sunset from behind the wire

sunset from behind the wire

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Thursday's Muse

Putting Things in Perspective

Victor Davis Hanson, hated by the left, brings some clarity to resilient America HERE.
"Fifty years ago, the United States was facing crises and unrest on multiple fronts. Some predicted that internal chaos and revolution would unravel the nation..."
Today we read about the typhus and hepatitis outbreaks in Los Angeles because the downtown area has become a vast hobo jungle. Many college students don't have the wits to decide which restroom to use, and many in Congress are calling for the execution of all cows worldwide so that we don't all die in twelve years because of global warming (in the face of global cooling). 

Russia slowly dwindles in importance as its navy rusts and it settles in as a regional power with a lot of nuclear weapons. China resurges in an effort to gain the world's respect, and indeed, they are no longer a nation of peasant farmers. North Korea is trying to decide to be prosperous in the way of its Southeast Asian neighbors, or to build more nuclear warheads to sell to rogue nations.

We have a president in Donald Trump who is not a warmonger. War is expensive and bad for business. At the same time he is a patriot, honors our nation's veterans, and works to build American's military -- because being strong is good for business. The deep state puppet masters remain and continue to work at a coup to unseat the president because the potential to steal from the American public was sorely damaged.

Poland

Symbol of Poland's
Navy
I love Poland. And Poland loves America. Legal Insurrection posted an interesting article that deals with Poland snubbing the EU, embracing new USAF basing, bruising the green Euro activists with their Poland First philosophy, etc. As much as the Poles love America, they hate Russia and mistrust Germany. There's a lot of history in that.

Poland hosted one of the more active 'black sites' post 9/11 for the interrogation of al Qaeda prisoners of war. The Poles understand war. They understand intelligence, and they don't want to be overrun again - ever. They are not fond of Muslims and join with Hungary in rejecting would be jihadis settling in their lands. We could all learn a lot by visiting Poland (in the summer...it's cold there now). I worked in a setting where a Polish special forces officer was seconded with us, and found that he and the rest of the Poles that we worked with shared our national sense of humor, and our absolute love of freedom. 

A couple years or so I was asked about the possibility of a foreign posting. I'd just begun the White Wolf Mine project and didn't want to dump it, so I passed, but I said that I'd consider Poland ahead of the Court of St. James (England) or France, where I served in years past. Such is my respect for the Poles, and the absolute fun that I've had working with the Służba Wywiadu Wojskowego (Polish Intelligence Service) and Służba Kontrwywiadu Wojskowego (Polish version of the American FBI - without the rampant corruption our service has displayed).

More Snow?

Yes indeed, it's snowing (again) at the White Wolf Mine and there are three snow days predicted next week. But I am living in Arizona, which means that even though we're experiencing global cooling and the possible beginning of an Ice Age, I will be buried in solid ice AFTER many of you.

As a historical aside 1816, was referred to as the Year Without a Summer (also the Poverty Year and Eighteen Hundred and Froze To Death - in England) because of severe climate abnormalities that caused average global temperatures to decrease. There were food shortages across the Northern Hemisphere.

Evidence suggests that the anomaly was predominantly a volcanic winter event caused by the massive 1815 eruption of Mount Tambora in the Dutch East Indies (now Indonesia). Could such an event happen again. Sure. Would it be attributed by the progressives as evidence of global warming? Most assuredly. Would they still want to kill all the cows in the world? Oh Yeah. But if that was true, 2019 would not be called "The Year Without Beefsteaks".

The Secret of Bungang

The Summit between the USA and North Korea in Hanoi ended more abruptly than most observers expected it to and as usual, the media blamed the Americans. But it's a bit more complicated than that.

The American team brought up the secret North Korean facility for enriching uranium that is located at Bungang, and it caught the North Koreans by surprise because they thought the US was unaware of the facility and it's ongoing activity.
On 6 March, the South Korean newspaper Korea JoongAng Daily, published a detailed report about the secret facility. It is an underground facility located at Bungang, a few kilometers from the Yongbyon graphite-moderated nuclear reactor and plutonium reprocessing campus. 
The North Koreans consider it separate from Yongbyon. When Kim offered to dismantle the Yongybyon facility, this facility was not included in his offer. The US team asked for it to be included.

"The Bungang complex is situated just northeast of the existing Yongbyon complex," one source, cited by JoongAng Daily said. "The North Koreans built an underground highly enriched uranium factory there to prevent detection from abroad." 

This town is where the Yongyon workers reside. It is a nuclear town, with a high school and higher learning facilities geared to nuclear physics. US and South Korean intelligence agencies reportedly have suspected this site since 2008. 

Yongbyon overhead view
The North Koreans remain under no obligation to stop weapons production or to reduce the threat to South Korea and Japan in any way. The continuation of arms business as usual during negotiations is a strategy that does not support Kim’s profession of good will and bonhomie.

Their national investment in weapons is so great and the portion of the working population tied to arms production is so large that no North Korean leader could agree to denuclearize. And therein is their dilemma. They can feed their people or they can make weapons of mass destruction, but they find it difficult to do both. So they'll continue to enrich uranium.