But where Orwell’s ministry was a glittering white, the abandoned Ryugyong Hotel is a dingy dun-brown, its hundreds of glassless windows like sockets gazing at what its maker, the Great Leader Kim Il Sung, has wrought.
Every machine in the country is close to breakdown. This even affects parts of the system that are on show.
Is anyone else baffled that we can’t tell if North Korea did a nuclear test or not? The news says we have seismometers all over the globe. Plus the satellite surveillance. Plus everything else. If we are such a bad-ass military machine why don’t we know if this was really a nuclear test or not? What if this was to be actionable military intelligence? What if it becomes actionable military intelligence?
Harper’s got together a quartet of military experts to examine the eternal question: Could it happen here?
UTTWAK: What about a situation in which the military was ordered to start a war that it did not believe could be won?…
BACEVICH: The military would leak it to the Washington Post, and the war would never happen.
BACEVICH: Here we don’t need to conjure up hypothetical scenarios of the president deploying troops, etc. We have a president who created a program that directs the National Security Agency, which is part of the military, to engage in domestic eavesdropping.
LUTTWAK: I don’t know if this would be called a coup.