McMaster Threatens North Korea

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McMaster Threatens North Korea
by Stephen Lendman
Trump, Tillerson and now National Security Advisor McMaster threatened war on North Korea – madness if Washington launches it.
The USS Carl Vinson strike group is conducting military exercises with South Korean and Japanese warships in international waters off the Korean peninsula – a reckless provocation Pyongyang believes is preparation for war.
Given Trump’s rage for waging them, it’s justified in fearing possible US aggression. Last week, Tillerson said “(d)iplomatic and financial leverage or power will be backed up by willingness to counteract North Korean aggression with military action, if necessary.”
No DPRK aggression occurred any time throughout its history. No evidence suggests it plans any now or ahead.
Tillerson and other US officials represent Washington’s rage for unchallenged global dominance – color revolutions and naked aggression its strategies of choice.
Last week, Trump said “we’re taking a strong message to North Korea that we will not tolerate reckless, unsafe threats to the peace and stability to our (sic) region.”
America considers all parts of the its own, how imperial powers think and act.
On Sunday, McMaster threatened North Korea, saying America is “prepared” to take military action. He lied calling the country “a grave threat to the United States, our great allies in the region South Korea and Japan, but also China and others.”
“(I)t’s important…to confront this regime,” he blustered. Trump “made it clear that he is going to resolve this issue one way or another” – including “military operations if necessary.”
On Saturday, Trump said he won’t announce his moves in advance. “It’s a chess game. I just don’t want people to know what my thinking is,” he said.
He delegated militarism and warmaking to hawkish generals. War on North Korea would gravely harm the entire region.
Possible nuclear confrontation could follow a US attack, the ultimate nightmarish scenario.
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Stephen Lendman was born in 1934 in Boston, MA. In 1956, he received a BA from Harvard University. Two years of US Army service followed, then an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1960. After working seven years as a marketing research analyst, he joined the Lendman Group family business in 1967. He remained there until retiring at year end 1999. Writing on major world and national issues began in summer 2005. In early 2007, radio hosting followed. Lendman now hosts the Progressive Radio News Hour on the Progressive Radio Network three times weekly. Distinguished guests are featured. Listen live or archived. Major world and national issues are discussed. Lendman is a 2008 Project Censored winner and 2011 Mexican Journalists Club international journalism award recipient.