A lot has been happening on and around the Korean peninsula lately. Earlier this month the G20 met in South Korea, where Obama was rebuked by the rest of the developed world for the Federal Reserve’s dollar-weakening policies. Not long after the summit, the mentally disturbed Kim Jong-Il and his minions shelled a South Korean island, killing two innocent civilians and two South Korean marines. This is another attempt by the North to cause a major international incident to then get some international aid in exchange for ceasing the offensive action. Meanwhile, North Korea is continuing to escalate the situation. Foxnews.com has some late breaking details from this morning:
North Korea warned Friday that U.S.-South Korean plans for military maneuvers put the peninsula on the brink of war, and appeared to launch its own artillery drills within sight of an island it showered with a deadly barrage this week.
The fresh artillery blasts were especially defiant because they came as the U.S. commander in South Korea, Gen. Walter Sharp, toured the South Korean island to survey damage from Tuesday’s hail of North Korean artillery fire that killed four people.
None of the latest rounds hit the South’s territory, and U.S. military officials said Sharp did not even hear the concussions, though residents on other parts of the island panicked and ran back to the air raid shelters where they huddled earlier in the week as white smoke rose from North Korean territory.
Tensions have soared between the Koreas since the North’s strike Tuesday destroyed large parts of this island, killing two civilians as well as two marines in a major escalation of their sporadic skirmishes along the sea border.
The attack — eight months after a torpedo sank a South Korean warship further west, killing 46 sailors — has also laid bare weaknesses in South Korea’s defense 60 years after the Korean War. The skirmish forced South Korea’s beleaguered defense minister to resign Thursday, and President Lee Myung-bak on Friday named a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff to the post.
The heightened animosity between the Koreas is taking place as the North undergoes a delicate transition of power from leader Kim Jong Il to his young, inexperienced son Kim Jong Un, who is in his late 20s and is expected to eventually succeed his ailing father.
This time, we must be tough with North Korea. The U.N. and other global organizations have been too soft with the impoverished and backward country, which has been causing a lot of problems for the U.S. and her allies. Meanwhile, China continues to support North Korea and is even criticizing the U.S. and South Korean military exercises. The Chinese cannot be trusted, yet they have the most sway over North Korea. If the Chinese want this to stop, they can make it stop. Yet they are so far doing nothing.
Now what does this have to do with Sarah Palin?
The former Governor and Mama Grizzly was on Glenn Beck’s radio show, and in a moment that the Palin-haters have now exploited, she mistakenly said, “This speaks to a bigger picture here that certainly scares me in terms of our national security policy. But obviously we’ve gotta stand with our North Korean allies.”
Obviously, she meant to say South Korean allies, but the haters took to their blogs and twitter to denounce Ms. Palin as a dope. Mark Joyella, writing for Mediaite, added nothing to the discussion with this snarky posting:
The scrambled tongue moment–as that’s surely what Palin will say it was–does bring up a charge made in John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s book, Game Change, which portrays Palin as dangerously uninformed–a candidate for the vice presidency who didn’t understand that Korea was divided:
She knew nothing. She had to be taken through World War I, World War II, the Cold War, and Palin was not aware there was a difference between North and South Korea. She continued to insist that Iraq was behind 9/11; and when her son was being sent off to Iraq, she couldn’t describe who we were fighting.
Now, in fairness to Sarah Palin, she’s got a lot on her plate right now–a book tour, a reality show, and a daughter who landed in third place on Dancing with the Stars–so remembering arcane international details like which country has a lunatic dictator with nuclear weapons and which one has American troops can be difficult.
Maybe it’s time to make some notes on her palm?
HA HA HA! How funny, another shot at Palin for writing on her hand. Wow, how original. And using the loosely sourced smears from Game Change? Wow, now that’s what I call journalism!
These left-wingers are so afraid that an average woman could come out of nowhere to become the most powerful woman in U.S. politics. Feminists have been flipping out because she has a big family, likes the outdoors, and drives a truck. For the extreme feminist movement, conservative women like Sarah Palin pose an existential threat since they reject the feminist ideas about abortion, wage disparity, and equality. Instead of complaining and legislating equality, Sarah Palin and her fellow conservative women are busting their butts to prove they are equal. And in Alaska, where women and men have to be equally tough, Sarah Palin proves herself to be a capable leader and partisan soldier.
To hit back at her opponents, Governor Palin took to her Facebook page, writing what The Daily Caller describes as “a satire bit entitled “A Thanksgiving Message to all 57 states,” an obvious swipe at President Obama for accidentally saying he had traveled to 57 states while he was campaigning in 2008.” Her point is obvious: When Obama makes a gaffe, the sycophants in the media cover up for him. When she makes a gaffe, the media mock her and bring on Levi Johnston to trash the Palin family. As The Daily Caller accurately points out, “media outlets jumped on the isolated quote, and some neglected to mention that just eight seconds earlier, Palin had correctly identified the two countries and has spoken about conflict on the Asian peninsula at length in the past.”
Here is the first part of what Governor Palin wrote, with links to youtube videos of Obama’s gaffes (the rest of Palin’s Facebook note can be viewed at this link):
My fellow Americans in all 57 states, the time has changed for come. With our country founded more than 20 centuries ago, we have much to celebrate – from the FBI’s 100 days to the reforms that bring greater inefficiencies to our health care system. We know that countries like Europe are willing to stand with us in our fight to halt the rise of privacy, and Israel is a strong friend of Israel’s. And let’s face it, everybody knows that it makes no sense that you send a kid to the emergency room for a treatable illness like asthma and they end up taking up a hospital bed. It costs, when, if you, they just gave, you gave them treatment early, and they got some treatment, and ah, a breathalyzer, or an inhalator. I mean, not a breathalyzer, ah, I don’t know what the term is in Austrian for that…
Of course, the paragraph above is based on a series of misstatements and verbal gaffes made by Barack Obama (I didn’t have enough time to do one for Joe Biden). YouTube links are provided just in case you doubt the accuracy of these all too human slips-of-the-tongue. If you can’t remember hearing about them, that’s because for the most part the media didn’t consider them newsworthy. I have no complaint about that. Everybody makes the occasional verbal gaffe – even newsanchors.
Sarah Palin has a great sense of humor about all of this. Unfortunately, the haters in the left-wing media will continue to take her statements out of context to mock her. I can’t wait for Palin to be President someday, just to piss off all the haters who only stop pleasuring Obama long enough to make their ridiculous accusations.