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Jimmy Carter Wishes Lil’ Un Success

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

Some send flowers, others cards, but after hearing about the death of communist Kim Jong-il, most of the civilized world breathed a sigh of relief.  Yet, ever a friend to communists, former President Jimmy Carter was duty-bound to send condolences to Kim Jong-il’s heir, Kim Jong-un.

According to a Korean news agency, Jimmy Carter sent condolences to the newly-installed figurehead “Kim Jong-un and the Korean people over the demise of leader Kim Jong-il.”  Carter “wished Kim Jong-un every success as he assumes his new responsibility of leadership,” and said he was “looking forward to another visit to [North Korea] in the future.”

After sending the communiqué, Mr. Carter did not expound on the “every success” comment because, according to a spokesperson, he was “out of the office until the New Year.”  It was not reported as to whether his Christmas disappearance had anything do to with the return trip to North Korea that Carter said he was anxious to make.

While it’s so thoughtful of Mr. Carter to “mourn with those who mourn,” it would be interesting to know what the ex-president hopes ‘Un’ the successor will be successful at.

Is Mr. Carter hopeful that Kim Jong-il’s son will thrive as he carries out his father’s reign of terror against the North Korean people?  How about being just as loony as the old man?  Is Carter extending best wishes for continued brutal totalitarian oppression over 25 million people who subsist on grass and tree bark while Dear Leader and his cronies enjoy the finest luxuries money can buy?

When Jimmy extended fond wishes for every success, did that include Lil’ Un maintaining his father’s “military first” policy? Or the hope that, if another famine hits the socialist nation, only one million instead of two million people will succumb to state-induced death by starvation?

Jimmy Carter visited North Korea twice: once in 1994 soon after the death of Kim Il-sung, and again around the time of a huge famine. It was then that Nobel Peace Prize winner Carter participated in brokering the Clinton administration’s agreement to sign an accord with Pyongyang to “freeze” the nuclear program.

At the time, North Korea agreed to “dismantle its nuclear-weapons program in exchange for oil deliveries and the construction of two nuclear reactors.” The deal fell through during the Bush administration, and in 2006 North Korea became successful at becoming “world’s eighth atomic power.”

Fortunately, thus far North Korea has only been unsuccessful in terms of delivering what it has worked so hard to proliferate. But Jimmy isn’t concerned about that; he knows that persistence always pays off in the end.

Furthermore, in extending his heartfelt sympathy, Jimmy Carter avoided insult by not mentioning North Korean successes such as: launching missiles and reactivating its nuclear program; “reprocessing thousands of spent nuclear fuel rods;” withdrawing from the Nuclear Proliferation Treaty; or its continued flouting of Six-Party talks and ongoing aggression toward both the United States and South Korea.

Neither did Carter’s “every success” message touch upon former US Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates‘ 2011 prediction that North Korea was “within five years of being able to strike the continental United States with an intercontinental ballistic missile.”

Always the consummate statesman, in 2010 when North Korea attacked a South Korean island, the rarely competent but always compassionate Carter said that he believed Kim Jong-il’s belligerent and aggressive acts were merely “designed to remind the world that [North Korea] deserves respect in negotiations that will shape their future.”

With the military’s decision to share power with Lil’ Un, Carter’s wish for “every success” could very well come true — and soon — if North Korea gains “respect in negotiations” by finally attaining long sought-after success in the form of a rocket delivery system that can reach and “shape the future” of any nation it chooses.

Obama Bids Adieu to Kim Jong-il

Originally posted at American Thinker

Thankfully, based on smart lifestyle choices, it is unlikely Barack Obama will ever succumb to the demise that took out Kim Jong-il: a myocardial infarction at 69 years of age, reportedly resulting from “physical and mental overwork.”  The president has not yet commented on the passing, but the two leaders faced a number of common issues.

For lack of a better word, Generalissimo Kim Jong-il’s 14-year reign could only be described as a theocracy.  Despite his inability to multiply loaves and fishes, starving North Koreans were led to believe that Dear Leader was imbued from on high with “supreme supernatural powers” such as “wisdom, leadership and military prowess.”  Kim Jong-il needed no Styrofoam columns to attain “demi-god cult status.” He had 500,000 “Revolutionary Research Centers” and a state-controlled MSNBC-style media with no pesky Fox News, or any other media at all.

Born in the former Soviet Union, Kim Jong-il suffered from the curse of powerful leader birthplace confusion.  But instead of birth certificate-embossed campaign coffee mugs, Kim employed indoctrination sessions to push the fable that the little dictator “had a miraculous birth,” not in a sterile delivery room in Honolulu, Hawaii, but in a log cabin “atop a legendary Korean mountain.”

