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    Will The Left Apologize To Bolton?

    Will The Left Apologize To Bolton?

    On May 20, 2009, John Bolton wrote an op-ed for The Wall Street Journal titled “Get Ready for Another North Korean Nuke Test” in which he noted that the complacency of the Obama administration about North Korea’s nuclear ambitions (and Iran’s) was misplaced:

    “The curtain is about to rise again on the long-running nuclear tragicomedy, “North Korea Outwits the United States.” Despite Kim Jong Il’s explicit threats of another nuclear test, U.S. Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth said last week that the Obama administration is “relatively relaxed” and that “there is not a sense of crisis.” They’re certainly smiling in Pyongyang.”

    As usual, the Left lashed out at Bolton, who may be third after George Bush and Dick Cheney in being portrayed as crazy and paranoid. Bolton has been derided as “the neocon’s neocon” who “laps up the hosannas of fellow knuckle-draggers.”

    Allison Kilkenny at Huffington Post applied the left-wing attack on Bolton specifically as to Bolton’s North Korea position, in a post titled, Update: John Bolton Still Crazy:

    You have to hand it to the Wall Street Journal. At a time when the newspaper industry is desperately trying to remind America it’s important and relevant, the WSJ has carved out a nice little niche for itself as a halfway house for discredited political figures. I think it’s really humane of them. Their most recent charity case is John Bolton, America’s former ambassador to the United Nations….

    Today, Bolton chose to growl at the old, but reliable, enemy of North Korea. This is a particularly vintage move when one considers North Korea already tried to strike fear into the hearts of Americans last month when they tested a missile that fizzled and fell into the ocean 1,300 miles off the east coast of Japan. Bolton’s stance is pretty brave because his frenzied ideology flies in the face of scholarly counsel.

    It turns out that Ms. Kilkenny’s post proved just who still is crazy, and it’s not Bolton. Please read all of Ms. Kilkenny’s anti-Bolton diatribe. It is a lesson in why we cannot, cannot, cannot, trust the Left with our national security.

    Don’t take my word for it, read today’s headlines:

    North Korea declares it conducted nuclear test
    Outrage over N Korea nuclear test
    North Korea Announces 2nd Test of Nuclear Device

    Which gets me to Iran. Here is what the Left is saying about the Iranian threat, the same psycho-political babble as Kilkenny, as in this guest-post, Break Out The NeoCon Fainting Couch, at Attackerman. The author argues that since Iran’s religious leaders have said nuclear weapons are bad, Iran’s military and intelligence leaders could not possibly want nuclear weapons:

    The Supreme Leader [of Iran] can not get up and preach against the morality of nuclear weapons and call them “un-Islamic” and then wink and nod to his followers and have everything work out fine. One of the consequences of a theistic society is that the citizens follow the leader’s spiritual teachings for better or for worse. So how would they even find someone to work on a program that they have been taught will guarantee them a corner of Hell?

    Let’s hope that the North Korean nuclear test is a wake up call for the Obama administration on Iran. So that we are not in a position of demanding another apology from left-wing bloggers when Iran detonates its nuclear device, or announces that it has constructed a device based on the North Korean testing.

    UPDATE: Don Surber has a good round-up: Lefties on North Korea. And so does Troglopundit: If John Bolton writes a column predicting that I win a hundred million dollars, I’ll split it with him

    UPDATE No. 2: There will be no apology. Quite the contrary, you should not believe your lying eyes when you read Kilkenny’s original post quoted above, at least if you read the new post North Korea’s Unsurprising Actions:

    I apparently have to clarify an important point. No one should be entirely surprised that North Korea has detonated a bomb. Kim Jong Il launches a missile or detonates a bomb whenever he wants attention or aid from the United States. He tested a bomb back in 2006, and also launched a missile in April. The detonation of this latest bomb does not somehow de-crazy the rest of John Bolton’s Wall Street Journal column from last week in which he orders Obama to “put down Kim Jong Il’s script.” Whatever that means. One presumes he means to “get tough.” Whatever that means.

