'America First!' AWOL From Beijing, War With North Korea Looms

Tyler Durden's picture

Authored by James George Jatras via The Strategic Culture Foundation,

There’s no indication that President Donald Trump’s summit with China’s Xi Jinping achieved any breakthrough on North Korea. But why didn’t it? After all, Trump said that China could “fix” the North Korea problem “easily and quickly” and it was just a matter of Xi’s making up his mind to do so.

No less divorced from reality was Trump’s half-hearted pitch on the US trade imbalance with China. The problem, he said, was not the Chinese – whom he complimented on their cleverness in exploiting our stupidity – but on the flaccid policies of prior American administrations. Quite true! But what will he do differently? Not much it seems, except maybe give a big tax cut with no strings attached to fat corporations that are thrilled to keep moving their operations overseas. Global market über alles! And here we all thought Hillary Clinton lost the election . . .

All in all, Trump’s China visit was characterized by putting his “America First!” campaign principles on ice in favor of the globalist agenda of his economic advisers and subordination of trade to the geopolitical concerns of the military Junta that runs his administration for him. Sure, there might some tinkering here and there, like the recent hit against Chinese aluminum foil dumping. But plutocrats worried about a “trade war” with China can sleep easy.

On North Korea – the overwhelming US preoccupation at the Trump-Xi summit – Trump came up empty.

For months observers have fretted over Trump’s oscillating rhetoric from fire and destruction one day to let’s-make-a-deal the next. He’s his own good cop, bad cop act.

In principle there’s nothing wrong with bluster and unpredictability. The art of the deal, you know. Despite the claims of Trump’s detractors, the President’s supposed irresponsibility and impulsiveness aren’t the problem.

Trump’s personal style hasn’t yet resulted in war, and if war comes, that wouldn’t be the reason for it.

Rather the real danger comes from the ostensible experts who set the parameters within which Trump operates, to whom he’s unwisely outsourced his foreign and security policies.

The following articles of faith are baked into the cake:

First, It’s nice that there has evidently been a back channel for direct US talks with North Korea, but from Washington’s perspective there is nowhere for negotiations to go past demands for denuclearization. Any kind of concession to Pyongyang is out of the question, as it would mean “rewarding aggression” and “showing weakness.” There are no evident contours for a deal when only one side is expected to make concessions.

 

Second, because Washington has defined North Korea’s nukes as ipso facto a vital threat to the US, the minimum acceptable US goal is Pyongyang’s dumping its weapons.. (Regime change would better, since it would also mean denuclearization.) The fact that Pyongyang is unlikely to give up its nukes under any circumstances means there can no deal.

 

Third, in Washington’s collective mind the crisis is 100 percent the fault of North Korea, zero percent the result of our presence in Korea, of our threats against Pyongyang, or of our actions elsewhere. How can you blame us – we tried diplomacy for 20 years and all it did was lead to a bomb! Any suggestion that Kim Jong-un is responding to threats from George W. Bush’s 2002 Axis of Evil speech or to the disposal of Muammar Qaddafi and Saddam Hussein (who, unlike Kim, were foolish enough not to have WMDs) would be “blaming America!” Taking responsibility for past mistakes is not our forte. The prospect that the US mainland might in a few months be targetable by a nuclear-tipped North Korean ICBM has nothing at all to do with anything the US has said or done.

 

Fourth, we know China can solve this at will – easily and quickly, as the President said. As former US ambassador to the UN John Bolton says: “That’s why you say to China: ‘we’re gonna see reunification here. Do you want to do it the hard way or the easy way?” This means China can do the job for us, or we'll do it. The notion that Beijing will not take an action fundamentally inconsistent to China’s national security because of American flattery or threats is almost inconceivable. But if they fail to do as we demand, what comes next will be their fault, not ours.

 

Fifth, the military option is still very much on the table. The Junta are not strategic thinkers but they are very, very certain of their technique. If worst comes to worse, and they are “forced to act” (from their point of view) they are supremely (and dangerously) confident that good execution can minimize the damage. Preparations for a preemptive strike continue apace. In Seoul Trump touted the prowess of the three US carrier groups off the peninsula. Maybe it’s all just a bluff to get the Chinese to act (as we know they can; see the preceding paragraph). But if worse comes to worst, and it turns out horribly for a lot of people: We had no choice in light of China’s inaction. Does this mean the planners are sitting around scheming to sacrifice Seoul so as not to look weak? No, but they are prepared to risk that outcome because they are boxed in by all the other elements of their approach. Worse, they are sure they call pull it off. After all, look at how well our other recent wars have gone!

