Sunday, December 18, 2011

Kim Jong Il is Dead

Reports are still coming in, but the title says it all: North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, one of the worst and most brutal dictators on Earth, is dead tonight.

Power will almost-certainly pass, however symbolically, to his son Kim Jong Un - who is reputed to be either legitimately insane, mentally-impaired or both - though it's almost a foregone conclusion that the myriad military/government officials who're alleged to have been the real operators during the elder Kim's dotage (he's been in failing health for years) will be vying to either take power themselves OR get the hell out of dodge with whatever they can carry in the event that the house of cards collapses entirely.

I feel more than a little crass doing to the "blah blah something HUGELY important happened somewhere that's not America... but here's how it will effect America!" hard-segue, but this is really the only thing definite you can say about this right now: Any illusions that Barack Obama or his various would-be Republican challengers may have had that with Iraq "finished" and Afghanistan winding down this would be a strictly meat-and-potatoes "domestic issues" presidential election just evaporated. If you are the "China Policy Advisor" to an American politician, you are very likely about to learn that you are working this Christmas.

Here's the situation: Setting aside the very real long-held concerns that Kim Jong Un (who is essentially a mystery - no one even knows how OLD he actually is outside of the NK government) will not have the official loyalty or ability to hold the system together; this is almost certain to cause a significant amount "rumbling" in the nation itself, which will be most-directly felt at it's borders with China and South Korea (the former of which is seperated by a demilitarized zone patroled by U.S. forces) both of whom will be looking to their American allies to help out (or, in China's case, "back off") with management of what could be a 'failed state' crisis at their respective borders. Here's to hoping things don't get too much worse for North Korea's impoverished citizens, in any case.

Place your bets now as to which GOP Presidential candidate will have the dumbest thing to say about this tomorrow morning.


Brian said...

Perfect moment for Huntsman to make some major waves.

Jacob Martin said...

There can be only one... DICTATOR. At the time of the Gathering, the few who remain, will battle to the last.

The winner will claim The Prize, the ability to claim you outlasted all the other tyrants, while your children feel ashamed for being related to you forever.

Drunken Lemur said...

My money's on Gingrich. My gut wants to say Bachman or Perry, but I'm gonna stick with Newt.

Mads said...

Perry, Romney and Gingrich won't fumble, and Ron Paul certainly won't.

But Bachman and Santorum will do everything they can to get in front of this, and I think Bachman will go the furthest.

She's my bet.

Wendy said...

My money will be on the president saying the dumbest thing. He's got a real knack for it--especially in foreign affairs. I'm still shocked Israel even talks to us.

Mads said...

Oh how horrible it would be if Israel stopped talking to the US. There would be no end to the horrors that would befall America.

It's so incredibly fortunate that the Israeli government is so benign, diplomatic, and above all willing to forgive shocking transgressions against it, even when it's against their own self interest. I don't know where the world would be without Israels patient and forthcoming nature, the extent of which still manages to shock me as well as you, apparently.

Chris said...


Bet you voted for Bush twice. Anybody who does that and says that Obama has a knack for saying dumb stuff is either dellusional or living in Bizarro land. It's amazing any foreign leader talks to us after Bush's 8 years of hamfisted "cowboyisms". Angela Merkel probably still has nightmares of being touched.

Final Stage said...
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Final Stage said... - This is why it's a good thing he's gone.

Markus Aurelius said...

This video is proof positive of one of two things:
Either the United States should never liberate another dictatorship ever again, or Kim Jong Un truly is insane.

Wendy said...

@ Chris

Asking Israel to go back to the 1967 borders, effectively cutting their country in half and making their ability to defend themselves from their enemy impossible IS stupid.

Bush is no friend of mine, but the guy we have now is a joke. What's he doing right now? On vacation. Playing golf. Again. And again.

And again.

And again.

Must be nice to take so many vacations in a year. Just ship your family off on a multimillion dollar getaway to Spain or Hawaii. I wouldn't know.

Chris said...

Obama Derrangement Syndrom much?

"So far, President Obama has taken 61 vacation days after 31 months in office. At this point in their presidencies, George W. Bush had spent 180 days at his ranch where his staff often joined him for meetings. And Ronald Reagan had taken 112 vacation days at his ranch.

Among recent presidents, Bill Clinton took the least time off -- 28 days."

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Aiddon said...

I almost feel sorry that China has to put up with this nation. Now here's to wondering how far the apple fell from the tree

Galvamagnus said...

According to CBS, Kim Jong Il was sixty nine. I will not make any sex jokes.

antecedentless said...


Obama has taken real vacations at the worse possible times; It is an illustration of how aloof and vindictive he is.

Most of Bush's vacations where working vacations. He preferred to work from his Crawford home whenever he could.

And yes; Our Commander and Chief has said a number of very, very moronic things, like his "off mike" comment to the French President about the Israeli prime minister during the G20...

Might I remind everyone that we still do not have Obama's transcripts or SAT scores. We do have Bush's. His Texan mannerisms are excusable. Obama's (and Biden's) many gaffes are not.

Ultimadragon said...

He might have been 70 nobody is sure of his real age!

Ultimadragon said...

Hey guys stop playing Political points-
Here's something for you to gawp at the VICE guide to N Korea


Anonymous said...

And when they finally "allowed" their kidnap victims to "visit" their families in Japan NK got pissed when they said they weren't coming back to NK.

antecedentless said...

Just so the few people who read this knows: The comments section has (some) HTML tag support;

Quoth right below the comments section:
You can use some HTML tags, such as <b>, <i>, <a>

So instead of making people copy-paste links, you can do this or this. It is not that hard to figure out.

Continuing off-topic: #fucktimtebow!? srsly bob? I do not follow sports, and I only recently learned who Tim Tebow is, but seriously?

Somewhat back on-topic:
"a few trillion bucks and & several thousand casualties"

The reason why our recent wars have been so expensive is the same reason why NK continues to exist: The United States has not engaged in "total war" since WWII, and for good reason.