What You Need to Know Guam and the North Korea Missile Crisis

What You Need to Know Guam and the North Korea Missile Crisis
August 11, 2017/by Jordan Schachtel
North Korea has threatened to wipe out the western Pacific island of Guam, following ever-increasing rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang.
On Wednesday, North Korea threatened to send a missile barrage at the U.S. territory, following President Trump’s insistence that the U.S. would retaliate against North Korean aggression with “fire and fury.”
Per PRI.org, North Korea’s Hwasong-12 missiles “flew about 489 miles in its latest test in May, when it was fired at a steep angle, and is believed to have a maximum range of about 3,106 miles.
“That puts Guam — around 2,050 miles from North Korea’s missile bases — well within range.”
Guam is the closest U.S. territory to North Korea, making it a vital defense post in the Pacific. But given its distance from the U.S. mainland, few Americans ever encounter the Pacific island territory.
Here’s what you need to know about Guam.
The small island (with a size of approximately 210 square miles), located 4,000 miles west of Hawaii, serves as an important strategic territory for the United States, given its relative proximity to the Asian continent and its important players, such as China, Japan, Indonesia, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, and North and South Korea.
Spain claimed sovereignty over Guam in 1565, and proceeded to colonize the land in 1668. A smallpox epidemic came 20 years later, wiping out much of the indigenous Chamorro population on the Island.
After four centuries of Spanish rule, Guam (and Puerto Rico) was transferred over to the United States as part of the Treaty of Paris of 1898.
Immediately after its attack on Pearl Harbor, Imperial Japan invaded and occupied the American garrison in Guam during World War II. The Japanese occupied Guam for 31 months.
After WWII, the Guam Organic Act of 1950 re-designated Guam as an unincorporated U.S. territory. The law provided U.S. citizenship for all residents of Guam, including the indigenous Chamorro people, and allowed them to vote for their governor. The act also created an elected legislature.
During the Vietnam War, the Andersen Air Force Base in Guam served as a major platform for U.S. operations. American bombers primarily departed from Guam, for close air support and heavy bombing runs.
Today, Guam is home to roughly 7,000 American service members, consisting of members of the Navy, Marines, Air Force, and Coast Guard. The military presence takes up about 30 percent of the entire island’s land, according to Fox News.
Guam’s population is about 163,000 people. A little over one-third is indigenous to the land, and another quarter is foreign workers from the Philippines. Some 85 percent of the population identifies as Roman Catholic, and the officials languages are English and Chamorro.
The U.S. territory is currently represented in Washington, D.C., by Madeleine Bordallo, who serves as Guam’s non-voting delegate to the House of Representatives. The Democrat representative has represented Guam since 2002.
The governor of Guam is Eddie Calvo, a Republican and member of the indigenous Chamorro population. During the 2016 Republican primary, Calvo endorsed Texas Senator Ted Cruz. When Cruz dropped out of the race, he endorsed Donald Trump.
Appearing on Fox News Thursday evening, Calvo supported the president’s debated “fire and fury” comments, stating: “As far as I’m concerned, as an American citizen, I want a president that says that if any nation such as North Korea attack Guam, attack Honolulu, attack the west coast, they will be met with hell and fury.”
So, what happens if North Korea does indeed go through with a missile attack on Guam?
There are several military defenses stationed on or near Guam. The THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system is currently deployed in Guam. THAAD is designed to detect and destroy a ballistic missile early on in its “boost phase.”
Several U.S. Navy ships possess SM-3 missiles, which are capable of hitting ballistic targets midflight in lower-earth orbit. And there is the Patriot missile, which also holds anti-ballistic capabilities.
Homeland Security officials in Guam continue to institute precautions and fact sheetsfor residents, should the defense systems fail to stop an attack. Yet through all the North Korean saber rattling, Gov. Calvo continues to reassure residents that the Island is “safe and sound.”
“Everyone should continue to live their lives,” he urged residents of the U.S. territory. (For more from the author of “What You Need to Know Guam and the North Korea Missile Crisis” please click HERE) http://joemiller.us/2017/08/need-know-guam-north-korea-missile-crisis/

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Schumer Refusing To Help Border Kids
Wants To Hurt Trump Instead

The controversy over how underage illegal aliens are handled at the border is heating up — but Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer just rejected a good-faith proposal to fix the problem.

A growing number of people on both sides of the political aisle have expressed concern for border separations, which occur when migrants are caught breaking the law along the border while they have children with them, or when the often exploitative relationship between adults and minors at the border cannot be established.

A vast amount of mis-information and outright lying about the situation has muddied the water, making it tough to understand the situation in its entirety.

