EB-5 visas

Are you a foreign citizen with a legally acquired US$500,000 to invest in job creation in the US? If yes, then you too can be become a legal resident of the US and after five years an US citizen if you choose. Recently in Shanghai, China, the Kushner Companies tried to woo investors in a Kushner luxury project in New Jersey. Last year, approximately 75% of the EB-5 visas issued were issued in China.

Nothing illegal about the Kushner activity, but there was a certain unstated link to the White House with the prominent display of Donald Trump’s picture. Have we reached the point in our nation’s history where Emma Lazarus’s motto:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

at the base of the Statue of Liberty has been replaced with a large FOR SALE sign? Is the golden door only for the people with lots of gold?

Korean War

Divided in two
North invaded South
South unready
US commander was
Douglas MacArthur
Ruled postwar Japan
Ignored divided Korea
Korean War was the Cold War
Cold, cold war
Truman declared it
Eisenhower ended it
(Sort of)
Koreans North and South
Want to reunite
Under one government
Not yet determined
Korea, a small country
United since 668
Divided since 1945
Occupied by Japan
Then by US and USSR
Occupiers out,
Korea for the Koreans.

It will take a statesman

To solve the problem of North Korean nukes will take a statesman, and Donald Trump is a bully and an ignorant bully to boot. Millions of lives are potentially at stake and that is why repealing and replacing Trump is so urgent. We should replace him with Hillary Clinton, the actual winner of the popular vote in November. For her Secretary of State, I suggest Barack Obama. The people most at risk in a Korean conflict are the people of South Korea, followed by North Korea, then China, then the US and possibly Japan.

The Korean peninsula was divided arbitrarily after WW2 by the US to stop the spread of communism. Communism is no longer a threat and both the North and South desire to reunite the Korean people. North Korea has stated repeatedly that it will give up nuclear weapons if the US and Japan will guarantee its existence. My suggestion is that the US do so and promise to withdraw all personnel from South Korea in say 5 years to give South Korea time to upgrade its armed forces if it feels it necessary. Then the two Koreas will be free to settle their differences (hopefully by peaceful negotiation).

The first Korean War was a hard, brutal war that saw atrocities committed by both sides. It seesawed up and down the Korean peninsula until it ended in a stalemate near where it began. The South was aided by the US and UN while the North was aided by China and the Soviet Union. Millions died. US air power was used to destroy most of North Korea, but that was not sufficient to win the war. Several leaders in the US wanted to use nuclear weapons but President Truman wisely said no. Some in the Trump administration and others outside it think that Korea is a grave threat that must be dealt with now and with force. They are wrong and risk the death of millions, more if China and Russia become involved as well.

North Korea part 3

Target North Korea, Pushing North Korea to the Brink of Nuclear Catastrophe by Gaven McCormack published in 2004. North Korea has stated repeatedly that it will give up nuclear weapons if the US stops threatening its existence. The more we bully North Korea, the less likely it is to stop its weapons programs.

“Any freedom delivered by cruise missile would be ephemeral at best, while normalization of relations in the region will open the way to the liberation of the North Korean people. In close collaboration with their compatriots to the south, they will choose, when windows are opened around them, what government and what ideology they believe will best serve them. War could not solve anything fifty years ago, and all that has changed since then is that its destructive force has been immeasurably increased.”