CNN’s NK wrap


It’s actually pretty decent. With more resources and collective time than this blogger has, it’s worth a look.

Still, grain of salt. Air raid sirens still go off here every month or two (usually on the 15th or so) to remind people. Yawn. And we all know how the 24/7 media cycle works. They’ll flog it til something else comes up.

This shit always comes up. Real question is; how will Obama deal with it? This has all been to get Obama’s attention.

Obama’s actually done well getting SK to sign on to the Proliferation Security Initiative… and this has pissed the shit outta NK, hence the latest missile tests and a declaration of war. But as much as I disagree on Obama on most things, he cannot be blamed for this.

Anyway, how serious is this? Some schools and academies have been closed for swine flu (ha!) but all this is not enough to get me outta going to work tomorrow but, d’oh.

Remember, Kim Jong-il is about to cark it and NK still needs to be noticed by Obama and CNN.

Good night, folks.

21 Responses to “CNN’s NK wrap”

  1. VodkaBlogger Says:

    “Air raid sirens still go off here every month or two (usually on the 15th or so) to remind people.”

    They go off here in France, too, the first Wednesday of every month at 12 noon – though I think we’re less worried about the DPRK than others.

    • bingbing Says:

      Ze Germans?

      O/T CNN, yesterday, picked up the story about Bakon Vodka. Pretty quick on the uptake, eh?😉

    • VodkaBlogger Says:

      I think so – I’ve been in Amsterdam where they do the same thing, though, and they explained it to me as “a NATO thing” but NATO doesn’t have much of a record of invading Western Europe, do they?🙂

  2. Mr. Bingley Says:

    sorry about the comment screw-up, bingbing. for some reason your email was on the spam filter list so it got junked.

    • bingbing Says:

      D’oh. The same thing happens here too though from time to time.

  3. Angus Dei Says:

    “Ze Germans?” LOL!

    Besides, the French have the Maginot Line… right?

    • bingbing Says:

      Und ja, zis ist most effectiv.

    • VodkaBlogger Says:

      ‘Maginot Line’ is German for speedbump, isn’t it?🙂

      No matter: we have “ze nukes” now so any overconfident neighbours will probably think twice next time.

  4. thefrollickingmole Says:

    Is it likely to end in a shooting match over there, or just the usual dick swinging stumpy boy likes to do to get attention?

    • bingbing Says:

      Asked my adult students that since us foreigners are a bit more worried than usual.

      Na, 56 years of this shit and counting. Pendulus Dickus. They’ve been through this shit their whole lives. Next.

      My bet is he wants Obama to notice him before he carks it.

    • bingbing Says:

      The other bing accidently trashed my (long) comment as it ended up in his spam queue (same happens here from time to time, so no biggie). And he was kind enough to pop over and apologise. Naturally accepted.

      The other points that post had (not included here so far) is that the missiles they’ve been test firing are surface to air and surface to ship, according to Daniel Pinkston. They were more a deterrent to aircraft and vessels off the NK coast monitoring air samples after the nuke blast. Such missiles are not capable of being fired on Seoul.

      Also, with this Korea conundrum, our best hope is just riding it out until Mr Ronely falls off his barbed-wire perch and that there’s some kind of change from within NK. It won’t be the people, they’re too indoctrinated to rise up, but we might have some luck with Kim’s son who was educated in Europe and KNOWS what NK is missing out on.

      Put it this way, nuking them is out of the question. Too much fallout (that could reach the US [yellow dust phenomenon]) and who says the world’s fourth largest army still couldn’t retaliate, especially since they have something like a million troops stationed near the DMZ from memory (and you could never nuke that close to Seoul [read: $$$, oh yeah, and people]). Besides. What western gubnit would drop one? Obama? Tactical strike? No. That fourth largest army again. Just gotta hope those old fogie hawkish generals don’t fill the soon-to-be vacuum.

      Oh yeah, and those nukes are waaaaay too heavy to be put on a warhead.

    • VodkaBlogger Says:

      “…those nukes are waaaaay too heavy to be put on a warhead.”

      Plan B?

    • bingbing Says:

      LULZ!!1

    • Mr. Bingley Says:

      Not trashed!

    • bingbing Says:

      Ohh, you fukn champion!

    • bingbing Says:

      Back to your point, Mole. The SK’s are used to this crap, even if it seems a bit more heightened to newbie foreigners (5 years [probably should learn to speak more Korean])

      Could it be tactical on NK’s part?

      Perhaps. SK is all hung up on Roh Moo-hyun’s death (read: vulnerable) and surely it ain’t a coincidence that NK went spodey bomb just days after.

      It’s interesting, er, was interesting for a few days, but I think that’s about it.

      CNN’s clutching straws. They’re up to the classic ‘what if?’ stage.

      Obama farting will make more news within a couple of days.

    • bingbing Says:

      At the moment, we’ll just have to see if NK makes another move. If history is any indicator, they won’t. Well, maybe a bit more rhetoric or another couple of missiles, but probably nothing substantial.

      I realise I may have gone a bit overboard yesterday… just, it’s such a hard thing to judge. And obviously I have a vested interest.

      Still, it is a tad more worrying since NK declared the armistice over and with Kim on death’s door, I just hope he doesn’t try to go out in one last hurrah.

    • bingbing Says:

      Also, what China says/does next, and boy they’ve been quiet (UNDERSTATEMENT), will be interesting.

  5. bingbing Says:

    Mark Steyn’s take.

    John Bolton’s take. 19:08 mark.

    (Thanks Paco, who directed me there on a Lawrence O’Donnell link [also worth listening to])

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