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KOREA: THE CHICKENS COME HOME

Monday, November 20th, 2017

Note (11DEC2017): This past week, H.R. McMaster, President Trump’s National Security Adviser, stated that these United States of America are sliding towards war with North Korea. Ambassadress Nikki Haley echoed his sentiments. By the way, despite the hysterical sensationalism in the media, sexual harassment — whatever that means — is not a crime nor is collusion. Part Three augmented.

In 1994, then-President Clinton lied to the American public about North Korea. He already had lied about Gennifer Flowers in 1992. Then, also in 1994, he lied about ClintonCare. In 1998, he was to lie about Monica Lewinsky.

Now, it’s 2017. The chickens hatched from his lie about Korea in 1994 have come home to roost. The following is an excerpt from the semi-fictional novel, Inescapable Consequences, published in late 2009:

“The woman Folly is riotous;She is thoughtlessness, and knoweth nothing.”  —Proverbs 9:13

I

President Park Duck-soo sat rigidly in the large conference room unable to speak.  To the others present, the ministers from his cabinet and the heads of the military, the man seemed about to go into shock.  Sitting somberly, silently, they awaited his words. Finally, one of his generals spoke, addressing the President, “Sir, are we going to ask them?”  No response.

The General waited a few moments for the President to answer.  “Sir, I say again.  Are we going to ask them?”  His voice projected a tone of urgency.

Eventually, the President answered.  He spoke softly.  “They will say no.  We went too far … too far.  You may ask, anyway.” He then waved everyone else from the room.  Sitting alone writhing in mental agony, he awaited the consequences of his folly.

II

For a number of years, anti-American sentiment in the Republic of Korea had been escalating.  Demonstrations occurred regularly, demanding removal of American military forces.  President Park had been elected on a platform of rapprochement with the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea to the north and of antagonism toward the presence of the American forces in the South.  He based his political strategy on the assumptions that American forces never would leave unless he ordered them out, which he had no intention of doing, and that American taxpayers would continue paying for the “privilege” of defending South Korea.  Besides, relations between the South and the North had been improving considerably.

American forces already had removed themselves from the daily lives of the South Koreans, whom they were defending against their cousins to the north.  The Americans occupied bases well to the south of the capital, Seoul.

It had been several months since President Kent’s last address to the American people, in which he had announced removal of forces by the end of the year from foreign countries refusing to provide compensation in full for the American presence.  During the interim, tens of thousands of South Koreans, mainly young people, held repeated celebrations in the streets.  President Park himself reluctantly marched in one celebratory parade.

“What choice do I have?” he had confided to an advisor.  “I must save face.  Think of my political opponents.”

During the period of those demonstrations, the American Ambassadress to South Korea, at the direction of President Kent, had tried repeatedly to persuade President Park to renounce publicly any desire for American forces to depart his country.  Her last attempt was an official written note to the effect that the United States would consider one more antagonistic statement on his part a material breach of the agreement between the two nations.  President Park’s response was an especially virulent speech daring America to leave immediately while his Ambassador in Philadelphia hastily scheduled a secret meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State.  The Ambassadress was shocked by President Park’s address to his nation.  She would have been more shocked had she been told of her South Korean counterpart’s message to the American government.

The day following President Park’s vituperative rant, President Kent had announced the withdrawal of American forces from the Korean peninsula.  One month later, the last American troops had departed.  Three days after their departure, hundreds of thousands of infantrymen from the North accompanied by armor, artillery, and air power crossed the 38th parallel, invading the South.  The second Korean conflict began.  The South Korean celebrations of American withdrawal ceased.

The attack from the North had begun at dawn.  That first day, the South Korean military mounted a respectable defense.  To his relief, the rockets that President Park had expected to descend upon Seoul had not appeared.

That afternoon President Park had met with his staff.  The question put to him by the General was whether to request the American forces to return immediately to the Korean Peninsula.  Until their recent departure, they had been there continuously since the first Korean conflict began in 1950, their presence keeping the North at bay.  “Pride be damned!” President Park thought while answering the General’s question.  The South Korean government instructed its Ambassador in Philadelphia to request an urgent meeting directly and personally with the American President.  The President felt too ashamed to telephone himself. That afternoon President Park had met with his staff.  The question put to him by the General was whether to request the American forces to return immediately to the Korean Peninsula.  Until their recent departure, they had been there continuously since the first Korean conflict began in 1950, their presence keeping the North at bay.  “Pride be damned!” President Park thought while answering the General’s question.  The South Korean government instructed its Ambassador in Philadelphia to request an urgent meeting directly and personally with the American President.  The President felt too ashamed to telephone himself.

