Rocket Man

Sunday, April 5, 2009


Defying international warnings, North Korea has launched a controversial rocket. State media reported a satellite had been put into orbit and was transmitting data and revolutionary songs including the “Song of General Kim Il-Sung,” the late founder of North Korea, and “Song of General Kim Jong-il,” a reference to the current leader, Mental Lee Ill Kim Jong il.

World reaction has been swift.

Japan called the launch “extremely regrettable and asked for an emergency session with the UN Security Council which was granted. South Korea said the launch constituted a clear breach of a United Nations resolution. The UN called the launch not conducive to regional stability, as did the European Union.

Meanwhile, President Brack Obama, traveling in Europe as part of the G20 Summit told a cheering crowd in the Czech capital, Prague:

“North Korea broke the rules once more by testing a rocket that could be used for a long-range missile. This provocation underscores the need for action – not just this afternoon at the UN Security Council, but in our determination to prevent the spread of these weapons.”

President Obama has correctly pledged to begin the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, while incorrectly pledging to increase the number of U.S. troop numbers inside Afghanistan, I believe Mr. Obama’s security focus must now be the rogue state of North Korea.

Military analysts believe the real aim of launch was to test long-range missile technology; specifically the Taepodong-2, is to put parts of the U.S. within the communist nation’s military reach.

North Korea first tested a Taepodong-2 in July 2006. It failed less than a minute after lift-off. Three months later, Pyongyang carried out a nuclear test.

International talks involving the U.S., South Korea, Japan, Russia and China on an aid-for-nuclear disarmament deal are currently stalled.

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17 Responses to Rocket Man

  1. Joe in Colorado says:

    George Bush did nothing to contain North Korea in the 8 years he was in office. Instead, his entire focus was on Iraq. Now, President Obama inherits this neglect and he must act decisively or potentially risk the security of key U.S. allies like Japan, South Korea and Taiwan. I agree, Obama can’t afford to get bogged down in Afghanistan at the expense of Asia. Asia is a whole lot closer to the U.S. than the Middle East.

  2. feminazi says:

    I agree with your assessment, Christopher. For the better part of the last decade, security analyst I’ve read says North Korea poses the greatest security threat to region and possibly America. By contrast, Afghanistan — a nation mired in the 12th century, poses no security threat to the U.S., as Taliban forces are not located there but in Pakistan. Were North Korea to launch a nuclear warhead at say, Anchorage, I wonder what the Hawks would say then?

  3. JollyRoger says:

    Gee, maybe putting the DPRK on that stupid “Axis of Evil” wasn’t such a hot idea after all, huh?

    Chimpy taught one valuable lesson to people like Kim Jong Il: if you don’t have WMD, get them, and show the US that you’re prepared to use them.

  4. TOM339 says:

    I remember security experts as far back as Clinton’s term saying the North Korean regime represented a grave threat to Asia.

    Yet, all this U.S. ever did was threaten sanctions to curtail Pyongyang’s antics. The fallacy of sanctions is, 99% of the international trade North Korea receives is from Russia and China and not the U.S., so the sanctions are the ultimate hollow threat.

    I do hope Obama moves away from Afghanistan and focuses his attention and energies on Asia and the 1 billion-plus citizens who live there, most of whom look to the U.S. as a friend.

  5. retahyajyajav says:

    The government of North Korea looked the other way while successive famines has led to the deaths of hundreds-of-thousands of people while resources of the nation have gone almost exclusively to the military. This is immoral and antithetical to the human spirit.

  6. toujoursdan says:

    The western powers can’t do much as long as China protects and supports the DPRK. They have veto power on the security council and it is in China’s economic and military sphere of interest.

    It’s in China’s best interested to protect and support the DPRK because it would be the nightmare scenario for them if that regime collapses and refugees cross the Amnok River by the millions.

    So we are at a stalemate.

  7. Nigel Karston says:

    The ice was starting to thaw between North and South Korea, as citizens were allowed to travel to see family members, often for the first time in decades. Korea watchers saw this as a positive development.

    Then George W. Bush, for reasons know only to him, and to the idiots orbiting his administration, felt the need to include North Korea in the so-called “Axis of Evil.”

    This stupidity use of language resulted in the door shutting between North and South Korea.

  8. RealWorldRadical says:

    “By contrast, Afghanistan — a nation mired in the 12th century, poses no security threat to the U.S., as Taliban forces are not located there but in Pakistan.”

    The only reason the Taliban are in Pakistan and not Afghanistan is because we forced them out. Yet it continues to be a shit-hole because we spent the money we should have spent there in Iraq, which really was a minimal threat.

    We (meaning Reagan) caused the Afghanistan problem by obsessing with Communism over much scarier enemies. Let’s not make that mistake again. North Korea will run it’s course like all these self-limiting economic failures. But atheists, no matter how ideological, are rarely as scary as those driven by religious zealotry.