Both liberals and conservatives, however, have voiced their support for a better system that results in fewer family separations, and even President Donald Trump has indicated that he is willing to stand with Congress if they change the law.

Shockingly, however, it looks like one of the most well-known faces of the Democratic party isn’t willing to take action, and is instead playing politics in order to attack Trump.

On Tuesday, Schumer openly rejected a Republican proposal to fix the immigrant separation problem at the legislative level, and instead whined about the president.

“There are so many obstacles to legislation and when the president can do it with his own pen, it makes no sense,” Schumer stated, according to The Hill.

“Legislation is not the way to go here when it’s so easy for the president to sign it,” he complained.

Democrats Reject Bill To Keep Families Together At Border – Schumer Says He “Wants To Keep Focus On Trump”

Think about that for a second: The president’s job is to execute existing laws. The legislature’s job is to change or enact new laws when needed.

A senator elected to the legislature for exactly that purpose is now refusing to do his job and pass legislation, while simultaneously blaming the president for enforcing the existing laws, as he is sworn to do.

If there was any doubt that Schumer and the Democrats are playing politics instead of trying to actually help migrant families, the senator made his intentions clear: Obstruct and point fingers at Trump.

“Asked if that meant Democrats would not support a bill backed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to keep immigrant families together while seeking asylum on the U.S. border, Schumer said they want to keep the focus on Trump,” The Hill explained.

Make no mistake: The Democrats dragging their feet and refusing to back legislation already drafted by Republicans will prolong the problems at the border.

“Schumer’s opposition to a legislative fix means there likely won’t be a quick end to the emotional images of immigrant children being separated from their families unless Trump backs down,” The Hill reported.

“Democrats want to keep the pressure on Trump instead of having Congress assume responsibility for the growing crisis,” the news outlet continued.

Again: There’s a solution ready to go, with Republicans including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ready to support it. Yet Democrats like Schumer apparently believe that scoring political points against Trump is more important than helping broken families on the border, even as their own liberal voters demand action.

“Congress alone can fix it,” stated Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday.

“I support, and all of the senators of the Republican conference support, a plan that keeps families together,” McConnell agreed.

“We need to fix the problem and it requires a legislative solution,” he said.

Yet Democrats refuse to budge.

This “do nothing but blame Trump” response from the left should prove beyond a doubt that all the tears and hand-wringing from liberals are disingenuous. They’re for show. If it was truly about helping innocent kids at the border, Schumer and his fellow Democrats could act right now.

If their priority was actually to solve the problem and help broken families, scoring points against Trump shouldn’t even be a concern. Even if they believed he was being stubborn on the issue, they could take the high road by doing their jobs and supporting bipartisan legislation.

They don’t, because solving the problem was never their goal. They are playing political games and using devastated children as pawns, while pretending that the president is the monster.

That’s sick… and the American people need to see exactly who is doing the obstruction.


Washington Post Compares
Jeff Sessions To Slaveholder’

The Washington Post compared Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “slaveholders” after he quoted the Bible on Thursday while discussing his department’s policy of prosecuting all illegal immigrants who cross the border.

Sessions made the statement during a speech to law enforcement officers in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

WaPo ran a story entitled “Sessions cites Bible passage used to defend slavery in defense of separating immigrant families” by general assignment editor Keith McMillan and religion reporter Julie Zauzmer on Friday.

Rather than detailing the statistics Sessions cited in the speech that explain the immigration policy, the story quoted John Fea, a history professor at Messiah College in Pennsylvania.

“This is the same argument that Southern slaveholders and the advocates of a Southern way of life made,” Fea said.

Sessions spent much of the speech discussing the numbers behind current immigration policy, including separating families at the Southwest border.

“I would cite you to the Apostle Paul and his clear and wise command in Romans 13, to obey the laws of the government because God has ordained the government for his purposes,” Sessions said.

“Orderly and lawful processes are good in themselves. Consistent and fair application of the law is in itself a good and moral thing, and that protects the weak and protects the lawful.”

“The previous administration wouldn’t prosecute aliens if they came with children,” Sessions said.

“It was de-facto open borders if you came with children. The results were unsurprising. More and more illegal aliens started showing up at the border with children.”

Sessions laid out the numbers in the speech.

“In 2013, fewer than 15,000 family units were apprehended crossing our border illegally between ports of entry in dangerous areas of the country,” he said.

“Five years later, it was more than 75,000, a five-fold increase in five years. It didn’t even have to be their child that was brought, it could be anyone. You can imagine that this created a lot of danger.”

The U.S. has the “opportunity” to fix its broken immigration system now, Sessions said.

“I believe that’s it’s moral, right, just and decent that we have a lawful system of immigration,” he said. “The American people have been asking for it.”

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