June 5th, 2012
04:10 AM ET

U.S. General who misspoke on North Korea is replaced

By Paula Hancocks

The Pentagon has announced a replacement for the U.S. General in charge of Special Operations in Korea a week after controversy broke over comments he made on North Korea.

Brigadier General Neil Tolley was reported as saying U.S. and South Korean troops parachute into North Korea to spy on underground military facilities. Tolley admitted he was not misquoted at a conference in Florida last month, rather he misspoke.

Jennifer Buschick, spokesperson for U.S. Forces Korea tells CNN, “This is a routine announcement that has been in the works for months” and Tolley’s replacement “has no connection to current events.”

Buschick added that he is just two months away from the end of his two- year tour. He will be replaced by Brig. Gen. Eric P. Wendt, who is currently serving in Afghanistan.

After the U.S. Ministry of Defense initially slammed the report of Tolley’s remarks as “contorted, distorted, misreported”, the Brigadier General then made a clarification, saying, “In my attempt to explain where technology could help us, I spoke in the present tense. I realize I wasn’t clear in how I presented my remarks.”

He does however insist that at no time has the United States sent special operations forces into North Korea.

Such cross-border operations into North Korea would be in violation of the 1953 armistice agreement that brought the Korean War to an end. The existence of such operations would also jeopardize already strained and sensitive relations between Washington and Pyongyang.

Also on North Korea:

U.S. defense secretary announces new strategy with Asia

North Korea proclaims itself a nuclear state in new constitution

Defector describe horror, heartbreak in North Korea's labor camps

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  1. Nukegumby

    The US doesn't *have* a Ministry of Defense. We don't have a "ministry" of anything except for right wing religious nuts. Them we have in spades.

    June 6, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • EinZuschauer

      Yep, at least as many as the left wing nuts

      June 14, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
      • vu

        Um I think you can only link the word "ministry" with "right wing nuts" since both are religiously affiliated Just a hunch.

        June 26, 2012 at 5:14 pm |
  2. Cheese Wonton

    The good General should only open his mouth to change feet.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  3. Will S

    Big deal. South Korea controls its own destiny. Our force there is a mere token speedbump. The South Korean army is gigantic and well equipped.

    June 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm | Reply
    • Matt

      The US forces are not a speed bump, they will never engage in combat. There are merely a symbol of our commitment. North Korea will do no damage outside the leveling of Seoul via artillery and short range rockets. Their forces will not move one inch, the dedicated forces of the ROK military will make sure of that.

      June 28, 2012 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  4. joe

    How does one mis-speak something that sensitive?

    What a moron of a general. Scary to think that our generals are that dumb.

    June 5, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
    • ED4

      Well, there are unintentional leaks, intentional leaks and just plain disinformation. When it comes to military matters I would guess 90% are the latter two. It's up to our enemies to figure out which is what. I would ask why would the US want N Korea to think it is being spyed upon from within the country. It comes at the same time as the publicity of the flame computer virus. I would guess it is to send a message to our enemies that if you think you can pull a fast one before the US presidential elections we know everything.

      June 5, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      Not just generals..all americans in general talk stupid

      June 5, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Reply
      • common guy

        Don't generalize all Americans because of the select few with big mouths.

        June 29, 2012 at 1:30 am |
    • EinZuschauer

      People just make mistakes. Stuff happens... It's life but maybe not always that news worthy.

      June 14, 2012 at 9:17 pm | Reply
  5. Brian

    "U.S. and South Korean troops parachute into North Korea to spy on underground military facilities. ".............................

    This is the kind of thing that led to the Gulf of Tonkin "incident." Journalists used the Freedom of Information Act to find information leading up to the incident but the distance of our ships from the North Vietnamese coast were "redacted" out.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:39 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      The distance was over 100 miles. (Pentagon papers)

      June 5, 2012 at 5:21 pm | Reply
  6. Purp (@PurpAv)

    Scapegoat. Generals don't make those kind of remarks unless being ordered to.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:37 pm | Reply
  7. asdf

    so USA is obviously doing what they said they aren't...

    lol... they replace some guy who said something he shouldn't have... all in a days work for the globalist cabal that owns america (and the world).

    June 5, 2012 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  8. mark

    he used the wrong tense? so it happened in the past? no, because he said we never did any such thing..maybe he meant in the future? hmm that'd be a pretty idiotic way to tip our hand and give a country fuel to prove we're out to get them. or maybe he meant 'it's like we...' but left out the 'it's like' part...but then it would have been the excuse presented...he either lost his mind completely or made an innocent mistake and has no idea how to describe it. no one on his staff could craft a good explanation. scary.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
    • asdf

      that scares you?

      you must be a very weak-minded person. that is scary.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
      • Bill

        yes..all americans are scary

        June 5, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
  9. EmSeeDubayou

    Writer is Welsh.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:16 pm | Reply
    • Rabid Rabbit

      Oh. Well, thanks for clearing that up.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
  10. Corey

    FYI we here in America do not have a ministry of defense. We don't have a ministry of anything. I'm guessing the writer is a Brit. Paula here in America we have a department of defense. Honestly do you people have no editors.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:03 pm | Reply
    • tom118

      Who's our Minister of Defence?

