Take That, You Twit!

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The U.S. embassy in Seoul tweeted this photograph of a B-52 bomber and all its firepower several hours ago.

The dispatch came after North Korea warned of “strong military counter-action” if the U.S. again flies the bombers over the Korean peninsula following a pair of such flights this month, including one Tuesday.

“B-52 bombers fly over South Korea,” the U.S. embassy in South Korea said in its tweet, “once again demonstrating the depth of the alliance.”

Let’s hope this isn’t tantamount to taunting the village idiot.


So who is the 8 yr old at the U.S. Embassy and who put him in charge of U.S. relations with North Korea.....?


DPRK President Kim -- crazy like a fox?

Mar 20, 2013
Kim Jong Un scares the Pentagon into blowing a ton of money on its failed missile defense.  

 Last week, newly installed SecDef Chuck Hagel sidled up to a podium, flanked by Undersecretary for Policy Jim Miller and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Sandy Winnefeld, to announce four significant changes to the U.S. missile defense program.  The big news, Hagel announced, was that the United States will add 14 ground-based interceptors to the ground-based midcourse missile defense (GMD) system in Alaska.

We can disagree about how much to spend on what used to be called "national" missile defense (as opposed to point defenses against theater missiles), but does anyone think it's a good idea to spend more money on the current GMD system at Fort Greely, a.k.a. the Disasta' in Alaska, a.k.a. the Blunda' in the Tundra?

As we have discussed in this space before, a recent National Academies panel -- stacked with many long-time supporters of missile defense -- recommended completely replacing the current system with brand-new interceptors, new radars, and a new concept of operations.


I think that calling the president of DPRK a "twit" and "the village idiot" is blatant warmongering, and wrong. Memories of "insane Hussein" -- demonizing an enemy of the U.S. but not of me.  Is that an example of  "military intelligence?" No. Curtis LeMay is long gone, and one would hope that we have moved beyond turning countries into vast wastelands with aerial bombing.

The U.S.. ought to be employing diplomacy, and not infantile photos of warplanes and rockets. Is that what we've come to? Count me out of that sort of behavior. It gets too many innocent people killed, for one thing, even though it fattens the wallets of the warmongers. War is a racket, after all, isn't it. So ground the bombers, and activate the diplomats.

Diplomacy with DPRK actually happened under Clinton, until Bush destroyed it, both with DPRK and Iran. Obama was supposed to change that. He debated Hillary Clinton over that issue. Obama was going to talk, not just bomb. But no. Here we go again, against a twit and the village idiot, and millions of other people just like you and me. Under the bombs. God help us.


Bombers have flown over the Korean peninsula before, and Koreans remember. Why wouldn't they?

Most of the destruction occurred in 1950 and 1951.  To escape the bombing, entire factories were moved underground, along with schools, hospitals, government offices, and much of the population. Agriculture was devastated, and famine loomed. Peasants hid underground during the day and came out to farm at night. Destruction of livestock, shortages of seed, farm tools, and fertilizer, and loss of manpower reduced agricultural production to the level of bare subsistence at best. The Nodong Sinmun newspaper referred to 1951 as “the year of unbearable trials,” a phrase revived in the famine years of the 1990s. Worse was yet to come. By the fall of 1952, there were no effective targets left for US planes to hit. Every significant town, city and industrial area in North Korea had already been bombed.

In the spring of 1953, the Air Force targeted irrigation dams on the Yalu River, both to destroy the North Korean rice crop and to pressure the Chinese, who would have to supply more food aid to the North. Five reservoirs were hit, flooding thousands of acres of farmland, inundating whole towns and laying waste to the essential food source for millions of North Koreans.  Only emergency assistance from China, the USSR, and other socialist countries prevented widespread famine.


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