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Enumerati

Graham Says One in Three Chance Trump Will Attack North Korea

30%

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told The Atlantic that there’s a 30% chance that President Trump initiates war against North Korea. Said Graham: “I would say there’s a three in 10 chance we use the military option.” He added that if the North Koreans conduct an additional test of a nuclear bomb — “I would say 70 percent.”

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Putin: North Korea Will ‘Eat Grass’ Before Abandoning Nuclear Program

“They’ll eat grass, but they won’t abandon their program unless they feel secure.”

Bloomberg, arguing that sanctions against North Korea are “useless and ineffective.”
Poetic Justice

Nukes of Misdirection

Trump’s blustering away at Kim Jong Un
As if he thought nuclear war is fun.
And with cool nuclear threats,
What Trump finally gets
Is everybody’s mind off healthcare and Russians.

Enumerati

Nuclear Nerves Wipe $1 Trillion Off World Stocks

$1 trillion

The damage inflicted on world stocks this week by the escalating war of words over North Korea topped $1 trillion on Friday, as investors again took cover in the yen, the Swiss franc, gold and government bonds, Reuters reports.

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Evangelical Preacher Says Bible Condones Trump Attacking North Korea

“When it comes to how we should deal with evil doers, the Bible, in the book of Romans, is very clear: God has endowed rulers full power to use whatever means necessary — including war — to stop evil. In the case of North Korea, God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”

— Texas megachurch pastor Robert Jeffress, one of President Trump’s evangelical advisers who preached the morning of his inauguration, telling the Washington Post the president has the moral authority to take out North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

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McCain: Trump’s North Korea Threat a Mistake

“I take exception to the President’s comments because you gotta be able to do what you say you’re gonna do. In other words, the old walk softly but carry a big stick, Teddy Roosevelt’s saying, which I think is something that should’ve applied because all it’s going to do is bring us closer to a serious confrontation. I think this is very, very, very serious. … The great leaders I’ve seen don’t threaten unless they’re ready to act and I’m not sure President Trump is ready to act… It’s the classic Trump in that he overstates things.”

— Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), telling KTAR that President Trump’s threat to rain “fire and fury” down on North Korea was a mistake.

Enumerati

North Korea Has 60 Missle-Ready Nukes

60

“North Korea has successfully produced a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside its missiles, crossing a key threshold on the path to becoming a full-fledged nuclear power,” the Washington Post reports. “The new analysis completed last month by the Defense Intelligence Agency comes on the heels of another intelligence assessment that sharply raises the official estimate for the total number of bombs in the communist country’s atomic arsenal. The U.S. calculated last month that up to 60 nuclear weapons are now controlled by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Some independent experts believe the number of bombs is much smaller.”

Poetic Justice

A Classified Bus Ride

Amid concern over when and where North Korea’s bomb will drop,
Trump called the Senate together to say let’s make Kim stop.
But when all was said and done,
Senators concluded, as one —
The president had just called them to gather for a photo op.

Poetic Justice

Kim Spikes It!

For weeks, Korea-watchers have been held in thrall,
Monitoring Pyongyang and expecting a nuclear dual.
But when they checked satellite images,
They were expecting nuke-prep diligence,
But all they saw was North Koreans playing volleyball.

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North Korean Leader Takes Cue from Trump on Rhetoric

The year 2015 was a year of gigantic struggle recorded with significant events and eye-opening successes and a year of victory and glory that strikingly demonstrated the dignity and might of socialist Korea. … But if invasive outsiders and provocateurs touch us even slightly, we will not be forgiving in the least and sternly answer with a merciless, holy war of justice.

— North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, quoted by USA Today reports.