North Korea Boasting???

Over the course of the last few months it is speculated that North Korea has been boasting.  So far, it has said that it will launch a nuclear war with the United States and South Korea, it will conduct a nuclear pre-emptive strike on the US, You-Tube videos of the US and South Korea in a “Sea of Flames”, starting a nuclear power plant to produce electricity and nuclear material for bombs, and a few other things.  But notice what is missing from the threat??  Japan and Guam.  They really didn’t mention specifically Japan or Guam in their threats.

The United States is ,in my opinion, underestimating North Korea.  It is reported that two of North Korea’s submarines have gone missing.  According to Jane’s Fighting Ships those submarines are designed by Russia and are very advanced compared to a similar submarine that is used by Russia.  I would say that North Korea is not stupid nor is it’s leader.  In todays world submarines don’t just go missing.  With satellites, SONAR, RADAR, and other equipment, it is hard to misplace a couple of submarines.

Currently, North Korea is starving it’s citizens.  To be more exact 24 million of it’s citizens.  It has no ties with the South, or the United States.  So what exactly would be in it’s best interest?  Believe it or not going to war with the United States and South Korea.  Let’s just throw Japan in for good measure.  Kim Jong Un would travel to some other country, let’s just say China.  Since China has a huge number of North Korean’s migrating there daily.  Kim could easily disguise himself to blend in with any number of North Korean’s.  Go to China and start a new life.  He would be considered a National Hero.

If Iraq is any example of what would happen, then the United States and it’s allies would wipe out all of the country.  Then rebuild it and open up direct lines of communications plus provide aid to the country.  Now that would not take care of it’s nuclear ambitions but it would take care of it’s economic problem.  Perhaps a nuclear North Korea is not really the aim.  Perhaps that is just boasting and leading the wolf to the slaughter so to speak.  We do not go in destroy a country and not help them rebuild.  We also start communications with the country.  We aid them in whatever way necessary.  So feeding those 24 million people would be our priority.  We would also make certain that they had the proper infrastructure.  Even when we are in dire need of infrastructure changes ourselves.  A provocative move from the North would only be in it’s best interest not worst.  You must remember that Kim Jung Un received his education in the west.  He is young but not stupid.  When we invaded Iraq we dropped leaflets written in their language to let them know to run and hide.  Then hours later we destroyed the country as they knew it.  Would that be a major problem for North Korea?  I say no.  It is like a homeless man that stabs someone on the street.  He has nothing to lose but everything to gain.  By putting him in jail you are only improving his situation.  3 square meals a day, a roof over his head, a bed to sleep in, and his own bathroom.  By attacking North Korea it would only improve their situation.

Of course, we would eliminate all nuclear ambitions for years to come.  As demonstrated in Iraq, they were burning American Flags a year later.  We would supply North Korea with the sludge left over from the gasoline processing method so they could run their power plants.  They have received it in the past as part of their aid package for free from the United States since we have no use for it.  We would suddenly, working with our allies throughout the world, provide aid to North Korea.  So like the homeless man we would only improve their situation.

According to the News, two North Korean submarines have gone missing.  And just where are those two submarines?  Have they sent them to our undefended east coast?  Japan?  Guam?  The west coast?  Right now we have no idea but in time we will.  When I say in time, I mean in only a few hours time.  These particular types of submarines run on batteries that have to be recharged by diesel engines.  These engines, when running, are very loud and easily spotted by US forces.  So we will know where they are headed and when they should get there.  With all the ships we have in the area currently, it should be no problem to detect them in no time.  But don’t forget the North Korean Powers that be, are no dummies.  The smartest thing they could do is put those submarines on battery power and get them as far out to sea a possible.  Past our war-games and into open ocean.

Please keep in mind that all information in this blog is based on what is read on the internet and Jane’s.  So please don’t take my word for gospel but know that according to what I have read on the internet, North Korea is capable of putting a rocket in our backyard.  Or traveling with nuclear material move the submarine into an area and detonate.  We really have not concentrated our defenses on the East coast but everything on the West coast.  We really need to keep our eye on the ball and get our East coast built up with equally capable power as the West.  Submarines are relatively easy to move throughout the ocean without detection.  Fortunately, we (The United States) have probably the best Sonar Operators in the world.  So moving without detection is going to be difficult.  And who knows maybe they want to be detected making us take our eyes off the ball.

