Friday Firesmith – Korea

Last September, North Korea tested a nuclear bomb that was supposedly its biggest and strongest yet but at the same time still able to fit on the end of a missile. There’s a lot of science between putting a warhead on a rocket and that warhead surviving the ride. But things got really weird in a place known to be left of surreal.

And here we go.

Let’s fast forward to March of 2018, when suddenly and without fanfare or notice, Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s decidedly different leader, shows up in Bejing, meeting with leader for life, Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Wait, what?

And now, with an alacrity that defies reason and past history we have this, from a week or so ago, Kim met with, in person, without any preconditions, South Korea’s president, Moon Jae-in.

Now before you get giddy and start singing Kim bye ya’ll, North Korea made deals to get rid of its nukes in 1992, 1994, 2005, and as recently as 2012. But this is the first time the two leaders of those two countries have ever gotten together and made this sort of deal, together, with their wives holding hands, and the world watching.

My take: Crazy never sleeps.

The Chinese want a reunified Korea that is friendly with the United States, particularly a United States with an unstable leader with a bad haircut and a history of threatening other nations with nuclear attack, as much as the Catholics want stronger child molestation laws. The Russians are less than thrilled with reunification, also. If you were not aware there was a Russian / North Korean border, you aren’t paying attention.

With the Chinese building artificial islands in the Pacific so they can claim the waters are territorial, and therefore control who comes and goes, it is damn unlikely Kim went to China and told President Xi Jinping he was reunifying the Korean Peninsula and he hoped everyone would accept this. I think this is highly unlikely.

What is more likely is that Kim was summoned by the Chinese to explain what in the hell was going on with all the earthquakes from the same area as the nuke tests. It’s been suggested that Kim’s nuke test program imploded and killed a lot of people he needed to be alive. I’m not really sure how much credibility to give this one. But if you’re arming yourself for a nuke fest to see who has the strangest haircut and suddenly you declare peace, it’s because you’re a lot stronger than everyone else or you’re a hell of a lot weaker.

Go figure.

What is a lot more likely than anything else is that North Korea’s nuclear program suffered a catastrophic setback under the mountains. The Chinese called Kim in to tell him to stop playing with fire or they would cut his allowance. Kim’s plan now is to play nice with everyone, hoping if he mentions Trump’s electoral victory and inauguration crowd size, there will be a bigly foreign aid package that can kickstart his nuke program again.

Crazy never sleeps. Kim is as dangerous right now as he was when he took office in 2011. The idea that this man woke up one morning and decided to give peace a chance is naïve and it is fraught with peril.

Whatever happened under the mountain that precipitated the summoning to Beijing and then the love fest, might be the real deal and we’ll see peace in our time.

Or war.

Which seems more likely to you?

Take Care,
Mike

Mike writes regularly at his site:  The Hickory Head Hermit.
 
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33 thoughts on “Friday Firesmith – Korea

  1. 45 wants war. He needs war, and has said so. He needs a distraction to the tornadic shit storms swirling ever closer to to him and his family, one storm being Robert Mueller and the other storm being Stormy.

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    • Of course he does. That’s the only way he’ll get his name stamped in history is if he starts a war. He didn’t get his stupid wall he said the Mexicans were going to pay for, he’s actively trying to demolish Obama’s legacy by undoing everything he did, and all he cares about is ratings. He’s also told all his buddies to get ready with their stock market bets whenever he starts bombing the crap out of North Korea. He just wasn’t expecting Kim Jung Un to try to buy time by doing a PR stunt like that, so now he doesn’t know what to do. It also distracts people from his collusion with Russia and the 4 porn stars he paid to keep their mouths closed.

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  2. I think we probably know about 1% of what is happening in this strange situation. I wont guess as to what will happen, but I do know the U.S. has added another dose of crazy with Trump.

