The Oz has become the local propaganda arm of the North Koreans

The central point is that North Korea is developing nuclear weapons and a delivery system that can land them in the United States. Other than let them go on forever developing these armaments and the ICBMs to go with them, what should be done? No one really knows, but the primary response has to be to take this threat seriously, as something really dangerous that has to be dealt with. So what do we find at The Australian today. First this: Inside nuclear North Korea. Never mind the vacuous text, here’s the photo that comes with the story:

Very sweet. Then there is the foreign policy sage, Greg Sheridan: Kim Jong-un and Donald Trump enter sick dynamic. So this is what Greg finally says which is about as fatuous and inane as possible.

Any way you slice it, when nuclear-armed states are making bellicose threats against each other, the world is confronting an extremely dangerous moment.

You don’t say? Look, Greg, who is making the threats and who is trying to work out what to do on our behalf? If you have a suggestion on what to do, put it on the table. Otherwise, why don’t you start by pointing out that if nuclear weapons begin to fly we will be at the other end, and in the meantime just shut up.

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31 Responses to The Oz has become the local propaganda arm of the North Koreans

  1. Mark

    Oh, if only we had Barack Obama back, so we could give NK maybe, ah, 400,000,000 dollars, and a nice smile. That’d keep Monsieur Un quiet.

    Well, until next week.

  2. Empire GTHO Phase III

    Sheridan? Coward.

  3. Greg

    Mr Sheridan is a foreign policy elitist snob and still won’t accept Trump’s election. He has been consistently wrong about Trump for 2 years. Trump inherited this 25 year old mess because of the nuanced decisions of foreign policy professionals. Clinton started the rot and we know what Iran is up to after the Obama sell out. Sheridan has nothing of value to add.

  4. max

    The Virus of Imperialism
    In his famous 1898 essay, “The Conquest of the United States by Spain,” the great Yale University libertarian scholar William Graham Sumner argued that America had crossed the Rubicon, so to speak, and had become an imperialistic empire. It had become the Spanish empire. But Sumner was only half right. The conquest of Cuba was an imperialistic war, but so were all other American military adventures since the American Revolution.

    “War is the health of the state,” Randolph Bourne explained in his famous essay of that title. But to the average citizen war means heavy taxation, conscription, censorship, dictatorship, and death. War enriches the state like nothing else can, while impoverishing, enslaving, and ending the lives of many of its citizens. Hence lies, myths, superstitions, and propaganda have always been the essential ingredient of the warfare state. Without them, the public would never acquiesce in the never-ending wars of conquest and imperialism that have long characterized the American state.

    https://mises.org/library/virus-imperialism-part-1

  5. RobK

    I see NK as a product of the cold war. It is still a buffer between the west and China/Russia. It is in the interest of both China and Russia to ultimately manage NK if they want a buffer. Russia’s action in Crimea/ukraine highlights how Russia feels about a buffer. Mr Kim has had a free run at being a pain to South Korea/US because it has been convenient for China and Russia. Trump is rightly exerting political, economic and military pressure on China, Russia and NK. The threat to the west is nuclear. The only counter threat to that directly (militarily)is also to include nuclear as part of the package(you don’t turn up with a stick at a gun fight). Yes, there are tensions building but this is because there’s been a lack of assertiveness from the West and things have been allowed to get out of hand. Sufficient weight needs to force the hand of China and Russia to pull NK back in line and take responsibility. NK of it’s own is not the real issue here. Trump is doing what is necessary to maintain a power balance.

  6. RobK

    I think “imperialism” is a very loaded word, especially in the context of the US. There’s a fine line between encouraging and imposing your doctrine. Equally, a fine line between offensive and defensive positions in a political sense. It is often in the eye of the beholder.

  7. notaluvvie

    Mr Sheridan would have been there in Munich cheering on Chamberlain and his peace in our time piece of paper. What President trump said to Rocket Boy (much more demeaning than “man”) was that if you attack the US or its allies we will respond. Obviously Mr Sheridan can’t hear either. It certainly shut Rocket Boy up. On the bright side if Pres Trump were to unleash some instant daylight on North Korea then it would show lit up on all those satellite photos, day and night, rather than the blacked out totalitarian blob it is. Mr Sheridan and his ilk seem to like bowing to and obeying totalitarians.

  8. Their Australian media take the knee to support President Kim against Trump.

  9. Scavenger

    Not much difference from our child centres, except that every toy in that photo is a piece of military hardware! But I guess Sheridan wouldn’t have noticed that.

  10. J.H.

    The Australian Media sided with Vladimir Putin and ridiculed Tony Abbott when Abbott insisted on confronting Putin’s Russia over the shooting down of flight MH17 and the deaths of 298 people including 38 Australians.

    …. and now the Australian Media are supporting Kim Jong Un’s DPRK nuclear ambitions instead of Donald Trump and America’s non proliferation stance.

    There seems to be a pattern of behavior in that.

  11. Tel

    The Australian Media sided with Vladimir Putin and ridiculed Tony Abbott when Abbott insisted on confronting Putin’s Russia over the shooting down of flight MH17 and the deaths of 298 people including 38 Australians.

