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BREAKING: North Korea will not stop nuclear program until achieving parity with US

Similar bellicose statements from the US and South Korea, indicate that we are in the preliminary states of an arms race.

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North Korean media is reporting a statement from the country’s leader Kim Jong-Un which states that Pyongyang will never cease building its nuclear programme until its capabilities and arsenal are equal to that of the United States.

This comes hours after Donald Trump announced plans to end the so-called Defense Spending Sequester which caps the amount of money the US armed forces can be given during any given financial year.

In this sense, both the US and North Korea appear to be in an open arms race. While the US is vastly ahead of North Korea in terms of nuclear firepower, the duel announcements go against the spirit of the Sino-Russian peace plan for Korea which calls for a ‘double-freeze’ on weapons build-ups among both Korean States. This includes a request that the US ceases its deliveries of THAAD missile systems to South Korea.

Earlier, South Korean President Moon Jae-in stated that if necessary his country is ready to completely destroy North Korea.

None of these statements bode well in respect of de-escalating the conflict.

 

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More nonsense. North Korea will never have “parity” with the US’ 5-6,000 nuclear warheads. Just more bombast from NK. Kim is an idiot. He doesn’t realize that nukes are only a deterrent if you have enough of them in a deliverable form – to be a credible existential threat. NK doesn’t have that and the more he threatens, the more his REAL conventional deterrent erodes its deterrent value. Countries that think that giving up nukes means they’ll get invaded like Saddam and Gaddafi don’t realize that even with nukes those two countries would have been invaded BEFORE they actually got… Read more »

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It’s people without nukes that get invaded and pulverized by the paid thugs of the Washington imperialists.

richardstevenhack
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richardstevenhack

Didn’t read a word I said…

TecumsehUnfaced
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TecumsehUnfaced

I re-read what you said. It was just as poorly thought out as the first time I read it.

seby
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seby

When DPRK has confirmed the ability to do serious damage to the lickspittles of the south, Japan and US empire bases in the region, a state of MAD and peace will sadly be in place.

Anyway this is all about geopolitical games against China and Russia. This specific subject is moot.

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Hey, not that is an example of excellent reasoning. I hope richardstevenhack can profit from it.

I bet Japan got totally turned off on any more aggression against the DPRK, with the first missile flying over them.

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seby

Apparently both North and South missile tests fly over Japan into the Pacific. It’s a worry, what will happen, if an “accident”/false flag occurs! Like I said before, MAD is a sad state to engage in international relations with.

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Kim Jong-un is not an idiot. He is one of the leaders of a nuclear armed state.

richardstevenhack
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Who will probably shortly be the dead leader of a disarmed nuclear armed state – like Saddam.

Le Ruscino
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Le Ruscino

Dream on – US has had its bluff called & can’t do shit !

Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney

The main reason he is building them is because he saw what happened to Iraq and Libya. Two states that didn’t even threaten the US, which starts phony wars for phony reasons.

Bob Trajkoski
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Bob Trajkoski

HI ONLY NEED 1..2..3. OR SO TO DO ENOUGH DAMAGE EXPLODED IN THAT MANY CITIES TO KILL MILLIONS IN USA. MOST LIKELY HE HAS THAT MANY HIDDEN ON THE USA SOIL

richardstevenhack
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Do you realize that remarks like that label you as someone who can’t ever be taken seriously?

Le Ruscino
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Le Ruscino

Yeah – we see your avatar 馃檪

BobValdez
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BobValdez

With an avatar like that, you are obviously 12 years old and have no idea what’s really happening in the world. Why do you think we should take YOU seriously?

Tony
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Tony

Actually it’s you who are straying into delusion teritorry….if an invasion was reasonably feasible, they would’ve done it already years ago….the destrauction would be immense and it would likely involve the PLA

Jim Mooney
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Jim Mooney

ALL CAPS IS SHOUTING – although I have to get Putin out from under my bed 馃槈

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You have TOTALLY misunderstood the point of his comment. He is well aware that DPRK will never have parity with the US in terms of nuclear arsenal. However that means that DPRK will continue down its nuclear path as is its right ….as much right as the US has to maintain such an arsenal considering that its the only country in the world irresponsible enough to have deployed such weapons against civilian targets. There is NO chance of DPRK getting invaded. Both China AND Russia will ensure that does not happen and the US has already been warned . Don’t… Read more »

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Jim Mooney

Even General MacArthur said the destruction and death of the Korean war made him sick, and he fought the Japanese for years. This is Not a war we want or need.

