Category Archives: (Possible) War in Korea

Kim Jong-Il’s Orwellian Truman Show Nightmare

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Peter Hitchens visits North Korea:


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.

Every radio and television has its tuning dial soldered so that it can receive only North Korean signals. Inspectors visit frequently to check that nobody has tampered with this mental barricade

WaPo: Post-Election Call Up of Remaining Reserves and National Guard

(via Digg) Don’t call it a draft, yetn

Plans are secretly underway for a suprise new call up of National Guard and Reserves to be announced sometime after the election.The Washington Post has now reported that plamning that is now classified, being kept secret from voters and military families until the election is over, could well include what the Post calls a policy change forcing a new wave of involuntary call ups.

Am I a Nuke or Not

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?

American Coup D’etat? Nope. But Erosion…?

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.

KOHN: Because it’s so incremental?

LUTTWAK: It’s more like an erosion. The president is usurping additional powers. Although what’s interesting is that the president’s usurpation of this particular power was entirely unnecessary.

Nice articulation of various incidents in US History where the Executive, Congress and the military are at a crossroads.

Andrew Bacevich is the author of the stunning The New American Militarism: How Americans Are Seduced by War is excellent and just came out in paperback. I’m reading it again. (Recommended to me by Republic of T)

Kim Jong-Il to World: ‘I Won’t Be Ignored, Dan”

I hope you like Kal Bi. Kidding!

North Korea launched their own special fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July. Having the missiles launch on the 4th was so snarky, I love it.

From Tony Snow’s press conference:

  • Pity points for the North Korean people – our problem is not with them
  • No one wants to act unilaterally
  • North Korea is big in arms sales and counterfeit money

But hey… no calls of ‘Bring it on!’?