Alternate headline: Statist-in-Chief sees results of full-blown statism
The President in South Korea looking northward:
After squinting through binoculars into a nation frozen in time, US President Barack Obama reeled off a contempt-laden and startlingly frank indictment of North Korea.
The Stalinist remnant of the Cold War was, in Obama's eyes, nothing but a nation which cannot make "anything of any use", "doesn't work", and even its vaunted weapons exports were hardly state of the art.
"It is like you are in a time warp," Obama said Sunday, after he toured a rocky border post in the demilitarised buffer zone that has split the Korean peninsular for longer than he has been alive.
"It is like you are looking across 50 years into a country that has missed 40 years or 50 years of progress," Obama marvelled later, after taking a helicopter back to teeming, prosperous Seoul, just 25 miles (40 kilometres) away.
Of course, any lessons learned or meaningful take away regarding the ultimate folly of a top-down, command-and-control economy will be completely lost on him. Sees no parallels to his own disastrous Department of Energy loan program. Just not doing it correctly, he must assume.
And dig this paragraph from the article:
Earlier, he had told some of the 28,500 US troops stationed in South Korea they were performing honoured service at "freedom's frontier" and brought news of annual college basketball playoffs from home.(italics, ours)
Such are the pervasive and insinuating effects of North Korea's collectivism, our Commander-in-Chief, while he's over there, doubles as a sort of Pony Express rider? Weird.