Saturday, 20 December 2014

Explaining this North Korea Thing Over The Interview

Alright, so imagine two youth North Korean TV production guys go in and talk the North Korea movie crowd into financing their big idea for a new four-star movie.

The theme of the movie will be two young North Korean reporters get this once-in-a-lifetime chance to venture to the US, walk around Washington for seven days, and finally interview President Obama....where an gimmick-assassination attempt will be made....possibly successful....possibly unsuccessful.

The movie crowd asks....where's the action?

The two guys respond....that the movie centers around the sexual liaisons of President Obama with dozens of interns who all happen to be blonde dimwits gals from Virginia Tech or Cal State.....freaky Secret Service guys with Baltimore hookers in the background....fake interviews with US Senators who are mostly dead from the neck up....lobbyists who keep handing the two visiting North Koreans free dope and cash....a CNN guy who is the accompanying guy to explain everything to the North Koreans but appears to be mostly a Democratic-party thug.....and a very happy hotel manager who is really a trans-gender individual and seems to be doped-up on pain-killers constantly.

Still, the movie crowd who should be careful about investing....asks...."where's the big action"?

So the two guys respond that President Obama's wife would be in one scene and confess her husband is freaky in bed and appears to have a thing for Hollywood stars.  In another scene, the two will catch a late-night Metro subway train and watch three murders occur over black guys who said the wrong thing to an undercover cop.  And there's a scene where some big-name handler of the President admits that the whole 2008 and 2012 election were all fraudulent in nature and part of a bigger plan to take over the Democratic Party....to ensure it fails miserably over the next decade and all connected to Karl Rove in some way.

Finally, the North Korean money guys agree.....and the two youthful guys make a movie where President Obama and VP Joe are shot by bumbling Secret Service agents, in a very graphic scene.

North Korea decides to market the movie and send it to possible US theaters.

How much whining would occur in the US over a North Korean movie with this type of theme?

So, just what would you expect.....if you did the same type movie theme on North Korea?

Yeah, that's pretty much the entire story in a nutshell.

A Little Bergdahl for Your Morning

Sometime on Friday....the Pentagon wrapped up the Army investigation of Bowe Bergdahl....the Army NCO who deserted his post in Afghanistan...leaving his rifle and unit....and going off to be captured by the Taliban of the region. Over the past six months, the Obama Administration traded five bad guys out of Gitmo.....to get Bergdahl back.  No one associated with the Administration will speak publicly over the money involved.....but it's figured to be around one million dollars that we gave as part of the deal.

The investigation concluded....yes, he deserted.   End of the story. Concluded and signed off.

Next?  Well.....the Secretary of Defense (Hagel) is handing it over to his unit commander and they will determine charges, or maybe no charges.  You can figure this will take three months to work out.
There are several scenarios.  The worst case is a full-up court martial.....which I seriously doubt will occur.  There could be just some administrative action to dump Bergdahl immediately with a general discharge....but get a lot of Army folks frustrated and hostile that he just gets off easily.  So I'm going for the likely scenario of Bergdahl getting a Article 15 situation....losing most of his stripes....getting ninety days of some jail....and then discharged with a Bad-Conduct Discharge.

Converting it back to a general discharge?  Maybe.  Getting the VA to grant PTSD?  Very likely.  The $350,000 of back-pay from the period held by the Taliban? Zero chance of the money coming to him now, my humble opinion.

Normally, a guy like this would get several years (minimum of one-year) for a simple case of desertion.  There's been cases where no time were awarded, our nut-case who ran off to North Korea and stayed twenty-odd years ended up with no time in jail....simply because he suffered enough.  They may see the same logic in handling Bergdahl the same way.

What does all this say?  If the White House had realized the full consequence of getting Bergdahl back and having this amount of negative attention, I doubt if they'd done it and just let him sit there.  It's another sign of how they aren't capable of grasping the problems and consequences of bad decision-making.

As for what happens to Bergdahl in the future?  I'll predict he gets PTSD paperwork and a military disability situation ($30,000 a year).  I'll also predict he writes a book, which generally doesn't sell.  I'll predict some idiot ten years from now will make a movie over the episode.  And I'll predict that Bergdahl ends up packing a bag and leaving for El Salvador or some marginal third-world country within five years....admitting that he can't handle life in the US.

A nutcase?  Yeah.  Based on everything written of his youth.....I'd say that the Army should have reviewed his entry and stopped him at the front door.  This was predictable. Sadly, there's probably a thousand Bergdahls in the Army today.