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    North Korea, you so crazy!

    Or maybe it's just Kim trying to fuck with Trump? Lets face it, North Korea scuttled these talks. Trump's letter was an attempt to make it look like he was the one that decided the issue, not North Korea. It may very well be that Trump is trying to put on an act, that of the crazy out of the control guy that might do anything. The problem with that is that it's not just North Korea that sees this, its South Korea, China, and Japan. These countries need to be on board as well if any meaningful negotiations are to take place.
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    North Korea, you so crazy!

    I don't think it's as simple as that. I'm sure Kim has all sorts of ways to keep himself entertained and no shortage of smuggled Western luxuries. From his viewpoint, he is dealing with a US President who is certainly more unpredictable in certain ways compared to other US presidents. He also is looking at a US president who seems to care not one bit about sticking to previously made US agreements, which I am sure does not give Kim much incentive to trust Trump. Also, he is looking at a US President who's administration is in perpetual chaos, has several major scandals hovering over it, and is consistently running at a 40% approval rating. Kim might decide to wait it out for a few years until Trump is gone. Certainly, North Korea has survived sanctions in the past. If they survived Curtis LeMay's bombing campaign during the Korean war, they probably figure they can survive just about anything else. Also, they will not give up their Nukes willingly, it's the one thing that keeps the US at bay. John Bolton's mention of the Libyan model pretty much made it clear what happens to leaders the US does not like who don't have a nuclear deterrent. Anyhow, Trump's military options are limited. Kim knows this.
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    North Korea, you so crazy!

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    AK vs. M16 Through History

    Did the SKS start to trickle into VC hands prior to the AK, or were they supplied in parallel?
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    AK vs. M16 Through History

    I wonder what the ARVN troops thought about being given M1 carbines while their opponent had AKs. Of course, given the ARVN combat record, perhaps it didn't really matter.
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    The M4 Sherman Tank Epic Information Thread.. (work in progress)

    Is it just me, or does this suspension look a bit like some sort of evil Aztec god?
  7. James Comey is a weird dude. Somehow the guy managed to piss off everyone, both right and left, by doing what in his own mind he felt was best for the FBI. Notice I said "what he thought was best", not that his decisions were actually good. That said, my impression is that he is a relatively honest public servant, with perhaps more than a touch of self-rightieousness to him. His description of the President seems quite believable to me though.
  8. Um, when did he say that? I know he said that he favored a situation where Trump is voted out of office rather than impeached. I think his thought was that the US voter made this choice (well, 46.1% did), and it's up to the voter to change it if they don't like it. "Because I think impeaching and removing Donald Trump from office would let the American people off the hook and have something happen indirectly that I believe they're duty bound to do directly." "People in this country need to stand up and go to the voting booth and vote their values," Comey said. "And so impeachment, in a way, would short circuit that."
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    Movie tanks and terrible Vismods

    Probably Spanish Army M24s. Same ones as seen in Battle of the Bulge would be my guess.
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    North Korea, you so crazy!

    I can' t imagine any international situation helped out by John Bolton. I for one would prefer that the US get involved in fewer wars, not more. Trump campaigned as being opposed to the 2003 Iraq war, yet chose Bolton for his cabinet, one of the strongest advocates for the Iraq war. Makes little sense to me.
  11. It's hard to say. The republican's had the same thing happen when they Tea Party came along in 2010. Certainly, some of the more ideologically extreme tea party supported candidates lost races they should have won (christie odonnell) , but overall, the Tea Party movement energized a lot of conservative voters. Will the #Resistance be the Democtratic version of this? Guess we'll find out in November.
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    North Korea, you so crazy!

    And here is the most predictible event in the entire sequence, North Korea threatens to cancel talks. This is not the first time the North has indicated that it want's to talk, then pulled the rug out from underneath everyone. My suspicion is that Rocket-man Kim and his buddies just wanted to test the waters and see how high they could get Trump to jump. Considering that they got Trump to say “We want to thank [North Korean leader] Kim Jong Un, who really was excellent to these three incredible people,” regarding American citizens imprisoned and sentenced to hard labor, I would think the North Korean's got what they wanted. North Korea warns US as it suspends South Korea talks over military drills
  13. If there is one issue that the Repubs and Dems have walked together in lock step over the years, it's genuflecting to Isreal and AIPAC.