I walked outside and Spring is finally in the air! For Georgia, this winter has been the worst I’ve witnessed in quite a few years. What’s worse than that is knowing that the approaching summer may be the hottest on record; as the chill of winter leaves our bones the heat of summer will slap us back to the reality that Climate Change is also in the air, and it doesn’t bode well for the United States or the rest of the global community. The world we live in is changing too rapidly and much of the change we are witnessing is caused by mankind, and while we do have the ability to change our direction, money-grubbing corporations and pollution from third-world nations dramatically increases our chances of experiencing a disaster of such a catastrophic nature that it will cause famine, wars, and dissent between countries who have been allies for tens of decades. This is a matter of great concern we will write about in the months ahead, but for now, I’m content that we have weathered much of the storm, and for now, we remain secure in our homes and nation.
With the situation in North Korea changing by the minute, everything could change almost instantly, however, as much as I stood against the Iraq War and want to see us our troops withdrawn from Afghanistan, I have to admit that I am tiring of North Korea’s rhetoric:
North Korea threatens pre-emptive nuclear strike as U.S., South begin war games
Originally published: March 11, 2013 9:12 AM
Updated: March 11, 2013 9:27 AM
By BLOOMBERG NEWS
South Korea and the U.S. began annual war games as North Korea shut down a border hot line after threating to launch a preemptive nuclear strike against the two countries.
The “Key Resolve” drills rehearse scenarios of a possible conflict on the Korean peninsula through computer-simulated exercises, South Korean Defense Ministry spokesman Kim Min Seok told reporters Monday in Seoul. While no unusual North Korean troop movements have been spotted, the totalitarian state will probably respond with its own military exercises soon, Kim said.
Tensions on the Korean peninsula are at the highest since at least 2010, when 50 South Koreans were killed in attacks by the North. Kim Jong Un‘s regime has increased its bellicose rhetoric since the U.S. and China last week reached an agreement to tighten United Nations sanctions following North Korea’s nuclear weapons test in February. MUCH MORE
From what I have been able to ascertain, North Korea’s recent nuclear test was much more powerful than their last test and the device was rumored to be “much smaller” than before. How is the public to figure-out what is “much smaller” and whether or not they actually present a threat against the United States or our allies? A nuclear weapon doesn’t have to come to the U.S. via a ballistic rocket. It could be delivered by several different means, none of which I will spell-out in this post. We aren’t in the business to educate our enemies, and with a direct threat against the United States of a preemptive nuclear attack, I do view North Korea as an enemy!
I also believe that the only thing saving North Korea from direct retaliation from the United States after their threat of a preemptive nuclear strike against our nation is their array of artillery that is entrenched along the DMZ which places Seoul, South Korea, directly in the line of fire of what could amount to hundreds of thousands of casualties. Common sense tells me that these offensive/defensive measures taken by the North have been well assessed by South Korea as well as the United States and if push comes to shove, there is likely a plan in effect to neutralize the bulk of their artillery with a preemptive strike of our own.
I also do not believe that China’s intentions are as transparent as they would like us to believe. It doesn’t take a genius to know that if China was sincerely tired of North Korea’s provocative rhetoric and destabilizing of the area, all China would need to do is threaten, and mean it, to cut-off all power, fuel, and food supplies that North Korea depends on for their survival, and what they receive from China is the only aid that keeps them alive and almost well. In this writer’s opinion, North Korea is China’s puppet and they are supplied with fuel and food to act as a buffer in the event of a regional conflict with Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, or any of China’s other neighbors who they threaten with ridiculous border and territorial claims that became defunct decades ago. For all practical purposes, these outdated territorial claims are nothing more than China attempting to flex their new-found military might using outdated and absurd claims to territory that it has no legal or ethical claim to what-so-ever! I don’t believe that Washington or South Korea will keep on playing North Korea’s game of chicken for much longer, and while our war-planners will attempt to make us believe that Iran is the threat we have to watch, I am more than convinced that North Korea is a much larger threat looming on the horizon and if Kim Jong Un has an ounce of sense in his ugly mug, he had better back-off and keep his threats to himself. I’m old enough now to understand that all too often renegade nations often get exactly what they are seeking, and when it does happen, all that we hear afterwards is that the United States was the aggressor, which in this case, is not true.
We haven’t been very active lately because of time constraints. I am enrolled in full-time college and am seeking my Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication. I will still keep-up the site and post when I can, and I also expect that Mitch Gurney will return to an active status sooner rather than later. I have some new features for the site in the works and have allotted the time to implement them after I conference with Mitch and we work-out the details. The Political Bandit will become a make-shift lab for what I’m learning in college and I expect that the content as well as the professionalism of the writing will improve with my educational goal(s) as I reach new plateaus of learning. Again, we thank our subscribers for their loyalty and hope to reward you with new features and writing that will reflect our goal to constantly improve the site.
Official: Cyberattacks, N. Korea, jihadist groups top U.S. threats
By Chelsea J. Carter, Pam Benson and Mariano Castillo, CNNupdated 8:21 PM EDT, Tue March 12, 2013
Washington (CNN) — Cyberattacks pose more of a threat to the United States than a land-based attack by a terrorist group, while North Korea’s development of a nuclear weapons program poses a “serious threat,” the director of national intelligence told Congress on Tuesday.
The warning by Director of National Intelligence James Clapper came in his annual report to Congress on the threats facing the United States.
Angered by U.N. Security Council sanctions over its nuclear test, North Korea threatened for the first time to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the United States and South Korea.
Even by North Korean standards, the threat of a nuclear strike and the scrapping of a 1953 truce that effectively ended the Korean War have been incredibly provocative, Clapper said.
“The rhetoric, while it is propaganda laced, is also an indicator of their attitude and perhaps their intent,” he said, adding he was concerned what, if any, provocative action North Korea would take against its southern neighbor. (My emphasis) MUCH MORE
North Korea’s cutting of the Hotline that exists between the North and South elevates the possibility that if something is taken out of context or an accident occurs during the current War Games in the area being conducted by South Korea and the United States, soon to be mirrored by North Korea, any hope of stopping an isolated incident from escalating dramatically is being effectively nullified by North Korea’s actions. We knew that the U.S. would elevate its appraisal of North Korea’s threat capability and plan for subsequent preventative measures to ensure our safety as well as our allies in the area, however still remain unaware of what those measures consist of. China is also on the cusp of having to make tough decisions which could push the North even harder than the recent U.N, Sanctions did, and then North Korea will be in a unique position; they can calm-down the rhetoric and return to the bargaining table or resume their belligerence and effectively write their own obituary. Only time will reveal whether or not China is serious in their intent on reigning in North Korea or instead decides to keep up the Status Quo’ of allowing them to remain a distraction to the U.S. and hopefully, keep our eyes on the North rather than China itself. The previous article linked to above indicates that the United States is aware of China’s deception in this area and is watching them carefully for a sign of their true intentions in regard their insincere feints at attempting to control North Korea’s Puppet Regime rather than realistic measures that could and would help to bring stability back into the area.