Category Archives: Military

North Korean Reset

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President Trump Hits Global Reset Button from Paris to Pyongyang. At least that’s the way a headline in The Hill sees it.

The article is by former Trump Staffer Sebastian Gorka. He claims that if you want to understand The Donald you have to read Art of the Deal. And once you’ve done that you’ll know it’s all about the objective:

The negotiations themselves, or maintaining the established way of doing business, are never the objectives. The real objective is defined by realizing your interests, which may not be possible if the status quo is maintained.

Russian Overcharge

For example, Hillary’s reset (or overcharge) with Russia didn’t achieve an objective.

President Obama sent Hillary Clinton to present a mislabeled “reset button” to the Kremlin. In reality, there was no reset. The Obama administration did not effectively address the expansionist and destabilizing behavior of former KGB colonel Vladimir Putin, not even after he invaded Ukraine.

But Gorka has way more faith in a Trump reset with North Korea:

It is a reset that included tough talk with China and North Korea, talk followed up by actions that have led to a response on behalf of Pyongyang, which may take us to the cusp of bringing peace and stability to the region after 65 years of potential war.

But whatever you do with Dear Leader, don’t go all Madeline Albright

The whole thing seemed more upset than reset with Secretary of State Tillerson. He was traveling in Africa when he learned of the dotard’s decision to meet the rocket man.

So he called in sick.

Come Fly With Musk

 

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We depend on Russia to launch our astronauts into space at $70 million a pop.

Here’s The Wire in The Atlantic back in 2014:

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden voiced his concern, saying it would be better if the U.S. could launch its own astronauts to space. Because, who knows, it might turn out the Russians are trying to rig our elections.

Just kidding. He actually said, “we might enter into a Cold War-style territorial dispute with Russian President Vladimir Putin and want to be able to credibly pose a financial threat.”

Come Fly With Musk

But maybe America is getting its space mojo back thanks entrepreneurs like Elon Musk and his SpaceX program. Here’s BBC video of the launch of his Falcon Heavy Rocket earlier this month. And the release of its payload – a red Tesla Roadster headed for Mars piloted by a mannequin named Starman.

You can track Starman here.

Wrong Button

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Someone working in a Hawaiian state agency pushed the wrong button. The wrong button pusher set off 38 minutes of panic. Here’s what happened according to NBC:

At 8:07 a.m., cellphones across the archipelago pinged with the following all-caps warning: “BALLISTIC MISSILE THREAT INBOUND TO HAWAII. SEEK IMMEDIATE SHELTER. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.”

The button pusher wasn’t named or fired but was temporarily reassigned.

Button Man

Kim Jong Un told the world he has a button. It’s on his desk and within his reach. And with it, he claims his missiles can reach anywhere in the U.S. And that’s how he plans to have his way.

For some reason Kim’s threat reminded me of President Obama. He said he had a phone and a pen. And he would use them to get his way.

It wasn’t all button rattling though. Kim also reached out to Seoul. He wants North Korea to participate in the 2018 Olympics.

Button Men

Still, it was all too much for our own current Dear Leader. President Trump tweeted that his button is bigger and it works. I thought it was funny, in a Trump sort of way.

But the WSJ editors were not amused. They say Trump’s tweet explains his low poll numbers despite his first year successes.

Assignment Niger

assignment niger

Last week most of  the media focused on an Empty Barrel in a sequined cowboy hat criticizing President Trump’s call to comfort a war widow. But Reason.com wanted to know why we have troops in Niger. Good question.

Niger

It turns out the U.S.military is stretched all over the place trying to fill vacuums before Islamic extremists do the same. Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford says there are about 800 American troops in Niger and 6,000 overall in in Africa.

Sen. Lindsey Graham said on Meet the Press,”I didn’t know there were 1,000 troops in Niger”