2572 Scranton Rd
Cleveland, OH 44113
by Beau Cadiyo
I do not take this lightly, or mean to sound as if I do. We must do whatever we can to avoid casualties to our soldiers and innocent civilians in Asia.
However, I can't help but think that if Kim Jong Un actually decides to strike, it would give us an excellent reason to destroy another despotic regime and liberate the people of North Korea from their benighted state. China wouldn't be able to tell us not to defend ourselves; they might ask for limits on our advance, like they did sixty years ago, but they would not be able to go in front of the world and argue that the US, or South Korea, or Japan, should not defend ourselves or themselves.
I'm also proud of the level of Hagel's response - he's clearly saying that we're not going to do whatever it takes to placate the North Koreans, but that if they decide to act, we will react, swiftly and strongly and completely. Contrast this to pretty much every other president who has bent over, forward or backward, to do whatever it takes to appease these monstrous regimes. At this point, I think that there are advantages to confrontation that far outweigh the disadvantages - and, if there is to be a confrontation, it is better that it occur before they have nuclear weapons than after;
If it be now, ’tis not to come. If it be not to come, it will be now. If it be not now, yet it will come—the readiness is all. Since no man of aught he leaves knows, what is ’t to leave betimes? Let be.
Also, the burger at the Tremont Taphouse is one of the best in the city. As soon as I tipped it up, angling it for the bite, I know that it was actually medium-rare; beef juice, both red and brownish-clear, dribbled out while Frank Schauer gawked, open-mouthed, and said, "Wow. That...that is actually medium rare." The lettuce was crisp, the tomato red and juicy, the onions slightly pungent and the bun toasted perfectly. The happy hour is truly a deal. No wonder people were standing to wait for a table or a spot at the bar at 7 p.m. on a Tuesday. Get there early, get a spot and eat. You will not regret it.