...President Trump has zero inclination toward military conflict, but he has gobsmacking levels of strategic interest in economic leverage toward attaining security objectives without the use of military. (“take the oil”)Read more here.
...China will take direct action to change the behavior of North Korea because it will be in China’s best interest to do so. Trump doesn’t bluff. Once he makes up his mind on a long-term strategy he simply works through each sequential move to obtain the objective.
There’s no limit to the economic squeeze President Trump is willing to apply toward China. The U.S. Treasury, the U.S. Dept of Commerce, the U.S. Dept of State, the U.S. Dept of Agriculture, these are all tools in the sequential approach that are far more powerful than bombs, planes and rockets.
There is not a single regional military benefit surrounding the DPRK that is worth losing a single U.S. service member. Especially not when there is an essentially endless supply of economic leverage available to put upon their enabler, China.
Begin there, and everything starts to make sense.
Thursday, July 06, 2017
Trump doesn't bluff
At the Conservative Treehouse, Sundance has a post explaining that Trump does not bluff. Did you know that Trump has never played the stock market?