President Kent met with the South Korean representative and listened to his plea.  He remained non-committal.

III

Clifford Kent absentmindedly placed the handset into its cradle, reflecting upon his just completed conversation. It confirmed his own thinking. Then, he left his office.

As he entered the conference room, everyone rose to greet him. He took his seat at the head of the table. Present were all members of the National Security Council and the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The President opened the meeting. “Gentlemen, you know why we’re here. The North Korean military, now in total command of that country, has invaded the South. South Korea will lose. The North Korean generals recognize their inevitable victory and, therefore, are sparing the Southern cities and infrastructure. Having supported previously calls for American withdrawal, President Park now is requesting humbly that we return immediately to rescue him from his folly. I solicit your opinions.”

As the President had predicted, the discussion was lively. Most of the civilians were in favor of granting President Park’s request. Unanimously, the military were against it.

“Gentlemen, minus four plus four equals zero.” Those in his audience all responded with puzzled looks on their faces. “Allow me to explain. We sit here facing a troublesome situation. I propose using a scientific approach in dealing with it.” The puzzled looks became more pronounced. “Doing so requires four, initial steps … the negatives,” the President continued, “then four, additional steps … the positives. Putting the two series of four steps together, hopefully we resolve our problem. Minus four plus four equals zero.”

The President scanned the room. The puzzled looks remained.

“I’ll elaborate. Part One consists of four steps to describe the situation in question … the negatives. Then, Part Two consists of four steps to resolve that problem-situation … the positives. Adding Part Two to Part One equals zero … no problem … that is, if we’re successful.”

The President continued, “In a context of repeated abuses by the South Korean government and many of its people, an especially vituperative speech by President Park prompted us to withdraw our forces from the Korean Peninsula. As a consequence of our troops’ leaving, the North responded by invading the South. The invasion prompted President Park belatedly to change his tune and request our immediate return to assist in defending his country. President Park’s request now functions as the antecedent for this meeting. Our behavior will be a discussion of what best to do. The consequence of that discussion will be our reply to President Park.”

The President paused awaiting any questions or comments. There were none. Everyone looked uncomfortable. Some of the civilians were perspiring in spite of the cool ambient temperature in the room.

“Now, returning to the situation in question, I’ve described it in terms of context and the relevant antecedents, behaviors, and consequences. Turning to the resolution, I’d define the problem-behavior as an excess of military aggression by North Korea in the form of their outright invasion of the South. Any disagreements?”

No one disagreed. Everyone still looked uncomfortable.

“Amplifications or modifications?” the President asked. No one offered any.

“Then, let’s target a goal. To me, the options are clear.  A reunified and democratic Korean Peninsula appears out of the question.  Remember, the Communists have ‘nukes’ hidden, and our troops invading the North might provoke both a military and a financial response from China.  The only two options seem to be … continuing to have a partitioned Korean Peninsula with the South free from Northern domination … or having a reunified Korean Peninsula under domination by the Communist-government in Pyongyang.  Discussion?”A reunified and democratic Korean Peninsula appears out of the question.  Remember, the Communists have ‘nukes’ hidden, and our troops invading the North might provoke both a military and a financial response from China.  The only two options seem to be … continuing to have a partitioned Korean Peninsula with the South free from Northern domination … or having a reunified Korean Peninsula under domination by the Communist-government in Pyongyang.  Discussion?”

Those in favor of the former option, all civilians, argued that the United States should defend democracy against tyranny.  They argued that allowing victory by the North would encourage future military adventures, including those by China and other aggressive nations, to the detriment of American interests; an argument reminiscent of the ‘domino-theory’ from the Cold War.

In contrast, those in favor of the latter option, mainly the JCS, argued that, having withdrawn from the Peninsula, the United States had signaled to the North that it no longer would defend the South.  Returning American troops to the Korean Peninsula again would replay the kind of confusing communication for which American politicians had become notorious.  It would result in thousands of American casualties, destruction of cities in both the North and the South, and, as President Kent himself had mentioned, possible intervention by China.  Worst of all, once more, the United States might be fighting a war not to win.

