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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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Binge-worthy show: The Night Manager shows why Tom Hiddleston should be the next James Bond

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Binge-worthy show The Night Manager shows why Tom Hiddleston should be the next James Bond

He’s too posh. He’s too pretty. He isn’t intimidating. He’s too big as a Marvel character. There are many reasons people have dismissed the notion of Tom Hiddleston playing the role of James Bond in the famed series. All of these reasons can be dismissed by watching The Night Manager.

Available on Amazon, the AMC-BBC collaboration is six episodes long. There are reports that it could be brought back for another series, but if it never comes back, rest assured the single series is still worth a watch. The funny part is that Hiddleston might be the main draw, but he’s not even the best overall performance. That honor goes to Hugh Laurie, the well-mannered villain of the show.

As usual, no spoilers.

Much effort is put into making the beautiful people look as beautiful as possible in lovely settings even when things get crazy. It opens with Hiddleston cutting through a crowd of protesters just prior to the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in 2011. He’s on his way to work to engage in his craft as a manager at a high-end hotel in Cairo. Even through the chaos, Hiddleston holds an air of separation from both the protesters and the military holding them back. And he does all this while wearing cargo pants and an untucked linen dress shirt.

This is where the presence of Hiddleston comes into play and demonstrates why he would be able to play James Bond. His sharp eyes announce he’s not to be reckoned with while simultaneously charming the observer. As one character later notes, “Everybody is attracted to you.”

The men want to be on his side and the women (and one man) want him to be by their side.

His impish grin may have been perfect for playing Loki in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but it takes a more menacing turn in The Night Manager. We realize there’s grit behind his boyish looks that betrays two tours in Iraq and a personal grudge he’s held with him for years. If Daniel Craig brought emotionless chills to the Bond character, Hiddleston would bring an emotional fortitude. He’s only truly happy when he’s doing the right thing, which may go against the stereotypes associated with a world-class assassin, but luckily we’re in a world where stereotypes are being broken.

There’s another reason Hiddleston would be the right person for the role. Unfortunately, it’s a political one. Some are pushing for a minority or a woman to take the role to the next level. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as it’s done with the most qualified person in mind and not just to make a political statement about inclusion. With Hiddleston, it’s an opportunity to use the same formula while mitigating the damage that is sure to come if they don’t select a minority or a woman. Everyone likes Hiddleston. He’ll make the passing on a controversial choice easier to swallow.

There’s even a scene when he orders a vodka martini at a bar in Cairo. It was the most obvious nod to the Bond franchise they could have made without asking for the drink to be shaken.

If you only watch The Night Manager to verify my Bond assertions, so be it. If you watch it for its great acting, engaging espionage, and brilliant storyline, well that’s even better. Either way, get your six-hour binging snacks ready.

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Jonah Goldberg throws water on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal

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Jonah Goldberg throws water on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal

In a thought-provoking piece on National Review, senior editor Jonah Goldberg took a sober look at the ever-growing fire that drives the climate change debate. In the process, he threw water on their fire, particular the one being fanned right now but incoming-Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her Green New Deal.

While acknowledging the science seems to support substance to the climate change debate, Goldberg points out the overstated ways in which the debate is being framed. People like Ocasio-Cortez tend to blow the alarms harder and louder than necessary and the policies that arise from their klaxon calls are usually overkill.

Climate Change Frenzy Clouds Our Judgment

https://www.nationalreview.com/g-file/climate-change-frenzy-clouds-our-judgment/Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is pushing a “Green New Deal.” As I’ve written 7 trillion times (give or take), progressives have wanted a “new New Deal” even before the first New Deal was over. Painting an age-old progressive idol green has nothing to do with science and everything to do with marketing.

As I suggested in the bit about the science-fiction story, I don’t think there is very much to do right now. Oh, I am very much in favor of R&D for all sorts of things. Cold fusion would be the equivalent of discovering faster-than-light travel. Personally, I am very interested in geoengineering — the science of actually fixing the problem. I am convinced the world has a low-grade fever that could get dangerously high in the future. That fever isn’t all bad by the way: E.g., it extends growing seasons and accelerates tree growth.

Whether climate change skeptics are right or not, there’s definitely reason to question the ways in which environmentalists are pushing their agenda. There’s a difference between having the debate and trying to quash it before it starts.

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Alexander Acosta is the swamp

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Alexander Acosta is the swamp

Billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein served 13 months in prison. His deal brought no justice to his victims who were not even informed until after the deal was made. He was protected from federal prosecution and given every amenity possible during his stay in a private wing of his prison. All of this was made possible by Alexander Acosta, the current Labor Secretary in the Trump administration.

Epstein may have escaped justice, but Acosta should not be allowed to escape repercussions for his part in the Epstein deal. If the President ever really had intentions of draining the swamp, he should start by firing Acosta immediately.

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