Mullen: Threat of nuclear war with North Korea heightened

Mike Mullen is pictured. | AP Photo

Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said his “concern is how long that actually lasts,” in regards to how long President Trump will listen to the advice of his top advisers.

Mike Mullen, former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Sunday that the U.S. is closer to nuclear war with North Korea than ever before, an example of America’s adversaries taking advantage of the “uncertainty” of President Donald Trump’s leadership.

“Those that would do us ill seem to be able to take advantage of the uncertainty as well, and you mentioned both Russia and China, and my expectations that will continue to be the case for them as well as Iran and North Korea,” Mullen told Martha Raddatz on ABC’s “This Week.”

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“We’re actually closer, in my view, to a nuclear war with North Korea and in that region than we have ever been.”

Mullen, a retired admiral who served as chairman under both President George W. Bush and Barack Obama, said he has watched top administration officials like national security adviser H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary James Mattis and White House chief of staff John Kelly try to quell some of the uncertainty by getting the president to make decision that go against his instinct.

But Mullen is not sure if such a approach is sustainable.

“My concern is how long that actually lasts,” he said.

The long-term question, Mullen said is whether the American people continue to support the institutions and norms that he sees Trump undermining — an approach that has led to some of the uncertainty that North Korea, Russia and other countries are taking advantage of.

Outside of his criticism of the current president, Mullen hinted at lingering tension over Obama’s handling of Iranian protests in 2009. In light of current unrest in the country, some commentators have said the administration should have been more vocal about its support for the protesters then and not have put so much stock in building diplomatic ties with Iranian leaders.

Trump and his administration have been vocal in their pronouncements that the “world is watching” Iran and whether it or not it respects the rights of protesters voicing their frustration with the country’s economy.

“I think that the 2009 time frame is very instructive,” Mullen said. “I think we chose to not be as supportive as we could have been then. And I hope we can be right now so that Iran can continue to evolve.”

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Merkel aims for quick formation of new government

Joe

The New Swinger Club party takes shape in Germany.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 12:25 PM CET

contango

Joe
The New Swinger Club party takes shape in Germany.

envious much??

Posted on 12/31/17 | 12:31 PM CET

CSK

“That we become more aware of what holds us together, that we again emphasize common ground, that we endeavor to have more respect for others … these are my wishes for the new year,” she said.

Fine words but delivered too late, Frau Merkel, like three previous terms as Chancellor too late: and hollow, too. Remember Greece, and how a German-dominant Euro Group pummelled them into the ground; and the opening of Europe’s borders to multitudes of unvetted refugees and then expecting other EU states to bend to your demands to rescue the humanitarian and security imbroglio that inevitably ensued?

I fear that your fourth term will be a weak one.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 1:12 PM CET

Vishnou

It is of paramount importance that a coalition be set up in Germany. Not only in the interest of the German population as a whole, but also as far as the EU is concerned. Germany has a major role to play in this respect. I am confident Angela Merkel will find a way towards a satisfactory outcome.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 1:26 PM CET

dc

She seems to have lost any touch with reality and entered phase of complete denial.
Coalition talks and then coalition – if i happens, will be so much fun to watch !!!

Manouvers of German MSM to avoid mentioning background and culture of that Afghan presumably 15 year “unattended refu2ee” – and in fact probably much older, in the context of stabb1ng 15 year old German girl in a drugstore, are excellent example what awaits us.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 1:33 PM CET

olli

“Quick formation of new government”

What or who will be missed out ?
1) individual freedom
2) the car drivers

Posted on 12/31/17 | 1:56 PM CET

Joe

@ contango
Germany is the land of sexual immorality. A sick dying society and the most annoying when they want to tell others how to live and show us the way out from any crisis. Actually whoever comes after Merkel
will be a same character who gave up the hope and serve not the people but the big international companies. The only reason they can behave like that because they still have money. They do not mind who going to live in Germany and what is that culture what will represent there. They only need a mass whom keep the industries in moving. They represent this behavior like a humanitarian act but the truth is they are very hypocrites. Actually the hypocrisy belongs to their nature same like the eyes color belong to a man.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 2:05 PM CET

Europe means peace and love

Bonne année de Bruxelles. Long live Europe !

