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Just like his tepublican predecessor did, the still leader, that nobody even mentions, of that once political party that still call themselves republican, so does everyone else, until mittens is crowned as their dear leader and that's still not decided.

The Bush Administration also elected not to make POW/MIA accounting an issue in the “Six-Party Talks” which have led to the most recent concessions to North Korea. In contrast, Japan did focus its efforts on uncovering the truth about its citizens believed to have been abducted by North Korea for intelligence purposes.

After years of stonewalling, starting in 2002 North Korea admitted it had indeed abducted Japanese citizens and eventually returned five of them. Japan continues to press for additional information.

Tragically, this has created a situation in which the U.S. government has made accounting for Japanese civilians a higher priority than resolving the fates of American GIs.

On June 26, President Bush announced he was dropping North Korea
from “Trading with the Enemy” status and moving to remove Pyongyang from the list of State Sponsors of Terrorism.

The President declared: “The other thing I want to assure our friends in Japan is that this process will not leave behind -- leave them behind on the abduction issue. The United States takes the abduction issue very seriously. We expect the North Koreans to solve this issue in a positive way for the Japanese…And it is important for the Japanese people to know that the United States will not abandon our strong ally and friend when it comes to helping resolve that issue.” The President made no mention of the U.S. POW/MIAs.

{the above comes from a nine page pdf about the Korean MIA's, I remember his comments well, the highlights by me.}

Will he seek to gin up intelligence and send soldiers once again into Korea invading then occupying?

Once more a tepub, and their minions, are trying to play that oh so strong on national defense, even after the devastating occupations of Iraq, no combat troops now left In-Country, which came as they abandoned the main mission and our countries promises to with the first drum beats of war point at Iraq, which is why we even sent our military into that region, the Afghans, still ongoing, as the soldiers sent and fighting are trying to at least accomplish, which with the recent and past war atrocities whip out and they know that, some of that original mission and those promises with the slow draw down till ending officially.

Romney criticizes Obama handling of North Korea
13 April 2012 - Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney condemned the launch of a long-range rocket by North Korea, saying it puts the region at risk and highlights the “incompetence” of the Obama administration.

And where was his and the rest of the flocks comments, like above, as to the previous administration and the first failed test launches of ICBM's by North Korea as well as their development of the Nuclear abilities for possible defensive or offensive needs, like Iran, after being constantly condemned and threatened by that administration and them and still are?

This is what happened, related to Korea and an Olive Branch of food aid etc., after the Executive Administration Branches changed hands and the New Administration was left with two wars, the collapsed economy and the rest of the failed foreign and domestic policies.

U.S. to resume search for POW/MIA in N. Korea

10/21/2011 - After six years of diplomatic gridlock, U.S. officials have reached an agreement with North Korea to resume recovering the remains of troops killed in the Korean War, bringing a measure of hope to frustrated families awaiting the return of loved ones.

Roughly 8,000 U.S. service members from the war are still missing, with 5,500 of them thought to be buried in North Korea. For decades, their recovery has been tied up with U.S. efforts to engage with the isolated authoritarian government over its nuclear weapons program.

The above comes from a two page pdf, Personnel Accounting Progress in Korea (Updated: February, 2012) that starts out with this:
Korean War Statistics:
Total unaccounted-for 7965

Total joint field activities (JFAs) completed in North Korea: 1996 – present 33

Total joint field activities (JFAs) completed in South Korea: 1996 – present 34

The Koreans new leadership failed to heed and then had a failure of trying to show their strenght with this failed, like the others, rocket launch, which at present leaves us here:

U.S. Suspends MIA Search in North Korea
March 21, 2012 – The United States has suspended efforts to find remains of U.S. service members lost during the Korean War due to North Korean threats to launch a ballistic missile, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said here today.

Recovering remains of those lost and unaccounted for is a priority to the Defense Department, and U.S. experts were due to enter North Korea this month.

Here's hoping, especially for the families of, that soon the olive branch can once again be offered, as food aid also has been suspended after the launch once again hurting the Korean people, and the Koreans understand the failure of their attempt, even while still being condemned and threatened, and the suspension can be once again lifted and the searches finally begin, not needing to depend on China's help.

