Sunday, April 9, 2017

On And On To Pyonyang

Well now is where things start getting interesting on the North Korea front, as a carrier strike group anchored by the USS Carl Vinson is on its way to say hi to the neighbors.

A U.S. Navy strike group will be moving toward the western Pacific Ocean near the Korean peninsula as a show of force, a U.S. official told Reuters on Saturday, as concerns grow about North Korea's advancing weapons program.

Earlier this month North Korea tested a liquid-fueled Scud missile which only traveled a fraction of its range.

The strike group, called Carl Vinson, includes an aircraft carrier and will make its way from Singapore toward the Korean peninsula, according to the official, who was not authorized to speak to the media and requested anonymity.

"We feel the increased presence is necessary," the official said, citing North Korea's worrisome behavior.

The news was first reported by Reuters.

In a statement late Saturday, the U.S. Navy's Third Fleet said the strike group had been directed to sail north, but it did not specify the destination. The military vessels will operate in the Western Pacific rather than making previously planned port visits to Australia, it added.

This year North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un, have repeatedly indicated an intercontinental ballistic missile test or something similar could be coming, possibly as soon as April 15, the 105th birthday of North Korea's founding president and celebrated annually as "the Day of the Sun."

Oh good hooray!

Well at this point we've already shot at Syria, so we might as well be efficient and go harass North Korea while we're at it, right?

Look, I know this is saber-rattling at its finest and all, but frankly the odds of two unstable leaders with nuclear weapons having an incident that escalates very quickly should something go wrong is spectacularly high here.  Even if you're convinced Hillary would have taken the same actions, there's no way she would be as bugnuts as Trump is when it comes to being so obviously goaded into taking a stupid, dangerous action.

So yes, considering Trump has made the worst possible decision at every turn so far, I do not have a good feeling about this at all.

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