The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting. – Sun Tzu
Today I provide independent commentary about the following items for this edition of The Wednesday Read:
- North Korea & Trump
- Heenan Announces Run for Congress
- Sheriff Bob Edwards
North Korea & Trump:
With the news that North Korea may have a miniaturized nuclear warhead that can fit inside the airframe of an intercontinental missile, I think we should be worried. About all they need to do now is figure out how to set the guidance to get the missile to hit somewhere close to a target. They would then consider themselves to be in the big league with the USA, China, Russia, etc.
That was their plan all along. They think it will give them leverage.
Then we have President Donald Trump. A recent CBS News poll shows that 61% have an “uneasy” feeling about his ability to handle the North Korea nuclear situation.
You can put me with the 61%. I do have trust in some of the retired generals in his administration – at least I hope he listens to them.
I do think there will be some sort of conflict with North Korea.
One thing Trump should not have done was give the “fire and fury” remarks:
North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state. And as I said, they will be met with fire, fury, and, frankly, power, the likes of which this world has never seen before.
Those remarks are best left for one on one meetings and conversations.
It was reported by NPR that hours later, North Korea responded to the latest remarks by Trump by saying it was “carefully examining” a plan to strike the U.S. territory of Guam.
Great. I lived on the island of Guam for a couple of years. Beautiful place. I am not sure North Korea has the capability (yet) to hit the small dot in the Pacific Ocean called Guam.
It looks like those midnight shifts by the security forces on Guam spent looking out over the dark ocean covered by the moon and the stars is more important than ever.
Prayers that calmer heads prevail…
Heenan Announces Run for Congress:
John Heenan, a small business owner and consumer protection lawyer from Billings, on Monday announced that he will seek the Democratic nomination for Montana’s lone congressional seat.
In his press release, Heenan pledged to fight for everyday Montanans who have been left behind by Washington.
It’s good to see new people enter the political arena. Heenan will need to spend a lot of money to get better known across the state.
Current U.S. Representative, Republican Greg Gianforte, has already indicated he will run for reelection.
This is a good opportunity for Democrats to win that seat. Gianforte has lots of baggage and first termers are usually the most vulnerable.
Heenan’s website is HeenanForCongress.com.
Sheriff Bob Edwards:
Monday afternoon Cascade County Sheriff Bob Edwards appeared in front of the local press and read a statement where he apologized for the actions that led to a misdemeanor assault charge. The charges have been deferred. (GF Tribune)
Edwards announced that he plans to return to work today (August 9).
Edwards did not take questions from the press who were invited to the event. The event was held at the Salvation Army in Great Falls.
Sooner or later Edwards will have to answer questions about his actions. Hopefully, the local press will not let him escape. One question I have for him is did he place a gun in his mouth during the event as confirmed by Helena Police Chief Troy McGee?
While I am sure his apology was genuine (mostly because his livelihood was on the line), I don’t think his actions should allow him to continue as Cascade County Sheriff.