Deterring State Sponsored Terrorism

The State Sponsor of Terror List needs more teeth. In its current form, the list only leverages three elements of national power (diplomatic, informational, and economic). It is time to discuss changing this reality by adding the fourth and final element of national power. On November 2nd  the State Department failed to meet a congressional … Continue reading Deterring State Sponsored Terrorism

Tangled Web of Dictators With Nukes

by baldilocks Gaddafi and Hussein are dead. It’s said that North Korea's Kim Jong Un doesn’t want to give up his nukes because of what happened to Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. After the US invaded Iraq, which resulted in the deposition and execution of Saddam Hussein, Gaddafi gave up his country’s nukes, only to be abandoned … Continue reading Tangled Web of Dictators With Nukes

Trump vs North Korea & China: The Strong Horse Rides Again!

For the last two weeks the media's meme on the North Korean issue was a story of spectacle. We had the spectacle of North Korea making belligerent threats against the United States and specifically targeting the US territory of Guam and the spectacle of the media going after the Trump administration on North Korea and … Continue reading Trump vs North Korea & China: The Strong Horse Rides Again!

Of movers and dragons

I spent the last two weeks in the process of moving, and, while that was stressful and tiring, I was blissfully away from the news cycle. Nothing like spending the entire day chipping away at the myriad tasks that come from A Big Move to bring you down to earth - along with a lot … Continue reading Of movers and dragons

The Missiles of Big, Little, and Littler Kim

by baldilocks Sometimes it’s necessary to remind people of how long I’ve been paying attention to politics/world events and that said events do not just occur out of the blue. The following is from thirteen years ago, edited and altered because my commentary was originally directed at then-presidential candidate John Kerry, because some links are … Continue reading The Missiles of Big, Little, and Littler Kim

10 Thoughts Under My Fedora DaTechGuy in KC, #ga06, Warmbier, Osborne and Two Masters

I'm in Kansas City this week on a vacation that's a side effect of my wife's serious operation back in Feb. As she couldn't go on the trip with her sister as planned and had to use up our voucher miles before Sept or lose them she suggested finding somewhere that the RedSox were playing … Continue reading 10 Thoughts Under My Fedora DaTechGuy in KC, #ga06, Warmbier, Osborne and Two Masters

I’m Sorry But Traveling to North Korea has Darwin Award Written all over it

All I could do is shake my head when I saw this: A US citizen working as a university lecturer has been detained by authorities in North Korea – becoming the third American to be held in the country. Korean-American Kim Sang-duk, also known as Tony Kim, taught at Pyongyang University of Science Technology (PUST) … Continue reading I’m Sorry But Traveling to North Korea has Darwin Award Written all over it

Why North Korea Doesn’t worry me in the least

I think both our media and the North Koreans are making themselves out as a bigger danger than they actually are But beyond that I think that the over the top threats that the norks make are simply that, made for public consumption at home and to intimidate the fearful abroad. You see in the … Continue reading Why North Korea Doesn’t worry me in the least

So how about that North Korean aggression

EC-121, similar to the one shot down by North Korea. Image courtesy of stationhypo.com So how about that North Korean aggression?  No, I'm not talking about nuclear tests or sinking South Korean vessels.  Let's talk about the long history North Korea has of aggression. On this day in 1969, North Korea sent two fighters into … Continue reading So how about that North Korean aggression

Who are Our Real Enemies?

by baldilocks Was Bush right? It depends, of course, on what the topic is. Zero Hedge points to Statista and YouGov polls containing the following information: Americans have consistently identified ISIS as the biggest threat to their nation across multiple polls. Traditional foes, such as the countries making up George W. Bush's infamous "Axis Of Evil", have … Continue reading Who are Our Real Enemies?

1968 returns

By John Ruberry This year could end up being the most tumultuous year since 1968. During that year there was of course a heated presidential election, the Democrats nominated Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who represented the status quo, one that was not especially popular. The Republicans chose a former vice president, Richard Nixon, whose critics … Continue reading 1968 returns

Ignore Those Norky Gits

Michael Corleone: Senator? You can have my answer now, if you like. My final offer is this: nothing. Not even the fee for the gaming license, which I would appreciate if you would put up personally. The Godfather Part II 1974 The North Koreans are once again making threats, holding wargames and firing missiles into … Continue reading Ignore Those Norky Gits

Did you hear about Cuba and North Korea?

They just signed a two trade and scientific-technical development protocols. No, the Cuban communists and the North Korean are not in the States Sponsors of Terrorism list. Yes, they have been caught playing footsie with 240 metric tons' worth of Soviet-era weapons and fighter jets hidden under sacks of sugar at least once (maybe attempting a … Continue reading Did you hear about Cuba and North Korea?

The Interview. Yes, The Interview

[Spoilers ahead. Proceed accordingly.] It was Christmas Day, the gifts were opened, brunch was done, and I have watched The Princess Bride and A Christmas Story enough times I can lip-synch them, but I felt like watching something. Of course, I had to watch The Interview. Mind you, for as long as I can remember, … Continue reading The Interview. Yes, The Interview

North Korea Offers the Perfect Christmas Gift: Raw Power!

Don Corleone: . And if by some chance an honest man like yourself made enemies they would become my enemies. And then, they would fear you. The Godfather 1072 Do you need a last-minute Christmas gift for someone who is hard to buy for? The North Korean Government has the perfect gift for you! The … Continue reading North Korea Offers the Perfect Christmas Gift: Raw Power!