The Politex Report #1198


"I’ll be curious to see if Trump’s public rhetoric becomes operationalized in any way. For example, I bet his bromance with Putin will end badly. The two men are both such blustery, insecure, aggressive public posturers, sooner or later they will get in a schoolyard fight.

It will be interesting to see if that brawl is just an escalating but ultimately harmless volley of verbiage, or whether it affects the substance of government policy and leads to nuclear war."

--Trump's Snapchat Presidency: His uninformed nuke policies "spring spontaneously from his middle-of-night feelings." David Brooks


Putin and Trump Talk Up Need for More Nuclear Weapons

Trump’s Call for a Nuclear Arms Race Isn’t a Warning to Putin. It’s an Invitation.

Obama Urged to Take US Nukes Off High Alert Before Trump Takes Office.

No, Trump, the U.S. Doesn’t Need to Expand Its Nuclear Weapons Program

Donald Trump's new nuclear instability: His finger on the trigger is terrifying. Goodman


1980: World War Three, by Mistake - The New Yorker

The world today looks ominously like it did before World War I - WP


Working to Destroy Us: The Range of North Korean ICBMs

Kim Jong-un Says North Korea Will Test a Long-Range intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). NYT

Kim Jong Un says North Korea is close to test-launch intercontinental nuclear missile | Daily Mail


As Scandal Roils South Korea, Fingers Point to Mixing of Politics and Business, Like What's Happening Under Trump.


‘It Won’t Happen,’ Tweeter-in-Chief Says of North Korean Missile Test, but he gets the facts wrong. NYT

Dozens of the nation’s top scientists wrote to Donald Trump to urge him not to dismantle the Iran nuke deal

Know-Nothing Trump is already antagonizing the intelligence community, and that’s a problem for us. WP