  9. Rachel says:

    I hope Obama avoids the pitfalls of increasing U.S. troop presence in Afghanistan. There’s no reason for this country to be involved in Afghanistan just because a small cabal of neocons in Washington DC think tanks and in the Pentagon say we belong there. If Obama fails to push back, he will have his very own Vietnam as part of his legacy.

  10. bradfrmphnx says:

    His people are starving to death. Sad thing is that they are doing it willingly.

    Where did you get that pic? That is hilarious. And scarey. Sitting around in what looks like a silverish belt with a foreflap, drinking tall boys in cans….boy they know how to party over in North Korea don’t they! Wonder what kind of subject you discuss in those conditions?

  11. Aunt Peg says:

    Good God, what is Kim Jong Il’s problem?

    How can you sleep at night when your people have no food and you refuse to address the problems of famine and economic isolation? Clearly, this is a lunatic and if ever there was a need to remove a foreign leader from power, this man is it.

  12. Jim says:

    What a vision of ugliness! I never thought I would see an uglier visage than George W. Bush, but, now I have!

  13. panasit (the Original) says:

    Kim Jong Il’s sanity has been suspect since the time his father died and he anointed himself the God-chosen leader of North Korea.

    When the “Dear Leader” was born in a humble log cabin on Korea’s sacred Mount Paekdu in 1942, a bright star and a double rainbow appeared in the sky and a swallow descended from heaven to herald the birth of a “general who will rule all the world.”

    This is the official North Korean mythology and official version of Jong Il’s beginning and it is taught in all schools in North Korea and repeated often in the government controlled media. Not unlike George W. Bush entering and completing his obligation to the Texas National Guard (he went AWOL and only completed 30 days), Kim Jong Il was born in an army camp in Siberia, where his father, Kim Il Sung, and his tiny band of communist guerrillas had fled to escape the Japanese. Revisionist history is the benchmark of most dictatorships.

    The Dear Leader of today is a pudgy 5 ft., 3 in. Stalinist who wears elevator shoes that rival Wheel of Fortune’s Pat Sajak and and dons a heavily-ratted pompadour in an attempt to gain stature. Like Hitler, he’s an effete aesthete who prefers kitschy artifice to grim reality. More than a million of his people starved to death in the last decade under his rule and he spent billions on gigantic monuments and elaborate stadium spectacles to deify his father and himself. He’s tells interviewers he’s a movie producer who has always wanted to direct a film, possibly in Hollywood. At one time, he believed he could create a viable film industry in North Korea.

    North Korea today is a nation battered by floods, suffering from decades of mismanagement and cutbacks in aid from the former Soviet bloc, the North Korean economy collapsed in the 1990s, and factories closed, offices went unheated, electricity flickered on and off. In the countryside, peasants ate grass and bark.

    Outside the center of Pyongyang, the roads were filled with people who were reduced to mere skeletons. At least a million of North Korea’s 22 million people starved to death.

    The Dear Leader was not unmoved. He responded to the famine by executing his agriculture secretary.

    In a rare speech in 1996, he blamed the U.S., for the extraordinary starvation and said it wasn’t his fault. He said he never promised to feed his people but did promise to feed his million-member army, saying “If the U.S. imperialists know that we do not have rice for the military, then they would immediately invade us.”

    A fat man in a famine, Kim Jong Il has never gone without food and has taken steps to guarantee his own supply of food, including his favorite chow, American-style pizza. In 1999, he recruited two Italian chefs and brought them to North Korea, where they set up a state-of-the-art pizza kitchen and trained the Dear Leader’s cooks in the fine points of gourmet pizza.

    If the U.S. wants to use its military power to a good end, it would not waste anymore treasure or money on Iraq or Afghanistan, but on invading and killing the Dear Leader and repatriating the two Koreas. Let’s see if President Obama gets it right. George W. Bush certainly didn’t.

  14. Bringing this rocket launch before the UN Security Council is a case of turning an ant’s shit in to a mountain. It is further evidence that we are in the third term of George Bush. (Thank you Wayne Madsen for that way of putting it)

  15. retahyajyajav says:

    This is the infamous picture Facebook objected to?

    Are you kidding me? ROFLMAO! I think you hit the nail on the head: the ‘Dear Leader’ must be an investor in Facebook.

  16. Retahyajyajav,

    Yep, this is the picture.

    The irony is, half the pictures on Facebook are of nearly naked men with their goodies clearly protruding from their Speedos and undies.

    I’ve concluded Kim Jong Il must be an investor in Facebook and their protecting him.

  17. as long as china deems it necessary to protect this lunatic….. and we accept that — there will never be stability in korea.

    but bush had to prove his dick was bigger – he knew dealing with No Korea was impossible – due to China and the North Korea’s million man army — the ones that get the food

    he chose Iraq to prove to daddy….

    fuck you bush

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