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K-dub

U.S tucked tail in Syria after Russia entered the fray…and the rank and file of the US military was giving push back about being in Syria (very small invasion) BEFORE Russia
U.S is going to bark, threaten, whine, complain about NK a lot more than they already have and just like in Syria..the outcome has already been decideed.

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Wesa F.

The US can have 20,000 nukes all it takes is 1 modern weapon well placed and the US is all over.Nukes are becoming a media weapon to bolster bravado and bank accounts the weapons of today are truly the end,the countries that have them don’t want to have them but have no choice because of the rogue state of America.

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, where Ok, I’ll weigh in on this, just in case it makes sense to keep a bit more of the full landscape in view. First, and not only for entertainment purposes, http://stevepieczenik.com/warning-to-kim-jong-un/ where Pieczenik, old psy-ops regime-changer, US IC and Trumpist says i.a. “Warning to North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un: While You Send Nuclear Bombs Overseas your Loyal Military/Intelligence is Preparing for Your Neutralization!” and “The fact remains that North Korean leadership had been infiltrated by both South Korean and Chinese operatives who could have assassinated your family members at a moment鈥檚 notice. Kim Jong-un: nothing has changed since… Read more »

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Excellent stuff, George. Re: “. . . if the US in the final days and hours decides to pull the plug on its political agreement on that issue with Russia, Russia is making no offers to let that [the US is operating illegally in Syria, but this will be tolerated as long as they are — at least to some extent — fighting ISIS.] happen.” I suggest you have already answered this: “Events there just in the past week have demonstrated that ISIS and US proxy forces melt into each other freely [west of the Euphrates, moving SDF forces south… Read more »

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RUSSIAN MILITARY OBSERVED NO FIGHTING BETWEEN ISIS AND SDF NORTH OF DEIR EZZOR IN LAST DAYS 9-17-17 The Russian military have not observed any fighting between ISIS and the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the northern countryside of Deir Ezzor city over the past few days, Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Major-General Igor Konashenkov said commenting on the US-led coalition鈥檚 allegations that Russian forces struck SDF units fighting against ISIS on September 16. 鈥淥ver the past few days, on the eastern bank of the Euphrates, Russian control and reconnaissance facilities have not identified a single combat of Islamic State terrorists… Read more »

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It seems like this country is run by a bunch of pricks. The congress and senate and the president are frigging pricks. They can’t get anything done, the congress goes on one month vacations while health benefits and tax reduction talks are supposed to be discussed and voted on. These pricks don’t give a dam what 300,000,000 people want. What a lumatic government.

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Fake news media FREAK OUT over Trump and NATO (Video)

The Duran 鈥 News in Review 鈥 Episode 172.

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The Duran鈥檚 Alex Christoforou and Editor-in-Chief Alexander Mercouris discuss the media meltdown over remarks that U.S. President Trump may have made with regard to NATO, and how neo-liberal war hawks championing the alliance as some sort of foreign policy projection of peace and democracy, are really just supporting aggression, war, and the eventual weakening of the United States.

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Top 10 Reasons Not to Love NATO, Authored by David Swanson:


The聽New York Timesloves聽NATO, but should you?

Judging by comments in social media and the real world, millions of people in the United States have gone from having little or no opinion on NATO, or from opposing NATO as the world鈥檚 biggest military force responsible for disastrous wars in places like Afghanistan (for Democrats) or Libya (for Republicans), to believing NATO to be a tremendous force for good in the world.

I believe this notion to be propped up by a series of misconceptions that stand in dire need of correction.

