- As we noted here yesterday, the Board of Audit and Inspection wants to hand out punishments to 24 high-ranking military figures, including Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Lee Sang-eui, over their handling of the Cheonan sinking. Ye Olde Chosun notes that the Navy deliberately omitted info in its reports to the JCS and the JCS deliberately distorted information in its reports to Defense Minister Kim Tae-young. Why, you might ask? Well according to Ye Olde Chosun:
“Military officers deliberately left out or distorted key information in their report to senior officials and the public because they wanted to avoid being held to account for being unprepared,” a BAI official said.
The Hankyoreh, meanwhile, goes one step further by quoting military sources who claim JCS Chairman Lee was piss drunk the day of the sinking:
With regard to Lee Sang-eui’s personal responsibility, a number of military sources reported that following a military leaders’ forum at the Gyeryongdae compound the day of the Cheonan’s sinking, he traveled to Seoul by KTX in a heavily inebriated state following a group dinner.
The sources said that he reportedly arrived at the Defense Ministry command control room around 10:42 p.m. that evening and, after spending about ten minutes attending a situation assessment meeting supervised by the ministry, effectively abandoned his duties and fell asleep.
According to the Hani, the findings have infuriated President Lee — rightfully so, I might add — and he wants scalps. This also helps explain why the government may have seemed less the forthcoming about the sinking.
- Thank God someone is looking to stop this madness, although to be fair to the Koreans, the impression I get is that they typically return to Korea rather than become anchor babies.
- Yeah, well, I suppose she is cute. If you get your rocks off from North Korean propaganda, you can watch the video here (HT to Hamel).
- North Korea’s winding its people up… again. I really want to see the original Korean for this: “‘We will churn out as much steel as possible in the spirit of tossing the Lee Myung-bak group of traitors in a warmongering frenzy into the burning furnace,’ Ri Myung Nam, a worker at a steel factory said on a TV newscast on June 3.” That’s dope.
- LA K-town gets its own CGV cinema (HT to reader).
- Finally, on the fornication front, I’d thought Korea was — at least until recently — almost the only advanced democracy with criminal adultery laws. However, New York apparently has them, too. Check out the interview — very understanding husband, I’d say (even if he is a transgender).