Tag: North Korea

Daniel Greenfield on Communism, America’s New Civil War, Democrats, Israel, and Iran

 

Daniel Greenfield, a frequent contributor to FrontPageMag.com and Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center runs the best-named blog on the internet: SultanKnish where his articles and investigative pieces have been cited by Rush Limbaugh, John Podhoretz, and Michelle Malkin, to name a few. In today’s Whiskey Politics Podcast we discuss the Left’s nostalgia for Communism, America’s new civil war, culture, education, the GOP budget, Democrats treatment of Israel, the Iran Deal, North Korea and much more.

A (Partial) Solution to North Korea

 

The US should be dropping care packages all over North Korea, but especially in and near population centers: Food. Information sheets. Windup radios. And small-caliber firearms.

The battle for hearts and minds starts with stomachs, especially within a starving nation. It continues with information (printed and over the air). And a citizenry that might have small arms, is a citizenry that may well be able to effectively distract the regime. By doing nothing more than dropping nice things for people, we can drive the government crazy.

The Norks take their internal situation for granted. The US can change the entire calculus if there are hundreds of thousands or millions of citizens who might start to see the United States as a potential salvation, and who have the capability to defend themselves in extremis. Even if citizens never do use a firearm in self defense, the prospect that they might would threaten the entire foundation of the tyranny.

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Want to know what China is really thinking? Read the Global Times, which is essentially an arm of the Chinese Communist Party comms shop. In a recent editorial from the Global Times titled “Is breakthrough likely on NK nuke issue?,” China urged diplomacy and cooler heads. This editorial claims that more communication will solve the […]

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Victor Davis Hanson looks at how American warfare has changed since Vietnam and explains the implications for today’s policymakers.

Richard Epstein weighs the merits of President Trump’s decision to strike Syria after the Assad regime’s use of chemical weapons.

Report from the Yalu River

 

North Korean mainland.

I am currently in China right now. I visited Dandong yesterday which sits at the border of China and North Korea on the Yalu River. There I went on a tourist attraction where you take a boat on the Yalu river and get to see a close up of the North Korean shoreline. The section of river where we were at was in-between the North Korean mainland and an island that is owned by NK. So at some point on the boat journey the shore on my right was North Korea, and the shore on my left was North Korea. I was just a little squeamish given that I was only the non-Chinese on the boat and a US passport holder at that.

As the tourist guide announced something overhead in Mandarin everyone laughed on the boat. A Chinese friend said they laughed because the tourist guide pointed out a North Korean girl riding a bike must be “rich” because most people in North Korea cannot afford a bike. On the North Korean mainland I saw a line of people walking past a guard and showing him some kind of document, most of these people were on foot but some were walking with their bikes.

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Next on Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner:  I invited a writer and thinker who is influencing me more and more after I heard him on the Eric Metaxas Show.  Dr. John Zmirak is a writer for The Stream and he was a great guest to talk to about President Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office. https://jeromedanner.net/2017/04/15/episode-32-jzmirak-of-streamdotorg-on-trumps-first-100-days-john-zmirak-of-the-stream/ Preview […]

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Trump’s International “Syria Message” Worked

 

The Global Times, an English-language Chinese site under the control of the Chinese Communist Party, wrote an editorial in favor of China imposing major restrictions on North Korea if they continue to carry out nuclear tests.

They acknowledge that the United States, under President Trump’s leadership, is not to be trifled with.

Washington’s latest threat to Pyongyang is more credible given its just launched missile attack at an air base in Syria. The Korean Peninsula has never been so close to a military clash since the North conducted its first nuclear test in 2006.

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Will Kim Jung Un and Bashir Assad prove Adams right? Scott Adams has argued for over a year and a half that President Trump is a ‘Master Persuader’, going so far as to argue that the President, in many cases, could depose a foreign leader with words alone. Trump may be in the process of […]

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North Korea Fires Missile; Tillerson Gives Cryptic Response

 

North Korea fired a medium-range ballistic missile into the Sea of Japan, in an apparent effort to mar the upcoming US-China summit. Before the test, a senior White House official said regarding the rogue state, “the clock has now run out, and all options are on the table.”

President Trump echoed the tough talk in a recent Financial Times interview. “China has great influence over North Korea,” he said, “and China will either decide to help us with North Korea, or they won’t. And if they do that will be very good for China, and if they don’t it won’t be good for anyone.”

Trump added, “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will.”

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are surprised by who is arrested for allegedly issuing scores of threats to Jewish Community Centers and other institutions.  They also react to the details of the terrorist attack in London and shred the rationale behind radical Islamic terrorism.  And they discuss North Korea being suspected of a massive heist of money from Bangladesh that was held in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York – and something about that story seems very familiar to them.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America discuss the Trump administration’s new executive order temporarily banning travel from six nations with major terrorism problems.  They also react to North Korea announcing its latest missile tests were designed to strike U.S. bases in Japan.  And they slam teachers in Alexandria, Virginia, for forcing the cancellation of school because 300 of them plan to attend the anti-Trump women’s march.

Victor Davis Hanson explains why the waning months of Barack Obama’s presidency may turn out to be one of the most volatile periods for national security that America has seen in decades.

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Drunk Norks Wake Up Fine

 

The trick to being a successful capitalist, as everyone knows, is to identify a problem and solve it. “Where’s the pain?” venture capitalists will ask ambitious entrepreneurs during their pitches. “Where’s the pain and what does your product or service do to eliminate it?”

Brilliant businesses come from unlikely sources, even, as it happens, North Korea. The North Koreans — is it racist to call them “Norks,” as they do in the intelligence community? Not yet? Okay, then — the Norks have invented a fantastic new liquor that causes no hangover!

North Korea and the Cleanest Race

 

Screen Shot 2016-01-06 at 9.17.30 AMWhile the world tries to determine if North Korea set off a hydrogen bomb (whatever that means), I call your attention to the most enjoyable book by an academic you’re likely to read about the so-called “reclusive” state. It’s author, B. R. Myers, is as curious a fellow as the title.

Politically, Myers is a good Jersey kid gone bad: a liberal professor who who supports the Green Party of the United States, veganism, and animal rights. He has taught North Korean literature at the North Korea Studies Departments of both Dongseo and Korea universities in South Korea. He speaks German, Japanese, and Korean.

Myers’s thesis is that North Korea isn’t the Stalinist state of the popular imagination, but one based on a “paranoid, race-based nationalism” more akin to that of the Third Reich. The book is remarkably readable when you consider that its author is an academic lifer who pays the bills exploring whether North Korea is a Confucian patriarchy based on the filial piety of Kim Jong-Il and the dynastic transfer of power from his father, and whether (and why!) should one believe in orthodox socialist realism instead of the socialist realism so abundant in North Korean literature.

A North Korean Hydrogen Bomb?

 

maxresdefaultNorth Korea says it’s successfully tested a hydrogen bomb. It will take days or even weeks to confirm what it really was. Something certainly does seem to have blown up: There was a 5.1 seismic event near Punggye-ri, which is where the past three nuclear tests were conducted.

There’s good reason to be highly skeptical of DPRK propaganda. It’s more plausible, as Jeffrey Lewis pointed out a few weeks ago, to imagine they’re experimenting with fusion fuels to boost the yield of a fission explosion.

But whether it was a fourth fission bomb or a hydrogen bomb, no one’s treating this as a joke. South Korea is holding emergency meetings, as is the UN Security Council. Shinzo Abe’s comments suggest that Japan is certain that this was, at least, another nuclear test: