Daily Archives: September 7, 2017


North Korea: How Obama Regime Change Policy Created the Crisis Trump Has Inherited

Naked Capitalism has the article North Korea: How Obama Regime Change Policy Created the Crisis Trump Has Inherited.

The agreement, which froze North Korea’s nuclear program for 12 years, held for several years. But in 2002, the Bush administration accused the DPRK—falsely it turned out—of building a secret uranium program as a second route to a bomb and tore up the framework.

Well, I am not sure how false the accusation was. Compare this to the interview in a previous post on this blog, Larry Wilkerson: North Korea is Not an Existential Threat – But Many People Benefit by Saying It Is. Wilkerson claims that when the North Koreans were presented CIA evidence of their renewed nuclear efforts, they readily admitted it. However, what they were doing was not a violation of the agreement made with the Clinton administration.

Whichever one of these stories you choose to believe, the rest of this current article I am discussing provides lots of details I was not aware of.

It’s difficult to overstate how reactionary Obama’s policies became. In contrast to Bush, and even Trump, Obama flatly rejected the idea of negotiating with the North without a prior commitment to denuclearization. He also expressed no interest in the DPRK’s offer to sign a peace agreement. More disturbingly, he was the first president in history to refer to the Korean War, which has been universally recognized as a bloody stalemate, as a “victory.” In doing so, Obama revived a right-wing trope that was first used in the 1950s and resurrected during the Bush years by David Frum and other neocons. So from the onset, Obama caused America’s policy toward Korea to take a sharp right turn.

Given conflicting reports of what is going on, it is hard to know whom to believe, and how much of what they say can be believed.


Web Site Attacks Are Common

With all the excitement of supposed Russian attacks on the DNC computers to steal email, I get the feeling that most people don’t understand how common attacks on web sites are.

I just got an email about an unusual number of attacks on this blog.

The Firewall has blocked 126 attacks over the last 10 minutes. Below is a sample of these recent attacks:

September 7, 2017 1:06pm 173.212.193.32 (Germany) Blocked

I have edited the messages a tad to remove information that might help the attacker. However, the point is that these attacks can come from anywhere. The location of the computer that is doing the attacking is not an indication that the government of that country is doing the attacking. It is not even an indication of the location of the person who initiated the attack.

Just to prove the point, I know that the computer that is hosting this blog is in the western part of the USA, while I am sitting in Massachusetts creating this post.