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  • Things can always change, but as of now it looks like the plan is for Speaker Paul Ryan to bring the health care bill to a vote tomorrow under the threat, issued from the White House, that if the bill is rejected […]

  • Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer stated that he will filibuster Neil Gorsuch, and I guess the next step is to try to figure out what that means. If he can count the votes in his own caucus, it means that […]

  • House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes called a press conference a little while ago to announce that he intended to commit a blatant act of criminal obstruction of justice with respect to the FBI’s […]

  • One thing I don’t understand about Paul Manafort is how he had the courage to rip off a Russian oligarch who is good friends with Vladimir Putin and who, according to Forbes, is worth $5.2 billion. But that’s what […]

  • Michael McAuliff and Matt Fuller report for Huffington Post that it doesn’t look like Speaker Paul Ryan has the votes he needs from his own caucus to pass Trump’s health care bill on Thursday. It […]

  • David Leonhardt of the New York Times has evidently lost his patience with the lies that are coming out the president’s mouth and the mouths of his spokespeople and surrogates, and so he’s abandoning his […]

  • Back in November, when President-Elect Trump announced his intention to make Michael Flynn his National Security Adviser, I called it a catastrophic pick and, citing a May/June article by Michael Crowley in […]

  • I spent the weekend digitizing the rest of our new issue, so I hope you take the opportunity to peruse our many excellent features, articles, and book reviews. I’ve spent this morning watching the FBI/NSA hearing […]

  • The Trump administration isn’t really running the government, but they are trying to keep their eyes on it:
    The political appointee charged with keeping watch over Environmental Protection Agency Administrator […]

  • Diane Feinstein, born in 1933, is roughly the same age as my father, which means she’s getting up in years. But she’s still working hard and seemingly as sharp as ever. The California senator recently took over as […]

  • This is not breaking news, but our president is a moron who will never stop humiliating and endangering our country and our people for as long as he is allowed to continue to serve in office.

    His meeting with […]

  • Next Gardiner projected a PowerPoint slide showing the range of a Taepo Dong 1 missile overlaid on a map of East Asia. It demonstrated that such a missile launched from the Korean peninsula could reach not only Tokyo, Okinawa, and Beijing but also the U.S. base in Guam. To prevent escalation, Gardiner said, we would need to take out the No-Dong…

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  • I haven’t forgotten the Revolutionary War or the War of 1812, but Britain and America have fought two world wars together since then and forged a “special relationship” to stare down totalitarian communism. You’d […]

    • Next Gardiner projected a PowerPoint slide showing the range of a Taepo Dong 1 missile overlaid on a map of East Asia. It demonstrated that such a missile launched from the Korean peninsula could reach not only Tokyo, Okinawa, and Beijing but also the U.S. base in Guam. To prevent escalation, Gardiner said, we would need to take out the No-Dong and Taepo Dong missile sites quickly–which would not be easy, because we don’t know where those missiles are. Many are hidden in underground bunkers throughout North Korea. The PACOM commander’s conclusion: “It’s a difficult target set, but we can do it.”

      We would also, of course, need to take out the nuclear sites. Gardiner flashed a map of North Korea’s known nuclear-related facilities on the screen, and then showed a series of satellite photos of various WMD targets. Many of the targets were tucked away in underground tunnels or at least partially obscured by what arrows on the photos labeled as “hill masses.” “You begin to see how difficult a target set this is,” Gardiner said.

      “Is that a euphemism for undoable?” Secretary of Defense Adelman asked.

      “No, not at all,” Gardiner said. General McInerney practically jumped out of his chair to say “No!”

      Gardiner continued, explaining that the first few days of the fight would be critical if we were to have any chance of protecting Seoul. To do so, we would have to get the chemical-delivery systems, the missile sites, and the nuclear sites before the North Koreans had a chance to use them. To accomplish all this we would need to carry out 4,000 air sorties a day in the first days of the conflict. In Iraq, in contrast, we had carried out 800 a day.

      Director of National Intelligence Mathews disagreed that Seoul could be shielded: “My understanding is that we cannot protect Seoul, at least for the first twenty-four hours of a war, and maybe for the first forty-eight.” McInerney disputed this, and Mathews asked him to explain.

      McInerney: “There’s a difference between ‘protecting’ Seoul and [limiting] the amount of damage Seoul may take.”

      Mathews: “There are a hundred thousand Americans in Seoul, not to mention ten million South Koreans.”

      McInerney: “A lot of people are going to die, Jessica. But you still prevail.”

      Mathews: “I just think we’ve got to be really careful. We’ve got to protect Seoul. If your daughter were living in Seoul, I don’t think you would feel the U.S. military could protect her in those first twenty-four hours.”

      McInerney: “No, I do. I believe that we have the capability–whether from pre-emption or response–to minimize the casualties in Seoul.”

      Mathews: “‘Minimize’ to roughly what level? A hundred thousand? Two hundred thousand?”

      McInerney: “I think a hundred thousand or less.”

      Only a hard-nosed military strategist, of course, can contemplate 100,000 casualties as coolly as McInerney did. He went on to argue that–assuming 4,000 sorties a day, and given our current targeting technology, combined with the fact that the artillery systems firing on Seoul would be fairly concentrated around the DMZ–we would be able to mitigate the lethality of North Korean strikes on Seoul. Gallucci added that the North Koreans would be foolish to waste their artillery on Seoul. “It is insane for them if they are engaged in ground combat,” Gallucci said. “They’re going to be in desperate need of that artillery for support of ground operations.”

      McInerney agreed: “If they try to use Seoul as an artillery target, we would destroy their army that much quicker.”

      link.

      A cakewalk.

  • Sandeep Vaheesan is correct. When the hearings convene on Monday to consider the Supreme Court nomination of Neil Gorsuch, the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee should question the nominee closely about […]

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