After hearing his predecessor’s defeatist lament that lost U.S. manufacturing jobs that went overseas "are just not going to come back," there’s a lot to be said about President Trump’s idea of making America great again.
With new leadership and renewed confidence it seems to really be working.
Of course America has always been great. Yet the impotent leadership which has eroded our economic competitiveness over recent decades has also been exploited by adversaries through desperately flaccid appeasement concessions that imperil our national security. As direct results, North Korea and Iran, aided and abetted by China and Russia, now pose imminent U.S. and global nuclear threats.
North Korea which has successfully parlayed multiple broken denuclearization promises in exchange for extorted economic ransom since the mid-1980s now credibly boasts of intercontinental ballistic missile capabilities to deliver a nuke warhead over mainland America to destroy our energy grid.
President Trump is now likely to reaffirm eyes–wide-open, no-nonsense, willingness to participate in a previously cancelled June 12 Singapore denuclearization summit with Kim Jong Un. Pyongyang first indicated preparedness to consider denuclearization during conversations between Kim’s sister and South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Winter Olympics.
Those discussions were followed by encouraging meetings between Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Mr. Kim which led to the release of three American hostages.
Pledging to continue a "maximum [sanction] pressure campaign," Trump noted that Kim had adopted a harder position following a most recent meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. Although Xi has publicly purported to support phased denuclearization, this may not be the real deal either Beijing or Pyongyang have in mind.
As reported by Bill Gertz in The Washington Free Beacon last January, China’s Communist Party adopted a top secret plan to bolster the North Korean government with increased aid and military support, including new missiles, if they halt further nuclear tests. The authentic-appearing document reportedly obtained by a person with former ties to Chinese intelligence and security communities was dated September 15, just 12 days after the North’s latest underground blast.
Contrary to Beijing’s public stance that it seeks to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula, the cited secret plan would allow North Korea to keep its nuclear arsenal. It also agreed to offer new assurances that Kim’s government would not be allowed to collapse, and that sanctions would only be “symbolically” applied to avoid punishing his regime under a recent U.N. Security Council resolution requiring a halt to oil and gas shipments into the North.
President Trump had tweeted last December that China was caught "red handed" allowing oil shipments into North Korea.
Whereas the secret Chinese document stated believing "theoretically" that Western powers wouldn’t use military force to overthrow the Kim Regime over nukes, it stated that repeated nuclear test provocations have "imposed huge international pressure on our country that is continuously accumulating and becoming unbearably heavy."
Meanwhile, an infamous Obama administration "Iran nuclear deal" has removed pressure on the world’s greatest sponsor of terrorism to abort its destabilizing Mideast exploits. Officially termed the "Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action" (JCPOA), it granted Tehran $100 billion in sanctions relief, another $1.7 billion in cash rewards, and a free pass to revive its nuclear weapons program after a 15-year waiting period.
Strongly backed by their partner and mutual Syrian Bashar al-Assad ally Russia, the desperate deal placed no restrictions at all upon the development and testing of nuclear warhead delivery systems. Now, with longstanding technical support from cash-starved North Korea, they can continue to develop advanced ICBMs, along with money to purchase hundreds of thousands more conventional missiles targeted on Israel from Syria.
A new presidential memorandum is intended to change all of this. President Trump has announced that the U.S. will re-impose "the highest level of economic sanction" on Iran’s energy and automotive industries, ports, shipbuilding and other sectors. The mere threat of these renewed sanctions has already contributed to a precipitous fall in the currency value of its rial.
Other nations and business entities that continue to enjoy economic trade and banking benefits with Iran were also put on sanction squeeze notice. Included are European entities led by Germany who profit from JCPOA revenues. The United Arab Emirates and U.S. Treasury Department have already imposed joint sanctions on several Iranian companies, individuals and officials who have been operating an illegal U.A.E. currency exchange network.
Picking America over Iran should be an easy choice. No country can afford to forego major U.S. trade opportunities in exchange for quick and dirty deals with tyrannical despots. Nor can we afford to even let them to try without painful consequences.
Achieving peace through strength must be won by muscular diplomacy armed with sturdy economic and military cudgels. Belatedly, America is finally rediscovering and applying this fundamental lesson.
Larry Bell is an endowed professor of space architecture at the University of Houston where he founded the Sasakawa International Center for Space Architecture (SICSA) and the graduate program in space architecture. He is the author of "Scared Witless: Prophets and Profits of Climate Doom" (2015) and "Climate of Corruption: Politics and Power Behind the Global Warming Hoax" (2012). He is currently working on a new book with Buzz Aldrin, "Beyond Footprints and Flagpoles." Read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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