Spoke with Gordon Chang and Bruce Bechtol, Sunday 19, and we watched with disgust the usual script play out. Bill Richardson of New Mexico in the Jimmy Carter role traveling to the Kimster’s toadies in Pyongyang to make promises and arrange a phony deal.
The ROK fired their guns into the Yellow Sea, satisfying the local martial spirit. The Kims will launch a reprisal at the usual time and place of the Kimster’s choosing. More tension. The Kims are going for a nuke test in the new year.
Cash-poor, nuke-rich, the Kims are playing the Obama administration as Carter/Clinton roll-over puppies.
Not inaccurate. Bruce Bechtol, author of Defiant Failed State, figures the DPRK strike will look like a special operations team or a missile strike, or some other mode not tried before. The Kims are useful idiot pets to the Shanghai-based PLAN (People’s Liberation Army Navy) aggression. Spoke Toshi Yoshihara, Naval War College, re the PLAN ambition to build 3 or 4 medium-sized carriers to project to the first and second island chains.
Mentioned the Japanese Self-Defense Forces ambition to expand submarine fleet from 16 to 22, really good hunter killer stuff, to counter the PLAN.
The Kims nestled in between, part of the PLAN thinking to use the madness of the rogues as a buffer against the Japanese and Americans and ROK.
Arms race in the Eastern Pacific just getting under way for the 21st Century, POTUS Obama off to Oahu holiday, surrounded by the bot sharks of the future, oblivious to his no-nuke golfing.
From the blog for the syndicated, nightly John Batchelor Show, on which Larry Johnson appears every Sunday night.