Korea, time for an exit strategy?

On 27 July 1953, the armistice was signed that brought the Korean conflict
to a halt.

As of Saturday, 27 July 2013, it will have been sixty years since that day. American troops remain on the DMZ.

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/armistice defines the word armistice as “temporary suspension of hostilities by agreement between the opponents”.

The cost back then was 227,800 South Korean deaths, 54,229 American deaths, and approximately 3,200 from the other UN countries.

People who are into the entire Korean situation assure us that the only thing that stops South Korea and Japan from producing nuclear weapons like Kias and Toyotas is their confidence in the United States being willing to step up the the plate if hostilities break out.

Frankly, that confidence is failing because of current leadership in the United States and the apparent apathy of the American public. We have become like an unstable drunk lurching from place to place.

Since the main reason sited for remaining in Korea is rapidly becoming less and less viable, maybe it is time to leave? Let North and South Korea work it out on their own.

Just a thought.

The Host by Stephanie Meyer

Usually, when I read a book in a foreign language and review it, it tends to be a Buffy book in German. This is neither Buffy nor German.

The Host
by Stephanie Meyer

I saw the movie a couple of weeks ago and decided to read the book. To make things interesting, I read the Spanish version.

There were a few interesting questions brought up in the book.

When you have two beings inhabiting the same body, Melanie and Wanda, who has the best claim? The answer would seem to be obvious, but the author does her best to muddy the waters and pad the word count. Twilight anyone?

Why would alien invaders follow the speed limit signs? You would think that they would come up with their own ideas of appropriate and safe speeds.

If you know there are rebels hiding in the desert, why not monitor the traffic into and out of the area? Any vehicle that did not come in on the other side is probably a rebel… You would think they could figure that one out. They could also see what vehicles go into the desert, there can not be all that many.

The guys who are attracted to the girls are idiots. They are a bad parody of a cheezy romance novel. Once again, Twilight anyone?

This book was okay. It was a chick book with a tiny bit of excitement and a lot of poorly written teen romance.

At least no bodices were harmed during the reading of this book.

Note: For those of you who are wondering about the use of the term “bodices”. The term “Bodice Ripper”, it is a term used to classify a book as a romance novel. It does not actually require a genuine bodice, merely the feeling that one could have worked in the story well.