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Everything that you need to know about the way that the press covered the war in Iraq over the last year may be found in three articles by Time magazine's Joe Klein. The first was from April of 2007 and entitled, "An Administration's Epic Collapse." By September, the administration was "Hiding Behind the General" and by December the administration had vanished entirely from the portait of the magazine's Person of the Year Runner-Up: General David Petraeus.
Consistency is not required of those who only report on reality. It is a signal virtue however, in those who would shape it.
The conservative South Korean presidential candidate Lee Myung-bak yesterday won a landslide victory in the Korean presidential election. Lee is the former CEO of Hyundai Construction and is known as the "Bulldozer" because of his capacity to get things done. Before running for president Lee was elected as the mayor of Seoul where he left office with high approval ratings because of the urban renewal campaign he instituted to beautify the city along with improving mass transit in the city thus reducing traffic.
Now Lee has gone on to Bulldoze the competition in the presidential election by crushing his liberal rival Chung Dong-young by receiving 48.7% of the vote compared to Chung's 26.2% in the polls. The South Korean presidency is one five year term that is currently occupied by President Roh Moo-hyun who was elected in 2002 on an anti-US platform. In the past five years he has been directly responsible for the crumbling of the US-ROK alliance and the appeasement of North Korea. Chung another well known anti-US demagogue, was Roh's hand picked successor to succeed him and his massive defeat in the polls is a clear sign that the South Korean public has tired of the decade of liberalism on the peninsula with Roh Moo-hyun and his predecessor Kim Dae-jung.
Lee Myung-bak is admitedly pro-American and is friendly with President Bush and has vowed to take a harder line with North Korea. However, this election had little to do with Lee's pro-US stance or even North Korea, and more to do with the improving the sagging Korean economy. With the Korean economy front and center in Lee's campaign don't expect him to give to much attention to the North Korea nuclear issue or relations with the United States until his economic policies are implemented.
However, before Lee can implement anything he has to survive one last ditch attempt by the current ruling Korean leftist government to jail him. Earlier this year Lee was cleared of corruption charges involving a stock manipulation scheme he was supposedly involved in. A government investigation cleared him of all charges but just days before the election, with Chung trailing big time in the polls, the Korean President announced that another probe into Lee was being opened. To further show the desperation of the Korean left, liberal law makers in the parliament literally stormed the parliament building with chain saws and provoked a brawl with conservative law makers.
Lee is scheduled to take office in February thus the Korean left has until then to try to convict Lee of corruption and prevent him from taking office. If this happens another election would have to be called which would have no clear front runner and give the Korean left a better opportunity to retain power. Interestingly enough all these events unfolded after a visit to the Korean Blue House by the chief of North Korean intelligence was uncovered.
The election may be over but the fight for power isn't. However, if Lee Myung-bak does take office it will one more US friendly leader taking power of a major US ally which is a good thing for America.All done!