Apr. 14, 2022
“What We Have Here Is Failure To Communicate”
Kim Jong Un, his father and his grandfather have had much wordplay with the United States through the decades with most of it being mutually antagonistic. Today, Kim's relationship with Joe Biden appears to be particularly caustic, having gotten off on the wrong foot some time ago according to official commentary coming out of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
Back on November 15, 2019, even before Biden reached the highest office, the 'official' North Korean News Agency (KCNA) released a statement aimed directly at Joe Biden for his indiscretions against Kim Jong Un while Biden was Obama's vice president (and from years before). In their statement the news agency called Biden;
“...a profiteer, who ran for the two failed presidential elections, [who] is now going zealous in another presidential election campaign, wandering about like a starving wild dog. He must be a dotard maniac greedy for power.”
It continued, “No wonder, even the Americans call him ‘1% Biden’ with low IQ, ‘mad Biden’, and ‘Biden who does not wake from sleep’.”
Finishing with, “Biden, listen carefully.
Anyone who dares slander the dignity of the supreme leadership of the DPRK, can never escape the DPRK’s merciless punishment, whoever and wherever. And he will be made to see even in a grave what horrible consequences will be entailed by his thoughtless utterances.
Such rabid dogs as Biden can hurt lots of people if they are allowed to run about. They must be beaten to death with a stick, before it is too late.
Doing so will be beneficial to the US, too.“
This is after the KCNA had labelled Joe an “imbecile” and 'fool of low IQ” in May of that year.
Now as the Russian Federation increases its efforts to 'de-nazify' the Ukraine while trying to avoid global war being promoted by the west as a response, the KCNA has released an 'official' comment on Joe Biden's most recent remarks about Vladimir Putin. As you might imagine the news outlet takes umbrance with Joe's reckless 'war crimes' and 'genocide' comments and chastises the U.S. Administration for pushing a failing Biden onto the world stage;
“A president has to know how much each of his or her words would weigh and what effect it will have in the world political arena.
Calling the head of a sovereign state a "war criminal" and a "murderous dictator" for no justifiable and confirmed reason and to assert he must be ousted from power is an insult to the other nation and clear infringement of sovereignty.
Such reckless remarks can be made only by the descendants of Yankees, master hand at aggression and plot-breeding.
Perhaps, the trouble was caused by him reading a script which his aides prepared beforehand, worrying about the president known for his repeated slip of tongue.
If not, the conclusion could be that there is a problem in his intellectual faculty and that his reckless remarks are just a show of imprudence of an old man in his senility.
Given that his subordinates had a hard time to redeem his misstatements, the latter seems true. No wonder his subordinates begged him not to answer any questions of journalists, finding it hard to handle the follow-up with their president disgraced as a "slipper of tongue."
A big question is if he could ever have done anything right with such IQ during his florid 50-year political career. Gloomy, it seems, is the future of the U.S. with such a feeble man in power.”
Since the end of the Korean War in 1953 the Kim family have been planning to take revenge upon the United States. For decades the flaming North Korean rhetoric directed against the U.S. And its allies has been a source of jokes for late night television hosts and political pundits because much of the world deemed the North a 'toothless tiger'.
In 1993, then President Bill Clinton publicly doubted the capabilities of North Korea and threatened a scorched earth policy towards them should Kim Jong Il become aggressive towards the South. In 2002 then President Bush continued to publicly demean the DPRK when he said,
“North Korea is a regime arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction while starving its own people.”
I think that's funny not only because 'weapons of mass destruction' were the favourite bogey-man of both Bush presidencies but also because today, twenty years after those comments were made the United States itself is 'arming with missiles and weapons of mass destruction while starving its own people.' But I digress...
Professor John Delury at South Korea's Yonsei university told the BBC in September of 2015 that, "If you follow North Korean media you constantly see bellicose language directed against the US and South Korea and occasionally Japan is thrown in there, and it's hard to know what to take seriously. But then when you look at occasions where something really did happen, such as the artillery attack on a South Korean island in 2010, you see there were very clear warnings,"
Then in 2016 after the DPRK conducted another series of underground nuclear tests, more people in the west woke up. In September of that year the SOUFAN Centre (rabid U.S. think tank) published a brief warning of how the North's previous, almost cartoonish rhetoric was rapidly turning into tangible threats to the west;
“North Korea’s threats and earlier nuclear tests have been assessed as posturing and brinksmanship in order to get more aid, attention, or sanctions relief. Yet as the gap between Pyongyang’s rhetoric and its capability narrows, the international community must take this rhetoric more seriously.
