One might find Nikki Haley’s comment at the UN–that North Korea will be “utterly destroyed” in the event of war–inflammatory and unproductive, though certainly it is not terribly different from similar statements from Trump himself in the past. But the timing is perhaps the newsworthy part of this.
Haley’s comments were made late yesterday. Suddenly this morning Americans awoke to the news that Rex Tillerson is apparently being ousted as secretary of state. Say what you will about Tillerson, he was at least, relatively speaking, a voice of sanity from within the Trump administration, and of course there aren’t many voices of sanity in Washington these days. It was Tillerson who proposed a diplomatic solution to the crisis on the Korean peninsula, while Trump told him he was wasting his time.
Apparently Tillerson is to be replaced by CIA Director Mike Pompeo, although some in the administration thought that Haley herself would get the job–or at least this is what is being reported by the New York Times.
In any event, Daniel McAdams of the Ron Paul Institute has referred to Haley as a “bull in a china shop,” while Gregory Elich of the Korea Policy Institute has issued almost perhaps even stronger language, this is an interview with RT:
It is not North Korea that is pushing the world closer to war, I think the Trump administration is doing so. Going back, Joseph Yun, who is US Special Representative for North Korea Policy, told a meeting at the Council on Foreign Relations that if North Korea refrained from nuclear and missile testing for 60 days, the US would engage in direct dialogue with North Korea.
North Korea did better than that – they went two and a half months without doing any tests whatsoever. And what kind of reward did they get? The Trump administration sent B-1 bombers over South Korea practicing the bombing of North Korea. The Trump administration sent three aircraft carriers off the shore of the Korean Peninsula to practice bombing over North Korea. Then Trump designated North Korea as a state-sponsor of terrorism. The Trump administration is doing absolutely everything possible to kill off any possibilities of diplomacy. I think the North Koreans got fed up with this one-sided approach. So they went back to fast-track development of their missile program, which they see as a defensive measure against the threats that they are getting from the Trump administration.
Elich’s comment that the Trump administration is trying to “kill off any possibilities of diplomacy,” is a rather accurate and astute comment–and the hostile opposition to diplomacy in the Deep State is probably the main reason Tillerson is on his way out.
Haley’s outburst was prompted of course by the latest missile test by North Korea. However, the US conducts ballistic missile tests on a routine basis–something I made note of in a post back in May of this year. This was just after the US not only conducted a launch of an ICBM Minuteman Missile, but even released a video of it:
After hypocritically lambasting North Korea for test firing missiles, the US has conducted its second test of an Intercontinental Ballistic Missile in seven days. The latest ICBM test launch, of a Minuteman III missile, took off from Vandenberg Air Force Base at two minutes past midnight local time on Wednesday, May 3. This follows by seven days the last test, which took place on April 26.
ICBMS are capable of traveling thousands of miles and delivering a nuclear payload.
What is the world to make of the fact that the US not only is conducting such a tests but also makes a practice of uploading videos of them to YouTube? The US military has made an effort to portray these as routine missile tests, but does anyone believe that? Someone in Washington seems to be trying hard to send a message–but to whom?
You can go here to read my full post, which includes the video of the test.
The DPRK has now released video as well–of the most recent missile test, the one that sent Haley into convulsions of fury. You can go here to see that video.
Pompeo, according to the NY Times, will be replaced at the CIA by Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, one of the most ardent supporters of Israel in the Senate.
Officials in Washington clearly feel the US should have the right to test as many nuclear missiles as it wants, but that North Korea should not have the same right. Meanwhile, Israel’s nuclear arsenal should not even be questioned or acknowledged. It’s the kind of double standard the rest of the world is getting fed up with.