Reclusive and mysterious Kim Jong-il prided himself on being the leader of a totalitarian nuclear-obsessed nation that Human Rights Watch claimed controls “every aspect of political, social and economic life.” In fact, the socialist “Powerful and Prosperous Nation” is so dysfunctional that while focusing on nuclear proliferation, its food distribution program consigns millions of North Koreans to a lifetime of malnutrition.

Begging and groveling for the cup of gruel, North Korea is what healthy-eating guru Michelle Obama would clearly identify as a government-induced food desert. Except for a ‘core’ class of Kim Jong-il loyalists, “food insecure” North Korean children at seven years of age are more than half-a-foot shorter than a South Korean child of the same age.

Yet during Kim’s tenure and in honor of the chairman’s birthday, annually the ‘ordinary class’ would be gifted with an entitlement delivery that included “a bag of candy, a boiled egg, a pound of pork, wine, or cigarettes.”  While neither as reliable as the growing American food stamp program nor on par with campaign promises of full gas tanks and paid mortgages, at least Kim Jong-il made a yearly effort to keep the restless from becoming unruly or disgruntled.

To ensure fairness, the late “Supreme Leader” also divided North Korea into 51 classes of human beings, imposing a configuration of socialist structured class distinction upon 25 million people.

Not to judge too harshly, but after stepping back from the canvas, what Kim Jong-il may have been trying to accomplish could have been merely a primitive North Korean version of leveling the 1% vs. 99% and black vs. white-playing field, by sharing a ‘piece of the pie’ and the reallocation of unevenly distributed opportunity and wealth.

Surprisingly, when it comes to addressing “belligerent acts,” through the indefinite detention provision of the National Defense Authorization Act, in memoriam Obama may end up unwittingly instituting an American version of the North Korean Minister of People’s Security: detainment without due process.

To benefit the common good and identify rabblerousing among the disgruntled, Kim Jong-il’s regime did encourage family members, co-workers, and everyday citizens to spy on one another — an extracurricular activity that oftentimes resulted in torture, imprisonment, and execution. Fortunately, Americans are largely exempt from similar security measures, and are subject only to being politely asked to report healthcare dissent at flag@whitehouse.gov and to assist in halting “the attacks on the President before they start” at www.attackwatch.org.

Rumor has it that Kim also wasn’t one to flaunt.  The North Korean leader never upgraded a Christmas vacation during an economic downturn from $1 million to $4 million.  However, a Russian emissary reported that while North Koreans ate grass and tree bark, Kim Jong-il exhibited an insensitive side. On a train trip across Russia, Kim ate “live lobsters air-lifted to the train each day which he ate with silver chopsticks.”

In the end, platform shoes, bouffant hairdo, and affinity for Hennessey VSOP cognac aside, the death of Kim Jong-Il brings with it the realization that a murderous albeit colorful chapter in modern history is over.

Much like the Kennedy, Bush, and the up-and-coming newly-ordained Clinton dynasty, the North Korean baton of power that passed from Daddy-Sung to Poppy-il is now being handed off to heir “Supreme Leader” Kim Jong-un, son to Kim Jong-il’s third but favorite wife, the late Ko Yong-hui. Un is in his late 20’s, Switzerland-schooled, and presently too portly to squeeze into Poppy’s old jumpsuits.

In the meantime, reaction from Washington to Kim Jong-il’s death is muted.  Thus, while the President plays golf and body surfs in Hawaii, the White House will “closely monitor” the abysmal American economy, the unemployment forecast, and the situation surrounding the death of the North Korean socialist-Marxist, and do so while Barack Obama indulges in fresh lobster at a beachfront estate in Kailua Oahu.

 

Okay, maybe Limbaugh shouldn’t have said it, but…



Not since the Media Action Network for Asian Americans protested Mad TV character Ms. Bunny Swan and Miley Cyrus slanted her eyes while horsing around with friends have Asian-American liberals been so outraged.

The most current offender is conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, who imitated Chinese President Jintau Hu’s speech during his recent visit to the U.S.  Based on Limbaugh’s politics, the linguistic caricature had little to do with Hu’s ethnicity and everything to do with Rush’s distaste for communist dictatorship.

Asian-American lawmaker Leland Yee (D-CA) doesn’t agree.  Yee is willing to overlook Chinese human rights violations and the insult of Obama failing to provide a translator for Hu, but for Limbaugh saying, “Ching chong, ching chong cha,” Leland demands an apology.  Mr. Yee considers Rush’s “ching-chong” imitation “racist” and “derogatory’ and capable of “inciting hate and intolerance amid a polarized atmosphere.”