1. NATO is not a war-legalizing body, quite the opposite.聽NATO, like the United Nations, is an international institution that has something or other to do with war, but transferring the UN鈥檚 claimed authority to legalize a war to NATO has no support whatsoever in reality. The crime of attacking another nation maintains an absolutely unaltered legal status whether or not NATO is involved. Yet NATO is used within the U.S. and by other NATO members as cover to wage wars under the pretense that they are somehow more legal or acceptable. This misconception is not the only way in which NATO works against the rule of law. Placing a primarily-U.S. war under the banner of NATO also helps to prevent Congressional oversight of that war. Placing nuclear weapons in 鈥渘on-nuclear鈥 nations, in violation of the Nonproliferation Treaty, is also excused with the claim that the nations are NATO members (so what?). And NATO, of course, assigns nations the responsibility to go to war if other nations go to war 鈥 a responsibility that requires them to be prepared for war, with all the聽damage聽such preparation does.

2. NATO is not a defensive institution.聽According to the聽New York Times, NATO has 鈥渄eterred Soviet and Russian aggression for 70 years.鈥 This is an article of faith, based on the unsubstantiated belief that Soviet and Russian aggression toward NATO members has existed for 70 years and that NATO has deterred it rather than provoked it. In violation of a聽promise聽made, NATO has expanded eastward, right up to the border of Russia, and installed missiles there. Russia has not done the reverse. The Soviet Union has, of course, ended. NATO has waged aggressive wars far from the North Atlantic, bombing聽Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Serbia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Libya. NATO聽has added a partnership with Colombia, abandoning all pretense of its purpose being in the North Atlantic. No NATO member has been attacked or credibly threatened with attack, apart from small-scale non-state blowback from NATO鈥檚 wars of aggression.

3. Trump is not trying to destroy NATO.聽Donald Trump, as a candidate and as U.S. President, has wondered aloud and even promised all kinds of things and, in many cases, the exact opposite as well. When it comes to actions, Trump has not taken any actions to limit or end or withdraw from NATO. He has demanded that NATO members buy more weapons, which is of course a horrible idea. Even in the realm of rhetoric, when European officials have discussed creating a European military, independent of the United States, Trump has replied by demanding that they instead support NATO.

4. If Trump were trying to destroy NATO, that would tell us nothing about NATO.聽Trump has claimed to want to destroy lots of things, good and bad. Should I support NAFTA or corporate media or the Cold War or the F35 or anything at all, simply because some negative comment about it escapes Trump鈥檚 mouth? Should I cheer for every abuse ever committed by the CIA or the FBI because they investigate Trump? Should I long for hostility between nuclear-armed governments because Democrats claim Trump is a Russian agent? When Trump defies Russia to expand NATO, or to withdraw from a disarmament treaty or from an agreement with Iran, or to ship weapons to Ukraine, or to try to block Russian energy deals in Europe, or to oppose Russian initiatives on banning cyber-war or weapons in space, should I cheer for such consistent defiance of Trump鈥檚 Russian master, and do so simply because Russia is, so implausibly, his so-inept master? Or should I form my own opinion of things, including of NATO?

5. Trump is not working for, and was not elected by, Russia.According to the聽New York Times, 鈥淩ussia鈥檚 meddling in American elections and its efforts to prevent former satellite states from joining the alliance have aimed to weaken what it views as an enemy next door, the American officials said.鈥 But are anonymous 鈥淎merican officials鈥 really needed to acquire Russia鈥檚 openly expressed opinion that NATO is a threatening military alliance that has moved weapons and troops to states on Russia鈥檚 border? And has anyone produced the slightest documentation of the Russian government鈥檚 aims in an activity it has never admitted to, namely 鈥渕eddling in American elections,鈥 鈥 an activity the United States has of course openly admitted to in regard to Russian elections? We have yet to see any evidence that Russia stole or otherwise acquired any of the Democratic Party emails that documented that party鈥檚 rigging of its primary elections in favor of Clinton over Sanders, or even any claim that the tiny amount of weird Facebook ads purchased by Russians could possibly have influenced the outcome of anything. Supposedly Trump is even serving Russia by demanding that Turkey not attack Kurds. But is using non-military means to discourage Turkish war-making necessarily the worst thing? Would it be if your favorite party or politician did it? If Trump encouraged a Turkish war, would that also be a bad thing because Trump did it, or would it be a bad thing for substantive reasons?

