I’m in New York City for some in-studio Fox News interviews — last night I was on Hannity. I spent the good part of Monday watching the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on the farcical speculation of Russian influence in the results of our presidential election.I mean seriously, we have so many other very important intelligence issues that this committee should focus on — like classified intelligence leaks. It just appears to me that at this moment, America is in need of some semblance of adult leadership that’s not playing on social media or creating false narratives — or both.
What should we be concerned about?As reported by USA Today, “North Korea has conducted a ground test of a new type of high-thrust rocket engine that leader Kim Jong Un is calling a revolutionary breakthrough for the country’s space program, the North’s state media said Sunday.
Kim attended Saturday’s test at the Sohae launch site, according to the Korean Central News Agency, which said the test was intended to confirm the “new type” of engine’s thrust power and gauge the reliability of its control system and structural safety.
Kim called the test “a great event of historic significance” for the country’s indigenous rocket industry, the KCNA report said.He also said the “whole world will soon witness what eventful significance the great victory won today carries” and claimed the test marks what will be known as the “March 18 revolution” in the development of the country’s rocket industry.The report indicated that the engine is to be used for North Korea’s space and satellite-launching program. North Korea is banned by the United Nations from conducting long-range missile tests, but it claims its satellite program is for peaceful use, a claim many in the U.S. and elsewhere believe is questionable. North Korean officials have said that under a five-year plan, they intend to launch more Earth observation satellites and what would be the country’s first geostationary communications satellite — which would be a major technological advance.
Getting that kind of satellite into place would likely require a more powerful engine than its previous ones. The North also claims it is trying to build a viable space program that would include a moon launch within the next 10 years.”
One would think that the actions of the little fat guy with the bad haircut would be of more interest to the HPSCI. I mean really, three hours rambling about non-sensical stuff — especially Rep. Jackie Speier of California who kept talking about tarantula spiders and webs. Frankly, I’ve never seen a tarantula spider web…though I did see them jump at Ft. Sill Oklahoma.Anyway, here we have a clear and present threat, a danger not just to our Pacific Rim allies, but to our mainland as well. North Korea isn’t looking to put a man on the moon. If we’re to be seeking out signs of collusion, why not have a hearing on North Korean and Iranian collusion? That’s not going to happen because it makes sense, and it’s not about political grandstanding.
Why not conduct a hearing to talk about China’s support to North Korea and what our intelligence community can share about that, unclassified. We do have an upcoming meeting between our president and the leader of China, Xi Jinping. It would behoove us to ascertain what can be done to undermine the Chinese-North Korea relationship, diplomatically, economically, and potentially militarily — against North Korea.
I was stationed on the Korean peninsula back in 1995. We’ve been acquiescing and appeasing North Korea for countless years. We’ve issued warnings and even President Bill Clinton sought to have a nuclear agreement with the nutcases of Pyongyang. All the while, China has turned a bling eye to the obtuse and belligerent activities of the dark Stalinist regime of now Kim Jung Un. We’ve witnessed and allowed his maniacal actions which has resulted in loss of lives for South Koreans. And even still, we seek to have a policy of tip-toeing around him so as not to upset the Chinese.This has been a failing policy that has existed through twenty-four years of three US presidents — Clinton, GW Bush, and Obama.
As long as we have these politicized distractions such as I witnessed in the HPSCI hearing with the directors of the NSA and FBI, we will as a nation continue to chase our tail…and portray weakness.
The time has come when we MUST realize any efforts towards diplomacy with North Korea, or through its paternal ward, have failed. We are entering a phase where we must put pressure on China, whom itself is thumbing its nose at the international community of peace and stability. After all, China has embarked on an effort to weaponize islands throughout the South China Sea as it builds up its maritime capability. This is because there are folks in this world who only understand strength and might. And after the past eight years of evident weakness, they’ve made great strides towards their global goals.
The HPSCI hearing was truly a victory for the state and non-state belligerent actors — Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, and Islamic jihadists. What they watched was such abhorrent dissension and tearing apart of this Republic, that is affords them the window of opportunity to advance, while we’re busy with petty and petulant crap.
In a way, Russia has succeeded because we’re not taking any actions against them anywhere, we are however ranting on about wiretapping and undermining of our election. The election is over; no more reliving a campaign. What we need to do is press ahead, especially confronting the foreign policy and national security/defense issues facing our nation.
It’s as if we have a really bad case of adult ADD, when we need forthright, resolute, disciplined leaders and statesmen — that includes women — don’t need any progressive socialist accusations or distractions about sexism. As a matter of fact, right now, the only one exhibiting the impeccable qualities of a leader is former South Carolina governor, and current ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley.
Right now, America looks pathetic, and I say so with a sad heart as it just doesn’t have to be that way. Somewhere there must be a prophet named Samuel, and a warrior leader out in the field named David…God save our Republic.