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  3. I’m amazed at the ability for so many people’s emotions to get in the way of current events or facts. Let me start by saying I don’t like Trump as an individual. I find him repugnant. That being said we have not had a significant change in policy on the Korean peninsula in several decades. Suddenly there are talks, there are prisoners released, there is promise of shutting down the nuclear program and we get BS like this piece of tripe being written. Am I skeptical? YES. Am I going to give KJU a free pass? No. But if he takes down the wall just like what happened in Berlin 27 years ago I will gladly welcome it and not take swipes at whoever is in charge at the time.
    The bias of the media here is unparalleled. Piece of trash articles like this one who insult the presidents hair style rather than challenging him on policy show the intelligence of the author.
    You all think you’re being clever and can predict the future. This is particularly true months ago when the rocket measuring contest between Trump and KJU was going on. Many people were freaked out about WWIII and with good reason. Now that that is all settled down you need to owe an apology rather than doubling down on your emotions. Don’t apologize to me, I don’t give a rip. If you freaked out and publicly opened up about WWIII back a few months ago, that’s ok, that had some sense to it, but now that it looks like you were wrong, have some grit and apologize. You don’t have to grovel, you just have to say, “Whoa. Look at that. I was wrong. I’m sorry.”

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    • I think it’s too early to call any assessment of the situation right or wrong. Kim is unpredictable and has proven it repeatedly. Trump is unpredictable and has promised it repeatedly. Time will tell. I wouldn’t be shocked to learn that Kim is already working a deal to buy nukes from Iran.

      Oh, and Mike isn’t a member of the media just because he wrote something.

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      • So when will you all be satisfied then? The border meeting of North and South was successful. The release of the three detainees was successful. Can we get some form of praise or at least acceptance that such things worked?
        Also I don’t care if you are media or not. It is people on facebook, people on the news and Firesmith who all seem to hold the same opinion that is emotionally attached rather than logically attached.
        My prediction is as follows. The media and the left and anyone else anti-Trump will never be happy and never recognize a positive feature. They are all waiting for the bottom to drop out in hopes that it will. Examine yourself for bias. If this had happened under Clinton or Obama what would your reaction be? I’ve examined mine under that circumstance to see how emotionally charged I am. I think I would at least admit some kind of success.
        My main point is that the left call Trump a lunatic and crazy. Look at the posts here. The emotional bias will never allow for a positive view of what he does, no matter what he does. Remember, I don’t like him. I threw up on election night. I have come to realize that either he is a loose cannon and accidentally pulling a Homer all the time, or there is a method to his madness. The latter seems more and more likely the more he gets foreign policy right.

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        • “As much as Christians want stronger child molestation laws”??
          I’m really surprised at you for that comment, Mike.
          If you wanted to trash an entire religion why didn’t you write “as much as Islamists want to open up a Hooters that serves bacon burgers”?
          At least the later would be more apropos.
          I’m in complete agreement with Buckwheat’s comments too. There is nothing short of dying from a horrible death that Trump could do while in office that the left would ever praise him for. They’ll even go to the extent to defend Hamas against being terrorists and MS-13 against being animals just to make him look bad.
          I’m sure you’ll also agree, Buckwheat, that if the KJU deal ever falls through that countless millions of bleeding heart liberals will be in ecstasy about it.

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            • Christians? Catholics? Who gives a flyin’? There was really no reason that I can see to trash any religion or religious belief if your goal was to discuss KJU. I’m sure you could have come up with a better analogy that didn’t offend anyone in particular.
              And yes, you did make this all about Trump when you wrote “particularly a United States with an unstable leader with a bad haircut and a history of threatening other nations with nuclear attack”.
              You might as well have just refereed to him as “Cheeto Boy”. Apparently I wasn’t the only one who made the connection.
              While maybe it was your intent to focus on Rocket Man, the way you wrote this pretty much threw it in a whole different direction.

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              • Good morning, John.
                (1) Until Jon pulls my leash hard I reserve the right to ravage anyone who earns it.
                (2) The Catholics have a long, a very long history, of earning it.
                (3) Catholics and Christians are two separate entities. Catholics may be Christians but Christians may not be Catholics. Both parties would argue the point, for the same reason.
                (4) No elected official is safe.
                (5) That doesn’t make this about Cheetolini.
                (6) Camilia Cabella is smoking hot.

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        • Bucky,

          I’m really uncertain where you keep tying Trump into all of this, as if this is what I was writing about about at all. Trump is, like the last four or five, or more presidents, subject to the whim of North Korea’s leadership, such that it is, and the policies of the government of China.

