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Comment: Re:Misses the point (Score 1) 566

by jbolden (#48639677) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

How will this apply to N.Korea?

Its hard to see how it would apply. The two local actors most likely to act against North Korea other than ourselves is South Korea and Japan. And as you point out we already back South Korea. We are talking about substantially arming Japan, though Japan's goals are still defensive. The analogy might be to encourage the more militant elements in Japan. Though I'm not sure we have that much influence over Japan for it to matter.

But anyway your original claim is we didn't do anything in those other cases and you can see we did.

What do you imagine we will do against (nuclear armed and sitting on the border of China right next to Russia) Korea?

If our goal is not to annoy them then we either have to shift Japan to being more responsive or China to being less protective. I can think of things we could offer China for them to sell out North Korea. Heck I'm not sure if we promised an orderly dismantlement they might not go for it. China sends out very mixed signals when N Korea acts up.

As for nuclear armed in a real war I have serious questions about how much damage their nuclear program is capable of, though there is always risk. North Korea is a dangerous foe.

We'd blame them and condemn them and attempt to get sanctions. We already do all those things so it's an empty threat.

We don't have a full on blockade. Though a full on blockade would likely mean ship to ship battles and they could respond with attacks against South Korea. So escalating to blockade we have to be at least willing to have a war.

Comment: Re:Sony security: strong or weak? (Score 1) 306

In your own post you listed a half dozen mistakes the IT organization made. I don't know how Sony's hack was done. But..

a) Is there any reason attachments shouldn't be sandboxed?
b) Is there any reason that executables should ever pass through?
c) Is there any reason that end users should be able to run an arbitrary executable? If PDFs are going to execute from email why not have that environment sandboxed?
d) Is there any reason servers should be compromised just because clients are?
e) Is there any reason they aren't running internal security on their network?


That sounds like they did a dreadful job.

Comment: Re:Misses the point (Score 1) 566

by jbolden (#48628905) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

When Iran and Lybia were both state sponsors of terrorism against the US, what did we do?

Well in the case of Iran we funded a major war against them that killed hundreds of thousands. We've harmed them diplomatically and hemmed them in. We've also backed other enemies in the region like Pakistan and Saudi Arabia. As for Libya we hit them with sanctions weakened their influence and then just recently helped flip the government.

How about Saudi Arabia's support of Al Quieda?

Saudi Arabia's government doesn't support Al Qaeda. Their population does. And our response is to help keep the Saudi government in power.

How about Pakistan's ongoing support of the Taliban?

Well Pakistan's government is split. Mainly we back the anti Taliban factions. We also have conducted frequently drone strikes on their soil.

Comment: Re:Misses the point (Score 1) 566

by jbolden (#48627447) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Do you want your children to be the ones dead so that the US can go avenge them? Or would you prefer they not die in the first place?

Of course I'd prefer they not die in the first place. But the real question is do I want my kid living in constant fear of unlikely but possible threats or do I want her to enjoy a full rich life even if it involves some risk. And as a country I think her capacity to live a full rich life is gone if we allow others to control our internal culture.

I don't know why the Japanese are so blase about North Korea. I don't know why the South Koreans are. But I do know I don't want the USA to be if they are going to start that nonsense here.

Comment: Re:Land of the free (Score 1) 566

by jbolden (#48627405) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

Take the Korean war. If the South had indicated they wanted to join with the North the USA would have had a tough time stopping them. If the North had indicated they wanted to join with the South the Soviets would have had a hard time stopping them.

The rest of your post is basically saying that given the options the Koreans choose to evolve as two separate peoples with differing values and government philosophies. Sure. But that's not the west directly doing it, it is the west creating the conditions under which it could happen. The Koreans are the ones doing it.

the fight ensured that it was a far bigger, nastier, and longer war than it would have been otherwise

I don't know about longer. There are plenty of ethnic conflicts that have gone on for centuries in countries. I'd argue the bigger, nastier probably means shorter.

If either of the superpowers had stayed out of it, one or the other side would have won the war reasonably quickly.

I'm assuming if both superpowers had stayed out of it. Otherwise you are just talking about the conquest of at least a large chunk of Korea. If both stayed out of it, I'm not sure it would be over quickly. It might very well be that they couldn't unify. I suspect the South wins without interference at this point since the economy is so much larger.

Its also important to keep in mind that outsiders of all types have been fiddling around in Korea since the 1600s- first the Chinese, then an incident with the American-owned ship "General Sherman", then the Japanese, then the USSR and USA

That's the case with every country. All countries get fiddled with. Powerful countries spend a tremendous amount of their time managing the weaker ones. Weak ones tend to be proxy for a strong one. Middle power get stuck in the middle quite often between various powerful ones. That's not unique to Korea. I'm sure France would have liked to have not lost to Prussia then had a 1/3rd of their young men wiped out a generation and a half later by Germany and then be conquered in the next generation and then having their economy reorder for the next 2 in line with German priorities.

Given that history, it shouldn't be surprising that they turned inward and cut ties with the West and South Korea, which is strongly aligned with the USA.

They've done more than turn inward. They've been provoking the USA, South Korea and Japan for 60 years. If they wanted a quiet life of seclusion there wouldn't be nearly this much stress.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 1) 579

by jbolden (#48627257) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Well I voted for Obama not McCain in 2008 as did millions of other Americans. He played it cool and McCain freaked out. So score one against heads cut off. And arguably his victory in the primary was another vote against a hysteric.

Actually our government isn't panicking on this one. The media, the theater chains and Sony are the ones panicking.

Comment: Re:No winner here, except for us all (Score 1) 579

by jbolden (#48627163) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Sony Pictures for whatever reason is being considered American and not Japanese. The place this attack took place is the USA. Protecting the territory of the USA from attack from foreign powers is the number 1 job of the USA government. Since the USA is a democracy that means it is my government's job.

I think Fred Phelps is a jerk (worse than Sony). But if he were still alive he's an American. One a foreign power attacks an American it really doesn't matter too much whether he is a jerk or not.

Comment: Re:Misses the point (Score 1) 566

by jbolden (#48626905) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

If North Korea is ready to start conducting physical bombings on USA soil then the proper response is a declaration of war. At the very least counter attacks well beyond what they did. We cannot cave into these sorts of threats. We haven't in the past and North Korea threatens us pretty much daily.

Comment: Re:The US = Land of the Lawyers (Score 2) 566

by jbolden (#48626889) Attached to: Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

And they would lose badly, being found liable. Once a foreign power is involved normal liability doesn't apply. The law isn't crazy. People die in wars. It is not in the interests of our government to encourage people to cooperate with foreign attackers. That's why you didn't see all sorts of lawsuits regarding minor stuff that happened during 9/11.

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