      June 5, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
  11. T. W. A. T.

    I really enjoyed Kim Jung Ill in the movie Team America.

    I didn't know he could sing!

    June 5, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
    • Chrispy

      Yesh, Yesh your are wight....

      June 5, 2012 at 4:15 pm | Reply
  12. Kim jong un and his brother

    Yes mother! (Mother turns away) MOOOOOOO HAHAHAHHAHAHA MOOOO HAHAHAHA

    June 5, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
  13. Kim jong un's mother

    Boys be careful when your launching those nukes are dangerous

    June 5, 2012 at 3:46 pm | Reply
  14. Kim jong un's brother


    June 5, 2012 at 3:45 pm | Reply
  15. Kim jong un


    June 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  16. Kim jong un


    June 5, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  17. Kim jong un

    Haha haha haha boys launch them nukes uhhhh hahaaaaa

    June 5, 2012 at 3:42 pm | Reply
  18. Kim jong un

    This means war America, get ready to get nuked

    June 5, 2012 at 3:41 pm | Reply
  19. heroicslugtest

    "After the U.S. Ministry of Defense initially slammed the report..."

    We have a ministry of defense?

    Oh, it's just incompetent writers.

    We definitely have those, yeah.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      yes...all americans are incompetent

      June 5, 2012 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  20. YankMyFinger

    Is this like another Roswell Incident??

    June 5, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  21. Bill

    Ever since Patton, Generals have to be nervous as heck around the media on what they say. If a General has any guts to state his opinion, he is fired by the President. We should not be involved in undeclared wars, which is everyone since WW2. If we are at War, let the Generals and Admirals finish it up and get our boys and girls home. The USA was an industrial power house before the Major Wars. Everytime we get into a War, money is spent on the Wars and less on our home manufacturing capabilities, which have turned into service oriented and buying everything from abroad.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
    • deal2u


      June 5, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
    • please

      Please... this wasn't a general "stating his opinion". This was a general revealing classified military information followed by some lame excuses to say he "misspoke".

      Of course the PRK is probably fully aware of these missions, or at least some of them. The only people in the dark about what happens along the DMZ is the general public.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
  22. johnnydoughboy

    One has to be highly selective in public declarations concerning North Korea because their response can be highly irrational
    to many issues which may be blown way our of proportions.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:10 pm | Reply
  23. Carl, Secaucus, NJ

    I heard that a lot of news organizations have cut back on their copy editors. As has been pointed out, while many countries have defense establishments run by a "ministry," that of the United States is run by a "department," and the Spanish-language version of the post button is used at bottom right. You know, Special Forces guys study the languages of the countries they operate in...

    June 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  24. Mike


    What is the U.S. Ministry of Defense? Is that like the Department of Defense? Also, the General's tour was over, so, no, he did not lose his job now did he?

    June 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Monty Python

      Ministry of silly walks.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm | Reply
  25. SorryPaula

    but you can't 'rite'

    June 5, 2012 at 3:00 pm | Reply
  26. Steve

    I can't think of any US Generals that were worth a sh it since the end of the Korean war.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • ronmexico99

      I think it is more a matter of the cowardly politicians who tie the hands of soldiers and put stringent rules of engagement on the way war is fought. Like Korea . . . where China was hands off. Like most of North Vietnam. Like Iran even though they kill many of our soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan. Like Pakistan, where the vast majority of insurgents train, arm, deploy, escape to and recuperate.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:09 pm | Reply
    • phoenix

      Whoa. Gen Colin Powell wasn't too shabby. Schwartzkopf held his own too.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Monty Python

      I can't think ....................

      At least you got this part right.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      yes...all americans are not worth a sh it

      June 5, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Reply
    • Cheese Wonton

      Admiral Ace Lyons was legendary for sneaking a carrier strike group into the Barents without the Soviets detecting them. The first thing the Soviets knew of the presence of a US aircraft carrier off the coast of Mermansk was a pair of F-14's buzzing a Soviet TU-95 bomber being refueled by a tanker at about mach 2. The Soviets filed a diplomatic protest afterwards.
      Not long after than Admiral Crowe led two carriers into the Sea of Okhotsk and launched a fully armed alfa strike at the USSR, having the aircraft pull up just outside their territorial limits to see what their reaction was. Caught them flat footed. Their radios were silent until the aircraft deliberately exposed themselves to Soviet radars, then pandamonium.
      I would have followed those two admirals anywhere.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  27. Erik60505

    Will someone already get Rosanne Barr in a plane to North Korea to kick some butts!!!

