New Republic editor deletes his take on Mike Pence and Kim Yo Jong, continues to dig

As Twitchy reported, CNN on Saturday was slammed by everyone ranging from Brit Hume to Garry Kasparov to Jonathan Chait for its puff-piece on Kim Jong Un’s sister “stealing the show” at the Winter Olympics.

Also responding to that tweet, but from the opposite angle, was New Republic senior editor Jeet Heer, who tweeted, “Do you realize how massively you have to fuck up so that Kim Jong Un’s family looks good by comparison? But Trump and Pence have pulled it off.”

Heer apparently thought people were being “willfully obtuse” in interpreting his tweet, so he deleted it and attempted to spell out, slowly, his take on North Korea’s charm offensive. Hang in there with us for a little bit:

1. Since people are being willfully obtuse in interpreting this tweet, I’m going to delete and spell out, slowly, why North Korean charm offensive is surprisingly successful.

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

2. South Korea is unusually close ally to USA. More than an ally: they owe their very national survival to USA. Yet a rift has opened up between USA & South Korea. Why?

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

3. If USA is South Korea’s most important ally, North Korea has been an existential threat for 7 decades. Yet during Olympics North’s “charm offensive” is gaining real traction.

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

With CNN, maybe.

4. Is North Korea a Stalinist hell-hole & threat to world? Sure. You know who knows that more than anyone? The South Koreans. They’re more likely to be killed by North than anyone, have had citizens kidnapped, etc.

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

5. Yet if the South Koreans know Kim Jong Un’s regime is vile & USA is key to their national survival, why is , Kim Yo Jong receiving a warm welcome even as SK gov’t opening a rift with Trump administration?

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

6. Obvious problem is Trump’s nuclear bluster (“fire & fury” Rocketman on a suicide mission). But the problem goes beyond that. Trump administration explicit policy is devaluing South Korean lives.

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

Trump’s “explicit policy is devaluing South Korean lives.” Hang on a bit longer …

7. CIA director Mike Pompeo told Fox News that “this administration is prepared to do what it takes to ensure that people in Los Angeles and Denver and New York aren’t held at risk from Kim Jong-un having a nuclear weapon”

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

8. What Pompeo is saying is that the “risk” that USA lives as risk is so intolerable USA is willing to launch a war that will almost certainly kill tens of thousands of South Koreans (and Japanese).

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

9. In the words of Victor Cha, originally on track to be Trump’s ambassador to South: “Some have argued the risks are still worth taking because it’s better that people die ‘over there’ than ‘over here.'”

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

10. Trump’s policy is very much an American First one: American lives worth more than Korean ones. Morality aside, why would South Koreans accept that logic?

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

Ugh, there’s more. People must have really misinterpreted that first tweet.

11. Aside from nuclear bluster, there’s the behavior of Mike Pence, refusing to stand for Korean team.

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

12. This is hard for nationalists to understand but other nation’s have their pride. The Olympics is a big deal in South Korea. It’s a chance to showcase their nation. And Pence refused to honor that.

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

13. What’s interesting here is how much in denial Americans are about the rift with South Korea. Not just Trumpists but centrists and liberals. Even though the evidence is in front of us:

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

14. In short: America is alienating an important ally & a Stalinist hellhole is winning a propaganda victory. But Americans (including centrists & liberals) don’t understand this because they can’t imagine viewing world from South Korean eyes.

— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) February 11, 2018

“A Stalinist hellhole is winning a propaganda victory?” Um, no, not at all, but someone really ought to tell NBC and CNN that.

Yes please continue to dig

— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) February 11, 2018

He’s bringing in a backhoe. RT @redsteeze: Yes please continue to dig

— Matthew Hoy (@hoystory) February 11, 2018

All you’re explaining here is why it worked on you.

— John Noonan (@noonanjo) February 11, 2018

How long does a Tweetstorm need to be to successfully dig yourself out of a hole?

— Matthew Stinson (@stinson) February 11, 2018

In which you can’t explain how the Kim family looks better by comparison. Ok.

— Vanessa (@NessaAdelaide) February 11, 2018

As usual, liberal exaggerates to clarify.

— Christøpher (@cdwillett66) February 11, 2018

Dude, put down the shovel.

— Brenda (@beebobaby) February 11, 2018

There is no NK charm offensive without the help of @CNN , you and the rest of the morons leading it.

— Brenda (@beebobaby) February 11, 2018

If people were wrong about your tweet then why would you delete it (and then Jeet-splain us with a thread 🙄)?

— astromarko (@astromarko) February 11, 2018

Just take the L, man. It’s not a good tweet despite how nuanced you are trying to be.

— Joseph Daher (@joedah87) February 11, 2018

No explanation that follows is going to justify thinking American politicians make a brutal dictatorial regime that has 130,000 people in camps, has committed 10 of 11 crimes against humanity, has an unlawful nuclear program, and brutally executes colleagues……look good. No.

— Brennan P. Monaco (@Brennan) February 11, 2018

In which Jeet assumes the South Koreans are as willfully obtuse as he is to be fooled by North Korean “diplomacy”

— TPS Report Memo Redactor (@bropundit) February 11, 2018

“People are dragging me for saying exactly what I thought, so now I’ll cover by calling them stupid.”

— Smatt (@mdrache) February 11, 2018

You can never save yourself from this massive pile you excreted out of your mind onto Twitter.

— Ryan B. Leslie (@RyanBLeslie) February 11, 2018

Walter Duranty would be proud @HeerJeet.

— Jerry Dunleavy (@JerryDunleavy) February 11, 2018

It really is amazing how Progressives so afraid of Trump are jumping on the train of a literal dictator who kills dissidents. At least Jeet is in the glorious leader’s good graces.

— David Marcus (@BlueBoxDave) February 11, 2018

Oh give me a break. Your entire moral compass is centered around your hatred of Trump and what you wrote has no deep meaning other than a snarky comment that made you look ridiculous.

— (((Marbukh))) (@AJMarbukh) February 11, 2018


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