Ok, so maybe the banging of drums and rattling of sabres is nothing to take lightly. War is hell and lives are at stake and all that. Still, for sheer audacity and rhetorical flourish, you have to give the Gold to the NORKs.
Here’s the official response from the Korean People’s Army (KPA) to the sanctions imposed by South Korean President Lee:
Ok, back with the YOTW feature after a brief hiatus. It’s going to be tough to top this video of some fine Korean models over at ROKdrop. Well, I can’t top it, but let me introduce Ms. Yoon Sun Hee, a popular “racing” model…
Hot cars and fast women, what’s not to like?
She could be the girl next door. Nah, I’ve actually seen the girl who lives next door….
See guys, she’s got an umbrella. No need to wear a raincoat… Yeah, that was bad. Very bad…
…everybody has one.
This guy speculates on what war would like should things take a worse turn here on the Korean peninsula.
Is he wrong? Well, the fact that he says Seoul has a population of 1 million doesn’t inspire much confidence. I have probably a million people living in my neighborhood (Seoul has well over 10 million citizens). Now, Kim Jung-il could certainly rain some fire, death, and destruction down on our heads, but there ain’t no way he could flatten the city (unless his nukes are a lot bigger than what he’s tested thus far).
Still, it wouldn’t be pretty, that’s for sure. It would also be an act of suicide for Mr. Kim and his regime. I am of the opinion that Kim may be a maniac, but he’s not stupid. The big wildcard in all of this will be where China comes down. I haven’t seen many positive signs in that regard, but I can’t believe having the North initiate a war would be in China’s interests. And the Chinese are cold, hard calculators who will likely protect their interests by prevailing on the North to back down.
But that’s just one navel gazer’s opinion…
UPDATE: Here’s another opinion perhaps more worthy of consideration.
Yes, it is true. I had a torrid love affair with South Carolina gubernatorial candidate Nikki Haley.
My evidence? Well, I lived in South Carolina at one time. And I’m a blogger. And during my recent trip home I was invited to visit the Statehouse grounds to witness Sarah Palin’s endorsement of Ms. Haley (although due to jetlag I didn’t attend). In fact, since Nikki Haley is not an insomniac, I can irrefutably assert that while I was in the Palmetto state, Nikki and I definitely slept together.
I’m loving the fact that people like this are stepping up. It gives me Hope for Change.
So, as you may or may not have heard, tensions are rising to a seemingly fever pitch here on the Korean peninsula. I don’t have any real insights into where this might go, although I obviously am hoping that the heated rhetoric doesn’t morph into artillery rounds raining down on my balding head.
The sinking of the Cheonan in South Korean waters was a bit more than the usual provocation we’ve come to expect from the idiots up North. And the ROKs are blessed with an impressive leader in President Lee who isn’t going to let this act of war go unpunished. But other than the sanctions and further isolation of Kim Jung Il and his cohorts, there’s nothing else short of war to be done. And war would of course be disastrous.
So, Obama has told our military to be ready for any contingency. Thanks for that advice Mr. President. It’s kinda sorta what we do here on a daily basis anyway.
North Korea has responded by severing all ties to South. An act akin to cutting the proverbial nose from your face. Or more literally, biting the hand that feeds you.
Take comfort in the fact that you are not this guy.
I think this video is from Holland and the guy sounds like he might be an American tourist. Truth be told Holland made me do some stupid stuff too. Although not that stupid.
So, I was pleasantly surprised to find that my vacation photos had not in fact been lost when I put the memory card in my new camera…
Southbound from Virginia I received a hearty welcome from NC and a place to answer nature’s call.
I was rollin’ down the highway in this fine example of American steel–a retro Chrysler 300.
A fine ride indeed!
Although she did drink the fuel…thankfully Pedro was waiting for me just South of the Border in SC…
Picked my son up from work at the radio network and headed out for dinner in Columbia’s upscale Congaree (river) Vista neighborhood.
Granddaughter Gracyn kept me company at my parent’s house…
The next morning mom and dad and me and Gracie headed out to the ol’ Cracker Barrel for an American-style breakfast.
There’s a knack to doing one of those self portraits…one I obviously lack…
Kevin with the newest addition to the clan, Alexander. Just turned one year old!
Proof that Kevin was born lucky–sweetheart Lauren…
Lauren, mom and Renee…
Me and the kids (proof that I’m lucky too!)
Lauren and Renee enjoying Sunday brunch at California Dreaming…
That’s a LG from Korea!
Ain’t he sweet?
I really enjoyed the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum at Dulles…
Ah, give me the days when airlines cared about service…and legroom!
The long trip across the Pacific makes you wish supersonic transport was still available…if not affordable.
