March 31, 2018

If John Bolton Strikes North Korea First Like He Wants, Hell Will Break Loose

In February of 2018, John Bolton, who is now President Trump's National Security Advisor penned an article for the Wall Street Journal called: "The Legal Case for Striking North Korea First".

Bolton, the political chickenhawk (term refers to a person who is hawkish for war, yet has never fought in one) believes “It is perfectly legitimate for the United States to respond to the current ‘necessity’ posed by North Korea’s nuclear weapons by striking first.”

Bolton is a political mastermind who, for some reason, is hell-bent on utter destruction. His track record is either atrocious or he is deliberately manipulative, willing to make up facts (i.e. WMDs in Iraq) to suit is insane agenda.

Now his sights are set on North Korea (and Iran, but let's stay focused). Trump, of course, having already argued with Fat Kim about the size of his "button" is also looking for a fight. Conveniently, a war would also be the perfect distraction from the ongoing Mueller investigation which is quickly approaching a day of reckoning for the Trump administration.

North Korea's biggest ally is China. The two countries long ago contructed a mutual defense pact, presumably to limit American influence in the region.

Article 2 of the Sino-North Korean Mutual Aid and Cooperation Friendship Treaty says: "The two parties undertake jointly to adopt all measures to prevent aggression against either party by any state." It also provides that "in the event of one of the parties being subjected to armed attack by any state or several states together and thus being involved in a state of war, the other party shall immediately render military and other assistance by all means at its disposal."

Unfortunately for the rest of us, a pre-emptive strike on North Korea would automatically draw in China starting World War 3. Several months ago China reminded the world of this relationship. 

Even if a military conflict was isolated to the Korean Peninsula - whether or not China was involved - the global economic consequences would be profound. Much of the global supply chain has links in Asia. Break these links and companies start to fail, global supply of goods crashes and prices skyrocket.

Humanity is possibly at one of the riskiest moments in history. The last thing we need is a warmongering psychopath whispering into the President's ear in a chaotic Whitehouse. The only acceptable resolution to North Korea's nuclear arms development is a peaceful one. 

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