So when you are tucked up in bed tonight just think about this… how safe are we?  Really, how safe are we??  I am sure that Kim Jong Un has played a game of “Risk” or two!

Put on your thinking caps!

More and more from North Korea.  First of all please refer to this article:  http://news.yahoo.com/un-sanctions-may-play-north-korean-propaganda-110025232.html  it outlines the stance that China has played in the past with sanctions against North Korea.

China is the number one supplier of oil and food to North Korea.  Also North Korea has had luxury items smuggled into the country through Chinese ports.  It is no surprise that North Korea relies on China and China relies on North Korea for trade.  China is able to have items made in North Korea even cheaper than in China.  This is a good deal for China, but goods made in China are already cheap, just how low do they want to go?  The only real export from North Korea is minerals because they have or consume everything else.  But when they have imports from China of components to make goods they do so for a pittance.  North Korea’s Gross National Product is supposedly less than 2 billion dollars.  Keep in mind that is a guesstimate because North Korea doesn’t report its GNP.  North Korea’s largest export throughout the world is counterfeit currency, drugs, and of course information.  When I say information I refer to missile and nuclear plans to whatever country will pay for them.

North Korea and Russia were allies at one time.  Russia supplied them with information as well as submarines and other weapons.  North Korea’s are not a stupid Nation.  They have managed to live with sanctions for decades and know how to reverse engineer (take things apart and create one just like it).  This has plagued Russia in the past when dealing with China.  North Korea also has the ability to get on the Internet and find out whatever they want.  Spies R Us!  They don’t have to have Internet connections in North Korea, just spies in other countries feeding information back to their regime and feed it they do.  As you well know you can find out most anything that you want to know on the Internet.  This has probably had a lot to do with their ability in recent years to advance their missile and nuclear capabilities.  Not to mention the fact that North Korea isn’t threatening to launch a nuclear missile at the United States.  It is threatening a preemptive strike against the United States.  There is a huge difference.  With their limited nuclear technology it is not out of the scope of reason that they have the ability to deliver a nuclear weapon.  Not in the conventional sense but a “dirty bomb” so to speak.  Damage from a “dirty bomb” is not in the course of actual destruction but radiation.  Also another factor that you have to take into account is they are saying an attack on the United States.  Every ship in the United States fleet is considered United States territory, and most wars have started at sea.

While Washington sits around so smug saying the United States is capable of shooting down any missile from North Korea, they are not taking into account that there are many, many, different ways to deliver a nuclear attack without use of a missile.  The purpose of this post is not to scare you in any way, but to enlighten you as to what North Korea is truly capable of.  We should not take these as idle threats, but should actually look at this rhetoric as a creditable threat.  We aren’t dealing with his daddy anymore.  Which dealt out threats on a daily basis.  We are dealing with a new regime that within the last year has conducted nuclear testing and launched a missile into space.  North Korea’s new leader has something to prove to the world and taking on the strongest Nation in the world would definitely set the tone and prove he is to be taken seriously.

North Korea Nuke Alert

North Korea has upped the ante.  In the past when dealing with his father, North Korea made idle threats against the United States and South Korea.  Especially when they were conducting joint exercises off the coast of North Korea.  But, no one knows what the new leader will do.  We do not know if he is bluffing or if he is crazy enough to carry out his threats.  He claims that he will launch a “Preemptive strike” against the United States and now would be the time.  While we have limited presence in the area and financial constraints, as the North Korean Leader is well aware of, we are sitting ducks.  It is not a well known fact but if you look it up online you will find that North Korea has submarines.  These are not your average submarines but exceptionally quite ones.  Ones that are practically undetectable.  This presents a huge problem, especially if they take a jihad type stance and send them into United States waters with nuclear material and detonate them.

The other component that we are not aware of, is do they already have nuclear material here in the United States?  We have intelligence to say they don’t, but your intelligence is only as good as the people providing it.  North Korea has been counterfeiting our money for years, sending drugs into the country, and not reporting any real income into their country.  With these venues they have to be making money and a lot of it.  It is suspected that they are banking it in China but that is yet to be seen.  We do know that since they were caught with 20 billion in a Macao bank and it was seized by the United States they have split their monies across the board.  They have been starting smaller accounts so if they are discovered they will not loose all their booty.

