Monday, June 8, 2009

Pyongyang Or Bust

If a tree falls down on the job, and there is no one there to hear it, does it make a sound?

And, of course, by "tree" I mean Al Gore.

Yesterday, two of Al Gore's reporters for his Current TV, Euna Lee and Laura Ling, were sentenced by North Korea to 12 years of hard labor for illegally entering NK and "grave crimes" against the country. Although, I think the only grave crime against North Korea is Kim Jong Il's hair.

Obama is deeply concerned. Al Gore has been strangely silent.

Latest reports indicate that Gore may travel to North Korea to negotiate their release.

Now, I understand such actions must be cleared by both the current administration and the State Department, but where's the bluster? Where's the tough talk? If Al Gore is an expert on global warming then where, at least, is the hot air?

Can you imagine if Dick Cheney had started an all-news channel and his reporters were captured by crazy commies? Do you really think we'd be reading stories about how Cheney may help negotiate their release? By this time, Cheney would be crawling across the border into South Korea with Kim Jong Il's bloody toupee in his teeth.

The women have been in custody since March but the story only became public as the trial date neared. Ling, who's sister Lisa Ling has been publicly pleading for mercy, must be in more hell right now than she was when co-hosting The View.

Experts speculate North Korea will use the women as negotiating tools. If I were king of the forest, here would be my proposal, "You send us back our reporters and we won't put a rocket up your ass."

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