          I think if this recent process fails, and fails miserably, there will be those gleefully blame Trump, and it will be misguided and cynical, unless Trump truly believed he was somehow special and the Korea/China relationship didn’t apply to him, or if he believed the Chinese would use this to get something else from him.

          But that has nothing to do with the subject I was writing on. You extrapolated most of what you wrote from the premise that this is a Trump thing and it isn’t.

          You have to believe, seriously you have to believe, this is a China/North Korea dance.

          Everyone else is just watching.

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    • Gosh, Bucky, I don’t think I’ve ever been called “The media” before.

      All in all, I’m exactly sure how you tie my tripe into your theory that this is all about Trump. I mentioned him once, I think, maybe twice, but I don’t think as far as getting Kim to the table, no one other than the Chinese will have a greater affect.

      You read into this that I thought peace wasn’t probable because of Trump,If I read you connectedly. I’m saying Kim has to have a reason to make peace and the Chinese have to allow it.

      Could they let a meeting happen, get Trump some praise, and Trump save a Chinese telephone company with billions of our dollars?

      Seems like we just might know what happened at that meeting, huh?

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      • We must be having a Yanny Laurel moment here because it was pretty clear that you have a big issue with Trump having anything to do with this. You threw a stupid insult and it reflects on your poor writing style that is often full of misspellings and typos.
        You the media? Yup. Any idiot, you included, with a blog and a computer ends up being the media. You have regular column where you spend your time trying to bring people around your convoluted ideas.
        And yes, whether you put Trump in this or not, it is about him and about the fact that if peace does come about by some miracle that he was involved. Now I’m reading a bit into that, but your hair comment was so stupid… I regress.
        I haven’t read your tripe and bile in a while and this one I finally did again and realized why I skip over it on Fridays.
        So to quote my father you never get in a hissing match with a goose and so I’m done.

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    • That being said we have not had a significant change in policy on the Korean peninsula in several decades.

      Define significant change. In 1994, North Korea suspended nuclear activity. Granted, various missile activity was still in dispute, but I ask again, define significant.

      Suddenly there are talks, there are prisoners released, there is promise of shutting down the nuclear program

      Talks have happened many times in previous years, but once Shrub put North Korea in his “Axis of Evil,” speech, North Korea said, “screw this, we’re going back to our nuclear stuff.”
      The release of prisoners is nothing new. In 2014, Bae and Miller were released. In 2009, journalists Ling and Lee were released. But considering 2 of the 3 prisoners released were detained while Spanky was in office, it most likely was done to feed Spanky’s ego, which is what the rest of the world leaders have come to learn. He doesn’t care about the prisoners, only that it makes him look good.
      I am doubtful that North Korea would end their nuke program and Bolten made damn sure that it wouldn’t happen.

      The bias of the media here is unparalleled.

      The medis wants a war. It makes for great ratings.

      Piece of trash articles like this one who insult the presidents hair style

      That’s a valid point. His hair is less a style and just a great way to hide his failed hair plugs. (Yes, they are plugs).

      rather than challenging him on policy

      Unfortunately, he has no policy. Policy is of no interest to him. Policy is just a cover for him to seek attention. The whole scheduled meeting began with Moon sucking up to Spanky and when Spanky got wind of the photo op of Kim and Moon on the DMZ line he knew he had to have some of that action.

      Many people were freaked out about WWIII and with good reason. Now that that is all settled down you need to owe an apology rather than doubling down on your emotions.

      WWIII is still a possibility. If not in the East, quite possibly in the Mid-East. He needs a war to deflect the attention away from the investigation on him and depending how that moves along will determine how quick he pulls the trigger.

      You don’t have to grovel, you just have to say, “Whoa. Look at that. I was wrong. I’m sorry.”

      Sure, when you do it first with all the times you have been proven to be wrong.

      The border meeting of North and South was successful.

      Spanky had nothing to do with that. Moon ran on reconciling with the North and even made such overtures during the Olympics saying the North can be part of the South team. Look outside your bubble and make yourself aware of events happen around the world. Important things happen that the American media doesn’t cover.

      The media and the left and anyone else anti-Trump will never be happy and never recognize a positive feature.