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    N. Korea launches a missile over the protected air space of Japan, no big deal. N. Korea lights an underground nuke, no big deal. When Iran tests an nuke underground, it too will be no big deal.

    When will it be a big deal? When one of these out-of-control countries actually uses one? Will that get Obama’s attention?

    We wouldn’t be having this discussion about N. Korea if Clinton hadn’t provided the tools necessary to help N. Korea make a nuke back in the 1990s; it was provided for “peaceful electrical power generation”. Isn’t this what Iran is saying their nuclear program is all about?

    People are living in squalor in N. Korea yet they the money and resources to maintain a nuclear bomb program. Who is looking to invade N. Korea? What are they protecting themselves from? S. Korean aggression?

    Until N. Korea dissolves it tyrannical control over its people (re: sets them free), frees people from re-education, work and political prisons, then the world can and will support N. Korea. Until then, the only thing one can do is to isolate them until they realize bad behavior will not be rewarded.

    BTW, I find the left attacking people who post, and not sticking to the problem a sign of their lack of maturity and lack of understand on dealing with out-of-control governments. This is a typical tactic when one tries to destroy the truth and won’t admit it. Really sad.

    You’ll never get an apology from the ‘ arrested development’ crowd on the left. That would mean taking responsibility.And therefore the consequences there of.They will never accept that their actions have meaning. But they can’t even accept the concept of right or wrong, so they lay secure in their belief that nothing matters but what they want. No reality. Only their desires matter. They don’t accept or they don’t care that their actions may have consequences. So their actual existence has little meaning. So why bother to apologize when you know your worthless? You’ll find that in their world everything is everyone else’s fault, not mine, so why should I say sorry?
    Try having any sort of reasonable diolouge with them.( See Warden, for example) He obviously acts on his emotional intuition, which is shaped by his poor attitude. Will he admit this? No, never. Instead he will thrive in the rantings and incoherent raves of his fellow children.Sorry is never having to say your sorry.

    “You’ll never get an apology from the ‘ arrested development’ crowd on the [removed]. That would mean taking responsibility.And therefore the consequences there of.They will never accept that their actions have meaning. But they can’t even accept the concept of right or wrong, so they lay secure in their belief that nothing matters but what they want. No reality. Only their desires matter. They don’t accept or they don’t care that their actions may have consequences. So their actual existence has little meaning. So why bother to apologize when you know your worthless? You’ll find that in their world everything is everyone else’s fault, not mine, so why should I say sorry?
    Try having any sort of reasonable diolouge with them.( See Warden, for example) He obviously acts on his emotional intuition, which is shaped by his poor attitude. Will he admit this? No, never. Instead he will thrive in the rantings and incoherent raves of his fellow children.Sorry is never having to say your sorry.”

    Wow, I read through your statement and thought it was a critique of neo-con philosophy of pre-emptive war. In particular, I thought of John Bolton’s strategy toward Iran, Syria, Iraq and N. Korea and how he became so marginalized by Bush 43 he began to lecture against his former administration.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RuqNWG9sbuE

    I think the entire argument by the author is the essence of beating up a strawman — comparing a self-described humorist/satrist thoughts on N. Korea to a former (even if discredited) UN Ambassador.

    I’m amazed as well that Bolton’s neo-conservative neo-colonialist expantionist foreign polices actually unite liberals, conservatives and libertarians.

    By some form of technological magic , the word ‘Left’ was removed from my posting, thereby making it’s point moot. Apparently using words like,’neo conservative neo-colonialist expansionist’ means people on the starboard side of the political spectrum. So to be politically correct and not to offend oversensitive and underdeveloped ego’s, I’ll refer to the port side of the political spectrum as the ‘cocondensational communistic cohabitants ‘.
    I hope this leads to a better understanding between our peoples.


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