Global Leaders Rattle Their Sabers As The World Marches Toward War

The World Marches Toward War - Public DomainIran just conducted another provocative missile test, more U.S. troops are being sent to the Middle East, it was just announced that the U.S. military will be sending B-1 and B-52 bombers to South Korea in response to North Korea firing four missiles into the seas near Japan, and China is absolutely livid that a U.S. carrier group just sailed through contested waters in the South China Sea.  We have entered a season where leaders all over the globe feel a need to rattle their sabers, and many fear that this could be leading us to war.  In particular, Donald Trump is going to be under the microscope in the days ahead as other world leaders test his resolve.  Will Trump be able to show that he is tough without going over the edge and starting an actual conflict?

The Iranians made global headlines on Thursday when they conducted yet another ballistic missile test despite being warned by Trump on numerous occasions…

As tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to mount, the semi-official news agency Tasnim is reporting that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard has successfully conducted yet another ballistic missile test, this time from a navy vessel.  Called the Hormuz 2, these latest missiles are designed to destroy moving targets at sea at ranges up to 300 km (180 miles).

Reports on the latest test quotes Amir Ali Hajizadeh, commander of the IRGC’s Aerospace Force, who confirmed that “the naval ballistic missile called Hormuz 2 successfully destroyed a target which was 250 km away.”

The missile test is the latest event in a long-running rivalry between Iran and the United States in and around the Strait of Hormuz, which guards the entrance to the Gulf. About 20% of the world’s oil passes through the waterway, which is less than 40 km wide at its narrowest point.

So how will Trump respond to this provocation?

Will he escalate the situation?  If he does nothing he will look weak, but if he goes too far he could risk open conflict.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, things are already escalating.  It is being reported that “several hundred Marines” are on the ground in Syria to support an assault on the city of Raqqa, and another 1,000 troops could be sent to Kuwait to join the fight against ISIS any day now.  The following comes from Zero Hedge

While the Trump administration waits to decide if it will send 1,000 troops to Kuwait to fight ISIS, overnight the Washington Post reported that the US has sent several hundred Marines to Syria to support an allied local force aiming to capture the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa. Defence officials said they would establish an outpost from which they could fire artillery at IS positions some 32km (20 miles) away. US special forces are already on the ground, “advising” the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) alliance according to the BBC.

The defence officials told the Washington Post that the Marines were from the San Diego-based 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, and that they had flown to northern Syria via Djibouti and Kuwait. They are to set up an artillery battery that could fire powerful 155mm shells from M777 howitzers, the officials said. Another marine expeditionary unit carried out a similar mission at the start of the Iraqi government’s operation to recapture the city of Mosul from IS last year.

Meanwhile, China is spitting mad for several reasons.  For one, the Chinese are absolutely furious that South Korea has allowed the U.S. to deploy the THAAD missile defense system on their soil…

China is lashing out at South Korea and Washington for the deployment of a powerful missile defense system known as the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system, or THAAD, deposited at the Osan Air Base in South Korea on Monday evening.

The deployment of THAAD follows several ballistic missile tests by North Korea in recent months, including the launch of four missiles on Monday, three of which landed in the sea off the coast of Japan. Though THAAD would help South Korea protect itself from a North Korean missile attack, China is vocally protesting the deployment of the system, claiming it upsets the “strategic equilibrium” in the region because its radar will allow the United States to detect and track missiles launched from China.

Of course the U.S. needed to do something, because the North Koreans keep rattling their sabers by firing off more ballistic missiles toward Japan.

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But it is one thing to deploy a missile defense system, and it is another thing entirely to fly strategic nuclear bombers into the region.

So if the Chinese were upset when THAAD was deployed, how will they feel when B-1 and B-52 bombers start showing up in South Korea?

Earlier this week, trigger-happy Kim pushed his luck once more when he fired off four ballistic missiles into the seas near Japan.

Now US military chiefs are reportedly planning to fly in B-1 and B-52 bombers – built to carry nuclear bombs – to show America has had enough.

South Korea and the US have also started their annual Foal Eagle military exercise sending a strong warning to North Korea over its actions.

A military official said 300,000 South Korean troops and 15,000 US personnel are taking part in the operation.

The Trump administration has openly stated that all options “are on the table” when it comes to North Korea, and that includes a military strike.

It has been more than 60 years since the Korean War ended, but many are concerned that we may be closer to a new Korean War than we have been at any point since that time.

And of course our relationship with China is tumbling precariously downhill as well.  Another reason why the Chinese are extremely upset with the Trump administration is because a U.S. Navy carrier battle group led by the USS Carl Vinson sailed past islands that China claims in the South China Sea just a few weeks ago.

In China, the media openly talks about the possibility of war with the United States over the South China Sea.  Most Americans are not even aware that the South China Sea is a very serious international issue, but over in China this is a major focus.

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And the U.S. military has recently made several other moves in the region that have angered the Chinese

Also in February, the U.S. sent a dozen F-22 Raptor stealth fighters to Tindal AB in northern Australia, the closest Australian military airbase to China, for coalition training and exercises. It’s the first deployment of that many F-22s in the Pacific.

