Tag: North Korea

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America very warily approach the reports of North Korea supposedly being willing to scrap its nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees.  While fully aware that Kim Jong-Un may only be looking to bait us or stall for time, they are hopeful that the tougher approach from the Trump administration is starting to pay off.  They also wince as Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri emerges in a new video urging jihadists to stop fighting with each other and focus on a common enemy.  And they react with bemusement and concern as former Trump campaign official Sam Nunberg appears on several cable news shows to announce he is defying the subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, only to later admit he will probably cooperate.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America look at a bunch of new polling that shows America sharply divided on banning “assault weapons,” in large agreement on mental illness needing to be addressed, and a majority now liking the tax cuts.  They also rip the Pennsylvania Supreme Court for redrawing the congressional map of the state, ignoring the will of the people through their elected representatives and making the map much more favorable to their Democratic friends.  And they shudder as fears grow that North Korea may punish their Olympic athletes for failing to medal at the Winter Olympics.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are appalled as the liberals on “The View” and elsewhere blast Vice President Pence for not standing as the joint Korean Olympic team entered the opening ceremonies, but they are grateful that many on the left are allowing America to see that they actually hate the Trump administration far more than they hate one of the most repressive and brutal Communist regimes the world has ever seen.  They also blast the liberal media for largely ignoring that President Trump’s daughter-in-law had to go to the hospital after opening an envelope with white powder.  And they greatly enjoy learning that the Iranians are very worried that western nations are spying on their nuclear activities with lizards.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are leery in general that any infrastructure bill can avoid becoming a huge waste of money but they are glad to see President Trump asking states to play a major role in funding the plan.  They also unload on the mainstream media for writing glowing reviews of Kim Jong-Un’s sister and how she is supposedly executing a diplomatic masterpiece at the Olympics.  And they rip the press for falling for the supposedly charming North Korean cheer squad, when they’re really slaves of a regime that will punish them and their families if they make any mistakes.  And they roll their eyes at CNN for reporting that Sen. Bob Corker is thinking about reconsidering his retirement, even as Corker’s office says there is nothing to the story.

Apologize for What?


I came back online from Shabbat to witness a strange and incredibly disturbing phenomenon: the mainstream media at best white-washing the North Korean regime, and at worst, running interference for it. Here are a few highlights:

Happy Reagan’s Birthday everyone!  Today, Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud Vice President Mike Pence for bringing Otto Warmbier’s father as his guest to the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea and keeping the focus on North Korean repression in the midst of the communist regime’s charm offensive during in the games.  They’re also exasperated as President Trump gives his political opponents and the media new fodder for criticism as Trump flippantly suggests Democrats were treasonous for not applauding good news during his State of the Union address last week.  And they’re deeply frustrated as an illegal immigrant previously deported for drunk driving is now charged with the death of Indianapolis Colts linebacker Edwin Jackson and his Uber driver – once again while drunk and in the U.S. illegally.  They also slam the media for biased coverage of the immigration debate, dismissing stories like this and focusing almost exclusively on the success stories of young people in the nation illegally.

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 I listened to several programs last week that tied into President Trump’s State of the Union speech last night, involving North Korea. Many are worried that Trump is trying to start something, instead of trying to calm the situation. Past administrations have tried and continue to try with diplomacy, international coalitions and sanctions. While Kim […]

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North Korean Defector Most Powerful Moment of Perhaps Any SOTU


Last night President Trump appeared downright presidential. While there is plenty of partisan bickering that can (and is) being done regarding the policy proposals and political points raised, the stories of individual guests of the First Family were some of the most powerful in recent memory.

There was a couple — a police officer and his wife — who adopted a heroin-addicted baby born to a woman the officer met on a patrol. When President Trump introduced the family, the adoptive mother, Rebecca Holets, removed the cover she was using to nurse the baby in order to be honored by those present in the gallery.

Jim Geraghty of National Review is back!  He and Greg Corombos of Radio America applaud much of President Trump’s State of the Union address, including the list of positive economic data and the powerful stories of a soldier’s heroism, families devastated by criminal illegal aliens, and the North Korean amputee who hobbled to freedom on crutches.  However, Jim wonders whether the goodwill from this speech will last or whether Trump’s Twitter instincts will create problems.  They also roll their eyes as Rep. Joseph Kennedy III delivers the Democratic response and blames Republicans for the government shutdown and dividing Americans by groups, and Jim points out that a Kennedy is exactly the wrong Democrat to denounce elitism, privilege, and abuse of women.  And they are amazed as Democrats refuse to applaud good economic news for minorities and the few liberal ideas in Trump’s speech simply due to their animosity for the president.