Posted on 12/31/17 | 2:14 PM CET

Priscilla du Bleu

Her top could have made some nice curtains.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 2:20 PM CET

contango

@Joe
@ contango
take 1: Germany is the land of sexual immorality
This is why the female head of state had to dismiss one of her ministers recently, right? And because the papers were full of reports of members of parliament behaving like sleazeballs?

What was the MP’s name again? Oh yes, Damian Green, and the female head of state was our beloved Theresa, not Chancellor Merkel.

OOOOpsie. Wrong country. The sleazeballs are british government, not german. Ah well, can happen. Brexiters don’t know geography.

take 2: Germany is the land of sexual immorality
YUP, just what i assumed, you are dark green with envy :-D. BTW, i heard that viagra helps. Of course not finding yourself a decent female, but at least when you visit the streetwalking ladies in your neighbourhood ….

Posted on 12/31/17 | 2:27 PM CET

wow

Joe
@ contango
Germany is the land of sexual immorality. A sick dying society and the most annoying when they want to tell others how to live and show us the way out from any crisis. Actually whoever comes after Merkel
will be a same character who gave up the hope and serve not the people but the big international companies. The only reason they can behave like that because they still have money. They do not mind who going to live in Germany and what is that culture what will represent there. They only need a mass whom keep the industries in moving. They represent this behavior like a humanitarian act but the truth is they are very hypocrites. Actually the hypocrisy belongs to their nature same like the eyes color belong to a man.

YOU ARE ONE VILE DEMENTED HUMAN BEING: JUST LIKE ALL BRITONS!!!!!

WE DO NOT HATE GERMANY

Posted on 12/31/17 | 2:36 PM CET

Citizen A

@fake Priscilla du Bleu
Her top could have made some nice curtains.

Only for a UK living room. Continentals have better taste.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 2:38 PM CET

freddie silver

@ Vishnou,
“..I am confident Angela Merkel will find a way towards a satisfactory outcome…”
We can all have a nice year end party and look ahead with serenity at a bright future. If Mr. V.is confident we have no worries.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 2:40 PM CET

Joe

@ contango
What a fun to be here with you, I enjoy it!
Come back tomorrow if you survive the detox. 🙂

Posted on 12/31/17 | 2:45 PM CET

Deirdre

@dc
!Manouvers of German MSM to avoid mentioning background and culture of that Afghan presumably 15 year “unattended refu2ee” – and in fact probably much older, in the context of stabb1ng 15 year old German girl in a drugstore, are excellent example what awaits us.”

The german Media were not negligent, they were only too busy reporting about british terror attacks. The subject becomes tiring somehow, after so many terror attacks in GB ….

Süddeutsche Zeitung on the London Bridge attacks: Zwischen Feinkost und Terror. Der Borough Market ist irrsinnig teuer, aber eigentlich kann man hier nach dem Sonntags-Spaziergang gut ein Pint trinken. Nun ist er ein Tatort.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 2:47 PM CET

Joe

@wow
I have got it.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 2:55 PM CET

dc

@Deirdre
I’m not surprised that German MSM concentrate on the UK as the news from Germany is so uninteresting.
Mutti tries so hard to make boring life of German citizens just a little bit more exciting but surprisingly more and more of them are not able to show her proper gratitude.

31 December 2017: “German ex-intelligence chief warns of ‘uncomfortable’ security situation
August Hanning says Germany will have problems ‘as long as we let people come into the country without identity papers.’”

Posted on 12/31/17 | 3:02 PM CET

ironworker

The world is waiting for you to go away.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 3:04 PM CET

wow

@dc
31 December 2017: “German ex-intelligence chief warns of ‘uncomfortable’ security situation
August Hanning says Germany will have problems ‘as long as we let people come into the country without identity papers.’”

hope Theresa May has a solution for the problem. with no border between ireland and northern ireland, they will send those via ireland to us and then WE have to deal with them.

so, go and thoink about it

Posted on 12/31/17 | 3:10 PM CET

Citizen A

qironworker
The world is waiting for you to go away.

Wrong thread. Belongs to the Theresa May article.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 3:17 PM CET

Bruce

Why would anybody want to work with her. She ruined Europe and Germany far more than anyone could to curry favor with Obama who damm near ruined America. Where Hitler’s army failed, Merkel’s policies suceeded!