Yee contends that Rush’s comments “harken back” to the “rather insensitive days” when he was a child growing up in San Francisco.  Yee said:  “You think you’ve arrived and all of a sudden get shot back to the reality that you’re a second-class citizen.” Wait, isn’t Yee a possible candidate to become San Francisco’s first elected Asian mayor?

Nevertheless, female infanticide is apparently acceptable to some Asian-Americans, but parodying a dictator is not. Even Grace Meng (D-NY) chimed in with the opinion that “Making fun of any country’s leader is just very disrespectful for someone who says he is a proud American.” Does Meng include North Korea’s Kim Jong-il and Zimbabwe’s Robert Mungabe in the proud-Americans-should-respect-world dictators sentiment?

Rush rightly pointed out that “Back in the old days, Sid Caesar… was called a comic genius for impersonating foreign languages that he couldn’t speak.” Rush lamented that today, Caesar’s comedy would be considered racist, bigoted, and “insulting.”

Democrats attempting to exploit any situation to accuse the right of “inciting hate and intolerance amid a polarized atmosphere” is what’s insulting, not Limbaugh’s politically incorrect wit.

The opportunity to link Limbaugh with inciting violence is just too good for the left to pass up, saying that “Public officials have been put on alert after the deadly rampage in Tucson” in a despicable attempt to ratchet up the atmosphere of conservative vilification by suggesting Yee’s reaction to Rush’s comment threatens the Asian-American senator’s safety.

After condemning Limbaugh’s remarks, Yee claimed he received “racist death threats to his San Francisco and Sacramento offices and received a profanity-filled telephone message.” Cautious to not squander an opportunity to further demonize anyone on the right, Yee also mentioned he “received similar faxes after [he] called on a state university to disclose how much it was paying Sarah Palin for a fundraiser.”

Stepping forth on behalf of respect and civility, Asian-American Rep. Judy Chu (D-CA) said: “We need to stand up for civility and be respectful of one another. Otherwise the consequences are dreadful as we can already see in the death threats against Senator Yee.”

Yee contends he is more disappointed than angry “that in the year 2011, we still have individuals who are racist.” Which makes one wonder if Grace Meng, Judy Chu or San Franciscan Leland Yee ever attended the festive “Margaret Cho Day” – named after the irreverent, politically incorrect comedienne – in San Francisco?

Cho imitates her Korean mother and relentlessly bashes Christians without criticism from the left. However, if Leland Yee’s belief is correct about Rush’s comments inciting violence if the offended senator ever becomes mayor, then when Margret Cho comes to town there’d better be ample San Francisco security on hand for both groups, especially Korean-Christians.

Dis-Charm or Dis-Arm the Sandbox Bully

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I long for the 1980’s when a rugged, rough and tough cowboy was in charge. Now we live in a new age of appeasement where an angry, disdainful, flippant, egotistical President is extending the hand of peace to world dictators, blaming America for being everything he is, which is  “…derisive, dismissive and arrogant.”

I remember in the mid-eighties I took my two children roller skating. On a Monday evening in April, my ten-year old son and eight-year old daughter were lacing up their roller skates, while the four-manual Wurlitzer console piped organ was pumping out “Manic Monday” by the Bangles. Simultaneously, Ronald Reagan was in the process of negotiating with the Libyans, with 66 American jets. The subject of the discussion… he wasn’t going to tolerate any level of threat to Americans saying, “When our citizens are attacked or abused anywhere in the world on the direct orders of hostile regimes, we will respond so long as I’m in this office.”

At that time, the Libyans were becoming more of a terrorist threat to the world. They had claimed responsibility for the bombing of a West Berlin disco, killing over 100 people, 40 of whom were American citizens. Ten days later, fighter pilots dropped bombs on Tripoli targeting Kaddafi’s family and killing his 15-month old daughter, Hanna. Reagan went right for Kaddafi’s heart and drove a stake right through it, which is the way you deal with terrorist vampires.

Reagan made sure, before our jets left Libya that the condition of Kaddafi’s coordinated terrorism efforts were in the same state as his compound, severely damaged. One year later, even the New York Times reported that Kaddafi had a reduced profile in terrorism. Brian Jenkins, terrorism expert said, ”The bombing did do one thing – it changed the equation… there is a cost to be paid if one gets caught blatantly sponsoring terrorist actions, and that cost can include military action.”

