In a rare and seemingly unprecedented move, the entire United States Senate has been called to the White House for a briefing on North Korea, Reuters reports. While briefing the legislature on foreign relations and matters of national security is not uncommon, this meeting is. Not only has the entire Senate been called, but the standard practice is for White House officials to go to the Senators, not the other way around.
What makes this meeting more remarkable is who exactly is briefing the Senate. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford, and White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, will give the briefing.
That’s right, dear readers, all the foreign policy heavy hitters, will give our one hundred U.S. Senators a special briefing on North Korea. With tensions rising in the region, many are asking what the specific purpose of this briefing is?
Is war with North Korea on the horizon or is President Trump simply trying to involve Congress in his foreign policy?
Two chief possibilities exist. If the President intends war, it will take 2/3 of Congress to make that a reality officially. Meeting with the Senate (and presumably the House later), would make sure everyone is fully abreast of the situation. Given the parties conducting the briefing, all the President’s cards would be on the table for Congress to see. Legislators would understand the diplomatic, intelligence, and military options and repercussions of a war with North Korea, allowing them to make the most informed decision possible.
At face value, this seems very likely. Liberty Nation has previously reported on the ever-growing tensions with North Korea and posturing on both sides has moved us closer and closer to war, it would seem.
The other option is that President Trump is making a course correction, involving the legislative branch in his decision-making process for North Korea, thereby avoiding criticism similar to what he received after unilaterally acting in Syria.
The President has made a point to keep his plans for North Korea a mystery, much to the chagrin of Congress, and this meeting potentially stands to serve as a ‘grand reveal,’ shoring up support for future actions and demonstrating a desire to work with legislators on future issues.
Whatever the purpose of this meeting, President Trump apparently wants his ducks in a row, speaking with Chinese and Japanese leadership over the phone as well as speaking with U.N. ambassadors in the days leading up to the meeting.
The writing is on the wall for something big to happen. While we should not expect any bombshells to come out of the Senate meeting, the table is set for a conflict with North Korea in the near future. If the status quo is unacceptable, as the President suggests, the only recourse is a dramatic change in policy and action.
But the question remains: Are we ready for the consequences such a change entails?
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