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Why North Korea has agreed to denuclearize

Yesterday (Washington time), on March 8th, a stunned world learned that North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un has agreed to stop any further missile and nuclear tests, to denuclearize his regime in the long term, and that he’ll meet US President Donald Trump to discuss this. As luck would have it, this happened on the 35th anniversary of President Reagan’s “Evil Empire” speech.

Of course, the North Koreans have already made promises of denuclearization several times before, notably in the early 1990s and in the late 2000s, and never kept them. And, when Kim’s father Kim Jong-il promised, in 2000, to stop his missile tests and Russian President Vladimir Putin relayed that to the G8 group, the now-deceased Kim Jong-il said he was only kidding. So guarded optimism is in order. There is no guarantee that North Korea will live up to its promise this time.

Nonetheless, there is a small chance that this objective will be achieved. The fact that Kim has agreed to denuclearize and to meet Trump is already a moderate success.

This being the case, it is necessary to underline how it was achieved.

The pacifist Left will, without doubt, claim that this was due to patient diplomacy and to appeasement policies on the part of South Korean President Kim Jong-un.

Others, especially members of President Trump’s Republican Party, claim this was due to the new, tough sanctions imposed on Pyongyang by Trump.

Both of these camps are wrong, however. While diplomacy and sanctions did contribute, in a minor way, to this success, it is due primarily to President Trump’s unrelenting military pressure on North Korea.

Since coming into office, despite facing provocations (including repeat nuclear and missile tests) by North Korea, President Trump has applied unrelenting military (as well as economic and diplomatic) pressure on Pyongyang, notably by :

  • Accelerating the (previously slow) modernization of the US nuclear deterrent ;
  • Openly declaring that this deterrent must be “in tip-top shape” and the biggest and most modern nuclear arsenal in the world ;
  • Openly threating to wipe North Korea off the map if it attacked anyone ;
  • Openly declaring to the world, including to the UN, that the US will respond with full military force to any North Korean provocation or aggression.
  • Sending three carrier battle groups (CBGs) towards the Korean Peninsula, including the appropriately named USS Ronald Reagan (CVN-76).
  • Holding new military exercises with South Korea.
  • And last, but not least, increasing the number and the reliability of the missile defense interceptors protecting the US, especially Hawaii and Alaska, from North Korean missiles.

This enormous and unrelenting military pressure gave North Korea no choice but to stop its nuclear and missile tests and to agree to long-term denuclearization.

This is in stark contrast to the Obama Administration’s utterly failed “strategic patience” policy, which was essentially about ignoring and downplaying the North Korean threat – pretending that it didn’t exist or that it was greatly exaggerated by the Republican Party.

And what were the results ? Accelerated North Korean development of nuclear weapons and ICBMs capable of reaching as far as Chicago. This was the state of affairs Obama bequeathed to Trump in 2017.

The lesson the whole world – especially the Western world – must learn from this is that appeasement and unilateral disarmament ALWAYS result in utter failure. The only way to deal with potential aggressors is by amassing superior military strength and demonstrating clear willingness to use it if and when necessary.

This is the right lesson to learn from this episode – a lesson the West should’ve already learned in March 1983, when President Reagan delivered his landmark “Evil Empire” and “Peace Through Strength” speeches.


Les conséquences de la victoire de Trump pour la France et l’Europe

Les éléctions américaines portent aussi des conséquences très importantes pour la France et toute l’Europe. Car M. Trump va rétirer au Vieux Continent la protection militaire dont ce dernier jouit dans le cadre de l’OTAN. Même la dissolution de l’Alliance elle-même ne peut pas être exclue.

Cela veut dire que l’Europe ne peut plus compter sur les Etats-Unis pour sa protection militaire. Par conséquent, elle doit savoir assurer sa propre sécurité. Et pour cela, trois mesures sont s’imposent :
1) Une augmentation des budgets militaires de TOUS les pays européens, quitte à diminuer nettement les dépenses sociales ;
2) Un réinvestissement, par les pays européens, dans les équipements et capacités militaires modernes – terrestres, aériennes et navales – et, dans le cas de la France et du Royaume-Uni, le renouvèlement de leurs forces de dissuasion nucléaire, car l’Europe ne jouira plus du parapluie atomique américain.
3) Enfin, les pays européens doivent devenir plus solidaires en matière de la défense. Cela veut dire qu’ils doivent créer un marche commun européen d’armements et cesser d’acheter américain ; mutualiser, à mesure où c’est pratiquable, leurs moyens ; et créer un Schengen militaire en Europe pour que les troupes d’un pays européen puissent passer librement à travers le territoire d’un autre.

Les Etats-Unis vont bientôt revenir à l’isolationnisme ou, au mieux, abandonner leurs alliés faibles. On ne peut plus compter sur eux. Dès maintenant, nous ne pouvons compter que sur nous-mêmes. Nous devrons donc faire un effort important en matière de la défense – coûte que coûte.

Why Donald Trump Won

The world has woken up to shocking news : Donald Trump, a complete outsider, has won the US Presidential election, thus becoming America’s 45th President and Commander-in-Chief.

He did this despite being savagely attacked not just by the Democrats, but also by a large party of his own party, the mainstream media, and the leaders of many foreign nations. He did this in face of accusations of lying, ignorance, sexism, sexual harassment of women, and every other personal attack imaginable.

