Thursday, July 27, 2017

North Korea

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North Korea
How do you solve a problem like (North) Korea?

The twenty-two year old student passed away on Monday, in Ohio; only five days after he had returned from North Korea, after being detained there for seventeen months in total.

It was noted by the doctors that Warmbier had experienced brain damage due to “awful torturous mistreatment, while he was detained in North Korea.

In a statement provided to The Washington Post, Gary and his wife, Cindy, said:

“It is our sad duty to report that our son, Otto Warmbier, has completed his journey home. Surrounded by his loving family, Otto died today at 2:20 p.m. It would be easy at a moment like this to focus on all that we lost — future time that won’t be spent with a warm, engaging, brilliant young man whose curiosity and enthusiasm for life knew no bounds. But we choose to focus on the time we were given to be with this remarkable person. You can tell from the outpouring of emotion from the communities that he touched — Wyoming, Ohio, and the University of Virginia to name just two — that the love for Otto went well beyond his immediate family.

We would like to thank the wonderful professionals at the University Of Cincinnati Medical Center who did everything they could for Otto. Unfortunately, the awful torturous mistreatment our son received at the hands of the North Koreans ensured that no other outcome was possible beyond the sad one we experienced today.

When Otto returned to Cincinnati late on June 13th he was unable to speak, unable to see and unable to react to verbal commands. He looked very uncomfortable — almost anguished. Although we would never hear his voice again, within a day the countenance of his face changed — he was at peace. He was home and we believe he could sense that.

We thank everyone around the world who has kept him and our family in their thoughts and prayers. We are at peace and at home too.”

Warbier was sentenced to fifteen years in prison for supposedly attempting to remove a propaganda banner from the hotel that he was staying at. The North Korean media reports that it was due to “hostile act” against their leader Kim Jon UN that Warbier was held hostage and later fell into coma.

President Trump made complete use of Warbier’s death, as an opportunity; to blame former President Barack Obama for being responsible for the death of an American college student. During his news conference at the Oval Office, this Tuesday, Trump has stated that the student “should have been brought home a long time ago.”

“Frankly, if he were brought home sooner, I think the results would have been a lot different,” Trump said

On the other hand, Obama spokesman Ned Price said:

“During the course of the Obama Administration, we had no higher priority than securing the release of Americans detained overseas. Their tireless efforts resulted in the release of at least 10 Americans from North Korean custody during the course of the Obama administration.

It is painful that Mr. Warmbier was not among them, but our efforts on his behalf never ceased, even in the waning days of the administration. Our thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Warmbier’s family and all who had the blessing of knowing him.”

Whereas, Axelrod, a former Obama adviser, wrote, “Asked about the death of Otto Wambler [sic], @POTUS can’t resist turning it into a not-so-veiled attack on @BarackObama. It truly IS sad!”

To this, Trump tweeted, “The U.S. once again condemns the brutality of the North Korean regime as we mourn its latest victim.”

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dumbest

Eric Bolling, Fox News host, excoriated Maine Senator Angus King (I) on Tuesday, over what he called “the dumbest comment heard from a lawmaker in a very long time.”

Earlier on MSNBC, Senator Angus King, who caucuses with the Democrats, said that the only way he thinks could prevent terrorist attacks in a free society like the west, is to “lock everybody down” like in North Korea.

Angus’ comments came on the back of an attack in Paris, outside the Notre Dame cathedral, where a man armed with a hammer attacked a police officer while shouting, “This is for Syria.”

The investigation of the attack is now being handled by French counter-terrorism officials.

Bolling used the latest incident of apparent terrorism on “The Fox News Specialists” in his monologue on Tuesday’s show. He said:

“The war on terror must be waged as a real war with a real enemy. The enemy must be named. It’s radical Islamic terrorists. It’s all hands on deck. See something say something. Civil libertarians, hold your noses. We can’t let this slime creep into American streets. Surely, our lawmakers get this, right? They want to fight terror, right? Not lay down and roll over the jihadists and allow them to take hold here in America, right?”

Moving on, Bolling played Angus’ clip from earlier in the day.

