November 24th, 2010

“North Korea”

North Korea! Things don’t look so good. We have troops there on the 38th parallel. Someone said 60,000. I could be wrong. Let me refresh your memory. We, the United States fought a conflict there in 1950 where 52,000 U.S. troops were killed and 670,000 were wounded. There was a big debate on whether to call it a war or a conflict. You be the judge. It was a political decision on what to call it because at the time, when the Politian's did listen on occasion to what the people wanted, the people of this country did not want war and didn’t want to go there. So at first they called it a conflict and said we were going to help them a little. There was a lot of finger pointing and denial on why we were there in the first place. During this war/conflict, there were huge issues where the North Koreans killed prisoners of war. They tied the wrists of the American prisoners with bailing wire and shot them in the head..The so-called peace talks (negotiations) went on for months. Years later, in 1968 the North Koreans captured a spy ship called the U.S.S. Pueblo. That incident almost put us on the brink of another war with them. They still have this ship and use it as a tourist attraction. One night I looked for it in North Korea on Google earth and found it. Its still there. Commander Lloyd M. Bucher was in command at the time it was captured in North Korean waters. We negotiated for a long time to get the ships crew back. The Commander died in 1968. We don’t need a war with the North Koreans but I guess we have a commitment to protect South Korea. I don’t know the details. I started hearing rumblings from that corner of the world about a year ago, thinking we had better be careful. These folks talk Nuclear like they talk about rice. What's happening could be the start of something really big and I don’t like what they are not saying. This administration better not screw this up. I’m sort of glad George isn’t in the White House because he would be looking for weapons of mass destruction and finding them this time…