The most recent test led Seoul to publicly threaten to reduce Pyongyang to ash if the North made any threat of nuclear use against the South, an unusually specific response, but understandable given the stakes. “
One of the very few reprieves from the constant threats, and the only time a sitting U.S. Leader has visited the DPRK came with Trump in 2019. Indeed it took two political 'outsiders' to break the ice with Dennis Rodman being the first high profile American to spend time with Kim Jong Un in 2013 during Obama's presidency.
Dennis continued to be the only American to receive press for his many visits to the DPRK until Trump arrived because Obama did not and probably wasn't allowed a relationship with either China or Kim that might spark such a cooling off of political tensions.
It is important to note that even Trump used threatening language towards the DPRK and 'Little Rocket Man' during his run up to office, until Kim announced that the DPRK 'have the bomb' following a successful Hydrogen bomb test in 2016. In my opinion this sudden softening in U.S. Rhetoric did not go unnoticed by those nations dependant upon the U.S. For military protection.
Looking back and in spite of the many challenges facing American efforts to police the world, those were halcyon days compared to the current Biden presidency. Today tensions are once again rising on the Korean peninsula to the point where the South Korean government is urgently requesting “the redeployment of a number of American strategic assets, including aircraft carriers, long-range nuclear bombers, and submarines” to the area.
South Korea's (and Japan's) fear of further escalation comes close on the heels of the North's threat to re-start nuclear testing unless U.S. Sanctions are lifted, while at the same time launching its latest intercontinental ballistic missile which is said to be able to reach the U.S. Heartland. May 04, 2022 Update: Another launch
This past week the United States carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln has moved into the Sea Of Japan, just off the Korean coastline to conduct 'exercises' with the Japanese and South Korean navies; obviously a response to the fears expressed by the two nations but an act dubbed 'confrontational' by the North.
Where is this going? Last year, after months of silence following their initial outburst at the election of Biden, the DPRK re-opened communications with South Korea but so far have failed to respond to any American requests for direct talks.
Importantly the DPRK are not alone in turning their backs on American 'diplomacy' as many nations of South America, the Russian Federation and now many African and Middle Eastern nations are also ignoring America and turning to China for trade and protection...from the United States.
This is not a new phenomenon and in 2015, Chas Freeman writing in the 'American Conservative' magazine observed that;
“ Since the fall of the Soviet Union liberated Americans from our fear of nuclear Armageddon, the foreign policy of the United States has come to rely almost exclusively on economic sanctions, military deterrence, and the use of force.
Such measures are far from the only arrows in the traditional quiver of statecraft. Yet Americans no longer aim at leadership by example or polite persuasion backed by national prestige, patronage, institution building, or incentives for desirable behavior. In Washington, the threat to use force has become the first rather than the last resort in foreign policy.
We Americans have embraced coercive measures as our default means of influencing other nations, whether they be allies, friends, adversaries, or enemies. “
Although western media spent four years claiming the Trump presidency broke all of the establishment rules in that respect, Trump did not start any new conflicts and even avoided what seemed certain to be war with the DPRK and Iran; hostilities ignited or re-ignited by the Democrats of Obama before him.
Some of this awakening to 'dirty tricks' by the Americans stems from the AUKUS affair which saw Australia change its policies when in mid 2021 it cancelled an agreement with France for the purchase of multiple submarines before promptly re-signing with the Biden Democrats to supply American and British technology.
Although important as a partial explanation for both Australia's sudden shift into authoritarian home rule and the cooling of American dealings with France, this event was just the latest in a string of sketchy plays by the U.S. on the world stage. By September of 2021 and “with the recent diplomatic failures seemingly undermining American allies' trust in the United States, some European officials told the network that foreign diplomats, even those who initially gave the Biden administration a warm welcome and had great expectations, are currently second-guessing their hopes in someone who had been touted would bring "America back".”
America needs the world more than the world needs America, but nobody running the place wants to admit that. Without trust, American diplomatic efforts appear more like ultimatums to an increasing number of nations and you cannot sell energy or technology that way, at least not to nations which are no longer threatened by what was once the 'leader of the free world'.
Two weeks ago the Indian foreign minister expressed outrage at being threatened by America for his country's decision to stay friends with Russia while Germany is feeling particularly squeezed by American pressure to purchase expensive LPG gas rather than cheaper, close at hand Russian gas.
India has not withdrawn its angry sentiment and now European nations, faced with food and energy shortages forced upon them by the United States and its lap dog the European Union, are beginning to realize that the once mighty United States, along with its once powerful Dollar are no longer worth sacrificing for. If this is truly the end of American world domination then Joe Biden is the perfect reflection of it and Kim Jong Un the perfect foil.