MADmen promise MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction): Daily Bullshit, September 24-25, 2017

Updates

  1. Originally published, September 24, 3:23 am.
  2. September 24, 10:43 am:
    • Susan Collins indicates that it is very unlikely she will support the latest Republican effort to “repeal and replace” Obamacare.[1]
    • The time has come to be seriously alarmed by the possibility of war with North Korea.[2]
  3. September 24, 12:14 pm:
    • I’ve worked on the commentary under North Korea some more. This might be headed for a blog entry.
  4. September 25, 4:01 am:
  5. September 25, 11:56 pm:
    • It might be possible to “totally destroy” North Korea. But it wouldn’t be fast.[3]

North Korea

The text that was formerly here has been moved to and further developed in a new blog entry, “MADness and North Korea.”

Farnaz Fassihi and Ben Kesling, “Tensions Rise as U.S. Warplanes Skirt North Korean Coast, Pyongyang’s Envoy Sharpens Threats,” Wall Street Journal, September 23, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/u-s-warplanes-fly-alongth-koreas-coastline-in-show-of-force-1506193762

Julia Manchester, “Former top CIA official: US ‘running out of options’ on NK,” Hill, September 24, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/352081-former-top-cia-official-running-out-of-options-on-nk

Barbara Demick, “Escalating tension has experts simulating a new Korean War, and the scenarios are sobering,” Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-korean-war-20170925-story.html


Obamacare

Senators Rand Paul, John McCain, and Susan Collins make three Republican ‘no’ votes on the last-ditch effort to “repeal and replace” Obamacare. Republicans can only afford to lose two votes, so as long as these three maintain their presently expressed positions and as long as Democrats remain united in opposition, the bill is doomed.[4]

Louise Radnofsky and Ted Mann, “Sen. Collins Says She Will Probably Vote ‘No’ on Latest GOP Health-Care Bill,” Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/sen-collins-says-she-will-probably-vote-no-on-latest-gop-health-care-bill-1506262125


  1. [1]Louise Radnofsky and Ted Mann, “Sen. Collins Says She Will Probably Vote ‘No’ on Latest GOP Health-Care Bill,” Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/sen-collins-says-she-will-probably-vote-no-on-latest-gop-health-care-bill-1506262125
  2. [2]Julia Manchester, “Former top CIA official: US ‘running out of options’ on NK,” Hill, September 24, 2017, http://thehill.com/homenews/sunday-talk-shows/352081-former-top-cia-official-running-out-of-options-on-nk
  3. [3]Barbara Demick, “Escalating tension has experts simulating a new Korean War, and the scenarios are sobering,” Los Angeles Times, September 25, 2017, http://www.latimes.com/world/la-fg-korean-war-20170925-story.html
  4. [4]Louise Radnofsky and Ted Mann, “Sen. Collins Says She Will Probably Vote ‘No’ on Latest GOP Health-Care Bill,” Wall Street Journal, September 24, 2017, https://www.wsj.com/articles/sen-collins-says-she-will-probably-vote-no-on-latest-gop-health-care-bill-1506262125

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