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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Acting presidential versus getting results

Ari Fleischer is catching on.

I keep telling people that Donald Trump is not a politician -- any more than he is an author or an actor.

Sure, he has best-sellers and his TV show was a hit.

And yes, he beat 16 Republicans and Hillary to get elected president his first time out. In all those 17 people spent nearly $2 billion of other people's money. They got squat.

But he succeeded in those three fields not because he is a writer, actor, or politician. He succeeded because he is a chief executive officer, and has been for 45 years. He will beat you at your own game.

Which brings us to North Korea.

The Politico piece is by Obama's "assistant secretary of state for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor."

I hope Tillerson eliminates that job.

If the plan is so good, why didn't Obama use it to stop North Kotrea from going nuke on his watch?

Politicians have handled North Korea for 56 years. It's a stalemate. A nation of 25 million that cannot feed itself has been holding off the last super power for decades.

A politician (Truman) got us in this war (Eisenhower) got a ceasefire, which is now in its 64th year.

Politicians let North Korea get nukes.

The Donald is resolving this.

The experts (you know the people who said Hillary would clobber him) say he is not acting very presidential.

I could not care any less about how he acts.

Results matter.

Whatever it takes to win.

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10 comments:

  1. I worry a bit about POTUS' statement "North Korea will feel 'fire and fury like the world has never seen' if it continues threats." Sort of a red line the British took with Poland that started WWII. Hitler called the British's bluff just as I expect NoKo will with Trump.

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    1. Apparently you can't figure out the difference between the two situations so I will help you.

      1. Chamberlain nor Obama/Clinton/Carter and their coteries of sniveling weaklings who thought deep down that neither Nazi Germany nor the NorK's/Iran were are all that bad are president.

      2. North Korea would be gone in less time than it takes you to have a pizza delivered. The missiles on one submarine would be enough and you can bet your bottom dollar we have at least two lying doggo in the Sea of Japan right now. We wouldn't have to try to get at them by massive troop deployments through hostile waters or a pantywaist clapped out old socialist country like France.

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    2. With regard to your 2nd point, as a matter of military strategy, what are the targets the US would choose should it come to that? Would it be the civilian population and cities? Apart from Pyongyang, there is no city with a population over 1 million. Would it be the military bases? The Nork army would already be streaming south to overrun South Korea. Would it be the missile installations? Aren't many of them mobile? And wouldn't destruction of the fixed, hardened launch sites require highly accurate targeting? I don't think the situation is as simple as you make it out to be, mainly because NK is not so highly developed that the US has the pick of cities and industrial facilities to serve as inviting targets. You can't bomb a country back into the stone age that's already IN the stone age.

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    3. Targets? Well for starters, every square inch of the border region that has an artillery piece or missile launcher trained on Seoul. Tactical warheads only.

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  2. I worry a bit about POTUS' statement "North Korea will feel 'fire and fury like the world has never seen' if it continues threats." Sort of a red line the British took with Poland that started WWII. Hitler called the British's bluff just as I expect NoKo will with Trump.

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  3. We have yet to pull Servicemember family members (formerly called dependents) from the ROK (S Korea). Is ROK acting like there's a crisis? Are they moving their critical political and commercial elements away from Seoul?

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  4. I used to do wargames in S. Korea. The wargame is year long with different facets that occur throughout. August is the time of the big wargame whereby we simulate combat, loss of life/ships/tanks etc. It's mostly computer with emphasis on comms and coordinatio.

    N Korea normally saber rattles in August.

    Even though N Korea sends in spies via minisubs, attacks S Korea ships and boats and will start a fire fight and/or exchange of artillary at the DMZ, they claim and fear that the US will start war via a fake war game.

    I truly believe Trump does not want war, hence his attempts at getting China to act. We fought the Chinese in the early 50s conflict. However, he will act if that is the last resort.

    Trump knows as does the military that if we do go full war, it will be bad.

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  5. I believe Trump's encouraging China to play the China card.

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  6. Yet when Bill Clinton waved his saber at NK with similar strong language, the left cooed over his manliness and offered to blow him in thanks for protecting America.

    Oh wait, they offered to blow him in thanks for protecting abortion. My bad.

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  7. There now is a Prez named The Donald
    Whose first name, it rhymes with Ronald
    They both got shit done
    Mikhail and Fat Boy Un
    They led, and everyone followed

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