Posted on 12/31/17 | 3:18 PM CET

Vishnou

@Bruce
Obviously, you are overwhelmed by an anti-German feeling. Is it but Angela Merkel you dislike or the fact that Germany is a leader in Europe? What seems so unacceptable to you? It is but normal that a strong economy is in the lead. Potus doesn’t want anything else: except that he is not concerned with all the other nations that he has chosen to bully. Germany prefers diplomacy which is a word the new US Administration doesn’t know how to spell.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 3:38 PM CET

Vishnou

@freddie silver
Not only xenophobic but macho as well…. Why do you address me as “Mr” de facto?

Posted on 12/31/17 | 3:40 PM CET

freddie silver

@ Vishnou,
“..Germany prefers diplomacy..”
Since we are reaching the end of 2017, it should be easy to point out at least one of Germany’s diplomatic successes during the year.
Yes Mr. V, and the answer is…???
Of course there will be no answer. The main thing was to write something and feel the thrill of seeing one’s name in print.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 3:47 PM CET

Dean

@Deirdre

Yes it does, we actually report on all of ours 😉

Posted on 12/31/17 | 4:16 PM CET

Priscilla du Bleu

@Citizen A

I am half German and these are the best curtains I have seen in Germany !
Sewn with a hot needle no doubt.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 4:24 PM CET

Priscilla du Bleu

@Citizen A

But who is the bloke wearing them ?

Posted on 12/31/17 | 4:25 PM CET

mickey

what is the body count because of leaders like merkel ? does anyone know.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 4:31 PM CET

guilherme

Vishnou
“It is of paramount importance that a coalition be set up in Germany. Not only in the interest of the German population as a whole, but also as far as the EU is concerned. Germany has a major role to play in this respect. I am confident Angela Merkel will find a way towards a satisfactory outcome.”
This phrase is very similar to the obligatory optimism in USSR´s Communist Party´s Central Commitee´s decisions….

Posted on 12/31/17 | 4:35 PM CET

RAFfer

@contango
“What was the MP’s name again? Oh yes, Damian Green, and the female head of state was our beloved Theresa, not Chancellor Merkel.”

Britain isn’t afraid to air it’s dirty laundry. We all have dirty laundry. So, how are you dealing with it? I haven’t heard a peep from any other country. Sleep tight.

Posted on 12/31/17 | 4:39 PM CET

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Scaramucci: Trump doesn’t deny climate change

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Scaramucci said he believes the president is not particularly concerned with Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation | Getty

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Sunday defended President Donald Trump’s tweet last week on climate change as a common-sense statement.

“In the East, it could be the COLDEST New Year’s Eve on record. Perhaps we could use a little bit of that good old Global Warming that our Country, but not other countries, was going to pay TRILLIONS OF DOLLARS to protect against,” Trump wrote Thursday on Twitter. “Bundle up!”

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Critics observed that the president didn’t seem to understand the distinction between weather and climate — or that a few days of freezing cold were not going to prove anything about climate.

Saying “he had a lot of common sense,” Scaramucci defended Trump’s remarks, telling CNN’s Dana Bush on “State of the Union” that he was not a denier of climate change, just an opponent of the Paris climate accord. Earlier this year, Trump withdrew the United States from the agreement, which is designed to combat global warming.

“He didn’t want to just sign it and go along,” said Scaramucci, who said he expected the president to be proved right on the issue.

Scaramucci also observed: “It is freezing here on this beautiful Sunday morning.”

On other issues, Scaramucci said he believes the president is not particularly concerned with Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia investigation.

“I know that he’s not worried about it,” he said, adding that he thinks Trump is “frustrated about it.”

Scaramucci also said: “The great news about the president is: He’s undistracted, he’s undeterred, and I think he’s going to have a phenomenal 2018.”

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Houston police: Intoxicated man found with weapons in downtown hotel room

Houston police on Sunday arrested a man at a downtown hotel who they said had guns and ammunition in his room, according to local media.

Police responded to a call around 1:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Houston, Texas, and began to arrest the man for being intoxicated and trespassing. When police went to his room to retrieve his belongings, they found ammunition, an AR-15, a shotgun and a handgun, police said. 

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The man was then arrested on charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon and trespassing, police said. 

The hotel is scheduled to host a New Year’s Eve celebration with live music and a 50,000 balloon drop at midnight, according to its website.

Hotel-related mass shootings are part of the public consciousness since Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds of others when he opened fire earlier this year from his Las Vegas hotel room overlooking a country music festival.

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