 

Sixth, Trump has made it clear that his instincts are on hold and he'll be guided by “the professionals.” (Compare Afghanistan, where his “new” same-old non-strategy was dictated by the Junta against what he admits were his own inclinations.) On Korea, the “experts” mainly refers to the Junta but also Nikki Haley (!!!!) and probably John Bolton. (There's also a possibility that David Petraeus, the genius advocate of arming al-Qaeda in Syria, has a thumb in the pie as well.) Plus, keep in mind that Trump isn't a neoconservative but he is an Andrew Jackson, or perhaps Teddy Roosevelt, nationalist. “Do not underestimate us,” Trump warned Kim. “And do not try us.” When the “experts” tell him that North Korea is “trying” us, what else can he do but act? After all, in April the “experts” told him that al-Assad gassed children in Syria – and boom! – he launched cruise missiles to the applause of both the Swamp critters and much of his populist base that has no idea where Syria is.

 

Seventh – and here’s the fun part – if it does all turn into a huge disaster involving hundreds of thousands of deaths, who will take the fall? Not McMaster or Haley. No, it will all be blamed on Trump and the “America First!” path he failed to follow. The establishment on both sides of the aisle, including many who prodded him toward a more aggressive policy, will rush to denounce him: See, we told you he’s nuts! The professionals gave him good advice but he messed everything up! In that case, they wouldn’t have to wait for impeachment, the 25th Amendment would be invoked. Talk about a “win-win” for the Deep State warmongers: getting rid of Kim and Trump!

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DownWithYogaPants's picture

Seemed like a bunch of anti-Trump blather.

Seriously after seeing what the Deep State has done over the past year I am expected to think a president has power?  Get real.

It's obvious that's not the case by and large.  Ok so he has more power than plebian old me. That's not saying much

Who OK'd Johnson's killing of Kennedy?  I want to know what that group is thinking.

LetThemEatRand's picture

So Obama was not to blame for anything because he had no power either?  It's amazing how the tribal mind works.  When the Blue Team's guy was in power, he was to blame for everything.  When your guy is in power, he is powerless because of some unseen forces even though he has both houses of Congress.  

 

FoggyWorld's picture

No, that isn't what happened.  Obama made apology tours and apparently didn't connect on a human level with those he visited with.

Trump was respected on this trip and that is a drastic change really from what went on under both Bush and Obama.

Escrava Isaura's picture

LetThemEatRand: It's amazing how the tribal mind works.   

Selective memory is a hallmark of propagandists and ideologists.

Now on 'America First!'

What’s that suppose to mean?

The American middleclass lifestyle?

Making America Great Again? I guess consuming 20% of the world’s resources and energy while having 5% of the population is not good enough.

Competing globally while wanting a $40 thousand dollars a year wage? Well, the average Chinese worker on the private sector makes 28,752 yuan (about $4,755) a year. Chinese minimum wage is 2,300 yuan ($333) a month.

Or having less government accordingly to the conservatives and anarchists? Well, here’s the perfect paradise for you both. No government at all.

Honey, you can delude yourself all you want. You can call your government all the names you wish. But one thing you cannot do: You can’t have the America you want without the America deep state.

 

Davidduke2000's picture

100% correct. even congress is doing its best to shut him down, I have never seen people like in congress who hate their country and would easily sell it for 40 silver shekels. 

redmudhooch's picture

Atlanta Jewish Times featured a column by its owner-publisher suggesting that U.S.-based  Israeli Mossad agents might someday need to “order a hit” on the president of the United States.

http://original.antiwar.com/alison-weir/2012/01/24/israeli-assassination...

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/284979-ajt.html

On Jan. 13 the Atlanta Jewish Times featured a column by its owner-publisher suggesting that Israel might someday need to “order a hit” on the president of the United States.

In the column, publisher Andrew Adler describes a scenario in which Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu would need to “give the go-ahead for U.S.-based Mossad agents to take out a president deemed unfriendly to Israel.”

The purpose? So that the vice president could then take office and dictate U.S. policies that would help the Jewish state “obliterate its enemies.”

Adler wrote that it is highly likely that the idea “has been discussed in Israel’s most inner circles.”