And if that didn’t get the attention of the Chinese government, the U.S. just tested four Trident II submarine-launched ballistic missiles during a nuclear war exercise, sending the simulated weapons 4,200 miles from the coast of California into the mid-Pacific. It’s the first time in three years the U.S. has conducted tests in the Pacific, and the first four-missile salvo since the end of the Cold War.

I can understand the need to look tough, but eventually somebody is going to go too far.

If you are familiar with my work, then you know that I believe that war is coming.  Things in the Middle East continue to escalate, and it is only a matter of time before a great war erupts between Israel and her neighbors.  Meanwhile, U.S. relations with both Russia and China continue to deteriorate, and this is something that I have been warning about for a very long time.

We should hope for peace, but we should also not be blind to the signs of war that are starting to emerge all over the planet.  Relatively few people anticipated the outbreak of World War I and World War II in advance, and I have a feeling that the same thing will be true for World War III.

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  • James Kroeger

    Trump has to show a backbone here and now…no backing down! The whole world is watching Trump (compared to limp noodle Baalzebub Obama…destroyer of the America we all grew up in) and it’s time

    America returns to the lime-light/center stage and sets a precedent for the whole world to follow. We can’t allow N. Korea, China and Iran to set this precedent…that would be a grave mistake. Don’t give an inch Trump…stand firm because the American people are behind you (at least those which count…the ‘TRUE PATRIOTS’)!

  • Dennis Habern

    There should be no doubt in anyone’s military mind that Iran is the mother of all
    terrorist countries, therefore, they have been warned too many times that their time
    as a terror organization, limited and therefore, the U.S and the Western nations need
    to support the Tehran underground, covertly, to storm the palace of Ayatollah, similar
    to how these Muslim turds stormed the American embassy in 1979 and held our American captives for 444 days, before Reagan warned the Iranians to free our hostages, or suffer a bombardment of Mecca and Medina. Within days, our hostages were freed to mark the inauguration of POTUS Reagan. It time to cease screwing around with these worthless specimen of the human race, and in additon, the Iranian people are currently frothing at the mouth with rebellion in their hearts. Let’s get it done. Similar to the debacle between Israel and the Palestinians, get it done and permit planet Earth to finally rest in peace. But first, we Americans must get rid of our Communist citizens, whom are promoting this global unrest, because as long as
    global unrest continues, it feeds into these global turds agendas whom are support-
    ing the policies of the “NEW WORLD ORDER,” ramrodded by George NAZI” Soros, while at the same time, this worthless Black turd of an ex-44th POTUS, is plying his
    covert trade similar to his actions in Benghazi during 2012, and has become the ramrod for the “MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD,” as they continue to seek a global Caliphate with this Black turd of an ex-44th POTUS, as its first Caliph. Therefore, it is imperative that such as the worthless Black, ex-Muslim 44th POTUS, George “NAZI” Soros, Hillary Rotten Clinton, Valerie Jarrett and Chuckie “BOY” Schumer, the snake in the grass, must be removed from the total political picture. After all the time spent in the United States spent investigating these worthless turds, there has never been any convictions. Why not? We patriotic Americans are well aware of whom
    these worthless turd are, but nobody maintains the balls to enforce the rules of our
    country, and hold them accountable. Nobody in the USA maintains the balls to hold these worthless illegal immigrants from other countries, accountable, until our 45th POTUS made these words of wisdom, part of his battle-cry. The United States has always maintained immigration rules on the books, but it took until 2017, for a U.S. POTUS, the balls to implement an enforcement of the current rules and in the mean- time, adopt new rules. These turds have been in Congress, too long not to have
    committed any felonies against the American people and the United States, using the turds that I have mentioned above, as perfect examples, but there are others that a thorough investigation by our new Attorney General, Jeff Sessions,
    would for certain, uncover. Does anyone believe that Russia, China, NKorea and
    the rest of the Communistic countries, would have endured the political trials and
    tribulations that have recently confronted the United States. You know the anwer.
    Any moron crossing their borders and apprehended, would never be heard from
    again, and rightfully so. It is time for the United States and the rest of the Western
    nations, to cease screwing around with the culprits of humanity, and hold these mutts
    strictly accountable. I am certain that our 45 POTUS is on the same page as I, and
    therefore, he is on the verge to “MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN.”

    • Dennis Habern

      The only resolve that WWIII will bring, is a show to save of face. Is that worth a war that the negative results of which, have proven in the past, not advantageous for any country, but advantageou only for the “INDUSTRIAL MILITARY COMPLEX,” of which President Eisenhower warned the United States.

    • “Deplorable” James Willy

      Hope the Ayatollas sinks a few of yur ships yankkeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee

  • VirgoVince

    NONE of the east SHOULD have nukes of any description!!
    WHY weren’t they SHUT DOWN 25 years ago??

  • RockyMtn1776

    Our military is at it’s lowest point since before WW2 thanks to Obama. If we were to be attacked we might not win this one depending on who and what the attacker happened to be. Not to say we are totally powerless, we are still a force to be reckoned with, we still have at least some of our nuclear missile left and our subs.Trump wants to rebuild our military but time and money are against him, a world class fighting force is not built overnight.

  • Ann Tenna

    this guy should go back to the jimm and tammy bakker show where he got his start..he thinks he is a Profit from god…at least jimm and his followers do…