[Marxism] Fwd: How Sony, Obama, Seth Rogen and the CIA Secretly Planned to Force Regime Change in North Korea | Alternet

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Sep 6 05:56:43 MDT 2017

(Alternet/Graystone, usually a vehicle for Blumenthal and Norton's 
Assadist propaganda, finally publishes a useful article.)

It’s difficult to overstate how reactionary Obama’s policies became. In 
contrast to Bush, and even Trump, Obama flatly rejected the idea of 
negotiating with the North without a prior commitment to 
denuclearization. He also expressed no interest in the DPRK’s offer to 
sign a peace agreement. More disturbingly, he was the first president in 
history to refer to the Korean War, which has been universally 
recognized as a bloody stalemate, as a “victory.” In doing so, Obama 
revived a right-wing trope that was first used in the 1950s and 
resurrected during the Bush years by David Frum and other neocons. So 
from the onset, Obama caused America’s policy toward Korea to take a 
sharp right turn.

The tensions were exacerbated by the covert cyber war Obama launched 
against North Korea to damage and slow its missile program. During the 
Obama years, North Korea tested three more nuclear bombs, and despite 
the cyber war, rapidly expanded its missile abilities. As the situation 
deteriorated, Obama embarked on a series of military exercises with 
South Korea that increased in size and tempo over the course of his 
administration. They included unprecedented overflights by B-52 and 
stealth B1-B bombers as well as training in “decapitation strikes” 
designed to take out Kim and his leadership. All of this led straight to 
the crisis Trump inherited and has only made worse.

But while Trump critics rightly chafe over his reckless allusions to a 
nuclear attack on Korea, it’s often forgotten that Obama himself made 
similar statements, couched in his trademark cool. “We could, obviously, 
destroy North Korea with our arsenals,” Obama told CBS News in April 
2016. A few months later, Daniel Russel, the president’s senior diplomat 
on Asia who had earlier viewed The Interview at Sony’s request, actually 
threatened North Korea's destruction. If Kim gets “an enhanced capacity 
to conduct a nuclear attack,” Russel told defense reporters, he would 
“immediately die.”


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