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    Some speculation this morning that the U.S. cyber-terminated last night's (ET) North Korean missile test, which was clearly aimed at taunting Trump, but belly-flopped.


    The spectacular anticlimax to the frightening brinksmanship between Kim and Trump makes the former look horribly incompetent and Trump yet again a lot more skillful internationally than he's generally given credit for.


    Some people will be convinced that the message of the abortive launch demonstrates that North Korea has a much longer road to an ICBM that can strike the continental U.S.


    Many more will suspect that — as the Trump administration threatened leading up to the abortive launch — it was not going to permit Kim to detonate a sixth nuclear test, and that it fulfilled its words. ...


    All in all, a win for Trump, and at least for the moment a pause in the most fraught foreign policy crisis of his early presidency.


    Taking a longer view ... Trump now arguably has three straight big wins, all on the international stage: In quick succession, he has stood up to Assad, to Putin, and now — it will appear to many — Kim.


    Sir Malcolm Rifkind, former U.K. foreign secretary, speaking to the BBC today and quoted in The Telegraph of London: "It could have failed because the system is not competent enough to make it work, but there is a very strong belief that the US — through cyber methods — has been successful on several occasions in interrupting these sorts of tests and making them fail."


    Key point, from N.Y. Times' story (which runs on p. A9 in the final!):


    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un "is acutely aware that the threat that he could soon possess — a missile that could strike the continental United States — is Washington's biggest concern, and both the number and the variety of missiles he showed on Saturday seemed to be sending the message that a pre-emptive strike against his facilities would be fruitless."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Count Bobulescu View Post
    Understood, and I agree with your other points.

    Watched a great interview last night with Mike Morrell former deputy and acting director of the CIA on the issue.

    Think it won't be online until Monday evening. Will post it then.
    Here you go. Worth the 34 minutes. Deals with what we know, don't know, and think, and the options flowing from that.


    https://charlierose.com/videos/30381?autoplay=true
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    Chyna puts it's air force on high alert.......


    http://www.cnn.com/2017/04/20/politi...h-korea-china/
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