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The libertarian isolationist case for North Korea is shallow

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Looking back there have been a number of tactical errors by the President with both parties sharing some blame. Earlier this year, Trump bombed Syria for their alleged use chemical weapons trusting the word of Al-Qaeda linked rebels and White Helmets. That was an error seeing that the evidence that Syria conducted the attack is weak. Also in the Arab Spring, Obama participated in the toppling of the Libyan regime. The country is now a chaotic breeding ground for Islamic terrorism. The very rebels armed were likely also the very rebels who killed Ambassador Stevens in Benghazi. This was a stupid idea at the time. Obviously, mistakes were made in the handling of Iraq. Libertarians often use examples like these in their anti-war cases, but for North Korea I have observed libertarians resorting to talking points that are ultimately misused and shallow.

Quality of Life

Arguing that intervention will not improve the quality of life or will hurt the quality of life in a country is a fair point looking at Syria, Libya, Iraq, and even Afghanistan but to make the same argument in regards to North Korea, you would have to be out of your mind to suggest things could get worse for the North Koreans. The only advanced thing about North Korea is the fact that they achieved nuclear weapons. Aside from that, North Korea is a communist dictatorship that brainwashes its people, has no regard for personal liberty, and has some of the world’s worst prisons for those who dissent. Zero percent chance America would make their lives worse.

Self Defense

A nation has the right to defends itself. Absolutely, Noth Korea included. Any action against North Korea would be addressing the explicit threats they have made to America and its allies.

North Korea poses no real threat

This used to be true and is a definite contributor to the prolonging of this issue. But after two presidents ignored the issue with this reason, North Korea has steadily expanded their capabilities. North Korea is ultimately striving towards ICBMs. This is a credible threat and while the American military has innovated to address such threat, nuclear war is a risk we don’t want to take. This argument was once valid but is since obsolete.

America is the aggressor

This point is meant to blame America for North Korea’s actions going back to the point about self defense. It shows a lack of an informed opinion and no regard for America’s allies or history in the region.

Free Market is the solution

I wish we could trade with North Korea but what do they have? This is a nation that has to import food because they can’t support themselves. And would North Korea even allow American products. North Korea is the epitome of the failures of communism as it is right next to South Korea, one of the world largest economies.

Regime change only fails

Unlike, Iraq, Libya, and Vietnam, the reunification of the Korean Peninsula is a much more well thought out transfer of power. The challenges would also be shared by South Korea, Japan, and even China. Therefore, America would not be alone in nation building. If there ever was a successful example of nation building in the past, then it is South Korea. Perhaps that sheds light on the future.

In the last year, it has become clear that waiting for North Korea to change its ways is never going to happen. A regime change needs to happen. The time to act is at hand. Libertarians sometimes cling to America’s failures as evidence for the purpose of establishing foresight credibility. I have observed these classic arguments be made in the latest potential war. These arguments are either shallow or being misused. Military intervention is a subject where we the people should judge on a case by case basis weighing the merits. We should ignore the hawks in congress that want war at every opportunity, but we should also ignore the hippies that want to wait for the next Pearl Harbor. Continuing to use these arguments against intervening with North Korea in 2017 only hurts your credibility and makes one look like an out of touch isolationist.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking he’s LaVar Ball. Brent Spiner’s response is hilarious.

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LeVar Burton is being attacked by people thinking hes LaVar Ball Brent Spiners response is hilarious

LaVar Ball wasn’t impressed with President Trump’s efforts to get his son released from a Chinese prison for shoplifting. His reactions have prompted many Trump supporters to go after him as ungracious, hypocritical, and much worse.

Unfortunately, many of these attacks are being directed towards actor LeVar Burton. The Reading Rainbow host who rose to prominence after Roots and solidified his status as a Hollywood icon while playing Geordi La Forge on Star Trek: The Next Generation has a name similar to Ball’s and is also black. Responses to the attacks from other Twitter users has been brutal, but Burton has remained calm. His lone response:

Former colleague Brent Spiner, who played Data on ST:TNG, offered some advice to his friend.

“If you cared about our President, you’d change your name.”

I don’t normally applaud when leftist Hollywood gets political, but this one was too good to pass.

Source: Twitter

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Michael Flynn’s lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

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Michael Flynns lawyers break contact with White House lawyers

The legal team for former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn have stopped sharing information about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian tampering in the 2016 election. This could be a blow for the President and some who are close to him if information gleaned from Flynn points to the Trump campaign, his transition team, or his administration itself.

The NY Times is reporting that four anonymous sources have said the agreement between the two legal teams has been ended from Flynn’s side. It is normal for teams with parallel interests to share information, but when there becomes a conflict of interest, any such sharing is halted. This leaves two likely possibilities: either Flynn is negotiating a deal to cooperate with the investigation or they’re cooperating already.

If it’s the former, there’s a chance the information sharing could be renewed if no deal is struck

Flynn is at the heart of the investigation. It was his actions and the White House’s reactions before and after he resigned that prompted the investigation in the first place. Flynn had lied on more than one occasions about financial interactions he’d had with Russian and Turkish interests. This made him vulnerable to blackmail, according to former acting attorney general Sally Q. Yates. After Flynn resigned, the President had a one-on-one meeting with then-FBI Director James Comey and allegedly asked him to stop pursuing Flynn. Comey was fired by the President, then leaked a memo detailing the meeting regarding Flynn.

Outcry from many in DC and in the media prompted Mueller’s appointment. Since then, he charged Paul Manafort, Rick Gates, and George Papadopoulos. Charging or cutting a deal with Flynn would likely be the step prior to pursuing people directly associated with the President.

Further Reading

Flynn moving to cooperate with Mueller in Russia probe: report | TheHill

http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/361687-flynn-moving-to-cooperate-with-mueller-in-russia-probe-reportThe report comes after NBC News on Wednesday reported that Mueller is looking to question Bijan Kian, an associate of Flynn. Previous reports have suggested that the special counsel already has enough evidence to indict Flynn and his son, who also worked for Trump’s campaign.

Trump’s legal team has insisted recently that Mueller’s probe will end in the coming months, though legal experts have said the investigation is likely to drag on.

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people, Robert Mugabe granted immunity, military protection

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After nearly 4 decades of crimes against his people Robert Mugabe granted immunity military protecti

In what may be the best deal ever struck by a dictator forcibly removed by the military and despised by a majority of his people, Zimbabwe’s former president Robert Mugabe has been granted full immunity, a “generous pension,” and military protection so he can stay in his country without fear that any of the millions of people he persecuted will be able to seek their vengeance.

Zimbabwe grants Robert Mugabe immunity from prosecution

Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe with an iron fist for 37 years, resigned on Tuesday, hours after parliament launched proceedings to impeach him. He had refused to leave office during eight days of uncertainty that began with a military takeover.

Emmerson Mnangagwa, the former vice-president sacked by Mugabe this month, is to be sworn in as president on Friday.

My Take

Despite complaints from the people, this is the smart move. If they allow him to leave, they have no control over him or the influence that he continues to wield at home and abroad. If they jail him, kill him, or otherwise make him face prosecution, he would be at best a distraction and at worst a martyr. This move allows them to move forward the fastest which is what former Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his military allies want.

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