Numerous Jewish leaders quickly condemned Adler, who has now apologized for the column, resigned, and put the newspaper up for sale. An Israeli columnist noted that the hatred being stirred up against Obama is similar to conditions in Israel that led to the murder of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin by a Jewish extremist.

yellowsub's picture

You mean the previous President not the current one who endorsed him.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tm5Je73bYOY

His family is pro-Israel and if he has anymore Jews in his administration, you'd should start questioning his allegiance which is already questionable.

Colonel's picture

So the deep state, republicans, democraps, mainstream media etc... resisted Obozo like they do Trump!? Ya right.

fockewulf190's picture

Trump kicked ass. The hell with this armchair quarterback.

TheEndIsNear's picture

Trump has become nothing more than another pain in the ass. I had hope, but now it is gone.

Davidduke2000's picture

President Putin explained to reporters in one of his summits that all american presidents come to office with plans and hopes, but once they settle in the white house, the black suits with the briefcases show up and explain to them what the plans are and instruct them what to do which explain why trump is dipping into the swamp.

his intentions were noble but the reality is the us is ruled by an oligarchy worse than in the ukraine and the early days of Russia after the collapse, when Putin arrived he kicked ass. Trump should have closed the cia for few month and cleaned up their act like what Jimmy Carter did , and should have closed most of the intelligence agencies who accomplish nothing as with all the spying they do on the citizens they could not stop the 911, nor the boston marathon bombers, nor any mass shootings, all what these agencies do is to run the presidency of the us.

Squid-puppets a-go-go's picture

Its round about my 8th anniversary of coming to Zero Hedge. And I'm still cluless as to the real motivations and inner workings of North Korea

Moar insight, Tyler

LetThemEatRand's picture

Kim wants nukes so he is not Libyaed, Iraqed, or Afghanistaned.

williambanzai7's picture

And it is in fact as simple as that.

Winston Churchill's picture

Nobody wants a bayonet enema,whocouldhavenode ?

Ms No's picture

OT:

6.8-7.0 earthquake Costa Rica (being reported by Europe because USGS is worthless.  Probably show up later).

6.0 Japan.

USGS usually downgrades even if host country disagrees, which is weird in itself.  So numbers may go down.

MD's picture

Trump is terrified of the Chinese. We need a President with the courage to go toe to toe with them, not be a deferential wuss like Trump was to Xi.

Impose tariffs on high value industries, strong arm US companies into keeping manufacturing in the US, and punish China for IP theft.

And back off on North Korea, that's a losing position for the US, get us out of there.

LetThemEatRand's picture

"Impose tariffs on high value industries, strong arm US companies into keeping manufacturing in the US, and punish China for IP theft."

Those were all specific campaign promises from Trump.

MD's picture

And where are the results? Tariffs on Chinese aluminum foil? Give me a break. I want more RESULTS.

White Devil's picture

Funny you’d mention that. I noticed on a box of aluminum foil I bought recently what was printed on the box: “Made in Russia.”

Davidduke2000's picture

even with your joke, Russia is manufacturing a lot more since the sanctions were imposed, the Russians learned from the Iranians not only that they can be self sufficient on everything, they can export due to their low ruble that is bound to grow in value because it is the only currency backed by gold.

Russia's imports dropped by 90% and exports rose  by 50% and climbing, they produce a better quality that chinese industrial products and military hardware and are reasonably priced, they leave the cheap stuff to China but in heavy industries and rocketry they are flying high.

Latin America is buying more Russian exports as well as Asia which include the middle east and India and Africa, they even produce the top nuclear reactors a business vacated by Canada.

not dead yet's picture

After the US put the sanctions on Russia over the Crimea thingie Putin went on a tour and got a lot of signed contracts expecially with South America where he was treated like a hero. For good reason no American president would get a heros welcome down there.

FoggyWorld's picture

Other than Musk, who has been leaving recently?  Check the stuff in your own house and see how that barn door has already been closed.  We manufacture very little other than that stuff for the MIC.

