Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin warned North Korea that US forces are ready to “fight tonight” after Pyongyang denounced Washington and Seoul’s decision to resume military exercises. The US and South Korea are resuming military drills after pausing them for a year due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Our force remains ready to fight tonight, and we continue to make progress toward the eventual transition of wartime Operational Control to a [Republic of Korea]-commanded, future Combined Forces Command,” Austin said from Seoul on Thursday.
Austin also said the US remains committed to the “denuclearization” of the Korean Peninsula, a demand that is a non-starter for negotiations with Pyongyang. A more realistic approach from the Biden administration would be an offer to ease sanctions in exchange for a freeze in North Korea’s nuclear arsenal.
Also on Thursday, a North Korean official said the US would have to drop its “hostile policies” to restart nuclear talks. “We have already declared our stand that no DPRK-US contact and dialogue of any kind can be possible unless the US rolls back its hostile policy towards the DPRK,” said Choe Son-hui, North Korea’s first vice minister of foreign affairs.
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Who is allowing this warmonger to speak on behalf of the American people?
When will the American people wake up to this craziness? Are we really ready to fight tonight? By the way, that means killing millions of people and some of our soldiers may die too. What are we fighting for? Just because we have an army, we have to keep war going? No wonder the deep state gets to do what it wants without us, the American people, pushing back. No wonder they call us “sheeple.”
On US “democracy,” China socked it to the US in Alaska–
democracy: a system of government by the whole population or all the eligible members of a state, typically through elected representatives.
We killed millions of NK citizens during the Korean “police action”, and, managed to kill citizens from SK too. One of the things we did was take out dams.
Air Force general Curtis LeMay, head of the strategic air command during the Korean War, estimated that the American campaign killed 20 per cent of the population. “We went over there and fought the war and eventually burned down every town in North Korea,” he said.
Truman loved murdering civilians.
re: US Ready to ‘Fight Tonight’
The recently expanded Camp Humphreys is now the largest U.S. military base outside of the continental U.S. It cost some $10.7 billion and the ROK provided 90 percent of the funds. Humphreys with its 30,000 Americans in high-rise family housing is well within range of North Korea’s mobile rockets, and after a rocket barrage US forces definitely would not be able to ‘fight tonight.’
ROK forces, however, are deployed differently, outclass the DPRK forces and present a much better force.
But we can’t expect General Austin to understand all this, nor to understand the 2018 Trump-Kim Singapore Joint Statement which called for normalizing US-DPRK relations BEFORE any DPRK disarmament. Stupid people give the US a bad name.
What a joke. Rightwing yahoos wearing buffalo horns want to fight their own citizens, not a real army.
Not near the threat of looters/rioters/arsonists in many of our cities. Leftwing Radicals on the loose.
You think Biden dems are leftwing?
No they are master race nazis?
Capitalist warmongers who actually think and believe they are supporters of peace and the environment is closer to my perspective.
Doesn’t make what happened on that particular Jan 6th day any less threatening.
Yes it does, when it comes to destruction of property, assaults, and costs to the American taxpayers. Trump condemned the intruders of the Capitol Building, but the dimwits egged on and encouraged the marauding mobs in the cities.
Threatening is the optimum word here. People in a building being stormed were just as threatened as people in neighborhoods that were being looted. My problem is that every time one is brought up the other is used as some kind of idiotic whataboutism bullsh*t. One had nothing to do with the other and yet each and every time one is brought up, the other miraculously appears. Every fuc*ing time. Every issue has become left vs. right. Even Meghan Markle’s interview, which shouldn’t mean sh*t to anybody, has the left backing Markle and the right backing the royalty.
You think opportunistic looters have a political agenda?
No – but there many in the mobs don’t loot and have a political agenda. In the interest of strength thru diversity, I didn’t want to leave out one of that unholy trinity.
Here are some very interesting comments from the American Admiral in charge of USSTRATCOM about how the United States needs to prepare for a nuclear war:
The leap toward a global nuclear catastrophe is more likely than it has been since the early 1990s when the Soviet Union and the United States were facing off against each other particularly since Washington is feeling increasingly threatened as the multipolar world evolves.
“We are committed to the denuclearization of North Korea, reducing the broader threat the DPRK poses to the United States and our allies, and improving the lives of all Koreans, including the people of North Korea who continue to suffer widespread and systematic abuses at the hands of their repressive government,” Austin said at the press conference Thursday.
And to improve those lives we will continue to impose sanctions that only affect those very same people. Meanwhile fat Kim, and his “repressive government” live like kings.
How come never the same fake urgency about the denuclearization of the Middle East?
What a POS….
This kind of unprovoked bluster is consistent with our juvenile Twitter diplomacy. And the proof that all the individuals selected to hold high positions of state power are all the same, regardless of race and multitude of genders they all turn into supremacists.
But the real story here is — transition of military command in war time from US to South Korea. Let us see if this happens, or a conflict will conveniently spark, retaining US command over South Korea military.
re: we continue to make progress toward the eventual transition of wartime Operational Control to a [Republic of Korea]-commanded, future Combined Forces Command,” Austin said from Seoul on Thursday.
