Locked And Loaded? Really?

Ken AshfordNorth Korea, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

“Locked and loaded”?  This macho shit is insane. I don’t even know what that means. LATE UPDATE FROM AN AFTERNOON PRESS CONFERENCE: Trump says "it's pretty obvious" what "locked and loaded" means. "Those words are very very easy to understand." — Ben Jacobs (@Bencjacobs) August 11, 2017 Look, giving Trump credit which he doesn’t deserve, he COULD be acting that … Read More

Don’t Let Trump Read This

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It’s now becoming routine — Trump’s advisers have to walk back his off-the-cuff statements… this time to avert war. From Jon Chait: The New York Times has much more detail. Trump improvised his threat without advance consultation with his advisers, none of whom support it. The paper he was holding when he made the statement was about the opioid crisis. Trump “was in … Read More

Fire and Fury

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North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. He has been very threatening beyond a normal state. And as I said they will be met with fire, fury, and frankly power, the likes of which this world has never seen before. Trump … Read More

Will The Attorney General’s Investigation Into Leaks Snare Trump And Fox News?

Ken AshfordNorth Korea, Right Wing and Inept Media, Trump & Administration, White House SecrecyLeave a Comment

Here is a tweet from Fox News this morning at 5:30 a.m.: U.S. spy satellites detect North Korea moving anti-ship cruise missiles to patrol boat https://t.co/BPFXsLffgy — FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) August 8, 2017 By the way, that’s some serious shit, but let’s set aside the content and just note that Fox & Friends linked to a Fox News site … Read More

5.8 Earthquake off North Korea Coast

Ken AshfordBreaking News, Disasters, North KoreaLeave a Comment

Normally, I wouldn’t care, but I have to wonder if this is an earthquake.  Info coming in….   The quake was very deep – 348.2 miles (560km) below the seabed off the coast Its epicenter was 125 miles (201 km) southeast of North Korean city of Chongjin Early speculation indicated quake was man-made, as has been the case in past … Read More

Breaking: Otto Warmbier Has Died

Ken AshfordBreaking News, In Passing, North KoreaLeave a Comment

From ABC News yesterday: Over and over, Otto Warmbier apologized and begged — at first calmly, then choking up and finally in tears — to be reunited with his family. North Korean officials seated at long tables watched impassively, with cameras rolling and journalists taking notes, as the adventuresome, accomplished 21-year-old college student from suburban Cincinnati talked animatedly about the “severe crime” … Read More

Day 116. Jeopardized.

Ken AshfordImmigration and Xenophobia, L'Affaire Russe, North Korea, Republicans, Syria, Trump & AdministrationLeave a Comment

1/ Trump revealed highly classified information to Russian diplomats during their Oval Office meeting last week, which has jeopardized a critical source of intelligence on the Islamic State. Trump’s decision to disclose information risks cooperation from an ally that has access to the inner workings of the Islamic State. A US official said Trump “revealed more information to the Russian … Read More

North Korea’s Got One Too (Just To Use On You Know Who)

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There was a 5.1 magnitude earthquake yesterday in North Korea. Except it wasn’t an earthquake.  North Korea announced that it had detonated a sophisticated hydrogen bomb. North Korea’s three previous nuclear tests since 2006 have been met with international condemnation, including resolutions and sanctions from the Security Council. But North Korea has ignored the U.N. on this. The good news is … Read More

Tensions In The Koreas

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This is ugly: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has ordered front-line military units to enter “a wartime state” after an exchange of fire with South Korea, his country’s state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Friday. The announcement, employing bellicose language typical of North Korea, adds to the edgy situation in the region. The two sides traded artillery fire over … Read More

Welcome Home

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Laura Ling's touching and emotional press conference on the tarmac after returning to America following President Clinton's intervention with the North Koreans: It should be noted that these Americans were freed, we didn't have to give up anything, and no shots were fired. This, of course, has the rightwingers pissed, apparently because they weren't rescued by Chuck Norris using laser … Read More

Yet Another Reason Why John Bolton Should Shut Up

Ken AshfordForeign Affairs, North Korea, Right Wing Punditry/IdiocyLeave a Comment

So you may have heard that former President Bill Clinton went to North Korea today to negotiate the release of two American journalists being held by the North Koreans. Arch-conservative and former U.N. Ambassador under Bush, John Bolton, wrote this morning: Clinton’s Unwise Trip to North Korea […] The point to be made on the Clinton visit is that the knee-jerk … Read More

Obama May Pick Republican for Commerce Secretary

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I think Obama's gesture to the right is noble, but ultimately self-defeating.  As the House vote on the stimulus package shows, Republicans simply aren't in a mood to compromise or be post-partisan.  So why bother? That's why I am troubled by this: The Obama administration has been floating the idea of naming Republican Sen. Judd Gregg (N.H.) to be Commerce … Read More