    Did they ever get around to releasing the full and unedited black box recordings on that one? You know like the normal procedure with every other airline crash. I’m kind of curious about the conversation between the pilots and Ukrainian control tower that caused them to change course and fly over a know war zone. Any ideas?

  12. I am the Walras, Equilibrate, and Price-Take

    Don’t know what is more surprising: that Grand Failbat Sheridan is still being paid to write after all the embarrassments he has suffered in recent years, or that people still read his columns.

  13. Crossie

    Mr Sheridan is a foreign policy elitist snob and still won’t accept Trump’s election. He has been consistently wrong about Trump for 2 years. Trump inherited this 25 year old mess because of the nuanced decisions of foreign policy professionals. Clinton started the rot and we know what Iran is up to after the Obama sell out. Sheridan has nothing of value to add.

    He’s just jealous that he couldn’t go with Bill Shorten to South Korea to watch him show the world Australia will be a laughing stock under Labor . Come to think of it, then no change from Malcolm’s regime.

  14. Crossie

    Sufficient weight needs to force the hand of China and Russia to pull NK back in line and take responsibility. NK of it’s own is not the real issue here. Trump is doing what is necessary to maintain a power balance.

    Refined intellects like Greg Sheridan’s cannot see the plain truth, it’s too obvious for them.

  15. Rabz

    Sheridan is as hopeless as Paul Kelly. I no longer bother reading the former’s columns, it’s just bloody pointless.

  16. John L

    Mr Sheridan is a foreign policy elitist snob and still won’t accept Trump’s election. He has been consistently wrong about Trump for 2 years. Trump inherited this 25 year old mess because of the nuanced decisions of foreign policy professionals. Clinton started the rot and we know what Iran is up to after the Obama sell out. Sheridan has nothing of value to add.

    Mr Sheridan used to be “foreign policy elitist snob”. Sadly, now Mr Sheridan is just another senile and demented former “foreign policy elitist snob”.
    Maybe the excessive use of Jameson elixir is finally ketching up with him.
    If he has nothing of value to add, he should shut up.
    As Mark Twain said:

    It’s better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than open it and remove all doubt.

  17. “The business of the journalist is to destroy the truth, to lie outright, to pervert, to vilify, to fawn at the feet of mammon, and to sell the country for his daily bread… We are tools and vassals for rich men behind the scenes… We are intellectual prostitutes.”
    John Swinton, New York Times editor in a speech before the New York Press Club, 1953

  18. JB5

    At least the boys get to play with the appropriate toys for a male. I’m surprised they published that photo without a comment on the “raising of future misogynists” or “future patriarchal oppressors”. I’m sure that would have been the caption if it had indeed been an Australian child care centre.

  19. Defender of the faith

    Kates wins again! Now we have trump actually imitating North Korean war rhetoric and Kates again, impulsively, springs to his defence. There is absolutely no doubt whatsoever that trump is a hazard to all of us. He has no sense of duty. No sense of responsibility. No decency. The only people he will not attack publicly are white supremacists and Putin.
    Happily Kates has published his thoughts. So we can give the book to kids in future as a guide to idiots in academe.

  20. Mother Lode

    If you have a suggestion on what to do, put it on the table.

    Sheridan is, in fact, being quite sensible here.

    He has finally noticed that the only thing more unreliable, spurious and useless than journo’s analyses, is journo’s solutions.

    But he still gets paid.

  21. Irreversible

    Sheridan is a numbat. Kates is a gormless lover of the orange-faced, yellow-bellied goon. Happily both the numbat the goon are destined to disappear without trace.

  22. H B Bear

    Sheridan is as hopeless as Paul Kelly.

    Is that a coincidence?

  23. Cynic of Ayr

    Sheridan is just another Hard Left Moron, desperately trying to cover up his complete idiocy regarding Trump. He said Trump would never be President. Guess what? Trump is President, Sheridan was wrong, and still can’t understand why the Americans didn’t vote as he told them to.
    Like Oakes, (another Lefty posing as an independent commentator) Sheridan is way past his use by date, and exists on the fringes.
    Along with Savva, he’s another reason not to buy The Australian.

  24. mh

    That would be the Greg Sheridan who wrote on Nov 08 2016 in the Oz:

    You can take it to the bank — the American election is effectively all over, Hillary Clinton has won.

    …Trump is going to lose. You can bank on it.

    That is the sort of journalism that gets you an Order of Australia.

  25. Jannie

    People read Sheridan because he is there, like you eat soggy cornflakes if there’s nothing else for breakfast. But why read The Australian in the first place?

  26. The only thing Sheridan is interested in is his next free lunch.

    That also explains his drifting with the wind.

  27. Malcolm

    Donald Trump has escalated the tension with his idiotic comments to the UN. The man is not only a fool, he is a dangerous fool. Anyone who thinks Trump is worthy of being president is suffering Trump Derangement Syndrome.

  28. littledozer

    Malcolm thinks words escalate tensions and gives NK a pass on its actual actions. Should write for the Australian.

  29. rickw

    Greg Sheridan is as dumb as dog shit.

  30. Barry 1963

    I like to read analysis. You don’t get that by reading Sheridan.

  31. Bruce in WA

    Obviously Field Day for the TDS trolls.

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