“It’s very hard to prevent something like this in a free society,” King told MSNBC in the wake of the Notre Dame attack. “The only way to be fully secure is to lock everybody down and I don’t think any of us want to live in North Korea.”

Apparently, Bolling took an issue with King’s suggestion that only communist countries that had brutal dictators, such as North Korea’s Kin Jong-Un could prevent terror attacks.

“Let’s not lock everyone down,” Bolling rebutted.

Further elaborating on what King said, Bolling said, “Let’s not lock down our vetting. Let’s not tighten up our security and intel collections.”

Bolling then ended his monologue by giving King a ridiculous award for his “North Korea” remarks.

“Congratulations, senator, you take the prize for the dumbest comment heard from a lawmaker in a very long time,” Bolling said.

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Skipper! Turn the boat around!

A new report from Defense News states the a US aircraft carrier was actually sailing away from the Sea of Japan when the White House announced that it was headed for that location, last week,

In what the White House claimed to be a move to act as a deterrent to North Korea’s recent missile tests and provocations, the US Navy announced on April 09, that the Carl Vinson Strike Group will not make its regularly scheduled trip to Australia and instead, head towards the western Pacific Ocean.

However, The New York Times noted on Tuesday, that the Navy posted a picture dated April 15, showing the strike group in the Sunda Strait, an area thousands of miles away from North Korea off the coast of Indonesia.

At the time, comments from administration officials and spokesmen seemed to contradict each other over the exact reason the strike group was sent towards the Korean Peninsula. During a White House press briefing last week, Sean Spicer, when asked about the decision to send the strike force to North Korea, claimed the move to be a deterrent.

“A carrier group is several things. The forward deployment is deterrence, presence. It’s prudent. But it does a lot of things. It ensures our — we have the strategic capabilities, and it gives the president options in the region,” he said.

“But I think when you see a carrier group steaming into an area like that, the forward presence of that is clearly, through almost every instance, a huge deterrence. So I think it serves multiple capabilities.

Meanwhile, on another press briefing the same day, Defense Secretary James Mattis warned against assuming any “specific reason” for the move.

“There’s not a specific demand signal or specific reason we are sending her up there,” Mattis said of the Vinson.

“She’s stationed there in the western Pacific for a reason. She operates freely up and down the Pacific, and she’s just on her way up there because that’s where we thought it was most prudent to have her at this time.”

The Carl Vinson Strike group is now headed for the Korean Peninsula and will reach the area by the end of the month, the Defense Department told the Times.

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nuclear war

Democratic Rep. David Cicilline has claimed President Donald Trump is risking nuclear war with North Korea, authorizing a missile strike on a Syrian airbase and using the MOAB (mother of all bombs) in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan, to bump up his own popularity.

Rep. Cicilline, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, believes that any preemptive strike against North Korea could lead to a war, and even more, a nuclear war.

“A preemptive strike, if it were to happen, is likely to ignite a very serious conflict, a war, and maybe even a nuclear war,” Cicilline said to MSNBC’s Ali Velshi. “It would expose American troops on the [Korean] peninsula to tremendous danger … The appropriate course is to really to reduce the rhetoric and try to de-escalate this and continue to use all the levers of diplomatic-economic power to try to achieve the right results here. And obviously, a preemptive strike has tremendously serious consequences that may well ignite a very significant war … This is very serious. I think what we have to be sure is that the president understands the implications of this kind of military action.”

Cicilline told Velshi that he “fears” Trump wouldn’t mind risking a nuclear war just to improve his popularity.

“What I fear is, [Trump] sort of got a political bump, he got a political bump from the Syria airstrike [and] the mother of all bombs strike in Afghanistan,” Cicilline said. “And we don’t want the president to be making decisions where he just sort of thinks more bombs are the way to build up his popularity, but rather they’re making decisions based on the national security interests of the United States and the long-term safety and security of the American people.”

Ever since Trump became the president, Cicilline has been one of the harshest critics of his administration and its decisions.

Earlier this year, in February, Cicilline said that the Trump presidency is similar to the Netflix science fiction TV show, “Stranger Things.”