The President listened closely to all statements by both sides.  Prior to his entering the meeting, he had made a provisional decision after a conversation by telephone with Admiral Fisch in Honolulu.  Still, the President remained amenable to possible change. After everybody else had voiced his say, the President spoke.  “Gentlemen, I have listened to all of you, and I have listened closely.  I must tell you that, prior to this meeting, I spoke with Admiral Fisch in Honolulu.  My answer to President Park’s request will be simple and direct.  He paused.  It will be firm and unqualified.  He paused again.  My answer will be …. “

(To be continued.)

© Gene Richard Moss (2009)
All rights reserved.

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KOREA: TO PRESIDENT PUTIN

Monday, October 2nd, 2017

Americans and Russians
For those Russians unaware, be advised that few Americans realize that Russia is the only major power with which the United States of America never has been at war. Cold war? Yes. Hot war? No.

For those Russians unaware, be advised that many Americans, probably most, believe that Russia is a mortal enemy of the United States. Some politicians loudly and forcefully promote that concept.

See “IS RUSSIA OUR ENEMY?” .

Korea
With regard to the present crisis on the Korean Peninsula, you, President Putin, together with President Xi of China might have the opportunity to prevent everyone sliding down the slippery slope into nuclear catastrophe. Recall the prelude to World War One and its aftermath; namely, World War Two with 30-million Russians killed.

Fundamentally, the matter represents a civil war among Koreans. When presented with that basic fact, are most Russians willing to be annihilated in order to become involved in a battle of Koreans against Koreans? Are most Chinese? Are most Americans?

You two can offer Chairman Kim Jong-un and President Trump the following:
1) The United States will remove all military assets from the Korean Peninsula and cancel the military treaty of 1953 as it pertains to North Korea.
2) North Korea will dismantle its nuclear arsenal and all IRBMs and ICBMs.
3) Removal and dismantling will occur in measured steps with verification by both sides overseen by China and India.

If you succeed, you would show the American and Russian people and the rest of the world that you promoted peace in a way from which everyone outside Korea benefitted. If you fail, you would have proven that you tried.

Consider the alternatives. Nuclear war? No nuclear war but a nuclear-armed Iran, Sudan, Hezbollah, etc. — a nuclear-armed Japan — a nuclear-armed who knows else?

See “KOREA: WHY?”.

Perhaps, you already have considered the above. Perhaps, President Xi has. Perhaps, President Trump has. If so, we Americans have not heard about any of you having done so.

Biobehavioral Science says, “Behavior has its consequences.” For a full description of that law of nature as it applies to the four secular cornerstones of any society — government, law, education, and medicine — see the semi-fictional novel, Inescapable Consequences (2009). Inside, you will find that Chapter Twelve relates to the situation in Korea today. Even then, the situation did not require a fortune-teller to predict the consequences of American policies ill conceived and ill executed.

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KOREA: WHY?

Monday, August 21st, 2017

Note (04SEP2017): So, in the midst of the fruitless yak and the ineffective sanctions, North Korea may have tested successfully a fusion-based weapon suitable for fitting onto an ICBM. Hydrogen bomb, in commonplace parlance! Thank you, Mr. Clinton for your feckless lying in 1994.

Consequence of the testing? Talk and more talk; sanctions and more sanctions. Meanwhile, a possible alternative for us Americans, unpalatable as it may be, exists albeit ignored. Our so-called leaders have convinced us better to have dead Americans and Koreans than just dead Koreans. If and when, the “nukes” explode over these United States of America as a consequence of our involvement in a civil war among Koreans, in those moments between living and dying, perhaps those in favor of such involvement may have second thoughts.

“The great rule of conduct for us, in regard to foreign nations, is,in extending our commercial relations, to have with them as little political connexion as possible.” -George Washington Farewell Address (17 September 1796)

Korea! Why is our American military still there — there, so many decades after the end of the Korean Conflict; so many years after the collapse of the erstwhile Soviet Union? Why are our political leaders so enthusiastic about risking the nuclear annihilation of these United States of America and the rest of the world in order to become involved in a civil war among Koreans? A treaty, you say?

See “DEFEND SOUTH KOREA?”

The Korean-American Mutual Defense Treaty of 1953 is a dangerous joke. Mutual defense? Did we Americans then or do we now need the Republic of Korea (South Korea) to defend us against foreign aggression? The treaty represents a one-way street for us to defend them militarily while they rape us economically.

Military treaties are made with such ease. Military treaties are defended with such difficulty. Making a treaty involves words easily written. Defending a treaty involves lives brutally spent and treasure often wasted.

