak details in a manner meant to create controversy that distracts the country and embroils the President.
While these factions have created an untenable crisis within the US government, and while they will use a crisis they cause as “proof” of Trump’s “incompetence”, North Korea is feeling emboldened to act. This is a lesson other enemies, including Russia, China, Iran, Cuba, and many Islamic Fascist non-state actors will not miss, and the US will have only its progressive globalist insurgency against an elected President to blame for those consequences.