Since 1953 there has been an armistice in the UN-North Korean war, a complete cessation of hostilities and of all acts of armed force in Korea until a final peaceful settlement is achieved. For about half that time the directing headquarters was the United Nations Command (UNC), which had also directed combat operations in the 1950-53 war. This changed on November 7, 1978, the ROK/U.S. Combined Forces Command (CFC) was formed as the warfighting headquarters. The CFC, headed by a US general, has operational control over more than 600,000 active-duty military personnel of all services, of both countries. There was supposedly an agreement in 2019 to transfer command of the CFC to South Korea, but it hasn’t happened. And now the new Pentagon joker says it will be “eventual” — no change in that!
Meanwhile, long after the other major foreign combatant (China) has left, a US four-star commands hundreds of thousands of troops in Korea, in a war with no end, which is wonderful for the US. A war that never ends includes a US Air Force base one air-hour from Beijing and Shanghai, and needs a continuing budget without end.
It appears Lloyd Austin is attempting to finesse the North Koreans. Pyongyang is seeking a subsequent US administration to negotiate.
They’ve waited this long.
US leadership lacks quality in every department. and they can’t blame it on China.
Elect a senile, pandering, grifter,
expect his grasping, sophomoric underlings to run the show.
In other words, new boss, same as the old boss.
There were only two choices,
one was better than the other,
they were not identical.
There were six choices on my ballot, and a minimum of three on every ballot. Of the top three, two sucked and one wasn’t too bad. One of the two who sucked won.
No, there were six options on the ballot,
to encourage folks to play along.
But the fact remains, there were only two choices.
In other words, you live in a fantasy world where you believe that what you believe is true because you really, really, really, really want to believe it’s true.
No, you live in a world where you think (insert fantasy here)
a participation vote
for someone who cannot win actually accomplishes something.
there were only two people in the contest who could win,
no matter how really, really hard you thought a third might.
Anyone who got the most votes in states disposing of 270 or more electoral votes could win.
You deciding to vote for one of the two bad candidates doesn’t change that. Quit denying reality to excuse your own dismal failure to be anything resembling an ethical voter.
I support ethical voters and don’t judge their ethics,
I wish there were even more choices than the 6 offered.
However, I am also a realistic voter.
At this point in time
only two people had a chance to win this race,
and ethically one of them was better than the other.
We need a Parliamentary System, where coalitions are built to form a government. Then we’d be realistically rid of the two-party monopoly.
That would certainly help, as would widespread use of Ranked Choice Voting, where supporting the candidate you truly prefer first and “the lesser of two evils” as a second choice doesn’t cost you your vote.
But even in a first-past-the-post, single member plurality district type system, choosing Stalin over Hitler or vice versa, when Buddha is on the ballot too, then claiming it’s because Buddha “can’t win” is still just a bullshit excuse and an attempt to disclaim responsibility for your own actions.
I wouldn’t oppose that.
But isn’t it odd that EVERYONE you talk to says the same thing? That they won’t vote third party because they know the third party candidate can’t win? And that they’ll hold their nose and vote for the lesser of two evils? Talk about a self fulfilling prophecy. I started voting 3rd party in 1980. It’s really very simple.
It’s not “odd” it’s realistic.
Everyone should follow their conscience but
it’s an illusion to think, at least at this point,
that a third party could possible win.
Ok, it’s odd because it’s realistic. If everyone voted their conscience, a third party candidate would win. And if it hasn’t happened when our “choices” were Clinton/Trump and Trump/Biden in our last two elections, when exactly will it happen? It will always be an illusion but it doesn’t have to be because like I said, it really is simple.
Everyone should vote their conscience.
However my conscience can’t help but notice
how both mainstream parties co-op, shape and fund (use) third party politics to strip away votes from the other mainstream party.
Distraction, it’s part of the game.
So if that works for you, have at it.
I prefer to vote directly for one of the two who actually have a chance.
Voting my conscience means voting for the candidate that I think is the best choice on my ballot. Jo Jorgensen was the best candidate on my ballot by far. I can sleep in peace. Voting my conscience certainly doesn’t include voting for someone I wouldn’t allow in my house. But if that works for you, have at it.
“I prefer to vote directly for one of the two who actually have a chance.”
Except that more than two “actually have a chance.” It’s your vote and the votes of others that decides who wins.
For the love of god, take responsibility for your actions instead of trying to fantasize away the choices that actually existed so that you don’t have to. You did what you did. Own it.
Lloyd Austin is a proud member of the most diverse and intersectional group of mass murders in American history!
Wasn’t Secretary of Raytheon Lloyd Austin involved in the minor little crime against humanity called the American invasion (and now occupation) of Iraq–which continues to this day.
Austin should be facing the electric chair for his participation in this crime–not running his mouth in South Korea.
How the hell did austin ever become a general ? the man is a complete IDIOT .
You answered your own question. : )
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