Democracy
“Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” -President John Adams (1725-1836)

Democracy? By way of correcting a widespread misapprehension, these United States were founded neither as a pure democracy nor a republican democracy but as a democratic republic. Yes, there is a difference.

See “DEMOCRACY? WRONG, MR. CHURCHILL”.

On principle and by tradition, however, a strong case can be made that these United States judiciously should support everywhere the cause of individual freedom embracing the right to life, liberty, property, and the pursuit of happiness. Support with words but not by blood unless the latter directly and overwhelmingly be in our own national interest.

Against the advice of our Founding Fathers, “Neo-Conservatives” and their supporters favor imposing democracy by force upon backward countries resistant to even the concept. Witness the abhorrent consequences and the cost to this nation in blood but much more in treasure of such adventurism to date. Afghanistan, where we had won with a thousand troops then lost with a hundred thousand?

PART TWO

The North Korean Perspective
As we humans creep closer to nuclear self-annihilation, consider the consequences of our ignoring consequences. Specifically, the consequences of President Truman’s ignoring the consequences of not winning the Korean Conflict. The consequences of Clinton’s ignoring the consequences of North Korean lies then compounding the matter with lies of his own; thereby, allowing that Communistic tyranny, now turning Fascistic, to develop nuclear weapons. The consequences of the fecklessness of Bush the Second then of Barack Hussein Obama II.

In contrast, the leaders of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) attended to consequences — consequences befalling others; for example, the trampling of Slobodan Miloševic’s Yugoslavia by American-led NATO with its civilian bombing. Would NATO have acted so cavalierly, whatever the claimed righteousness of its cause, if Miloševic had had nuclear weapons? Would the Europeans in front and these United States behind so cavalierly have attacked Muammar al-Gaddafi’s Libya had he succeeded in gaining nuclear weapons?

The consequence of the heavy-handedness of Americans’ behavior was to demonstrate to small, weaker nations the consequence of a behavioral deficit in gaining such weapons. The North Koreans claim, with obvious military justification, that they are protecting themselves from American military action. They understand consequences. We do not.

See “PERSPECtIVE FROM PYONGYANG” .

Beneficiaries
“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex. The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist.” -President Dwight D. Eisenhower (1961)

In these United States, who directly benefits most from wars? The dead and wounded? No. The taxpayers? No. The “military-industrial complex”? Yes.

Former General of the Army (5-stars) and President of these United States warned us to beware of its power and potentially pernicious influence. It represents a dual-edged sword. One edge, defense; the other, deceit combined with inefficiency. Witness the fiasco called the F-35.

“The problem with socialism is socialism; the problem with capitalism is capitalists.” – Milton Friedman (1912-2006)

Yes, we must maintain a strong military force and the industry that supports it. No, we must not allow misguided capitalists and militarists who place short-term profit before long-term patriotism to influence us towards our own annihilation and that of the rest of the world.

Recall the words of Vladimir Lenin when he supposedly said, “’The capitalists will sell us the rope with which to hang them.” In this instance, he knew of that which he spoke. Let us not be led down the Path to Perdition by propaganda from those in Big Business seeking only personal profit and politicians seeking only personal advantage at the expense of American security.

See “Chinese Missile Allegations: Key Stories” .

With regard to Korea, when exposing ourselves to the self-inflated talking heads on radio and television, writers in the newspapers and magazines, and even commentators in social media, we continually should ask ourselves, “In the first place, why are we there?” Few ask that question.

Solution
Is there a solution to the current Korean mess dumped onto President Trump by his feckless, incompetent predecessors? Possibly.

No, we should not allow North Korea to possess nuclear weapons with the means of delivery to the American mainland. The same admonition applies to the religious fanatics in Iran; its ilk poses a threat in which China, Russia, and these United States operate under a common variable.

Yes, we possibly can come to a non-violent accommodation with North Korea — non-violent for these United States, which should be the primary concern of our government. We can offer Kim Jong-un the following:
1) These United States will remove all military assets from the Korean Peninsula and cancel the military treaty as it pertains to North Korea.
2) North Korea will dismantle its nuclear arsenal and all IRBMs and ICBMs.
3) Removal and dismantling will occur in measured steps with verification by both sides overseen by China and India.

Would Kim accept such an offer? Possibly, mainly depending upon China. Consider the alternative of potential nuclear war involving the same China with the certain annihilation of Kim and much of his rump-state. Believe the following: There is no tactical nuclear war that does not lead to strategic nuclear war!