6. If Trump were elected by and working for Russia, that would tell us nothing about NATO.聽Imagine if Boris Yeltsin were indebted to the United States and ended the Soviet Union. Would that tell us whether ending the Soviet Union was a good thing, or whether the Soviet Union was obsolete for serious reasons? If Trump were a Russian pawn and began reversing all of his policies on Russia to match that status, including restoring his support for the INF Treaty and engaging in major disarmament negotiations, and we ended up with a world of dramatically reduced military spending and nuclear armaments, with the possibility of all dying in a nuclear apocalypse significantly lowered, would that too simply be a bad thing because Trump?

7. Russia is not a military threat to the world.聽That Russia would cheer NATO鈥檚 demise tells us nothing about whether we should cheer too. Numerous individuals and entities who indisputably helped to put Trump in the White House would dramatically oppose and others support NATO鈥檚 demise. We can鈥檛 go by their opinions either, since they don鈥檛 all agree. We really are obliged to think for ourselves. Russia is a heavily armed militarized nation that commits the crime of war not infrequently. Russia is a top weapons supplier to the world. All of that should be denounced for what it is, not because of who Russia is or who Trump is. But Russia spends a tiny fraction of what the United States does on militarism. Russia has been reducing its military spending each year, while the United States has been increasing its military spending. U.S. annual increases have sometimes exceeded Russia鈥檚 entire military budget. The United States has bombed nine nations in the past year, Russia one. The United States has troops in 175 nations, Russia in 3. Gallup and Pew聽find聽populations around the world viewing the United States, not Russia, as the top threat to peace in the world. Russia has asked to join NATO and the EU and been聽rejected, NATO members placing more value on Russia as an enemy. Anonymous U.S. military officials聽describe聽the current cold war as driven by weapons profits. Those profits are massive, and NATO now accounts for about three-quarters of military spending and weapons dealing on the globe.

8. Crimea has not been seized.聽According to the聽New York Times, 鈥淎merican national security officials believe that Russia has largely focused on undermining solidarity between the United States and Europe after it annexed Crimea in 2014. Its goal was to upend NATO, which Moscow views as a threat.鈥 Again we have an anonymous claim as to a goal of a government in committing an action that never occurred. We can be fairly certain such things are simply made up. The vote by the people of Crimea to re-join Russia is commonly called the Seizure of Crimea. This infamous seizure is hard to grasp. It involved a grand total of zero casualties. The vote itself has never been re-done. In fact, to my knowledge, not a single believer in the Seizure of Crimea has ever advocated for re-doing the vote. Coincidentally, polling has repeatedly found the people of Crimea to be happy with their vote. I鈥檝e not seen any written or oral statement from Russia threatening war or violence in Crimea. If the threat was implicit, there remains the problem of being unable to find Crimeans who say they felt threatened. (Although I have seen reports of discrimination against Tartars during the past 4 years.) If the vote was influenced by the implicit threat, there remains the problem that polls consistently get the same result. Of course, a U.S.-backed coup had just occurred in Kiev, meaning that Crimea 鈥 just like a Honduran immigrant 鈥 was voting to secede from a coup government,聽by no means聽an action consistently frowned upon by the United States.

9. NATO is not an engaged alternative to isolationism.聽The notion that supporting NATO is a way to cooperate with the world ignores聽superior non-deadly ways to cooperate with the world. A nonviolent, cooperative, treaty-joining, law-enforcing alternative to the imperialism-or-isolationism trap is no more difficult to think of or to act on than treating drug addiction or crime or poverty as reason to help people rather than to punish them. The opposite of bombing people is not ignoring them. The opposite of bombing people is embracing them. By the standards of the U.S. communications corporations Switzerland must be the most isolationist land because it doesn鈥檛 join in bombing anyone. The fact that it supports the rule of law and global cooperation, and hosts gatherings of nations seeking to work together is simply not relevant.

10. April 4 belongs to Martin Luther King, Jr., not militarism.聽War is a leading contributor to the growing global refugee and climate crises, the basis for the militarization of the police, a top cause of the erosion of civil liberties, and a catalyst for racism and bigotry. A growing coalition is calling for the abolition of NATO, the promotion of peace, the redirection of resources to human and environmental needs, and the demilitarization of our cultures. Instead of celebrating NATO鈥檚 70thanniversary, we鈥檙e聽celebrating peace on April 4, in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr.鈥檚 speech against war on April 4, 1967, as well as his assassination on April 4, 1968.