How did he pull that off ?

Of course, in large part, this is because of the low moral quality (to put it mildly) of his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton, and the many scandals she’s been involved in. The fact that she used a private email service while being Secretary of State, which recklessly endangered national security, and the FBI’s investigation of the matter, did certainly play a part.

But it was not enough to sway the public opinion against her and in Mr Trump’s favor.

The main reason why the real estate mogul won is because he represents the forgotten America – the tens of millions of average Americans whom the US Federal Government, both major parties, the media, the banks, and indeed, the entire Washington establishment abandoned long ago. People who feel betrayed by the fact that:

  • In economic policy, Washington subsidizes the “locusts” – people who do not work and live at taxpayers’ expense and who are now almost 50 million in number – while suffocating those who do work with taxes and, despite these punitive taxes, driving America deep into debt ($19.8 trillion as of the time of this writing, according to this debt block). Ordinary Americans are also outraged at one-sided “free trade deals” which have brought the manufacturing industry to its knees while allowing multinational companies to outsource untold millions of jobs out of the US and to Third World countries where they can employ people at slave wages.
  • On immigration, Washington has opened America’s borders widely to over 14 million illegal immigrants (20 mn by some counts) and to chain immigration while doing nothing noteworthy to secure the border. (Hillary Clinton had promised an amnesty to all illegal aliens.)
  • On foreign policy, Washington has kept America in conflict with one nation or another for over 70 years now, involved America in several useless wars that cost thousands of lives and trillions of dollars for no benefit whatsoever, and, at the same time, allowed dozens of America’s weak allies and protectorates to free-ride on the backs of the US troops who protect them while cutting their own defense budgets. Who pays the bill for protecting these countries ? American taxpayers, of course. And they, not those allies, will pay the bill – in money and in blood – if those “allies” bog America down in some irrelevant dispute over some uninhabited rocks or islands, or over whether Ukraine or Russia has the rightful title to the Crimea.

THIS is the real reason why Mr Trump won against all odds, despite 95% of bets being on Hillary Clinton winning the election. THIS is the source of ordinary Americans’ discontent in which Mr Trump tapped skillfully in key swing states such as Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, North Carolina, and New Hampshire.

As CNN has belatedly acknowledged after the fact, this is “a historic victory for outsiders that represents a stunning repudiation of Washington’s political establishment.”


Conservatives4Palin.com changes its tune about Donald Trump by 180 degrees

A few days ago, Conservatives4Palin.com changed its tune about Donald Trump (whom it slandered nonstop before he announced he was not going to run for President) by 180 degrees, writing that Trump is waiting for Palin to declare whether she will run for President or not before he endorses anyone. They also wrote:

“While pundits on the right continue to dismiss the possibility that Governor Palin is running for President (…)”

That’s because she will not run for President. There is irrefutable evidence that she will not run.

She has no campaign organization (other than O4P) in any state, no campaign staff, no presidential exploratory committee, and no fundraising mechanism other than SarahPAC. Funds raised by SarahPAC cannot be used for a presidential run.

When Rick Perry got serious about running for President, he contacted the GOP’s heavy donors, who are absolutely necessary to win, and key GOP players in the early primary states. Several Iowan, NH, and SC Republicans have confirmed that Perry has personally called them. Sarah Palin has not done that.

And here’s the biggest piece of evidence that she will not run: she’s still on Fox News’ payroll. When Gingrich and Santorum began to flirt with the idea of running, FN asked for their resignations. When people began to beg Huckabee to run, Huckabee was ordered to choose between his show and the White House. Sarah Palin remains on FN’s payroll and, AFAIK, has received no such ultimatum. Palin has said she will announce her decision by the end of September. The last day of September will be Sep. 30th. That means that 9 days remain before her announcement. If Palin was really to announce 9 days from now that she’s running for President, don’t you think Roger Ailes would’ve known about it by now?

Roger Ailes is not an idiot, so there are only two possibilities: Palin is going to run and is being treated in a privileged way in violation of campaign financing laws, or Palin is not going to run.

That’s the truth if you’re allowing a presidential candidate to be on a TV channel’s payroll and use it, without any fees, to attack (with blatant lies, I might add) her presidential rivals – unless that person is not running and doesn’t intend to run.

Donald Trump needs to accept the fact that Palin will not run for President. Although I don’t really care whom he will endorse. He’s a strident liberal. Anyone who receives his endorsement should refuse to accept it.

I’ve also noticed that this website and its commenters have changed their opinion of Donald Trump 180 degrees in just a few months. Before Trump announced that he would not run, this website and its commenters were dismissing him as “Trump the chump” and calling him the worst of names. Now its users treat him with respect and are asking him to wait for Palin to announce her decision and then endorse her.

And why are media still following her? For the simple reason that she has not yet announced her decision, so there is theoretically still a chance that she might run, so there is still a reason for the media to cover her. And that’s what Palin wants.

As soon as she announces that she’s not going to run – which she will have to do, because of legal deadlines – the media will stop covering her, no one will care what she says ro does, her speaking fees will plummet, and funds will stop flowing into SarahPAC’s coffers. Palin knows about that, which is why she’s delaying her announcement for as long as she can.

And when she announces that she’s not running, I suspect that this website’s admins and commenters will wine, gnash their teeth, and urge Palin to run as a third-party candidate.