Korea or Iran…Where Will Trump Attack First?
01, 2017 "Information
- President Trump seems to be impatiently racing
toward at least one disastrous war. Maybe two.
The big question is who will be first? North
Korea or Iran?
Over the past several days President Trump has
sent two nuclear-capable B-1 bombers over the
Korean peninsula to send a clear message that he
is ready to attack North Korea. On Saturday he
blamed China for North Korea’s refusal to cease
its missile tests. He Tweeted: “I am very
disappointed in China… they do nothing for us
with North Korea, just talk. We will no longer
allow this to continue.”
One press report from an unnamed Pentagon source
claimed that President Trump “is to order a
military strike against North Korea within a
year,” after this weekend’s North Korean test of
a longer-range missile.
Iran, which along with North Korea and Russia
will face new sanctions imposed by Congress and
expected to be signed into law by Trump, is also
in President Trump’s crosshairs. He was
reportedly furious over his Secretary of State
Rex Tillerson’s certifying that Iran was in
compliance with the nuclear deal – even though
Iran was in compliance – and he seems determined
to push a confrontation.
Twice in the past week the US military has fired
at Iranian ships in the Persian Gulf. On Tuesday
an Iranian military ship in the Persian Gulf was
warned off by machine gun blasts from a US Naval
vessel. Then on Friday the US Navy fired warning
flares toward another Iranian ship operating in
the Persian Gulf.
Imagine if the US Navy had encountered Iranian
warships in the Gulf of Mexico firing machine
guns at them when they approached the Iranians.
Facing new sanctions, the Iranian government
announced that it will not end ballistic missile
testing even under US pressure. The missile
program is not a violation of the P5+1 Iran deal
unless it is specifically designed to carry
So whom will Trump attack first? Let’s hope
nobody, but with continuing pressure from both
Democrats and Republicans over the unproven
“Russiagate” allegations, it increasingly looks
like he will seek relief by starting a “nice
little war.” If he does so, however, his
presidency will likely be over and he may end up
blundering into a much bigger war in the
Although Trump’s bombastic rhetoric on Iran and
North Korea has been pretty consistent, the
American people voted Trump because he was seen
as the less likely of the two candidates to get
the US into a major war.
A recent study by the Boston University and the
University of Minnesota concluded that Trump won
the most votes in parts of the country with the
highest military casualties. Those most directly
suffering the costs of war were attracted to the
candidate they saw as less likely to take the US
into another major war. These are the Americans
living in the swing states of Wisconsin,
Pennsylvania, and Michigan that surprised the
pundits by voting for Trump over Hillary.
Will Trump’s legacy be blustering us into one or
two wars that will make Iraq and Afghanistan
look like cakewalks by comparison? Millions
dead? It’s time to make our voices known before
it’s too late!
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