      Welcome to the Obama’s world where you were never happy with anything he did, even when he gave the middle class the largest tax cut in history.

      Examine yourself for bias.

      Have you looked in the mirror lately?

      If this had happened under Clinton or Obama what would your reaction be?

      They are way to smart to do the stupid things Spanky is doing. As it is, Spanky’s goal is to undo everything that the “black man” did, regardless of how many people suffer or die.

      I think I would at least admit some kind of success.

      No. You would not. In fact, I dare you to state one success that Obama had that you cheer on.

      My main point is that the left call Trump a lunatic and crazy.

      Actually, he a narcissistic sociopath misogynist racist who happens to be a pathological liar. What makes him appear to be crazy is he uses Faux News as his source for information and as a place to base his decisions on.

      I have come to realize that either he is a loose cannon and accidentally pulling a Homer all the time, or there is a method to his madness. The latter seems more and more likely the more he gets foreign policy right.

      If you had one iota of honesty in your being, you would realize he doesn’t give a shit about anyone but himself. That’s his method to his madness—do and say anything to make himself look good. He’s messed up so much foreign policy the rest of the world is mocking him on local TV shows. He’s a laughingstock, a buffoon to the rest of the world. Explore the programming in other parts of the world and see how they mock him.

      Remember, I don’t like him. I threw up on election night.

      If Spanky kept his campaign promises of bringing jobs back to America, trashing our existing trade policies rather than protecting Chinese jobs and not even dumping the Chapter 11 Investor-State Dispute clause in NAFTA, I would congratulate him. The rest of his crap is for the rich 1% only, so I’m not holding my breath thinking he’ll even try to accomplish the two things the economic-minded people were hoping he’d do. They have come to realize he’s a con man while his only true supporters hang in there solely because their racist values and his are in sync.

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  4. Buckwheat and John Wilson, I totally agree with you.

    When you have to denigrate our President with comments about his looks like this “with an unstable leader with a bad haircut and a history of threatening other nations with nuclear attack”, you loose all credibility.

    And it seems to me that KJU has been the one threatening nuclear attack.

    It’s a good thing I don’t stoop to your level when describing obama and his wife’s looks.

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    • How’s this then? Trump is a sexual predator. He’s also very racist, a nazi sympathizer, a bully, an idiot, incompetent, a narcissist, doesn’t know anything, the largest liar in history with 6.5 proven lies per day on average, incites violence, and sells his soul for applause. Nobody needs to say anything about his appearance. The man is a complete and utter waste of carbon by his actions alone. Who cares what it looks like! Are you going to kiss Hitler’s ass too because he’s a “president”? Presidents don’t get respect by default. They have to earn it first.

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  5. OMG!
    Mike – Thank you for an insightful piece that explains what is happening with the North/South Korea meetings and their possible or probable intentions.
    I try not to follow all the frightening political drama of foreign countries as it only leads to more anxiety. U.S. politics, on the other hand, have a direct effect on the lives of my loved ones, so I am somewhat forced to pay attention to those.
    I was not aware that China had such a strong influence on Korean politics. That they, as well as Russia, can control what happens in other countries, as well as on the other side of the world makes me feel so insignificant and powerless. These events absolutely do play with my emotions.
    I find it very interesting that those who have criticized you, above, are concerned about “people’s emotions getting in the way of current events or FACTS”. The fact is that you were not writing about Trump and barely mentioned him. Your article is about Korea and the political dance being orchestrated with other foreign powers. While you described Trump in an unfavorable light, the article was not about him. Therefore, it is your detractors who were letting emotion get in the way of the facts. Rather than saying that the left-leaning crowd would never allow anything good to be said about Drumph [his real name], I think reality demonstrates that Trump supporters are so on edge, they jump to defend him even when he is not the focus of the discussion!
    On a separate note:
    Mike, I’m sure most people would agree with your revulsion of anyone molesting children. It is horrifying that there are people in a position of authority who take advantage of those who feel respect and admiration for their position. However, please do keep in mind that child abuse is absolutely not confined to clergy and there are millions of people who practice Catholicism who are just as revolted as we are. As is always the case, those who commit heinous crimes are in the minority. I know you find religion to be a crock, but most of those who follow it are not lacking in moral fiber. [No, I’m neither Catholic nor religious.]
    Anyway, thanks again for the stimulating article. I appreciate your thoughts on this and many other subjects! Keep it up!!