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I am, as I have said before, significantly less impressed by Trump’s foreign policy record in the first year than much of Ricochet.  I hasten to add, of course, that as someone very interested in U.S. foreign policy history, presidential first years in office are usually a balance of foreign policy missteps and minor successes, […]

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America enjoy seeing Democrats get accused of caving in the shutdown standoff and seeing the avalanche of leftist criticism aimed at Chuck Schumer.  They also shake their heads as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court rules that the current congressional map is unconstitutional gerrymandering and a new map must be drawn, likely costing the Republicans seats.  And they’re disgusted as North Korea keeps finding ways to turn the Winter Olympics in South Korea into an opportunity to glorify its own communist dictatorship, and media figures like NBC’s Lester Holt seem only too happy to help.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome the news that North Korea and South Korea are talking and that North Korea will participate in the Winter Olympics next month in South Korea, making it far less likely Kim Jong-Un will look to cause mischief during the games.  They also shake their heads as former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio launches a bid for U.S. Senate in Arizona, since Arpaio is now 85 years old and lost badly in his most recent campaign.  And they roll their eyes as liberals cannot stop drooling over the (unlikely) prospect of an Oprah Winfrey presidential bid, with Van Jones even calling her the most beloved carbon-based life form on earth.

Objects in the Binocular Lenses May Be Smaller Than They Appear


In the late 1980s, I witnessed the Reagan buildup of the American military, with entirely new generations of equipment overlaid on a lot of older supporting systems. The Air Force got B-1 bombers, F-16s, and F-15s. The Navy got new carriers, submarines, F-14s, and F/A-18s. The Army got the M-1 Main Battle Tank, M-2 Bradley Fighting Vehicles, MLRS artillery systems, AH-64 and UH-60 helicopters, Patriot Air Defense Missile systems (fielded to break massive air strikes, not shoot-down missiles), Stingers, and a new generation of trucks for all the logistics. All of this equipment was fielded, along with new doctrine and systems of training, to change the calculus in Europe.

The Soviet-controlled Warsaw Pact was seen as an offensive juggernaut, poised to come crashing through the Fulda Gap into West Germany. It was widely believed that the only means of stopping such massed formations of tanks supported by mobile infantry and integrated fires from tube artillery to penetrating fighter-bombers was tactical nuclear weapons. But nucs are nucs, so duck and cover, there go the homelands. The Reagan buildup took advantage of a great leap forward in precision lethality of non-nuclear forces, to signal to both European populations and the Kremlin that we planned to stop the tank armies without triggering Armageddon. Then the unexpected happened and the Warsaw Pact disintegrated without a single artillery round fired in anger.

With East Germany and Czechoslovakia free of both Moscow and their own communist masters, we got a look at the vaunted Soviet war machinery and found bad wiring and the rust of neglected maintenance. A corrupt system that pretended to pay workers and insisted they live a lie was vulnerable to workers pretending to work and write readiness reports based on lies. The 10-foot-tall Soviet soldier was the Dread Pirate Roberts entering the castle.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America serve up all crazy martinis today.  First, they wonder why no Senate Democrats demanded Al Franken’s resignation after six allegations of misconduct but 33 suddenly decided that a seventh accuser was the last straw.  They also get a kick out of Democrats who have long called for the recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but are now outraged that President Trump actually did it.  And they scratch their heads as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says it is an “open question” as to whether the United States will participate in the Winter Olympics in South Korea next year due to security concerns.

Bill shares his thoughts on the latest sexual assault revelations regarding Matt Lauer and Garrison Keillor. He also weighs in on the chances the GOP can get tax reform passed. Then Bill interviews Gordon Chang about North Korea’s new and most dangerous missile test to date. Next, Bill talks with Seth Leibsohn about his candidacy for Congress in Arizona. After, Bill discusses “fake news” and the state of journalism today with Martha MacCallum. Finally, Steve Wynn explains why Pres. Trump’s speech in South Korea was so important and why he thinks Kim Jong-un’s belligerent actions will ultimately lead to the downfall of his regime.

Deflating the North Korean Threat


I believe there is more that the US government, as a whole, can do to maximize the odds of a non-violent or non-catastrophic end to the North Korean nuclear program. I am not arguing against any current effort, rather I see an additional line of effort which directly attacks the North Korean regime’s legitimacy. The latest missile test underlines the urgency of some further effort to stop the DPRK nuclear weapons program.

Deflate the DPRK regime by opening the escape valve into China

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are very cautiously optimistic about tax reform getting done after the Senate Budget Committee approved the Senate bill and several of the likely holdouts now seem ready to pass it.  They’re also concerned following the latest North Korean missile test, which seems to indicate the communist regime could hit the U.S. mainland with a nuclear-armed ICBM.  And they react to NBC firing longtime “Today” host Matt Lauer over sexually inappropriate actions.

In a cabinet meeting on Monday, Donald Trump said he designating North Korea as a state sponsor of terrorism. Trump said the move against the “murderous regime” will bring the “highest level of sanctions by the time it’s finished.”

In addition, Trump said he was initiating negotiations for bilateral trade agreements with several Asian nations. He also talked about tax reform.