“Like the main characters in ‘Stranger Things,’ we are now stuck in the Upside Down,” Cicilline said. “Right is wrong, up is down, black is white.”

The Upside Down is portrayed as a petrifying mirror-image of the real world, in the show, where monsters are shown to roam free and kill innocent people.

Elaborating on his reference to the TV show, Cicilline said, “This is not a TV show. This is real life. We have a president unlike any we have ever known. And like Mike, Dustin, Lucas and Eleven, we must remain focused on the task at hand and hold this administration accountable so we can escape from our own version of the Upside Down.”

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Do we really need another war?

The Trump Administration has rattled the sabre several times over the last several weeks in regards to North Korea.

The Hermit Nation of course, is in a constant state of provocation as that’s what the dictatorship needs to maintain absolute control of its people.

The latest talk of war comes from former Marine Corps General and Trump Secretary of Defense James Mattis.

Mattis recently told the media, “Right now, [North Korea] appears to be going in a very reckless manner . . . and that has got to be stopped.”

Past administrations have sought to appease North Korean (DPRK) leaders with pay offs through the United Nations.

The UN is currently seeking $114 million in aide to the DPRK to help with a flood disaster.

Given budget cuts all around, it’s unlikely the Trump administration would agree to fund any portion of grants to North Korea, instead, Trump is signaling pre-emptive action.

Earlier in the month, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was quoted as saying, “The policy of strategic patience has ended . . . if they elevate the threat of their weapons program to a level that we believe requires action, then that option’s on the table.”

North Korea has a history of taking pre-emptive action of it’s own when threatened.

Leading up to the Korean War, the South Korean President, Syngman Rhee, opened called for an invasion of North Korea and bragged that the communist nation could be overrun in three days. Rhee’s general, Syn Sung Mo, announced his army was on stand by for the push across the 38th parallel.

After a massive about of saber-rattling of their own, South Korean leaders where surprised when the North took action first and rolled their tanks across the line.

Some argue that Trump officials are repeating history and positioning the United States to go to war again on the Korean peninsula.

If North Korea were to be left alone and ignored from a global perspective, would they see the United States as a threat worth engaging?

Is America prepared to fight another war when already engaged with ISIS round the world?

Comment below.

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The son of Kim Jong-nam, the murdered brother of North Korean Dictator, Kim Jong-un, has posted a video on YouTube confirming that his father was “killed” and he was safe (for now) with his mother and sister.

The video, made Kim Han Sol who has been given the nickname “Han Solo”, makes no request but can be seen as a call for help against the murderous North Korean leader.

Han remains calm as he expresses his appreciation from an unknown source for their protection.

If Donald Trump were to offer asylum to Kim Jong-nam and his family, it would at the least, keep this family alive and at best, offer hope to 25 million North Koreans citizens under an iron rule.

Watch the brief video below and provide your thoughts below.

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Several American citizens remain captive overseas by hostile groups and governments around the world.

Unlike the hordes of criminal immigrants within the borders of the United States, our Americans being held overseas committed . . . at most . . . minor offences, if anything.

Twenty-two year old American, Otto Frederick Warmbier, is doing hard labor in a North Korea prison camp and is only one year into his 15-year sentence.

His crime? The University of Virginia student attempted to steal a propaganda sign from a hotel as a “trophy” for his student trip.

While Otto is likely being starved and forced to work in a harsh and cold prison, the United Nations is seeking $28.2 million from the United States to assist North Korea.

The funds would be in addition to $122 million the United Nations is providing the DPRK . . . and make no mistake, the United States Taxpayer is footing the bill for that $122 million as well.

North Korea and the United Nations are requesting the “emergency” funds due to massive flooding that killed at least 138 people and impacted 140,000 people.

Call me cold-hearted, but tough shit. That’s not our problem.

Our concern remains with Otto Frederick Warmbier.

One American man is worth the lives of 140,000 North Koreans.

While Otto made a poor decision to even visit North Korea, he is nothing more than a political prisoner being held by the chubby kid who currently leads the Hermit Nation.

