Well, What Would You Expect?

I have this pet peeve. I see it happen all of the time. The United States is at odds with some country in the world…let’s say it’s some place like Iran. And then a few days later, we hear on the news how the Iranian government has arrested an American citizen for espionage or some other “crime against the state”. And I shake my head and wonder just how stupid that person had to be. Why in God’s name would you even consider being in a country like that if you even THOUGHT there was a possibility of them going rogue and arresting you for spying on them?


That happened again in North Korea. In fact, it’s happened three times in North Korea recently. And apparently from what I’m seeing all three people were working at the Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST). Now, it looks by their names that all three were Korean of some sort, but were US citizens. And my question would be rather simple…what in hell were you doing in North Korea?


I can expect it from a journalist who is there covering some parade (as happened a couple weeks ago), and they get detained because you know…journalists are great targets for this sort of thing. But if you were actually working at a university in a country like the DPRK, did it not ever enter your mind that you could, just maybe, be picked up and arrested if relations between our two countries went south? Really?


So now the question is, what do we do in this case? Do we throw caution to the wind and go in and try to rescue them? Do we try to negotiate with terrorists and get them out that way? I mean that was tried with Beau Bergdahl and look what it got us…we got a deserter back who’s now facing court martial, and the other side got five Taliban leaders back that were freed from Guantanamo. Yeah…that worked out really well, didn’t it?


Actually, what we should do is nothing. If these guys were working in North Korea doing anything for a country that we have claimed is one of the “Big Three” enemies of this United States, they are on their own. Oh, I’m sure they’re going to claim humanitarian reasons why they are there, but if they are aiding and abetting the enemy in any way shape or form, they are asking for whatever punishment North Korea decides to dish out.


Let it be a lesson to the rest of us. There are certain places in this world that quite frankly you are a damned fool if you try to visit. Iran is one of them. So is Afghanistan. I’d throw Venezuela into that mix right now. In fact, I wouldn’t be too keen to cross the border to the south of me right at this point in time. But if you want to risk it all for whatever reason you’ve got stuck in your brain, well…you’re on your own!


Carry on world…you’re dismissed!

What North Korea REALLY Wants

So North Korea is bloviating about how if the US goes through with “reckless military exercises”, that will provoke a preemptive nuclear strike against the US. Gee…how often has North Korea threatened to attack the west? It’s been pretty much anytime their people are starving and they need to sit down at a negotiating table with someone other than the Chinese and ask for more money and food and supplies.


That my friends, is why Kim Jong Un is crying about starting a nuclear war. And THAT is the only reason… he has to protect his family legacy, which is keeping power in North Korea. Do you REALLY think that he will go through with his threat?


The answer to that could very well be “yes”, because it’s been reported on several occasions that Kim is actually mentally unstable and could do something equally as unstable. We’ve seen instances of that before as he’s offed family members to maintain power, so there really is no telling what he would do. But overall, you have to admit, it seems like it’s not anything greater than him screaming to get the US to get back to negotiating and giving them more aid (which is weird since we have no relations with them!).


The problem that Kim doesn’t realize is he is dealing with a master negotiator in Donald Trump. Trump won’t fall for any of the antics. And Trump won’t be played for a chump like Obama was. Obama was too scared of his own shadow to even consider military action against the Hermit Regime. Trump obviously is not. So, Kim needs to take that into consideration.


Now, do I think that the US is going to get into a nuclear war with North Korea? Nope. Not even if they send nukes our way. I think we’re much more guarded than that. If North Korea were to unleash (and that isn’t the right word…) a barrage of nuclear weapons our way, they would most certainly get invaded, and pay a very heavy price, but I doubt the US would make it nuclear. If we do that, we’re inviting Russia, China, everyone else in the world to use their nukes against whatever side they choose. If we stay conventional, North Korea becomes more of the pariah, and that is never a bad thing.


Somehow, and I could be very wrong on this…I think that North Korea will back down. They will tell their people that we backed down and they were the victors because they have to, but that will be the about the only thing that happens here. And I don’t think the US and North Korea will end up negotiating a new aid package. I can’t see that happening with Donald Trump.


Oh…and if you couldn’t have noticed the tongued firmly planted in the cheek during the last blog on North Korea…please re-evaluate your reading style. I heard from a few of you that couldn’t discern whether that was real or whether I was laying it on thick. I was laying it on thick.


Carry on world…you’re dismissed!