Fast forward 23 years and on  April 5th North Korea initiates act an of blatant terrorist-type taunting by testing their missile delivery system for a nuclear weapon with a three-stage rocket launch over Japan. What did our new President do in response to Kim Jong- Il’s defiant exhibit of non-compliance to the world community? Well…have you ever been to a playground and watched uncomfortably as a 3 year- old throws sand in the other children’s eyes, while the tot’s mother sits on the side lines saying things like, “Johnny, stop it or you’re really gonna get it?” Johnny, terrorizing the entire sandbox, looks up at his mother, grabs another handful of sand and chucks it into his playmate’s eyes, mouths and hair. Johnny’s mother rises about a half an inch off the park bench, finger pointing at the pint-sized horror saying, “Johnny, I really mean it, if you don’t cut it out, I’m coming over there!” Little Junior insolently glares back at his mother and starts to kick sand all over the place with a huge, evil grin on his face, “I’m not kidding Johnny. OK no ice cream for you!” Every person on the playground stares, mouths agape at this absurd interaction, wondering why this beaten down woman doesn’t grab the rebellious monster and follow through on all her hollow threats.  Leaving the park, Mommy has ice cream eating Johnny in tow.

That is what we all witnessed when Kim Jong-Il disregarded the threat of consequences emphatically proclaimed by Mr. “Tough” Dad, Barack Obama and “You’re going to get a time-out,” Mom Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State . Hillary stated that, “This provocative action in violation of the United Nations mandate will not go unnoticed and there will be consequences.” Translation: “Kimmy,  I’m watching you. If you pick up that sand, after I told you not to, you’re really going to  get it” Kimmy throws the sand and Mama Hillary does nothing. An entire sandbox full of children are blinded and spitting sand, while the Administration sits back,  in feigned, “…do you believe this kid” frustration, yelling from the park bench offering false, vacant threats. Papa Obama responds by saying, “North Korea broke the rules [duh!]… this provocation underscores the need for action…Kim Jong honey, do you want a cone or a cup?”

On April 15th, on the anniversary of the Libyan strike, if  President Reagan was here  just as he was 23 years ago, he would not be offering prior warning, participating in discussion, apologizing for America’s past injustices or hoping that an insane, rouge dictator would soften up and change his mind. Next Wednesday, if Ronald “Cowboy” Reagan was in the White House, Kim Jong-Il would receive a real spanking in front of all the kids on the playground and would find out the repercussions of disregarding his warnings by threatening our nation and it’s allies.

Reagan would neutralize Kim Jong-Il, as both a threat and a problem, and the rest of the world would have a very vivid, firm example to refer to when contemplating throwing sand in our direction. Instead, the rest of the hostile world is standing back watching and thinking, “Hmmmmm, if  he can get away with that maybe we can too” and before you know it we’re lost in a raging sandstorm.

Newt Gingrich said matter-of-factly, in classic Reaganesque style, that he would have “disabled” the missile. “One morning, just like 9/11, there’s going to be a disaster.” No Newt, not if Obama has anything to say about it, he’s planning to offer North Korea both Alaska and Hawaii if they promise to behave and never to do that again.

Barack Obama has decided on a “We are the World” strategy to disarm the globe of nuclear weapons, while Kim Jong is climbing the missile tower to personally sign, pat and kiss the side of the missile. “President Barack Obama set out his vision for ridding the world of nuclear arms on Sunday, declaring the United States ready to lead steps by all states with atomic weapons to reduce their arsenals .” Obama emptied his hands of sand just hours prior to the North Koreans picking up a big handful and throwing it right in his face. I guess Barry thought we were going to tell little Jongy to play nice and he was going to say, “Oh, alright I will.

Obama thinks he can load up his teleprompter with niceties and dis-charm his enemies with platitudes and a Colgate smile. His weapon of choice are caring words, welcoming vibes and assigning blame to our nation every time he steps out on the world stage. Obama falsely believes that if he joins the fraternity and agrees with Kim Jong-Il, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez’s opinion of America, he will somehow make them lay down their weapons and animosities toward us. He refuses to acknowledge that he too will be culpable in helping to fuel their hatred and desire to see us annihilated and destroyed.  Our own President’s words will be their justification if they succeed.

Naïve, dangerous, inexperienced, idealistic and untested at best! Obama thinks taking the sandbox out of the park is the answer. What he has overlooked, however, is that out-of-control bully Johnny has his pockets filled with gravel and rest assured, little children, he and his gang will be returning to the park to “play.”  When Johnny and his posse come back to take us on, we’re going to find ourselves empty handed and unable to defend our nation against the world’s most brutal dictators and tyrants.

President Reagan, I wish we could send Barack Obama back to Chicago and you were here to protect us from these bullies!

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