That reminds me, I still need to post my photos from Pearl Harbor…
Blackbird singin’ in the dead of night…
The space shuttle Enterprise never left Earth’s atmosphere, but still impressive…
It was really great to see old friends Duke and Dave again and to throw some darts like old times. Duke’s lovely wife Ji Young seems to have put on a little weight though…
In fact, I do believe she’s even bigger than me these days. I understand she will be losing the weight in dramatic fashion next week…
Congrats to Duke and Ji Young on the impending birth of their daughter Kyla Kim.
Looking forward to their visit to Korea in August…
I’m back in Korea after a long exhausting trip. Physically and emotionally.
Back for the last 100 days of my life in the Land of the Morning Calm. And my last hundred days as a working man.
Suffice to say it is all getting real. Very real. I don’t think I’m scared, but I’m definitely starting to freak out.
Ah well. Time marches on.
…but I have no pictures.
Sorry about the lack of posts. I had several written in my head to go along with the photos I took en route and while I was in South Carolina with the family. Then my camera crashed. I bought a new one yesterday, but when I installed the memory card from the old camera it erased all my pictures. I’m beyond irked about that and too irritated to put thoughts to pixels without the accompanying photos.
I will say I had a too short but wonderful visit with the folks, kids and grandkids. Everyone seems to be doing as well as can be expected. There seems to be a theme to this trip but I’m going to let those thoughts perculate a little more before I try to articulate them.
Back in NoVA now. Threw some darts last night with Duke and Dave New. Always great to see old friends from Korea adapting well to their new environs.
It is inevitable that the pursuit of new dreams requires letting old dreams go. I’ve come to realize that does not come without a price.
So, I have completed the official business portion of my trip. Nothing worthy of note took place at the meetings. In fact, it occurred to me as I sat through what will be my last gathering of this type just how little things had changed in 30 years of this type meeting. The same tired issues, the same failed solutions, the same talking heads with all the answers. Government in action.
Highlight of the week was that the last day was held inside the Pentagon. That was a first for me and I’m glad I got to experience it. Quite the building.
And to be completely honest, notwithstanding the pointlessness of most government meetings, with each new “last” I feel an odd sense of loss and sadness. It is what I have known and done these many years. Feels almost like losing an old friend somehow.
Man, this is the kind of straight talk from a politician I could really get used to.
and back to day again…
The trip across the wide Pacific was 24 hours door-to-door. The Seoul/Narita/Chicago/DC iteniary was as miserable as it sounds.
United Airlines is a big step down from my preferred Korean Airlines is every aspect imaginable. The equipment (747s without seatback entertainment systems), food, service, and flight attendent attractiveness were all disappointments on this trip. Worse, United is extremely chintzy with leg room in coach. When I sat down my knees were already bumping the seatback in front of me. When the SOB in front of me reclined his seat, well, it was like being captured in a spider’s web (there was a big size guy in the middle seat next to me spilling over into my space exacerbating my claustrophobic conditions). It was pretty much a tortuous journey but it is over and I can only look forward to the return trip next week with dismay.
(this is the first of a series of catch-up posts. I’ve been too busy and too jetlagged to have regularly updated the blog. For which I apologize and hereby begin the process of making amends.)
Heading back to the USA this morning. Have a meeting in DC next week, then I’ll take care of some personal business, spend a few days visiting family in South Carolina, and fly back home to Korea on the 21st.
Adding to my list of “lasts”, this will be my final TDY in the service of my Uncle Sam. I’m happy about that for a variety of reasons, but I am really pissed about the way this trip is going down. The trip is about 17 hours in the air. In a cramped couch seat. And that make me grouchy anyway. But check out this itinerary:
Seoul to Narita (Japan) to Chicago to Washington (and the reverse coming back). That adds 5+ hours to the trip assuming everything goes right. It used to be you could catch a direct from Seoul to Dulles or in the alternative a direct to Atlanta with a short hop on to DC. I hate the layover in Japan and I dislike flying on United (Korean Air has spoiled me).
Oh well, I guess the old saw about the man who was upset with his flight schedule until he met a man with no wings should give me some perspective.
Nah, it still sucks.
See y’all on the other side.
Two news items caught my eye this morning:
Not saying there is correlation between the items, but folks are beginning to notice…
Meanwhile in the Middle East, Obama continues to undermine Israel. Supporting a resolution in the UN for “a nuclear-free” Middle East while doing nothing to impede the efforts of Iran in acquiring nuclear weapons. Nothing good can come of this of course. I suspect Israel will do what she must for self-preservation and it will likely get ugly.
I think the growing anti-Semitic sentiment among the Left generally and in Washington in particular is also pretty scary. I mean there is fairly recent history that should raise some red flags when folks start talking about “good Jews and bad Jews”. And no, I’m not referring to Nazi Germany.
hat tip: Lileks
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