This unfortunately may not be the ideal time to add on heavy tarriffs because We the People whose incomes aren't rising would be the ones to pay those new costs.

not dead yet's picture

Do your homework instead of spreading propaganda. Until surpassed by China less than 10 years ago the US was still the #1 manufacturer in the world and are now a solid #2. Around 50 auto plants and many more of their suppliers many of which are foreign brands. Not counting domestics, Mercedes, BMW, Toyota, Hyundai, Kia, Subaru, Volkwagon, Honda, Kawasaki, all have plants here. Many have multiple plants. Same with Continental, Yokohama, Bridgestone. US #4 in steel production. In the last few years I replaced all the major appliances, the furnace and AC, the roof and siding, and some windows all USA made. When oil hit the skids Texas took it in the ass because of all the oil field equipment they make there. Quite a few plants making small business jets. Boeing with multiple plants making civilian airliners. Whirlpool, GE, and Electrolux making major appliances. GE jet engines, medical equipment, and locomotives, and much more. John Deere and Caterpiller have multiple plants in the Midwest. Company I worked for has a couple of dozen plants in the US making pumps and water systems for home, industrial, and pool. Large Midwest retailer Menards with around 300 stores a few times a year runs a Made in USA sale. The flyer runs well over 20 pages and every item listed is USA made and where it was manufactured. According to recent figures there are over a quarter million manufacturing plants in the US. Plenty more if one cares to look.

Diatom's picture

GM piece of shit cars...

Harley Davidson piece of shit motorbikes...

Whirlpool piece of shit appliances...

Monsanto/Dupont piece of shit agro...

Kellogs/P&G/Mondelez/Coca Cola piece of shit GMO food...

Pfizer/GSK/Merck piece of shit drugs...

"Murika: Supplying shit worldwideTM"

 

Hugh_Jorgan's picture

So, what do you do when you're not busy painting with sh!t?

ThirteenthFloor's picture

If you thought that would every happen you are a fool. US economy requires Chinese goods to even wake up in the morning, everything from light switches to drywall to wafers (ICs) come from China. If US tariffs Chinese goods US economy would grind to a stop. Wall Street and fortune 500 and public would scream bloody murder.

If the topic even came up - even as a passing thought - Xi would say, do want us to foreclose on your sorry ass ?!

Trump can’t even arrest Hilliary or Podesta let alone influence our trade deficit with China. It’s Chimerica all the way until the economic implosion hits.

Davidduke2000's picture

China does not need the us the 17% of its trade with the us can be easily replaced leaving the us with very expensive products. the TPP was engineered by obama to replace China by  vietnam and other poor countries with cheap labour , but trump does not care much about any of this, he is simply interested to have a legacy that he tried to make america great again since none of his plans would work with a corrupt congress who is bent on being part of a world government even if the us plays a submissive role.

2018 election is the gauge that would show if the americans want to be a free and independent country or will be overrun by third world refugees and immigrants who will milk the resources created  by printing fake dollars s there is a limit how much bullshit investors can take including american investors.

in less than a year the future of the us will be played and I am betting on the swamp to win as only Banon is working to drain the swamp while trump is taking few dips and he appears to love it. 

Laughing.Man's picture

Terrified of the Chinese?  No.  He's more concerned on domestic enemies.

Ivan de beers's picture

The zionist elite have already planned for a transfer of power from America to Israel, just as they planned for Britain to hand over power to the US. Like leeches, they will suck a nation dry and move on to the next. Donald Trump, being a cult member is well aware of what lies ahead and what hes been tasked with. All that is needed is for the fuse to be lit, whether it be North Korea or Iran, one way or the other World War 3 will be forced upon us all and make no mistake, Israel is awaiting the ascend to the throne. No empire lasts forever and Americas days are drawing to a close.

Davidduke2000's picture

I am seeing a diminishing joo power as more americans understand they have been enslaved for over 60 years and planning to abandon israel and saudi arabia from lack of money, which explain why all of sudden the two weak countries are joining resources to stay alive.

israel and saudi both facing bankruptcy in the long term and the powerful joos in the us are dying , feinstein is 84 and others are not much younger.

but the most impressing is the people can now see the con and they refuse to take part of it, they want the joos to fend for themselves and die for their own wars.

HRClinton's picture

We don't need Jizzrael in any way, shape, or form.

Peeps are indeed waking up, and that scares them. So they use their usual bag of carpet bagging tricks of Deception, to con and mind-jack the simple, naive, well-meaning, etc., who see the world as they want it to be, not as it is.

Their motto is also their Modus Operandus: "By deception we shall wage (full-spectrum) war (on the Goyim)."

hooligan2009's picture

an article by a swamp dweller with links to a russian anti-swamp web site!

watch out else you will be subpoenaed to appear in front of some senate committee or other!

here is the author

https://www.strategic-culture.org/authors/james-george-jatras.html

and here is wikispooks take: https://wikispooks.com/wiki/Strategic_Culture_Foundation

Description Moscow-based anti-Zionist think tank and web publishing organisation + Display date

8 June 2010 - Present

khnum's picture

China's business is business

America's business is war

one is sustainable,the other is not.

old naughty's picture

i assume you have data to verify the not-sustainable part?

chi-mera is a two-headed beast, jointed at the hip.

