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How dangerous is the world right now? War talk abounds

What nation would dare pick a fight? Only one with an insane leader. Right now North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un fits the psychological profile.

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Talk of nuclear war hasn’t been this prominent since the ‘Cold War’



This week, a US Ohio-Class nuclear submarine docked at the South Korean port of Busan for a hull check. This amounts to a show of force on the Korean Peninsula, muscle flexing at North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un. But enough already.

The Ohio Class subs are indeed powerful. But it amounts to flexing the little toe. Just how strong is the US? Consider:

What the U.S. Navy keeps hushed are the 14 Trident ballistic missile submarines in its arsenal whose location the Pentagon keeps tightly secret. These subs “singularly” are capable of raining Armageddon onto the world.

Each of these doomsday warships is locked and loaded with a full payload of 24 submarine-launched Trident II intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). Each individual missile contains 8 nuclear warheads, capable of striking 8 different targets anywhere on the planet. Multiply 24 missiles times 8 nuclear warheads (each with a destructive power 3000x the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki); that computes to 192 nuclear warheads locked and loaded on one submarine. The U.S. Polaris fleet totals 14 Ohio-class SSBNs.

President Trump says he wants to upgrade the U.S. military arsenal. That is patently insane. He should take stock of what he already has. The U.S. submarine fleet includes attack subs and tomahawk missile subs, not to mention the rest of the U.S. Naval juggernaut comprised of nuclear powered aircraft carriers, each deploying up to 85 supersonic jet aircraft capable of hitting targets globally with a variation of precision wire-guided nuclear-tipped ordnance — including tomahawk cruise missiles that can carry heavy nuclear payloads.

All this still doesn’t include the U.S. Navy’s total fleet of warships that patrol the world’s five oceans — guided-missile cruisers, destroyers, frigates, amphibious, and Littoral warfare ships; and support ships.

What’s mentioned here is terrifying, a massively superior navy to any on Earth. All of this destructive power and not one mention of the rest of the U.S. military juggernaut — Army, Air Force, and Marines.

What nation would dare pick a fight? Only one with an insane leader. Right now North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un fits the psychological profile.

That’s why President Trump should play down the bluster. He should take a cue from his predecessors and give Kim Jong-un a wide berth. Keep an eye on him but not provoke him. Kim knows he can’t win a war with the U.S. North Korea would be transformed into scorched earth, but, unfortunately, not before he destroyed millions in South Korea, and possibly Japan and Hawaii.

But a suicidal maniac isn’t lucid. That’s why Trump needs to stand down.

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Tony Bear! has an extensive background in publishing for online and print, and in radio broadcasting. His hobbies are photography, cooking and interior decorating. Visit his blog, "The Celebrity-free Zone" at http://blog.tonybear.com

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