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Bloviating Zeppelin: Korea Redux And Jimmy

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Korea Redux And Jimmy

From the Associated Press:

North Korea stoked regional tensions Wednesday, threatening more nuclear tests and saying additional sanctions imposed on it would be considered an act of war, as nervous neighbors raced to bolster defenses and punish Pyongyang.

South Korea said it was making sure its troops were prepared for atomic warfare, and Japan imposed new economic sanctions to hit the economic lifeline of the communist nation's 1 million-member military, the world's fifth-largest.

North Korea, in its first formal statement since Monday's claimed atomic bomb test, hailed the blast as a success and said attempts by the outside world to penalize North Korea with sanctions would be considered an act of war.

Further pressure will be countered with physical retaliation, the North's Foreign Ministry warned in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

Then, the Bush Administration indicated:

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said the United States would not attack North Korea, rejecting a suggestion that Pyongyang may feel it needs nuclear weapons to stave off an Iraq-style U.S. invasion.

Rice told CNN that President Bush has told the North Koreans that "there is no intention to invade or attack them. So they have that guarantee -- I don't know what more they want."

But she also said that the decision by Pyongyang to go ahead with its nuclear program means it likely will see "international condemnation and international sanctions unlike anything that they have faced before."

You may not be aware, but there are still over 29,000 US soldiers stationed in South Korea, following the 1953 end of the Korean War. US Army General B. Bell, commander of our forces in South Korea, responded to the threat from North Korea:

Be assured that the alliance has the forces necessary to deter aggression, and should deterrence fail, decisively defeat any North Korean attack against South Korea. U.S. forces have been well- trained to confront nuclear, biological and chemical threats."

Japan is considering additional sactions as well:

National Public Safety Commission Chairman Kensei Mizote said following an emergency security meeting late Wednesday that the government had decided to impose additional sanctions, including a total ban on North Korean vessels.

Of course, due to the nature of the history of the Framed Agreement and the questions regarding Jimmy Carter's role in 1994 when send "behind the scenes" by then-President Clinton, Mr. Carter took it upon himself to write this wonderfully self-serving piece today, with some highlights noted below:

Responding to an invitation from President Kim Il-sung of North Korea, and with the approval of President Bill Clinton, I went to Pyongyang and negotiated an agreement under which North Korea would cease its nuclear program at Yongbyon and permit inspectors from the atomic agency to return to the site to assure that the spent fuel was not reprocessed. It was also agreed that direct talks would be held between the two Koreas.

But beginning in 2002, the United States branded North Korea as part of an axis of evil, threatened military action, ended the shipments of fuel oil and the construction of nuclear power plants and refused to consider further bilateral talks. In their discussions with me at this time, North Korean spokesmen seemed convinced that the American positions posed a serious danger to their country and to its political regime.

Responding in its ill-advised but predictable way, Pyongyang withdrew from the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, expelled atomic energy agency inspectors, resumed processing fuel rods and began developing nuclear explosive devices.

Time out. Comments: Of course, Jimmy, how horrible is it that we had a president that would lower himself, actually deign to tell the truth about the nature of evil. So I suppose we should have, at that time, continued oil shipments, continued shipping them anything on their Nuclear Shopping List and continued having a nice chat, all the while knowing that Pyongyang just slammed a homer up the previous administration's butt?

And what's the deal, Jimmy, with the line about responding in an "ill advised" but "predictable" way? Predictable then moves "ill advised" into the "acceptable" category?

More:

What must be avoided is to leave a beleaguered nuclear nation convinced that it is permanently excluded from the international community, its existence threatened, its people suffering horrible deprivation and its hard-liners in total control of military and political policy.

Article tag line: "Jimmy Carter, the 39th president, is the founder of the Carter Center and the winner of the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize." Change to read: "Jimmy Carter, universally thought to be the weakest functioning American president of the 20th century, wrote this article to reaffirm the remarkably high esteem unto which he holds himself as the final arbiter of what is proper for the World."

Carter oddly omits the part where North Korea cheated on every aspect of the deal the moment Carter turned back to his limo.

Everyone also conveniently omits the part where North Korea deals in and sells heroin and methamphetamine, and also how it has been systematically counterfeiting ONLY American currency ($100 bills) in such a way as to meet or exceed our printing capabilities.

Just thought everyone might like to know.

BZ

9 Comments:

Blogger Gayle said...

Excellent, BZ! I cannot write what I think of Jimmy Carter; you wouldn't be able to publish it!


