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Wednesday Morning – Grab Bag

I go to work and work all day and of a sudden there is a crisis in Korea. What the hell? Where did this come from? Is South Korea ready for a final showdown? How many Patriot Missiles do we have in South Korea? Is it enough? This is bad.

From Political Animal:

  • Crisis on the Korean Peninsula: “South Korea warned North Korea on Tuesday of ‘enormous retaliation’ if it took more aggressive steps after Pyongyang fired scores of artillery shells at a South Korean island in one of the heaviest attacks on its neighbor since the Korean War ended in 1953.”
  • For crying out loud: “For months, the secret talks unfolding between Taliban and Afghan leaders to end the war appeared to be showing promise, if only because of the appearance of a certain insurgent leader at one end of the table: Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, one of the most senior commanders in the Taliban movement. But now, it turns out, Mr. Mansour was apparently not Mr. Mansour at all.” [Editors note: This might not be the dumbest act of 2010 but I’m it is in the top 10!]
  • Maybe someone should do something: “Top Federal Reserve officials expect the unemployment rate to remain around nine percent at the end of next year and eight percent at the end of 2012, according to internal forecasts that drove the central bank to take new efforts to boost the economy three weeks ago.”
  • Also not encouraging: “Sales of previously owned homes slipped slightly in October as the housing market struggled in the face of high unemployment and tight credit.”
  • When dealing with congressional Republicans, if Dems “hope for the best, and plan for the worst,” they’ll be on the right track.
  • The dispute among Senate Republicans over ethanol subsidies continues to get even more interesting.
  • The fact that incoming House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) is considered a leading Republican voice on economic policy is rather horrifying.
  • Harold Pollack reports on encouraging developments in combating AIDS.
  • The Daily Caller‘s transition from credible to dubious to ignominious to cover-your-eyes-ridiculous was completed today.
  • Daniel Luzer takes a closer look at some of the ethical issues surrounding Melanie Sloan’s departure from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
  • Fox News refuses to air paid advertising featuring U.S. troops, apparently because they don’t like what the servicemen and women have to say about repealing “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”

So, what’s on your mind today?

By |2010-11-24T07:01:18-04:00November 24th, 2010|Afghanistan, Domestic Issues, North Korea, Party Politics|Comments Off on Wednesday Morning – Grab Bag

Clinton went, kicked butt and came home with two journalists

North Korea is a huge problem. With a leader who has proven that he will do any thing at any time, it is hard to figure out exactly what North Korea wants. Former President Bill Clinton and Former Vice President Al Gore were deeply involved in getting these two journalists released. I’m happy for them and their families. Congrats to everyone for bringing these Americans home safely.

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From the LAT:

Reporting from Washington and Seoul — Bill Clinton is returning from North Korea after securing the release of two American TV journalists, according to a spokesman for the former president.

“President Clinton has safely left North Korea with Laura Ling and Euna Lee,” Matt McKenna said in a statement. “They are en route to Los Angeles where Laura and Euna will be reunited with their families.”

News agencies quoted the North’s state media saying the journalists were granted a “special pardon” after Clinton negotiated their release with officials in Pyongyang during a surprise visit.

Laura Ling and Euna Lee had been sentenced to 12 years in prison for illegally entering the secretive nation this year.  (more… )

By |2009-08-04T21:08:38-04:00August 4th, 2009|North Korea, Obama administration|Comments Off on Clinton went, kicked butt and came home with two journalists

Sshh, don't tell anybody but N. Korea is disarming

Threatening North Korea for 5 years didn’t do anything except allow North Korea to build several nuclear weapons. Suddenly, the Bush administration tried diplomacy. They kicked John Bolton and Donald Rumsfeld to the curb and started talking. Now, North Korea is dismantling their nuclear facility. (The Bush administration has pieced together exactly what Bill Clinton had done nearly 7 – 8 years ago.)


From WaPo:

President Bush today lifted some trade sanctions against North Korea and acted to remove the country from a list of states that sponsor terrorism, after the isolated Stalinist regime turned over a key document detailing its rogue nuclear program.

Nearly seven years after Bush described North Korea as part of “an axis of evil” and less than two years after Pyongyang stunned the world by exploding a small nuclear device, Bush said the receipt of the nuclear disclosure marked the start of an “action for action” process meant to end with the full dismantling of the country’s nuclear facilities and weapons. (more…)

By |2008-06-26T19:31:20-04:00June 26th, 2008|North Korea|2 Comments
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