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May 26, 2009

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Rick Ballard

Jane,

What's the downside to declaring a war on the United States with Obama as President?

RichatUF

Jane, sort of. The Armistice is a cease fire that the North Korean's violate in spirit on a general basis, however, it appears that South Korea has joined or indicated that they will join in US efforts re: the Proliferation Security Initiative, which would place all shipping into and out of North Korea subject to search by PSI contracting parties. NK looks poised to start shooting again at ships and ROK personnel around Youn Pyung Island and the Northern Limit Line in the Yellow Sea. They have indicated numerous time that they will turn Seoul "into a sea of fire" so I'm not surprised that NK is upping the stakes at this point. They'll get a much better deal with the Obama Administration than they got with either Clinton or Bush.

Wonder what the new axis of evil: North Korea, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, and Venezuela: are cooking up now that the Obama Administration is pissing its pants over what to do with Lil' Kim.

Jane

So Rich,

What do you expect to happen next? Do you expect that the President will stop the searches? What about all our guys still stationed in S. Korea? Is this a slow moving or fast moving thing?

Rick Ballard

I think we'll have to wait until the man finishes his waffle to find out, Jane. Shouldn't be long, a few months at most.

bad

Here is the phone number of the hospital that finds the American flag to be an offensive display inside a business office.Phone:

Kindred Hospital (817) 473-6101

When you call, they will point out that they fly a flag outside.

BFD

Story in the LUN

clarice

Blame the people who run the various administrative agencies dealing with employment--they have made administrators petrfieid of offending anyone for anything..

Jane

I think we'll have to wait until the man finishes his waffle to find out, Jane.

So sad, and so true. Perhaps he has a golf game scheduled.

clarice

Rick--the neon lights:

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2009/05/the_unions_pyrrhic_victory_ove.html

matt

60% of her decisions have been overturned and this is who Obama nominates? Glad I'm headed to S Korea next. I think it's safer there at the moment. Fewer crazies.

clarice

It'll be more than 60% when her ridiculous decision about the firefighters is decided by the SCOTUS this term--it certainly will be overturned. (If it isn't sharpened pikes are at hand.)

RichatUF

Jane-

In brief, I think that this thing could get hot pretty quickly both from the NK side and the SK side regardless of Obama Administration actions.

Kim Jong Il didn't look well in those recent pictures and this might be a test to determine how loyal the military is to him. He runs a Sopranos State, but the Sungian old guard in the military are dieing off and being replaced with younger types that a more quick on the trigger and vastly more corrupt (and drug addicted). From the South Korean side, the Lee government has to be getting tired of the North Korean issue (it is a significant interference to Lee's and the GNP's 7-4-7 economic program) and the "Sunshine Policy" has been shown through the previous 2 administrations to be a corrupt failure. Lee needs another policy because tossing Kim a few sacks of money everytime he acts up hasn't worked and has made the situation more dangerous not less.

In all of this, I can't really see the upside for China in keeping the Kim regime around or the desirability of a nuclearized Korean Peninsula. It would be cheaper for China in the long run and probably give them an easier time to gain the regional hegemony they seek if they were to "help" the Kim regime into the grave and allow the Korean Peninsula to be reunited under the South's leadership.

narciso

What, someone from the 9th Circuit wasn't available, Good luck there, Matt, you really have some interesting assignments

Danube of Thought

'Mornin' everybody.

Conrad Black's case will be heard and determined in the term beginning next October, so he's got a year to go in the slams no matter what.

I don't think the Supremes took this for any other reason than to reverse it. Of course, since he's a white businessman we now know there will be one vote against him regardless of the facts and the law.

Sorry to see the strongly approve number jump back up to 34%, but the trend is still mighty fine. God, but I have come to hate this man.

Jane

Kim Jong Il didn't look well in those recent pictures and this might be a test to determine how loyal the military is to him.

Rich,

(Pardon my obvious stupidity) but if the guy is dying what difference does it make if they are disloyal? Isn't his youngest son supposed to take over, and doesn't he have the military in his corner.

You know my favorite client of all time is a Korean War veteran. He must be devastated.

Pofarmer

"(Pardon my obvious stupidity) but if the guy is dying what difference does it make if they are disloyal?"

You are asking rational questions of an irrational actor.

Rick Ballard

"I can't really see the upside for China in keeping the Kim regime around or the desirability of a nuclearized Korean Peninsula."

Rich,

I can't discount the possibility that the Chicoms use NK as a "messenger". Leave their mercantilist slave state alone or the rabid loon next door will be allowed off his leash. The impact of fleets of helicopters applying Uncle Ben's Economic Miracle Grow to Chicom dollar holdings has them a bit nervous.

RichatUF

Jane-

(Pardon my obvious stupidity) but if the guy is dying what difference does it make if they are disloyal?

He possibly had a stroke but he could linger on for many years with his praetorian guard and doctors around him. And it comes down to centralized control of the military and internal security bureaucracies-there could be different factions some of which are not fully loyal to Kim's and his various sons in government (it took nearly 3 years for Kim to consolidate his dictatorship) and they could shooting at one another to gain the upper hand. And some factions are more fanatical on the South Korean issue than others, which might have them start shooting across the border and in disputed waters to gain the upper hand.

I'm also not so sure about a familial succession this time because Kim's family makes the dynastic politics of the Saudi Royal Family look peaceful (and modest as far as lifestyle) in comparison.

Danube of Thought

Does Jonathan Turley remind anyone else of Rex Reed? And was anyone as bitterly disappointed as I was that Reed didn't do time for his shoplifting beef?

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