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Marines are defenders of the republic and the Constitution. That is our oath, that is our purpose, that is our calling. Many are Democrats. This is the journal of one such Marine. This leatherneck's progressive perspective is as follows...

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U.S. Marine,0300 MOS,eight years in,honorably discharged,college-educated. To all the damned trolls, you better believe there are liberal Marines. Read "War Is A Racket" by 2-time Medal of Honor recipient Maj.Gen.S.D.Butler, plus Lewis B. Puller, Jr.'s "Fortunate Son" and maybe then you'll understand. Semper Fi!

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Monday, May 23, 2005

U.S. Says Absolutely No to Bilateral Talks with North Korea...Unless, Of Course, Those Talks Are on a "Freebie" Friday. Posted by Hello
Good evening to all aboard the blog. This will be another unusual post due to the fact that it is night time and not the early morning. Haven't posted in awhile because of all the commotion swirling around in my personal areas of operation. With that said, let me make a quick post and then I' m out. Wanted to touch on the fact that the current Administration, although all along stating that it would NOT participate in bilateral talks with the North Koreans (repeat: WOULD NOT participate, http://www.antiwar.com/prather/?articleid=3703) did just that last Friday, 20 May 2005 (link is as follows http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=782405). In short, in a break from long-standing U.S. policy, the United States engaged in bilateral talks with the North Korean government last Friday. Folks, this is bullshit diplomacy and, moreover, a bullshit(and confusing, I might add) foreign policy. You know, it's funny, I recently spoke with Mr. John Pike, founder and director of Global Security.org (http://www.globalsecurity.org/org/staff/pike.htm); easily one of the finest sources of military and foreign policy intelligence in existence today (www.globalsecurity.org). I spoke with Mr. Pike via telephone about a week before the current Administration decided to knuckle-under, kowtow and engage in what must be described as a confusing and byzantine foreign policy when it comes to the North Korean regime vis-a-vis bilateral talks (http://www.whotv.com/Global/story.asp?S=3377963). My question for Mr. Pike was why was the North Korean situation's "countdown counter" at such a high time number (opposed to the lower time number I thought was more representative and indicative of the seriousness of the situation, http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/korea-crisis.htm)? Mr. Pike's response to my question was that the clock was set at the correct time, in his opinion, and he went on to add that he was more inclined to increase the time alloted (in terms of the time left before a major showdown) rather then decrease the time. Mr. Pike also went on to explain that as far as he was concerned (based on his own sound analysis, as well as, the analysis and observations of colleagues) the current Administration knows full well there isn't a viable solution to the present crisis on the Korean peninsula in terms of a practical, military solution. Although I disagreed with Mr. Pike's assessment initially, the current Administration's "about-face" via dealing with North Korea's nuclear proliferaton by way of engaging in what can only be honestly characterized as "bilateral talks" (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7889414/), has caused me to begin to see Mr. Pike's point. It's interesting, the Bush, Jr. Administration likes (in deed, LOVES) to talk tough, in order to rake in the political points. Yet, when it's time to deal with the realities of situations, they continuously shrink and fall back (in terms of foreign policy, as well as, domestic policy for that matter) like the hypocrites and amateurs they really are. Where are we headed? It's anyones guess, but with the current Administration clearly unable to chew bubblegum and walk at the same time (especially in the foreign affairs/foreign policy arena), it's looking more and more like the Korean peninsula will be nuclearized by the end of this year. Semper Fidelis


Blogger gregg chadwick said...

Dear 1775,
Found your blog and am deeply appreciative of your thoughts and insight. As the son of a career Marine Corps Officer I have a deep respect for the Corps. As a liberal artist I have deep worries about the current administration. At times I touch on both in my art. Thank you for your words.
Take care.

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