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Turkey prepared to take Syria鈥檚 Manbij, won鈥檛 let it turn into 鈥榮wamp鈥 like N. Iraq

Turkey sees the US-backed Kurdish YPG militias as an extension of the PKK and considers them terrorists as well.

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Ankara has 鈥渁lmost completed鈥 preparations for another military operation in Syria and will launch it if 鈥減romises鈥 made by other parties about the protection of its borders are not kept, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said.

Turkey still hopes that talks with the US, Russia and聽鈥渙ther parties鈥澛爓ill allow it to ensure its security without resorting to force but it is still ready to proceed with a military option and will not聽鈥渨ait forever,鈥澛燛rdogan said. He was referring to Ankara鈥檚 plans for the northern Syrian territories east of the Euphrates River, which it seeks to turn into a聽鈥渟ecurity zone鈥漟ree of any Kurdish militias.

鈥淲e are on our border with our forces and following developments closely. If promises made to us are kept and the process goes on, that鈥檚 fine. Otherwise, we inform that we have almost completed our preparations and will take steps in line with our own strategy,鈥澛爐he president said, addressing a group of businessmen in Ankara on Monday.

He did not elaborate on the promises made. However, they are apparently linked to the withdrawal of the Kurdish YPG militia from the Manbij area and the regions along the border with Turkey.聽鈥淲e will never allow a safe zone to turn into a new swamp,鈥澛燛rdogan said, referring to the northern Syrian territories and comparing them to the northern Iraq, where the militants from the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) 鈥 an organization that Ankara considers a terrorist group 鈥 have been entrenched for decades.

Turkey sees the US-backed Kurdish YPG militias, which form the backbone of the so-called Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), as an extension of the PKK and considers them terrorists as well. 鈥淥ur proposal for a security zone under Turkey鈥檚 control aims to keep terror organizations away from our borders,鈥 the Turkish president said.

He went on to explain that Ankara does not seek any territorial gains in its military campaigns in Syria but merely seeks to restore order in the war-ravaged country.聽鈥淲e will provide security for Manbij and then we will hand over the city to its real owners,鈥澛燛rdogan said.聽“Syria belongs to Syrians.鈥

Turkey also seeks to establish a聽鈥渟ecurity zone 20 miles [32 kilometers] deep鈥澛爄nto Syria, Erdogan said, adding that he already discussed this issue with the US President Donald Trump.聽鈥淭hose who insistently want to keep us away from these regions are seeking to strengthen terror organizations,鈥澛爃e added.

Ankara has been long planning to push YPG units out of the area east of the Euphrates River. Its operation was delayed by the US withdrawal from Syria. However, Erdogan repeatedly hinted that his patience is wearing thin and he is not ready to wait much longer. He warned Trump against backtracking on his pledge to withdraw some 2,000 US forces out of Syria following a suicide attack in Manbij that killed four Americans. If the US president halted the withdrawal, it would mean that Islamic State (formerly ISIS/ISIL) had won, Erdogan argued.

He has also reiterated that Turkey is ready to take over Manbij聽鈥渨ithout delay.鈥澛燭he US military is currently working on security arrangements with the Turkish forces to create a buffer zone between Turkey and the Kurdish fighters. The Kurds, meanwhile, invited the Syrian government to take over the city and have reportedly begun to leave the area. Turkey has dismissed the reports saying its a聽鈥減syop鈥.

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Political Knives Dull Themselves on the Rock of Brexit Article 50

The invocation of Article 50 was undertaken by an act of Parliament. And it will take another act of Parliament to undo it.

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Theresa 鈥淭he Gypsum Lady鈥 May went through an extraordinary twenty-four hours. First, seeing her truly horrific Brexit deal go down in historic defeat and then, somehow, surviving a 鈥楴o-Confidence鈥 vote which left her in a stronger position than before it.

It looks like May rightly calculated that the twenty or so Tory Remainers would put party before the European Union as their personal political positions would be terminally weakened if they voted her out of office.

