Trump's War Plans Thwarted by the Two Koreas' Peace Plans

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On March 5th North and South Korea held talks in which Kim Jong-un stated that he is will­ing to freeze North Korea's nu­clear weapons de­vel­op­ment dur­ing diplo­matic dis­cus­sions with the United States.

Pre­vi­ously, North Korea has re­peat­edly of­fered to give up its nu­clear pro­gram if the U.S. sim­ply ends its men­ac­ing war games tar­get­ing the North, an of­fer that Wash­ing­ton has con­tin­ued to re­ject.

Like the U.S., North Korea can't re­ally be trusted and what it says is not the same as what it does. And like most other na­tions, North Korea will con­tinue to de­velop the means to de­fend it­self as long as it has rea­son to be­lieve that it needs to.

And while North Korea does in­deed en­gage in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­ity to sup­port its sur­vival and the en­rich­ment of its rul­ing class and com­mits whole­sale hu­man rights vi­o­la­tions, it does not gen­er­ally pose a sig­nif­i­cant threat to other na­tions. It has no colo­nial as­pi­ra­tions and does not seek to dom­i­nate other na­tions.

Un­like the United States, North Korea does not have a doc­trine of full-spec­trum dom­i­nance. It sim­ply wants to ex­ist with­out be­ing con­stantly threat­ened with annhi­la­tion.

The United States has been tar­get­ing North Korea since the 1950s, not be­cause North Korea poses a threat to the U.S. but be­cause it pro­vides a con­ve­nient ex­cuse to main­tain a mas­sive mil­i­tary pres­ence on China's doorstep—the real tar­get.

If the two Koreas man­age to work around the U.S., de­clare peace and agree on re­uni­fi­ca­tion, that leaves the U.S. with no jus­ti­fi­ca­tion for its mil­i­tary to oc­cupy bases in South Korea, to main­tain troops along the bor­der with North Korea or stage mas­sive war games tar­get­ing North Korea.

The no­tion that China can be kept in check by men­ac­ing North Korea as a proxy is ob­so­lete and is no longer work­ing. China's eco­nomic and mil­i­tary rise won't be slowed by the pres­ence of the U.S. mil­i­tary.

If the U.S. stages one of its usual false flag at­tacks and tries to blame it on North Korea, no one but some Amer­i­cans will re­ally buy it.

While the best op­tion is to sim­ply ac­cept peace, that is not Amer­ica's style.

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