Week in Review
North Korea is apparently in desperate need of food and/or energy. As they are being especially belligerent of late. When they want stuff they do some belligerent things. Like a petulant child. The international community then steps in to ratchet down the tension. And gives something to that petulant child to shut them up for awhile. But North Korea’s belligerence seems exceptionally belligerent these days (see North Korea says US ‘hell-bent on regime change’ by CARA ANNA, AP, posted 4/4/2014 on Yahoo! News).
North Korea on Friday accused the United States of being “hell-bent on regime change” and warned that any maneuvers with that intention will be viewed as a “red line” that will result in countermeasures.
Even North Korea is mocking President Obama about red lines.
Pyongyang’s deputy U.N. ambassador Ri Tong Il also repeated that his government “made it very clear we will carry out a new form of nuclear test” but refused to elaborate, saying only that “I recommend you to wait and see what it is…”
Ri blamed the U.S. for aggravating tensions on the Korean Peninsula by continuing “very dangerous” military drills with South Korea, by pursuing action in the U.N. Security Council against his country’s recent ballistic missile launches and by going after Pyongyang’s human rights performance.
Ri also accused the U.S. of blocking a resumption of six-party talks on its nuclear program by settling preconditions and said Washington’s primary goal is to maintain tensions and prevent denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula…
North Korea walked away from the six-party nuclear disarmament talks in 2009 over disagreements on how to verify steps the North was meant to take to end its nuclear programs…
Using the initials of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, the country’s official name, Ri said, “The DPRK has been making strenuous, hard efforts, very generous, toward easing the tensions on the Korean Peninsula, but ignoring all this generous position of the DPRK and its proposals, the U.S. went ahead with opening the joint military drills, very aggressive nature, and they’re now expanding in a crazy manner the scale of this exercise.”
This is the problem with being a reclusive communist regime. Yours is a world based on lies. You lie to your people. You lie to the world. You lie so much that you lose any connection to reality. Nuclear tests. Ballistic missile launches. An atrocious human rights record. Walking away from six-party nuclear disarmament talks. And yet they say they are being generous and working hard to ease the tensions on the Korean Peninsula? Tensions one would conclude North Korea caused based on Pyongyang’s deputy U.N. ambassador’s statements. Do they not see this? Or do they believe that the world will believe whatever they say? No matter how big the lie?
It makes one wonder if that ‘red line’ comment was a clever dig at President Obama. Or just a coincidence. For Vladimir Putin may be able to pull off a clever dig at President Obama. But when it comes to geopolitics Pyongyang deputy U.N. ambassador is no Vladimir Putin. For he is an autocrat. And understands the use of power (military and economic). The threat of using power. And uses it to take what he wants. Unlike the North Koreans (who can only make nuclear bluffs-they can’t cut off someone’s energy supplies like Putin can). Or president Obama for that matter. Who makes ‘red line’ declarations but fails to do anything once a red line is crossed.
A little regime change would be nice in North Korea. No doubt their people would like to live without those horrible human rights abuses. And the international community would like not having to deal with these recurring tantrums. But regime change will be painful. And costly. Especially for South Korea. Who will probably have to feed the North Koreans after their regime collapses. And bear the burden of reunifying the Koreas. With the United States no doubt having to pick up part of those costs. For the last thing they want is instability on the Korean Peninsula. But with the Obama administration slashing the defense budget the last thing they want is another nation to rebuild. So it is highly doubtful that the U.S. is “hell-bent on regime change.” Unless there was an inexpensive way of doing it. Which there rarely is.
Tags: ballistic missile, belligerent, DPRK, energy, food, human rights, international community, Korean peninsula, North Korea, nuclear, nuclear test, Pyongyang, red line, regime change, six-party talks, tensions
Week in Review
President Reagan made a joke once during a sound check before a radio address. He said, “My fellow Americans, I’m pleased to tell you today that I’ve signed legislation that will outlaw Russia forever. We begin bombing in five minutes.” News of this joke leaked out. And reached the Soviet Union. And the Soviets did not find it amusing. Instead, they put the Soviet Far East Army on alert. You see, our enemies did not think much of Reagan’s comedic abilities. For with him they did not know when he was joking. Unlike President Obama (see Iranian general: Obama’s threats are ‘the joke of the year’ by Marissa Newman posted 3/4/2014 on The Times of Israel).
“The low-IQ US president and his country’s Secretary of State John Kerry speak of the effectiveness of ‘the US options on the table’ on Iran while this phrase is mocked at and has become a joke among the Iranian nation, especially the children,” General Masoud Jazayeri said, according to the semi-official Fars News Agency.
Jazayeri was responding to the US president’s interview in Bloomberg on Sunday, in which Obama maintained that the Iranian leadership should take his “all options on the table” stance — including the warning of a potential military strike — seriously…
The Iranian news agency Tuesday published a political cartoon mocking the US president, calling it: “All Options on Table.” This Time for Russia.” In a jab at US non-intervention in Ukraine, the cartoon portrays Obama peering forlornly into an empty paint can with the label “Red Line” while Russian President Vladimir Putin walks away saying, “I think you used it all on Syria…”
Under an interim deal clinched in November, Iran agreed to curb parts of its nuclear program for six months in exchange for limited sanctions relief. The agreement came into effect on January 20.
“The (nuclear) negotiations are going well … I’m hoping by the first deadline (July 20) we will reach an agreement,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters on the sidelines of an event in New Delhi on February 28…
“I can tell you that Iran’s nuclear program will remain intact. We will not close any program,” he said, according to Reuters.
President Obama is raking up the honors. A Nobel Peace Prize in 2009. The Lie of the Year in 2013. And now the Joke of the Year in 2014. Pity he hasn’t won some of the awards most Americans want him to win. The Best Economy of the Year award. And the Most Respected World Leader of the Year award. Two awards President Reagan did win. His outlawing Russia joke was really funny, though, and he should have won Joke of the Year, too. But here President Obama has him beat.
The Iranians will not close any nuclear program? If not why then did we lift those sanctions? It makes no sense. Unless President Obama is going after yet another award. The Most Naïve World Leader of the Year award. Where he’s been a perennial favorite to win every year since 2009.
Tags: all options on the table, Iran, joke, joke of the year, nuclear program, President Obama, President Reagan, sanctions, Soviet
Week in Review
The United States takes a lot of crap around the world. Despite their being the world’s policeman. And hosting the United Nations in New York City. Where tin-pot dictators and autocratic thugs can get a world forum to denounce the United States. Telling us how horrible life in America is. How we lost our values. Are too materialistic. Too greedy. Putting profits ahead of people. And are so barbaric that we treat our women like second class citizens. Unlike these enlightened rulers abroad. Yet when they come to New York City to make the world a better place where do they go? Here (see Midtown strip club booming during UN week posted 9/28/2013 on Page Six).
Midtown jiggle joint Flashdancers has seen a lot of action thanks to the United Nations General Assembly.
“The place has been so packed with diplomats, they’ve had to turn away people at the door,” says a source.
Yeah, the UN takes care of important business whenever they meet in general assembly. They’re resolving the crisis in Syria. Getting those chemical weapons locked down safely. And preventing the slaughter of Syrian civilians. And we’re resolving the Iranian nuclear impasse. Working hard to keep a nuclear bomb from falling into the hands of terrorists. As Iran is a sponsor of terrorism. So they’re taking care of important business up at the UN. That is, when they’re not busy stuffing money down strippers’ g-strings.
Tags: general assembly, strip club, strippers, UN, United Nations