Senate Convenes at White House for North Korea Briefing

In a rare spectacle, all 100 U.S. senators boarded multiple buses on Wednesday for a short trip down to the White House, where they took part in an unusual briefing delivered by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Director of Intelligence Dan Coats, and Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

On the docket: The rising tensions in North Korea.

The senators were reportedly briefed for about an hour at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

In a joint statement released after the meeting was over, Mattis, Tillerson, and Coats said, “The United States seeks stability and the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula. We remain open to negotiations towards that goal. However, we remain prepared to defend ourselves and our allies.”

The three continued: “The president’s approach aims to pressure North Korea into dismantling its nuclear, ballistic missile, and proliferation programs by tightening economic sanctions and pursuing diplomatic measures with our allies and regional partners.”

The senators who attended the briefing were relatively tight-lipped about what was said, although several Democrats whined that the event was more a PR opportunity than anything else. Of course, what else would you expect from the party that thought, surely, “strategic patience” would have worked out by now?

In testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee the next day, U.S. Pacific Commander Harry B. Harris Jr. said the U.S. had no choice but to take Kim Jong Un’s increasingly-unhinged rhetoric at face value.

“The crisis on the Korean peninsula is real – the worst I’ve seen,” Harris said. “There is some doubt within the intelligence community whether Kim Jong Un has [long-range nuclear] capability today or whether he will soon, but I have to assume he has it, the capability is real, and that he’s moving towards it.”

Harris said that with the imminent deployment of THAAD – a missile defense system the U.S. is preparing on South Korean soil – the Trump administration hopes to limit Kim’s offensive possibilities.

“We want to bring Kim Jong Un to his senses, not to his knees,” he said. However, he noted, “I have the forces in place to fight tonight if necessary.”

A rogue state like North Korea has very few advantages when it comes to conflict with the civilized West, but they do have one: While Kim Jong Un may not be precisely suicidal, his country is in such a sorry state that he legitimately has very little to lose in a nuclear confrontation with the United States. In the U.S., on the other hand, we’re living high on the hog and would quite prefer it if we could avoid any unpleasantness of a war-like nature, please and thank you.

Until and unless Kim turns a nuclear/ballistic missile test into a nuclear/ballistic missile strike against the U.S. or one of our allies, public support for war will remain extremely low. Kim and his Chinese benefactors know this, which is why they’re counting on their threats to force the U.S. back to the negotiating table…where they can hopefully get one of those sweet Obama-Iran agreements from America’s new dealmaker-in-chief.

If we know Trump, though, no such deal is coming.

That puts us in a highly-volatile situation – a game of geopolitical chicken, for lack of a better word – where we wait to see if Kim Jong Un is really mad enough to condemn his own people to annihilation.

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  1. “come to his senses”. DO not bet on it. from what i understand his life is a continuous string of debauchery and spoiled pampering where he has never grown up. the propaganda ministry has endowed him with god like capabilities and dissension is punished by death. while his people are starving he feasts inanely. he cannot return to his senses because he never had any.

    • If the people of N. Korea had any sense, which they don’t, they would throw his fat azz out of office! He obviously has not missed too many meals!

  2. “Obama-Iran agreements”? That is the biggest POS “treaty” from the most clueless, lazy, inept POSPOTUS ever!

  3. Since this boy is out of his mind, and is trying single handedly to annihilate his own people, he won’t “come to his senses” since he has no common sense at all.

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  4. If King Odumbo were still the president, and thank God he’s not, he would make a great deal with Kim Jong Dumbfuxk, of North Korea. He would get Kim to agree to be nice, and not do anything to the U.S. until 3 or 4 years after Odumbo is out of office. Then, the Demoncrats, along with Odumbo, would blame it all on Trump!

  5. I wonder if this was reviewed in the briefing They say those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it. After you read this – ask yourself didn’t Obama do the exact same thing with Iran?

    Now We Know How North Korea Got Their Nukes.

    North Korea has put us all in an uncomfortable place. We feel that conflict could happen any day. We would win, but it would be messy. Who is to blame for this situation?

    In a shocking examination, it was discovered that Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton actually set us up for this situation. They did some pretty atrocious things with North Korea, and seemingly, didn’t care about the consequences of their actions. (via The Federalist Papers)

    These two liberals set America up for failure from the start. Carter worked up a deal in Pyongyang with North Korea. The

    result of the deal was two reactors and five billion dollars in aid, all in return for a promise to quit seeking nukes.

    WE GAVE THEM TWO NUCLEAR REACTORS AND 5 BILLION DOLLARS AND SAID “DON’T BUILD NUKES!” Stunned by stupidity is the only way to describe this agreement. OF COURSE, they were going to go right back to building nukes with their two new reactors, and more money than any of us have ever seen in our lives.

    Bill Clinton embraced this idea with arms wide open. He claimed that this achievement would form “an end to the threat of nuclear proliferation on the Korean Peninsula.” Really, Clinton?

    This story proves another point that we should all take into consideration. They gave ANOTHER COUNTRY $5 billion dollars. We have people starving to death in our country already. Veterans are sick, homeless, and not getting the respect and admiration that they deserve.

    We could have taken care of ALL of the current veterans with that $5 billion dollars. Instead, we gave it away to a dangerous dictator as if it were Monopoly money.

    These former “leaders” need to admit that what they did put us in this situation. We know the mainstream media will never mention it. In fact, Carter won a Nobel Peace Prize for coming up with the North Korean agreement. Sad!

    Knowing this information, you have to wonder how much we DON’T know. How much money was given to them from previous presidents that we will never know about? How many times did we happily give them money to try and build something that would destroy us?

    It is complete madness and needs to stop. Luckily, President Trump noticed the same things that we have. He is going to keep aid to other countries to a bare bones minimum. We need to step back and focus on OUR country, and OUR people. President Trump recently passed an executive order for our veterans, and this is already an amazing improvement from previous legislation what was there previously.

    Now, veterans can view information about their VA hospitals online, such as wait times, allowing them to get treatment sooner, and best of all, the best doctors in the world are going to be there to help. This is already a shining example of how Trump is different from Bill Clinton, Carter, or ANY other president that has been in office.

    Clinton and Carter may never pay for their treason, but at least we have a good idea about how we ended up in this situation. Thanks, Clinton and Carter.

  6. If Kim Dumb young will kill his own people… I would think that Kim will kill,
    American people any way possible without having 2nd thought

  7. Why dont they think that North Korea might put a bomb on a ship and explode it in a Harbor on the west coast or the east coast. Or they might put it into a commercial jet and explode it over a city.

  8. Kim Jung Un is nothing but a child in grown up pants. He has temper tantrums just like Obama did, expecting the world to coddle and stroke him. No one will do that. He is destined to kill his people by his childish arrogance. Perhaps his people should take things into their own hands and put the little bugger in time out…for the rest of his life…before he destroys their lives!
    P.T. is going to have to play Mommy and slap Un’s hands while passing even more sanctions until Un screams “uncle”! It’s going to hurt, but he’ll get over it and his people will live a while longer until his next tirade.

  9. It will not be secret long

  10. Korea/NAM were 2 of out gigantic SNAFU’S, BAR NONE!
    When pantie waists get to running their jaws every thing goes to hell!!

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