Sunday, September 7, 2008

Compare And Contrast Dept.

A Japanese scholar says Kim Jong-Il has been dead for 5 years:
So who pulls the strings now if Professor Shigemura's claims are correct?

"Some of the military leaders, also the party leaders, and government leaders," he said.

"Several people are conducting North Korea's government. Actually the North Korean government is guided by those people, those leaders, not only one person. Now they are collective leaderships."
Meanwhile, Bob Woodward says that the top US military chiefs have been out-manouvered and outranked by the USA's collective administration:
Pace, Schoomaker and Casey found themselves badly out of sync with the White House in the fall of 2006, finally losing control of the war strategy altogether after the midterm elections. Schoomaker was outraged when he saw news coverage that retired Gen. Jack Keane, the former Army vice chief of staff, had briefed the president Dec. 11 about a new Iraq strategy being proposed by the American Enterprise Institute, the conservative think tank.
I wonder how the US public would react to a military coup?