What North Korea wants is the legitimacy that comes from diplomatic recognition and assurances of regime survival, along with a peace treaty that ends the Korean War and paves the way for economic aid from the US, South Korea, Japan, and others.
The Military Industrial Complex
President Eisenhower warned against the dangers of developing a military industrial complex. It appears that when all you have in your toolbox is hammers, everything looks like a nail. The articles below give a sense of the many ways we use all of the hammers we've invested in.
William J. Astore: Trump may not be a micro-manager, but that’s because he doesn’t know anything. He just wants to spin military action as a win – for Trump.
While the mass protests after Trump’s election avoided foreign policy it shouldn’t take long to arouse Americans if they find ourselves buried in permanent and unwinnable wars against, say, North Korea and Iran and the despised draft reinstituted to provide cannon fodder.
The fact that both Trump and Kim are being “messed with” despite their possession of very powerful armed forces, including nuclear weapons, seems to have eluded both men, who continue their deadly game of nuclear threat and bluster.
The Trump administration may have launched its attack because it was embarrassed by the use of chemical weapons on its watch, as an offense to what imperialist logic considers to be the maintenance of order and stability.
Plenty has been written on MOAB, the biggest non-nuclear weapon used by any side in any war since the end of World War II. But nobody has examined the story like we do here.
Today’s U.S. military has various warrior codes and songs and so on, further reinforcing ideals of Spartan toughness.
Unless Congress, currently on an 18-day holiday recess, immediately acts to Censure him for his dangerous usurpations of its exclusive Constitutional power to decide whether we are at war or at peace, our nation, indeed the world, could plunge into a nuclear abyss.
Without a reinvigorated, broader anti-war movement trailing members of Congress to Town Halls, flooding their offices with phone calls & postcards, it’s highly unlikely Congress will do its Constitutional duty to authorize (or not authorize) war.
Photographic evidence of a bomb crater relied upon by the White House does not support the conclusion “the crater was created by a munition designed to disperse sarin after it was dropped from a plane.”
Americans can expect Trump will use their money for expensive military actions like the botched raid in Yemen that killed innocent women and children and an American soldier and resulted in destruction of a $75 million military helicopter.
Joe Palermo: Trump and Bannon want to privatize everything, strip away basic services from working people, and “deconstruct” the very idea of a social commitment we all share to whoever resides in the United States.
Sanders expressed his concern over the airstrikes, calling them “disastrous” and urging peace and stability.