"Everyone also conveniently omits the part where North Korea deals in and sells heroin and methamphetamine, and also how it has been systematically counterfeiting ONLY American currency ($100 bills) in such a way as to meet or exceed our printing capabilities."

Yep, they sure do omit it! I knew about the heroin and methamphetamine, but I have to admit ignorance regarding their counterfeiting of American $100 bills! Just wonderful!

What are reporters doing these days, anyway? Partying with Jimmy Carter and Nancy Pelosi?

Wed Oct 11, 06:00:00 PM PDT  
Blogger bigwhitehat said...

I wonder how the history books will tell of Jimmuh.

He won the nobel prize, and he sucked.

Wed Oct 11, 09:16:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The Best [ Ghostface ] said...

To B Zeppelin

Chance: jimmy Carter should have become a pastor of a church or pursued the religious ministry field he was not a politician by nature often many peole get involved with fields that they don't belong in. Many Lawyers should have become religious ministers and theologians, many medical Doctors should have becom truck drivers, many politicians should have become teachers and professors. We humans often end up in careers that are not our calling and this screws up things. President George W. Bush should have never become president that is not his calling and look at the results, just like former president Jimmy Carter and look at the results two of the worst presidents in American history. Bush should be in upper management at some company. If Condolezza Rice become president it would be a tragedy she is an intellectual a teacher a professor her calling in life is not to be a president. It is to be a professor of academia or something along the teaching profession. Also Condi is most happy teaching in academia as a professor and working in that field. Ronald Regan was a leader he was fit to be a politician, it was a part of his calling he could also have become a religious minister as well. Martin Luther King Jr. that great civil rights leader accomplished what he did because it was his calling he found his purpose and meaning in life.

The leader of North Korea is KiM Jong he is only fit to be a dictator but not a democratic politician. Hillary Clinton is more cut out to be a president than condi rice, condi is an intellectual period. Even though North Korea is secretively taking order from China, North Korea leaders does certain things on his own also, and this possibly could interfere with China's plans. The Chinese government make have to step in and find a way to do something about Kim Jong themselves if KiM Jong keeps doing certain things that affects China in an negative way before the eyes of the world and the United Nations.

By Chance

Thu Oct 12, 01:21:00 AM PDT  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

I would tend to look at the Magic Kingdom of Mr. Kim with some trepidation, which I did previously. It is not that his counterfeit bills are so good... in many ways their printing is more refined than the 'real thing'. Also his illicit Viagra trade in the Far East is a great money maker because, when western labs got their hands on it, they said it was better made than what the manufacturer did.... also the narcotics and heroin trade, which the triads are finding that Mr. Kim's ability to produce high quality stuff is turning *them* into distributers, nor makers.

In an era when a rich son of the head of an engineering firm can create a global organization to strike at the US and kill nearly 3,000, an we afford to *doubt* Mr. Kim or treat him *nicely*? His threats to the US and now Japan are getting on everyone's nerves and at this rate my nuclear neighborhood option for Our Friends and Allies may look prescient. That is if we are a Nation that can still stand by those that stand by us.

And if we continue to play games and things get *worse*, will we ever be worth standing by *again*?

Mr. Kim's Magic Kingdom of starvation, death, supernotes, superdrugs and general dabbling in anything illicit is China's problem to deal with. Ours is to *protect* Our friends by helping them to *stand up* to bullies and tyrants... and if that means that China will find itself with a nuclear armed Japan, South Korea and Taiwan... well they have pushed their inactivitiy too far and now deserve that loss of face and loss of *ever* getting Taiwan back.

What is it with the rest of the US? Does this Nation have to be pushed to the edge and tipping into the Abyss until We actually defend ourselves and stand up for what is *right*? And not that multi/culti-'right'...but the basics of being honorable to friends and allies and deserving of being their friend and ally. Honest and honorable. If we cannot do that and damn all other consequences so that we can *survive* with those that support us... then we do, indeed, deserve to go down.

And light that final burning glory of Freedom and Liberty... of molecule from molecule and atom from atom and then tear those atoms asunder in that final great freedom with thousands of dawns arising in brief flashes. The Terrible Swift Sword of the Republic will get that one, final stroke in.

But then I live in the Land of Grey by crossroads... and think strange thoughts of encroaching shadows as we are struck down by those who wish to end liberty and individual freedom. And, then, soon, even themselves once it tumbles down as none shall escape that fate.

The final Freedom We can bring.

Thu Oct 12, 04:06:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Revka said...