I really don’t know if North Korea is trying to start something with the United States or not.  If you look at Iraq as an example and what happened there, it would only be to their advantage to start a war with the United States.  We went over, destroyed the country and then rebuilt it.  I am sure that North Korea could use a make-over.  But the son has something to prove and the United States and South Korea should really be taking this guy seriously.  He said he was going to test a nuke and he did.  He said that he was going to test a missile and he did.  So far, he seems to not care what the United States and South Korea says or does, but he seems to be going to do what he says and does!

Keystone Pipeline

Today, my rant is on the Keystone Pipeline from Canada.  We, as a country, are supposed to be moving forward toward energy independents.  Yet big oil wants us to import an oil sand mixture from Canada to be transformed into oil and later gas.  We cannot depend on other countries to provide our oil and gas.  We have to be self sufficient and keep power on the grid without outside help.  We have every capability to do so right now.  With the use of solar power, wind power, and hydro power we can keep power on the grid.  By simply converting over our power plants to natural gas (which we burn off currently) and using it to stabilize the plant when green energy isn’t producing we would be completely independent.  That would allow us to use all the oil we produce for gasoline and gas prices would drop like a tank.  But that is not in the best immediate interest of Big Oil companies.  Big Oil really hasn’t picked up on the fact that the Country is going to go to green energy with or without them.  BP Oil has already invested in wind power and has 7 stations in as many states that they control from the 13th floor in a 26 floor building in Texas.  They have seen the way things are going and have jumped on the bandwagon.  Now to get the other oil companies to do the same.  We as a country cannot afford to keep simply outputting oil.  We need to take advantage of the hundreds of years supply of natural gas to supply our power plants.  We need to take that time and have the advantage of wind, solar, and hydro power.  We are one of the most technologically advanced Countries in the world and yet we still haven’t worked out a way to do this?  We may be one of the most technologically advanced Countries in the world but we certainly aren’t the smartest!

It is time for Big Oil to take advantage of the natural gas they are just burning off.  Invest in green energy and not invest or depend on other countries to support our need for electricity.  They have all the money necessary to do this, yet they still want to keep the Country dependent on oil.  Of course, we would still depend on oil for gasoline.  So it is not like they would be cutting off their nose to spite their face.  They would be adding a stream of revenue that wouldn’t run out.

Here we are…

Now that we have hit March 1st, we are also being hit by March 1st.  We are now going to have less National Security, less Cyber Security, just less as a whole.  We can work as a Nation with this mess.  We will have longer lines at airports, less flights, and more crowded flights.  This is not something that is going to devastate our Nation.  It will just slow it down a bit.  Well quite a bit.  I know that most of you won’t even notice this mess at all.  Because it does not directly effect you.  But what you must understand is that it does effect you.  Of course, I am talking National Security.  We are making ourselves more vunerable.  Taking ourselves back a decade or so.  I suggest that we all pray our butts off that our enemies we have been fighting and are now working out of Africa, do not take advantage of our situation.  Or perhaps an attack on our allies, when we only have one carrier group in the region.  Just so you know, one carrier group is capable of many things.  But two are more than capable of a war.  We are not totally defensless, we just don’t have the defenses we should have according to assessment.  Just something to think about…..

American Default

Currently, Congress is considering letting the country go into default which of course would cause a shut down of government.  Now you may ask “What does this mean to me?”.  The answer is simple.

When Congress considered such a thing last year, it caused America’s credit rating throughout the world to drop.  And that is just because they let things run too long and didn’t deal with the National Debt Ceiling in a timely manner.

Here is how it affects you personally.  If you know someone that is drawing Social Security, Disability, Veterans benefits, military retirement, or even in the military they will not be getting paid.  Not until government is up and running again.  This will cause all those that depend on this pay to not be able to pay their bill and will cause their credit score to drop for lack of payment.  It could potentially cause evictions, foreclosures, and repossessions.  Not to mention the non payment of bills by medicare or medicaid.

I recall one other time that government shut down for over a month.  I was in the Navy and we didn’t get paid.  There was a great deal of discord and most of the men on the ship were extremely reluctant to perform their duty.  Now don’t get me wrong, they did do their job but it was very reluctantly.  Most of them would say they are going to do what they are getting paid for and that was nothing.  As one of the Supervisors, I have to say that I sympathized with them.