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    • Lady Di,
      The Chinese have more to say about what is going to happen in Korea than the Koreans do, no matter of they’re North or South. This seems lost on American Presidents, and some people here. I never thought this essay would morph into a Trump thing but I underestimated the fanatics that worship him, again.

      I think it’s very difficult to understand how complex the situation is in Korea, yet at the same time, it’s really quite simply; as long as Kim can keep the spotlight on his tiny country he can make money doing it. That’s very likely his bottom line.

      The Catholics are free game. They’ve earned it.

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  6. Remember this:
    There will always be detractors.
    ‘A matter of National Security’ is the age old cry of the oppressor.

    Mike: Good Article
    Diane C. Nice comments
    C.A.I. Good counter-point

    I, for one, believe that Netanyahu and Kim Jong Un are both playing t-Rump like a well tuned Stradivarius. I shall remain skeptical.

    That is all

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  7. Good Morning, Mike
    You most certainly do have the right to ravage anyone that you so desire. I am by no means suggesting what you can or can not write about. That’s strictly between you and Jonco.
    I’ve enjoyed reading many of your past ravages on quite a number of different subjects. I do not have a problem with that at all, even when it is Trump that you have in your cross-hairs.
    When you write a piece like this though and you want to focus on KJU and the DPRK, why alienate groups of people like Catholics & Trump supporters? Maybe that was by design? I really don’t know.
    What I do know is that most of the comments focused on Trump and you already stated that wasn’t your purpose in writing this piece. All I’m saying is that I thought that you could have come up with a better analogy than Catholics & child molestation at least for this particular piece and if you hadn’t included the disparaging remarks regarding Trump, you probably would have gotten a lot more comments in line with what you stated your goal was. That’s just my opinion.
    Regarding Dianne’s comment that “Trump supporters are so on edge” it’s quite possible that the timing of this piece just so happened to coincide with most of the Fake News outlets wrongly claiming that he called “ALL” immigrants “animals”.
    Camilia Cabella is smoking hot but my all time favorite is Jeff Milton (you won’t be disappointed if you look her up).
    Peace

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    • John,

      If I haven’t alienated those people by now, I suspect I can’t. I’ve put some real effort in it, in the past. That’s not nearly as much as I could have said, for have said, or will say.

      Trump is a recent annoyance, and in all likelihood a temporary one. The Catholics are a long term subject that I neither intend to cease fire, lighten the powder, or edit my indicative. They can either clean their house or I will simply continue to point out the filth. The fact that Jon hasn’t called me out on this after so many years should tell you that he’s not going to, within reason.

      That said, I’m more interested in what’s going on with Kim than anything else, at least this time. I’m pretty sure that if we follow the money, we’ll find out Kim is getting paid for his performance, and as soon as China gets what they want he’ll play with fire, and whoever is president.

      Jeff Milton is a porn star, you dirty old man, you. (I looked her up)

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    • Fox News is saying Spanky is calling ALL immigrants animals? Whodathunkit?

      “We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in — and we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.”

      Of course, one could fall for the line that the White House put out saying he was talking about MS-13, except they are a product made in the US, they aren’t coming into this country as MS-13 members. Of course, the fact is, most MS-13 members that are captured are legal anyway, so calling them immigrants is not totally correct.

      Anyway, here’s a transcript of that discussion: https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefings-statements/remarks-president-trump-california-sanctuary-state-roundtable/

      I just think it’s important to see the whole picture and remember how he has described them in the past and start connecting the dots with a little historical sense of where things could be heading…lest we forget his cute little “snake with the pretty colored skin” story.

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    • CAI,

      I’m really curious if they did as serious damage to their site as I’ve heard. The absence of a collapse crater may or may not be indicative. Clearly, something somewhere happened for the Chinese to order Kim to the carpet, and for Kim to start talking peace. I’m not buying it quite yet. Kim and his father before him talked peace only to go back to building bombs and talking war.

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