James,
I wrote this in the last couple of posts and I am not sure you will read it so here it is. It has to do with the claim that N. Korea's nukes are the Bush administrations' fault, as you stated to me.. You told me I can't blame the libs.. But, I think I can. And, I can blame them for their tax hike that almost destroyed us and made us sell our home many years ago...IT wasn't just the Clinton hike, but small business' are taxed out the yinyang!! State, fed, quarterly, sales,withholding, etc... Sheesh.. We don't need more taxes!

We are definately not considered 'the rich'.. When Bush came in, it was a HUGE relief, and it has taken his whole administration for us to begin recovering from it. We are seeing more in my husband's paycheck as a result, and when tax time comes with the marriage credit and other tax breaks we can actually breath now.

ANyway, here is what I wanted to show you:

James,
If you want to know the truth about who's fault it is regarding North Korea having Nukes, check out this brilliant piece:


"Current New Mexico governor and former Clinton administration official Bill Richardson has been on tour, bragging about the groundbreaking Clinton administration negotiations with North Korea — keeping his fingers crossed that no one has access to news from 1994.

In 1994, the Clinton administration got a call from Jimmy Carter — probably collect — who was with the then-leader of North Korea, saying: "Hey, Kim Il Sung is a total stud, and I've worked out a terrific deal. I'll give you the details later."

Clinton promptly signed the deal, so he could forget about North Korea and get back to cheating on Hillary. Mission accomplished.

Under the terms of the "agreed framework," we gave North Korea all sorts of bribes — more than $5 billion worth of oil, two nuclear reactors and lots of high technology. In return, they took the bribes and kept building nukes. This wasn't difficult, inasmuch as the 1994 deal permitted the North Koreans to evade weapons inspectors for the next five years.

Yes, you read that right: North Korea promised not to develop nukes, and we showed how much we trusted them by agreeing to no weapons inspections for five years.

The famed "allies," whom liberals claim they are so interested in pleasing, went ballistic at this cave-in to North Korea. Japan and South Korea — actual allies, unlike France and Germany — were furious. Even Hans Blix thought we were being patsies.

If you need any more evidence that it was a rotten deal, The New York Times hailed it as "a resounding triumph."

At the time, people like William Safire were screaming from the rooftops that allowing North Korea to escape weapons inspections for five years would "preclude a pre-emptive strike by us if North Korea, in the next U.S. president's administration, breaks its agreement to freeze additional bomb-making."

And then on Oct. 17, 2002 — under a new administration, you'll note — The New York Times reported on the front page, so you couldn't have missed it: "Confronted by new American intelligence, North Korea has admitted that it has been conducting a major clandestine nuclear weapons development program for the past several years."

So when it comes to North Korea, I believe the Democrats might want to maintain a discreet silence, lest anyone ask, "Hey, did you guys do anything with North Korea?"

But by Richardson's lights, the only reason Kim Jong Il is testing nukes is because Bush called him evil. He said, "When you call him axis of evil or a tyrant, you know, he just goes crazy." This is the sort of idiocy you expect to hear from an illiterate like Keith Olbermann, not someone who might know people who read newspapers.

Richardson also blames the war in Iraq, bleating that the poor North Koreans feel "that there's too much attention on the Middle East, on Iraq. So it's a cry for attention." If Kim just wanted our attention, he could have started dating Lindsay Lohan. But Richardson says Kim "psychologically feels he's been dissed, that he's not treated with respect."

Damn that Bush! If only he had ignored the crazy Muslims and dedicated himself into sending flowers (and more nuclear reactors!) to North Korea, we could be actively helping Kim develop his nukes like the Clinton administration did."

The above quote was written by none other than Ann Coulter in her latest Column.

Just thought you might want to know the truth. The liberals are the ones with pie in their face regarding North Korea right now.

Fri Oct 13, 04:50:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Amongst other things set to Ignore Mode in previous administrations, such is North Korea. It isn't simply supposition, it is simply fact.

Best Chance: I would have admired and held Jimmy Carter in high esteem had he held to what I felt was his rightful place in the scheme of life and that WAS as a pastor on minister. I am total agreement with you there; he would have excelled, I suspect, at that avocation.

However, I believe him to be ill-equipped to handle the realities of Life and the fluctuous, ever-changing dynamics of geopolitics.

We shall see what we shall see.

BZ

Fri Oct 13, 06:58:00 PM PDT  
Blogger The Best [ Ghostface ] said...

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Sun Oct 15, 03:56:00 AM PDT  
Blogger The Best [ Ghostface ] said...

Well said Zeppelin I agree.

Sun Oct 15, 03:57:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Thank you Chance, we are completely in agreement I sense.

BZ

Sun Oct 15, 04:07:00 PM PDT  

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