Right now the Republicans are going to cause irreparable damage to the economy and the world.  The President has said that he is willing to work with Congress to fix the spending problem.  He just is not willing to work it out with a “gun held to his head.”  This is not unreasonable.  Fixing the problems with spending in our great Nation should not be done with a threat held over anyone’s head.  It should be done in a sane, rational manner.  Congress has caused this debt and now after having dinner it is time to pay the bill.  But they are threatening to “dine and dash” so to speak.

Who is to blame?  Anyone that voted a Republican Congressional Representative into office.  You asked for this and now you are going to get it.  Great job!!!

Fiscal Mess

You may ask yourself what got us into this Fiscal Mess to start with, well here are the answers to begin with:

Bush Tax Cuts – $1.6 Trillion

Health Care Entitlements – $1.6 Trillion.  This is because the “Baby Boomers” became of age to collect.  The U.S. Government only knew this was coming by about 50 years or more.  Yet did nothing about it.

Medicare Drug Benefits – $300 Billion

Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan – $1.3 Trillion and counting.  For the actual numbers go to  http://costofwar.com/

Economic Stimulus Package – $800 Billion plus another $200 Billion in Bail Outs.

Unemployment and Tax Reduction – $400 Billion

The Great Recession Tax Loss – Billions of dollars

Total National Debt – $14.3 Trillion – the deficit is just the interest owed.

Congress is calling for cuts in programs to reduce the National Debt.  By ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and creating an environment that allows for job growth increasing Americas tax base, will cut the amount being spent and increase the countries revenue.  The revision of the tax code will increase revenue for the country as well.  Cutting Foreign Aid will decrease spending.  Getting rid of the one dollar bill and changing it over to a coin will put another $30 million back into budget.  Lowering wages for Government Representatives.  Currently a Congressional Representative makes $174,900 a year plus total health care, dental, and vision.  It would make sense if they were doing their job but most of the time they cannot get a budget passed in time and they have come close to an entire Governmental Shut Down which has decreased our countries credit rating.  If this happens again it could cause damage to the entire global economy.

I actually spoke to my Congressional Representative, Dr. Joe Heck, regarding Foreign Aid.  He told me that it only makes up 1% of the Budget for the country.  I told him that you have to start somewhere and just because it only makes up 1% of the overall Budget doesn’t mean it doesn’t count toward fixing the countries Budget problem.

I think that our Representative are only looking at big numbers when they are trying to fix the economic problems.  What they have lost sight of is, save a penny soon you’ll have a nickel, save a nickel soon you’ll have a dime.  The small numbers can make a huge difference when you add them all up.

Let’s look at the facts.  The Government has known for over 65 years that we had a “Baby Boom” and that someday they would be getting their entitlements.  Yet they have done nothing what-so-ever to fix it.  They didn’t restructure anything, they didn’t increase taxes enough to cover the difference.  Now if you had a checkbook and you knew for 65 years that you were going to have to pay a bill, wouldn’t you have planned for it?

The war in Iraq.  We started a war with a country of “evil doers” and didn’t even go to war with the country that trained the men for 9/11.  We invaded their next door neighbors.  Weapons of Mass Destruction.  The Government knew there were no weapons of mass destruction that was just a ploy to justify the invasion.  We went to war on “Terrorist”.  That is just like the “War on Drugs”.  You cannot nor will not win period.  The War on Drugs has been going on for decades and yet the only thing it has done is increase the price of drugs here in America and made the Drug Dealers richer.  It doesn’t matter how many dealers you take off the street there are a few thousand waiting to take their place.  Just like the war on Terrorist.  It doesn’t matter how many you take off the street there are thousands to take their place.  Please don’t get me wrong, I do feel that America needed to increase their security measures.  At the time we were the ONLY country in the world that did not have airport security.  So yes we needed to beef up intelligence, increase security, and even make certain that we know what is going on in countries around the world.  But going to war on Terror is just plain silly.  You will always have terrorist no matter what.  You can take measures to make certain that another 9/11 doesn’t happen but you will never win the war on Terror!

We, as a country, need to revisit policies and programs that just don’t work.  We need elected officials that can see that even saving a penny that is needlessly spent is wrong.  We need to see those type of saving measures to fix our current Fiscal Mess and keep us out of future Fiscal Problems.