While there is little stomach in the British Parliament for a 鈥榥o-deal鈥 Brexit, there is less for allowing Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to become Prime Minister. And that is the crux of why the incessant calls to delay Brexit, call for a 鈥榩eople鈥檚 vote鈥 or, in Corbyn鈥檚 case, 鈥渢ake a no-deal Brexit off the table,鈥 ultimately lead to a whole lot of political knife-fighting and very little substantive action.

The day-to-day headline spam is designed to wear down people鈥檚 resistance and make it feel like Brexit getting betrayed is inevitable. That has been the British Deep State鈥檚 and EU鈥檚 game plan all along and they hoped they could arm-twist enough people in parliament to succeed.

But the problem for them now, since the clock has nearly run out, is the invocation of Article 50 was undertaken by an act of Parliament. And it will take another act of Parliament to undo it.

And I don鈥檛 see anyone on the Remainer side working towards that end. That should be your clue as to what happens next.

Why? Because they know they don鈥檛 have the time to get that act past Parliament. So, the rest of this is simply a PR campaign to push public opinion far enough to allow for an illegal canceling or postponing of Brexit.

But it鈥檚 not working.

According to the latest polls, Brits overwhelmingly want the聽original Brexit vote respected.聽Leave even has a 5-6 point lead over Remain.

And, I think Theresa May now realizes this. It is why she invited the no-confidence vote against her. She knew she had the votes and it would give her the ammunition to ignore Corbyn鈥檚 hysterical ranting about taking a no-deal Brexit off the table.

Whether she realizes that the only negotiating tool she has with the EU is the threat of a No-Deal Brexit, exactly like Nigel Farage and those committed to Brexit have been telling her for two years is still, however, up in the air.

It looks like she鈥檚 finally starting to get it.

The net result is we are seeing a similar outing of the nefarious, behind-the-scenes, power brokers in the public eye similar to what鈥檚 been happening in the US with Donald Trump and Russiagate.

May has been singularly unimpressive in her handling of Brexit. I鈥檝e been convinced from the beginning that betraying Brexit was always her goal. Negotiating a deal unacceptable to anyone was meant to exhaust everyone into the position to just throwing up their hands and canceling the whole thing.

The EU has been in the driver鈥檚 seat the entire time because most of the British establishment has been on their side and it was only the people who needed to be disrespected.

So, after all of these shananigans we are back to where we were last week. May has cut off all avenues of discussion. She won鈥檛 commit to taking 鈥榥o-deal鈥 off the table to tweak Corbyn. She won鈥檛 substantively move on any other issue. This is likely to push her deal through as a last-minute panic move.

Corbyn is still hoping to get new elections to take power, and the majority of MP鈥檚 who don鈥檛 want to leave the EU keep fighting among themselves to cock up the entire works.

All they are doing is expending pound after pound of political capital beating themselves against their own act of Parliament which goes into effect on March 29th.

By the time that date comes around the frustration, shame and humiliation of how Parliament has mishandled Brexit will make it difficult for a lot of Remainers to hold together their majority as public opinion has decidedly turned against them.

In the past the EU has had that fa莽ade of democratic support undermining any change at the political level. With Brexit (and with budget talks in Italy) that is not the case. The people are angry.

The peak moment for Remainers to stage a bipartisan political coup against May should have been the most recent no-confidence vote.

With May surviving that it implies that Remainers are not willing to die politically for their cause.

This should begin to see defectors over the next couple of weeks as they realize they don鈥檛 have a hand to play either.

And by May refusing to rule out a 鈥榥o-deal鈥 Brexit it has finally brought the EU around to throw a bone towards the British. Their admitting they would extend Article 50 is just that. But they know that鈥檚 a non-starter as that is the one thing May has been steadfast in holding to.

On March 29th聽with or without a deal the U.K. is out of the EU. Because despite the European Court of Justice鈥檚 decision, Britain鈥檚 parliament can only cancel Article 50 at this point by acting illegally.

Not that I would put that past these people, but then that opens up a can of worms that most British MP鈥檚 will not go along with. The personal stakes are simply too high.

When dealing with politicians, never bet against their vanity or their pocketbook. In May鈥檚 case she may finally have realized she could have the legacy of getting Britain out of the EU just before it collapses.

And all she has to do between now and the end of March is, precisely, nothing.

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