Romney's tough guy strong on national defense comments are one more bite on my butt of a decade long series of that leave me fighting with myself to once again suppress the rage from, luckily I can but forget I don't, and to think they use an elephant still as their symbol!

Let me admit, while over the years, much easier now with this technology, I tried to maintain any news of the brothers of all our wars, especially Vietnam, that were Missing In Action and the Repatriated remains of with the families and communities finally having closure, I wasn't always following the Defense Departments releases but news of from around the country. During the previous administration, and before, that news was few and far between up till a couple of years back. In the recent years the Defense Department releases seemed to have suddenly not only picked up but were coming almost every month, from soldiers of WWII to Korea and Vietnam and even a couple from WWI, they went slack the past couple of months, after the change of command in the Pentagon, but now have seemed to once again have started up. I started posting them on the site I put together to Honor the Fallen of OEF and OIF adding into those other updates especially in the rapid fire way they started finally coming with the 110th and 111th Congresses and especially the Pro Active now Veterans Administration, along with a bunch of catching up on what wasn't done for years, under former General Shinseki, booted out by the bush, and the people he brought in with him, many Veterans of these two present conflicts.

Before I close this a couple of more comments, this one a reminder as to a certain political party of the U.S., more a cult then a party, as we approach their political campaign gathering only a few months to go.

The why the reminder, well I wouldn't want all you attending to forget to stock up, you had so much fun with these at another, as this was done while you were cheering on the sending of our military into two more wars of choice after you fully supported the abandoning of the main mission, thus no longer any meaning as to what happened on 9/11 here, and promises to the Afgans with the first drum beat of war pointed at Iraq.

Another being I'm a Veteran, USN, All Shore, '67-'71, GMG3, Vietnam In Country '70-'71, so the reason should be obvious, and you not only were symbolically and verbally spitting on us Vietnam Navy Vets but any and all previous Military Service Members who have been wounded in our wars and thus receiving a Purple Heart while sending a new generation of Soldiers, Marines and Sailors into two more long destructive occupations of others and Still Not Demanding Your Own Sacrifice, a decade of, told to go shopping, added to the previous decades of our wars and consistent underfunding the Veterans Administration!

One more a message to Rachel Maddow, though I doubt she'll read this. Girl I love ya and the intelligence and presentation of facts with your reporting. I'm still real glad that you were recognized for same and were snatched from the over crowded media of radio and placed on a major TV network outlet where you've flourished and bring great reports every week night, but please stop with the demands for a National 'Welcome Home Parade', done once again last night, while Not Demanding what I just placed above, that the Country Has Yet To Sacrifice As To The Results Of These Two More Wars and while one is still ongoing, you and IAVA are on the wrong end of the reality of a 'True Welcome Home' and this Countries Responsibility!!

The new 'magnetic ribbons', the 'welcome home parades', same results, only the magnetic ribbons did last for a few months but 'parades' only last a few hours of flag waving on one day! Think 'Desert Storm' and 'Gulf War Syndrome', Ignored until finally this Administration and the new Veterans Administration leader and staff of, after the 'Parades' especially the National New York City Parade!

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  •  Tip Jar (9+ / 0-)

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:27:19 AM PDT

  •  Thanks for bringing this up, jim (3+ / 0-)
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    As a fellow Navy Veteran, it pains me that Republicans get strong on defense credibility, which they have done nothing to earn. I suppose it comes from all the tough talking and Amurca, fuk yah! cheer leading. North Korea is a tough nut to crack. I think this administration is doing better with what they've been dealt than most past administrations.

    The problem, as I see it, is Republicans don't really have a foreign policy, just posturing for the home team. Kind of like their approach to government in general.

    I do disagree with your advice re homecoming parades, though. Locally, it seems the MIA/KIA issue has been co-opted by right wing skin heads. At least, places where the MIA/KIA flags fly are places where those people hang out.  Same thing for the magnetic yellow ribbons, I mostly see them on cars with faded four more years Bush bumper stickers or other right wing paraphernalia. So the right wing, it seems, visibly "owns" support for the troops.

    To have a notorious left wing commentator spearhead the move to get a Welcome Home the Troops parade down Fifth Avenue in New York City would go a long way toward putting the lie to the idea that only the right wing supports the troops.

