Norks making trouble


Interesting, and troubling, that something seems to be up in North Korea. First they torpedo a patrol boat — now confirmed by South Korean MOD — now talk of Nork military alerts. Seoul remains under the gun of a lot of NKorean artillery. One itchy trigger… This could be POTUS’ next foreign policy headache. As usual the PRC is being less than helpful. After all, a crisis on the Korean pennisula might interfere with iPod production…

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  1. Member

    What are the chances that current POTUS will try the same thing the Clinton admin did in trying to bribe KJI with more “stuff” and claim the same thing Albright did, “…we made them back down… ” only to have them thumb their noses once again.

    Like the song says, “.. send lawyers, guns and money, dad, get me out of this…”

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    • May 25, 2010 at 3:28 am
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  2. Inactive

    Rob, was that a shot at Grover Cleveland? I didn’t know people still harbored resentment over the Bland-Allison Act.

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    • May 25, 2010 at 6:54 am
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  3. Member

    Rob, consider yourself officially admonished for referring to the “ChiComms”. They are less communistic than Nancy Pelosi’s district in San Fran.

    We “in the know” adopt Deng’s words- “Socialism with Chinese characteristics”. In other words, just like Texas, but with more Taiwanese investment.

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    • May 25, 2010 at 9:11 am
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  4. Inactive

    What exactly is the appropriate response to a nuclear armed mad man? Beyond going back to Bush first term and starving them of funds, there aren’t a lot of options.

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    • May 25, 2010 at 10:26 am
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  5. Founder

    Weird, too, that KJI just got back from his train trip to Beijing. (That’s how the little man likes to travel — by train, just like Stalin. And Grover Cleveland.)

    He had a lot of meetings back there with the (not so much anymore) ChiComms. And then he gets back home and it all breaks loose. So I’m wondering: did the Chinese tell him that there wasn’t going to be any more money?

    Paranoid theorizing begins…..NOW!

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    • May 25, 2010 at 11:18 am
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    Mike Murphy Post author

    Rob, I can’t resist picking up on the train bit re: KJI. He actually has an old-school armored train, ala Zhivago. It gets better. Stalin was a big armored train guy, as you know since we are both among the weirdos who have actually visited Uncle Joe’s old wagon at the Stalin museum in the Rep of Georgia. Anyway, Stalin gave an armored train to KJI’s dad… knowing that any self-respecting Iron Man of the Left couldn’t build a socialist paradise without one. KJI tools around in that same train today, albeit with a lot more imported Swedish hookers and a closet full high heeled elevator man boots that Josef could have only have dreamed of.

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    • May 29, 2010 at 6:40 am
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  7. Inactive

    It is interesting how this thing is developing like a Tom Clancey novel. NK rattles sabers at the same time as Hezbollah warms up with long range missiles and Iran ups the anti on training and arming our enemies in Afghanistan and Iraq, + deal with Turkey and Brazil while racing towards nuclearization. the unfortunate difference is that we are already stretched thin in a two front shooting war and Obama is no Jack Ryan.

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    • May 29, 2010 at 7:49 am
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    Mike, KJI actually has two trains — one of them is a decoy, which runs either ahead or behind the actual train. His theory is, I guess, that the West won’t bother trying to hit him if they only have a 50% chance of taking him out. I guess he hasn’t realized that in the West, missiles are cheap and plentiful. We’d just take out both trains, call it a day.

    The Chinese aren’t helping matters, but I don’t think they’re hurting them, either. Look, no one knows how this is all going to end. There isn’t a happy conclusion on the horizon. A Chinese official told me a few years ago in Beijing that for years, they’d send in train loads of food aid (train track and rolling stock is about the only thing that the Norko’s still have that works; the airports are a mess) and the Norko’s would take the aid….and keep the trains.

    Apparently, the polite thing is to return the train when you’ve unloaded it — sort of like returning the dish after a potluck. But KJI wouldn’t hear of it. So it’s possible that last month he rolled into Beijing…in one of their trains.

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    • May 30, 2010 at 3:30 am
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    Steve Green has an interesting take on a possible Korean War II; simplifying to a ridiculous extent, Steve’s thesis is that the Nork army is close to starving itself, and would collapse for lack of supplies (notably fuel) after a few days–but only after doing devastating damage to Seoul. (Here’s the link:

    My own guess is that Kim knows this, but has run out of everything–again–and is playing the old game of threaten and bluster in the hopes of ginning up another rich relief settlement. So far that scheme has worked out very well for the Nork leadership.

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    • May 30, 2010 at 8:26 am
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