Thirty-three year old Kim Jung-un is the “Supreme Leader” of North Korea and the obese child of MC Hammer wannabe Kim Jong-Il.

In between his obsession over a collection of pornography (reportedly the world’s largest), Kim Jong-Il was busy ignoring the basic needs of his people who were starving in the mud.

When Kim Jong-Il died in 2011, his youngest son took the helm with the only difference between the two being their personal obsessions. While the father was obsessed with Hollywood and porn, the son is interested in video games and basketball.

Both father and son share their irrational hatred of the United States.

When an opportunity arose to imprison a young American man, Kim Jung-un pounced on it knowing that President Obama would do nothing and the hostile act would been seen as a victory for North Korea.

A year later, there’s a new sheriff in town, and his name is Donald Trump.

If Trump walks the walk he has promised voters, Kim Jong-un would be wise to clean Otto up, put him on the next first class flight to America and give him the sign he stole with an autograph that says, “Sorry Donald, here’s your boy back.”

To send a Tweet to President Trump asking him to cut funding to the UN until Otto is freed, just click here.

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foreign aid

Several Americans are held captive overseas by hostile governments and organizations. President Obama did very little to bring them home. In fact, as part of the secret deal with Iran, Obama paid billions for the release of several Muslim Americans, but left Jewish American Robert Levinson behind.

In addition to Otto Warmbier being held in North Korea, an American woman and her children continue to be held in Afghanistan along with many others around the world.

Should Donald Trump, at the least, cut any and all foreign aid to these nations until these Americans are returned home?

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Nukes

South Korean news agencies are reporting that North Korea is loading long-range nukes to be ready by the Inauguration.

The South Korean Joint Chief of Staff said in a statement on Thursday that the reports of missiles could not be confirmed operational, but that they were monitoring things closely.

South Korean reports say that two missiles are already loaded on temporary firing platforms.

According to the South Korean reports, an unnamed source said that the missiles are being prepped in order to send a “strategic message” to Donald Trump.

While the reports are not completely verified, they are specific about the types of missiles. The devices have been reported as being no more than “15 meters” which would be smaller than their current ICBMs.

This isn’t the first time North Korea has put on a display prior to a new administration taking over. They have been known to test nukes or attempt a missile launch, but this is the first time they have loaded nukes on long-range missiles.

U.S. military has plans to launch a new satellite on Friday and will stream the launch live. The new high-tech satellite will allow the Air Force to monitor missile launches around the globe.

Threats come often from the North Korean government, and they normally amount to nothing more than words.

Do you think that North Korea will actually fire a missile towards the US during the Inauguration?

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north korea

Disastrous flooding has hit North Korea hard and the rouge nation is doing something it never does; they are asking for help.

Flooding in North Korea has killed more than people. The flood has killed the ability to grow food in some areas, killed livestock and hope.

The people of North Korea already live in some of the worst conditions in the world. They fight for survival almost daily and many grow their own food.

The flood not only destroyed the way of live for hundreds of thousands, it also destroyed their only means of survival.

Now the Pyongyang is making a very rare plea for help.

Parts of the country are devastated and normally under any other circumstances; the world would rush to help. Especially the United States and our allies, but this situation is different.

Just last weekend North Korea threatened the United States by testing a nuclear weapon.

Should we help?

At the end of the day, there are hundreds of thousands of people that need help and they won’t see hardly any relief from their own government. Nobody should live in those conditions.

On the other hand, how will we know that the relief money or supplies will actually reach the people?

In the past other relief money was funneled to the North Korean leadership and toward it’s military.

North Korea has aligned itself with China, Russia and Iran, but will those countries help?

Regardless of what the world thinks of America, we are the most giving nation in the world by far. We are always willing to help. If our government doesn’t help, Christian organizations will send help or the Red Cross will step in. Although Obama might not send aid, there are millions of Americans that donate to the Red Cross, and that money is there helping the people in North Korea now.

The people need help in North Korea, but because of their government’s direct and indirect actions, it is not clear if the people will ever get any official help.

Do you think we should help? Let us know in the comments below.

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