HRClinton's picture

Modern Russia's business is also Business. 

Which is why both Russia and China are able to convince Asian and ME countries to join OBOR:

"If you've had enough of death, debt and destruction, join us to build a Future for your People. If not, join the Imperialist Americans and let them help you build cemeteries. Cities or cemeteries. What's it gonna be?"

FoggyWorld's picture

Great lrather short book with an awful title:  North Korea Confidential.  It came out earlier this year and does help you understand.

Certainly worth your time.

Koba the Dread's picture

For modern history of Korea, try Bruce Cumings.

Ms No's picture

China could put NK away but they have zero reason to do so.  They need that long term financial investment (since Korean war) into their intimidation vassal to do what it was intended to do now.  They are trying to keep the wolves at bay and if shit gets ugly they have a chance of limiting the geographic scope of the war.  There are many reasons to have "an irrational actor" vassal.  Just ask the US about their ISIS proxy.

Lanka's picture

Classic drivel.  Well played.

Koba the Dread's picture

Eloquent comment, Lanka, and concise.

White Devil's picture

The jig is up, I only hope a shitload of zionists and rich parasites get fucked along with the rest of us.

gespiri's picture

This is classic scare-mongering from this lobby/research group, nothing more.  

There will be no war with North Korea nor Iran since the Satanists/Luciferians/pedophiles who wants this to happen (who is also behind Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan) are on the way out. 

Don't be easily brainwashed and be wary of these research council groups.

gespiri's picture

The problem with the western world today is that we have too many lawyers, reporters, PhDs who don't really have a lot of business going on their side.  Therefore, they created another money-making business model on their behalf in the past 20 years and this is to spread propaganda and brainwash the rest of the public being financed by a small group of people who want to control the rest of us. 

Always watch/read everything to see on the web, TV, radio, newspaper with suspicion and do your own real research.

Fireman's picture

It's already over as China's gold backed Yuan brings the feral Saudi Barbarian oil peddlers under its wing. Now that the USSAN banksters have stolen back all that "treasury" debt owed to the feudal crypt of Saud and tried to frame them for 9 11 (the "28 pages" meme) just kiss the IOU Petroscrip (no longer) I$I$ backed Saudi Mercan toilet paper IOU petroscrip dollah goodbye. Jim Wille's Scheiße dollah is coming home to Slumville in a tsunami of toxic derivative shit after all the lost judaic wars and bananas republic debt splurge and it's going to guarantee overnight Third World status for 98% of USSANS, already on the edge of ruin. The adults on the planet are sick of Pox Amerikana and the "exorbitant privilege" reserve currency psycho soup kitchen gig as the Pentacon mob fizzles out in a swamp of hubris a la Fat Leonard. China's Korea and China's "big, beautiful" South China Sea "resort" islands are bristling with big sticks and USSA can do NOTHING, and the rest of humanity knows it while watching the snaggle-toothed, drug-addled, big mouth dumb a$$ mutt get kicked in the face. Meanwhile Chump's "armada" splashes around China's backyard paid for by Chinese credit and waiting to get "containered" as China's very own Poroshenko in Pyongyang thumbs his nose and plays with his nukes freaking the rabid khazarian mongrel neocons even more than Novorossiya's de facto independence.

Dump the petroscrip and prep before the big flush washes you down the Wall St bankster sewer in the imploding shitter of the Potemkin Village idiot "economy" of misery and carnage for the Zero 1% scum that own US. As for Langley looting even more Saudi petroscrip to unrust rusted hulk USSA, that is about as likely to happen as Chump's tortilla curtain snaking across the borders of those former Mexican states stolen by Washing town bandits and illegally annexed after the USSAN invasion of Mexico in 1846-1848. USSANS don't know any "history" other than the Hollyweird chosenite rapist porno rant a la Neanderthal Winestain and his band of shrieking hos and pedos even as Mexicans and Koreans will never forget it. The wall might be in Chump's head but the Mexicans already own both sides of it and that is not going to change any more than the status quo in China's back yard.

 

ShabbosGoy's picture

Schizophrenia is truly a frightening disease.

Did you forget your meds sonny?

Or is it just the Alzheimer's kicking in?