    "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

    by Orinoco on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 09:58:46 AM PDT

    •  They (1+ / 0-)
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      Not only Destroyed that so called National Security but are causing the country to spend billions upon billions more on trying to say we actually still have after the extremely failed policies of the previous admin and their rubber stamping congresses by greatly enhancing the hatreds towards us!!

      And what do the so called progressives do, allow not only the same back in to the federal level of legislators but add even more extremist while also allowing states to be controlled by same, meanwhile Not only Not demanding Accountability but switching All blame on the present admin, that includes those in the once pro-peace coalitions, carrying the tea buckets which make the teabaggers, pols and citizens, very happy!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:13:58 AM PDT

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      •  Politics is the art of the possible (1+ / 0-)
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        While the vast majority of the American population supports progressive policy, they don't identify as progressives. It's not us who identify as progressives who let torture and wiretapping and war crimes fall off the table, it was the moderates.

        We had a chance to change the world, after George W, and we blew it. Then we compounded that mistake by sitting out the midterm elections and letting the tea party into state houses all over the country.

        We have work to do.

        "The problems of incompetent, corrupt, corporatist government are incompetence, corruption and corporatism, not government." Jerome a Paris

        by Orinoco on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 12:25:36 PM PDT

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  •  jimstaro, thank you for your unwavering (2+ / 0-)
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    committment and service on behalf of all our veteran brothers and sisters.

    My daddy flew air rescue during Korea....

    Until he died, he too never forgot those "left behind". You are so correct re the lack of info & action-despite his "connections" he found the same to be true up to his death in '86.  I wish he had lived long enough to know that the efforts were renewed.

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      Not as much the last few years as I understand, don't like, why the soldiers still going into once Iraq and still Afghanistan are trying to do and the CiC is leading as they want him to, with their actions previously, the comments then and since, and the flag waving beating their chest ramboism, has had me in rages with the need to fight that down constantly!! While everyone else seems to keep getting caught up in their daily ever changing meme's of stupidity and fighting against those, they're done for a purpose and most follow just that purpose set. But with this idiot who thinks he's another great CEO and the comments he made shows there isn't a critical thought brain cell in that head and this has been heating up inside mine since he made the remarks, once more!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:21:00 AM PDT

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  •  He's planning on running the country as a (3+ / 0-)
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    "business". It is a "business decision" to stop subsidizing those who are not profitable. Like elderly, poor children, and the disabled, there is no monetary profit for the private sector in him pursuing this, so he's just going to drop it. Or he would if he were elected President.

    •  So did the (1+ / 0-)
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      Oh so great CEO bush, after running companies into the ground and daddy and friends bailed him out!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:15:29 AM PDT

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    •  Oh (0+ / 0-)

      And it isn't only him, their reps, their talking heads, their kombat keyboarders!!

      Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

      by jimstaro on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:22:37 AM PDT

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  •  Add to the Above as to Our Other MIA's (0+ / 0-)

    We're even working much closer to the Vietnamese in the serch for not only ours but theirs in their country, them oh so evil commies, Not!

    As well as like I say above, there seems to even be an uptick in bringing home WWII remains as well as a few from WWI. Much more then previous admins but especially the bushy ones!!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:26:04 AM PDT

  •  Covered up in the last election was McCain's (1+ / 0-)
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    poor relationship with the MIA community.  Though touted as a war hero he most likely told his captors who he was and cooperated with them doing 39 propaganda broadcasts, the first only 11 days after capture.  His nickname among his captors was "songbird"

    Never promote men who seek after a state-established religion; it is spiritual tyranny--the worst of despotism. It is turnpiking the way to heaven by human law, in order to establish ministerial gates to collect toll. John Leland

    by J Edward on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:32:49 AM PDT

  •  If Interested in More Info (0+ / 0-)

    On all our Missing in Action war personnel you can visit the Defense Prisoner of War * Missing Personnel Office

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:35:44 AM PDT

  •  Also Thanks (0+ / 0-)

    On this issue especially, related to the Korean MIA's, should also go to Hillary and the State Department personal, to bad that the Korean real leadership screwed it all up again, but it's still there on the table!!

    Vets On FLOTUS and SLOTUS, "Best - Ever": "We haven't had this kind of visibility from the White House—ever." Joyce Raezer - Dec. 30, 2011

    by jimstaro on Sat Apr 14, 2012 at 10:49:30 AM PDT

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