Should Kim accept the offer, would he attack South Korea afterwards? Possibly. His doing so, however, would amount to an active civil war among Koreans. It is not in our own overwhelming national interests to intervene? How? Diplomatically? Possibly. Militarily? No.

Science says, “Behavior has its consequences.”

Of note, in 2009 we published a semi-fictional novel entitled Inescapable Consequence. Chapter Twelve describes the events that are occurring today in Korea.

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PERSPECTIVE FROM PYONGYANG

Monday, June 6th, 2016

“Americans should not go abroad to slay dragons they do not understand in the name of spreading democracy.” -John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)

What’s a young, Korean dictator to do when the West, especially these United States of America, is against him, and a reluctant China is his only real protector? Why, develop nuclear weapons, of course.

It’s obvious, isn’t it? The West, again especially these United States of America, attacks only non-nuclear countries. Think Afghanistan, Grenada, Iraq, Libya, North Vietnam, Panama, and Serbia.

What’s the dictator’s primary goal? To have retained his power.

What’s his secondary goal? To have enhanced his personal pride by gaining prestige.

What’s his tertiary goal? To have improved the living standards of his people? Probably. Well, maybe.

Plan? To develop nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them all the way to North America.

Then? Short term? To extort increased economic gain from a confused, declining, self-destructive West. Long term? To unify the Korean Peninsula under Pyongyang. Hey, the 21st-century is supposed to be the Asian century, isn’t it? The only question is, Which Asians?

Look, Europe already is under unarmed attack by millions of Mohammedans and Negroes — an attack that its governments refuse even to acknowledge as an attack, let alone repel. Besides, militarily Europe is close to impotent.

Meanwhile, these United States are under attack by millions of unarmed Latinos, mainly Mexicans pursuing “La Reconquista”; as well as assorted others, including Mohammedans who call their own brand of threat “The Silent Invasion” — an attack that the American government acknowledges but does little to thwart; at least, thus far. Besides, militarily the nation has been in decline and disorganization under a President whose primary goal in office is to have destroyed “White America” — White being defined as Euro-Caucasian. Remember Reverend Wright and his “God damn America!”?

Kim Jong-un (b. 1983) reigns as the Korean dictator faced with fulfilling the aforementioned goals; at least for the moment. He functions as the Chairman of the Workers’ Party of Korea as well as the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). He’s ruthlessly homicidal as were his father and grandfather, dictators before him. His purges are reminiscent of Stalin’s; whom the “useful idiots” in the West, as Lenin called them, defended to the end.

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.” -John Heywood (1546)

In 1994, the feckless, deceitful philanderer who was sitting in the Oval Office at the time and who reportedly was allowing technological secrets to be traded to a hostile China in return for paltry political contributions had the last chance to thwart North Korean nuclear ambitions by whatever means necessary.

www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/1998/05/22/china.money/ .

Did he? No. “Slick Willie” Clinton failed to protect this nation and the rest of the world. Now, his angry, vicious wife wants her turn. Think Benghazi.

In the early 1990s, would the Chinese have gone to war against us again? Perhaps, but they were in no position to win a non-nuclear confrontation. As for nuclear? Nobody would have won, a fact that had stopped the much stronger Soviets as it would have the Chinese, their bluster notwithstanding. Better that we now face a nuclear North Korea?

Conversely, President Ronald Reagan did protect this nation by achieving his goal to have defeated the “Evil Empire” — i.e., the erstwhile Soviet Union. His successors, especially Bush the First, then made a total mess of the gift he bestowed. Now, the world faces the end of days, and the cornered, young murderer in Pyongyang is the prime illustration, even beyond the fanatics in Tehran.

So, what to do? Nobody seems to know.

See “If You Were POTUS” and related posts.

The question, therefore, arises, should we Americans now allow Pyongyang to capture Seoul? If not, why not? What is South Korea doing for us? We know that which it is doing to us, but what is it doing for us?

The previous issue of organized, international Communism capturing the world no longer exists. Thank you, President Reagan.

Hasn’t the strife on the Korean Peninsula become merely a civil war between North and South? If so, why are we Americans there? Why are we taxing ourselves economically and borrowing from adversaries, if not enemies, to defend South Koreans militarily — who, in turn, are raping us economically? Why are we willing possibly to plunge the world into a nuclear conflagration to settle a war involving only Koreans against Koreans?

These are questions that scream to be answered. Admittedly, addressing them will be dangerous. Ignoring them will be fatal.

Science tells us truly, “Behavior has its consequences.”

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