Wrongheaded NYT Approach on North Korea
by Stephen Lendman (stephenlendman.org – Home – Stephen Lendman)
The Times shamefully supports Washington’s imperial agenda, its aggressive wars on sovereign independent states, its aim for unchallenged global dominance, no matter the human cost.
It serves as a virtual Pentagon press agent, publishing daily propaganda, suppressing truth-telling on major domestic and geopolitical issues.
“What can Trump do about North Korea,” it asked? Saying its military launched an ICBM on Tuesday, “confirmed (by his) administration” was a Big Lie.
An intermediate-range one was tested, according to Russia’s Defense Ministry and USPACOM, its legitimate right of self-defense.
The Times saying the missile “could potentially strike Alaska” was willful deception. The shortest distance between North Korea and the US state is 5,735 km (3,564 miles) – way beyond the range of the missile tested on Tuesday.
It flew around 535 km, reaching an altitude of 510 km before falling harmlessly into the Sea of Japan.
The Times: “(R)epeated (DPRK) missile tests show…reaching the American mainland cannot be far away…Tuesday’s technical milestone…underscores tomorrow’s strategic dilemma.”
Fact: No DPRK missiles tested so far come close. No “technical milestone” was demonstrated yesterday. No US “strategic dilemma” exists.
The Times: “…American intelligence officials believe (North Korean) missiles are capable of carrying nuclear warheads.”
Fact: No evidence proves it.
The Times: “Mr. Trump still have some time to act.” Calling Tuesday’s missile test “a breakthrough” was hyperbole without supportive evidence.
According to The Times, Trump’s options include tougher “containment…step(ped) up sanctions, bolster(ed) (US) naval presence off the Korean peninsula,” other military pressure or preemptive strikes, covert cyberwar, and bullying China “to intervene more decisively.”
The only way to end decades of US hostility toward Pyongyang is through responsible outreach and diplomacy – carrots, not sticks, an option Trump rejects.
The Times offhandedly mentioned it, saying Pyongyang must act first by freezing its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Responsible diplomacy requires both sides acting in good faith simultaneously – not one, then maybe the other.
Even under conditions it suggests, The Times claimed diplomacy “carries risks” – achieving the DPRK and Beijing “goal of limiting American military freedom of action in the Pacific, and over time it would erode the quality of the American-South Korean military deterrent.”
Obama’s Asia pivot, continued by Trump, intrudes provocatively in a part of the world where US military forces don’t belong.
No threats to America and its regional allies exist, nothing warranting “military deterren(ce).”
Washington’s rage for unchallenged dominance risks nuclear war able to destroy all planet earth life forms.
It’s the major threat above all others – ignored by The Times, supporting reckless US policies demanding condemnation.
My newest book as editor and contributor is titled “Flashpoint in Ukraine: How the US Drive for Hegemony Risks WW III.”
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