    June 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm | Reply
    • Vad

      I agree! If she sings the North Korean National Anthem then maybe their heads will explode. In any event, if the North Korean's shoot down her plane then we're only out one loud, obnoxious, crude washed up comedian and won't have to see her on Celebrity Apprentice. That really is a win / win.

      June 5, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  28. rt

    good luck u fools

    June 5, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  29. Ken from FL

    If the writer of this piece had a brain, she would realize the US does not have a Ministry of Defense, and ally buster, you're reading a CNN piece, not Fox.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  30. Jay

    Am i the only one who wants to ask the reporter why he called it the U.S. ministry of Deffense?

    June 5, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      I agree on the MoD thing. Obviously either the reporter is not from the United States or they are not that bright.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
      • Bill

        yes...americans are not to bright

        June 5, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
    • Sam

      It's obviously the KOREAN Ministry of Defense. Glad to see CNN readers can't reason out a typo.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:48 pm | Reply
      • Unplugged

        Which Korea? Do we all have to guess about that one too? Smart guy.

        June 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  31. ZCarter

    It really is just another example of the gross and rampant incompetence of the US Military's leadership. We've been in Afghanistan for 11 years and we're losing the war. I'm sorry to say it, but: The US Military has the most incompetent generals of any western military.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Ken from FL

      You want to tell me on what you base that assertion? Why don't you try instead we have the most incompetent President in the history of the White House?

      June 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
      • Michael

        @Ken: Oh ken, ken ken. You are publicly stating the George duhya Bush was a better president than Obama? Wow. Talk about being in a bubble.

        June 5, 2012 at 2:31 pm |
      • Monty Python

        That would be Bush.
        A cowboy with the IQ of his horse.


        June 5, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
      • DeTamble

        Lets see Ken.

        Bush got us into Afganistan.
        Bush got us into Iraq.
        Obama got us out of Iraq.
        Obama is working at getting us out of Afganistan.
        Bush stopped looking for Bin Laden.
        Obama got Bin Laden.

        No Contest.
        You lose.

        June 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
      • Bill

        yes..americans are incompetent and they seem to like the world incompetent

        June 5, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
    • Michael

      @Carter: OR, perhaps you could reference past conflicts in afghanistan and realize its not that our leadership is doing anything wrong, but that this war is effectively unwinnable. Terrain, peoples, culture.. this is not a place we should EVER be involved in conflict. Just ask the Russians.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • David

      ZCarter, Just for your information... No one in history has EVER won a war in what is now Afghanistan.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:43 pm | Reply
    • Informationalization

      The problem, and the REASON that we are still in Afghanistan, is because two different administrations (Bush AND Obama), have failed to define what 'winning' IS. We went in with the goal of removing the Taliban from power. We accomplished that by the end of 2001. Then it switched to 'ongoing anti-terrorist operations' blah blah 'continuing peacekeeping operations' blah blah blah.

      Most people would define 'winning' a war as conquering the country. Yeah, we basically accomplished that before the year was out – the Afghans had no real military might to speak of then, and they CERTAINLY don't now, they stage IED operations becauset they sure as hell can't fight us. Now we camp out, with Congress and the White House pretending that 90% of the country isn't illiterate and doesn't care what happens outside their tribe, and that we can build a real nation there.

      The military leadership has no say in what happens there – we are given idiotic missions by the civilian authorities without any thought to whether we have the capability to carry them out. We should have been out of Afghanistan 10 years ago, and there is no end in sight, because THERE IS NO ARTICULATED OBJECTIVE.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
    • Morpheus

      @Zcarter...The U.S. has some of the MOST brilliant military minds, YES that includes Generals, not only in the west but the whole planet earth! The military is not losing the war in Afghanistan, the political will is. The will is not the US, but it is in AFGHANISTAN itself. The General in question put SO at risk with his misquote or whatever the hell he miss-stated.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      yes....americans are incompetent

      June 5, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Reply
    • Bill

      yes.......americans are incompetent

      June 5, 2012 at 8:45 pm | Reply
  32. Jeff M

    Rub some bacon on it.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:05 pm | Reply
    • BRUCE


      June 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm | Reply
  33. Chan

    Another victim of Politics...I'm 100% sure he didn't mis- anything. And to the fact stated that w have never crossed over on ops..yeah right. There are a lot of new bodies (both known (however not as to their full or true capacity, and unknown.) Bush and Obama been signing lot of the same BS...Don't blame bush its obvious somethings going on why they have us pointing fingers; being party b4 Americans...

    June 5, 2012 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  34. Kevin

    When did we get a "Minister of Defense"? It would guess she was British, but she used the American spelling of Defense.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  35. thecardiak

    Ministry of "_____" is the same as saying department of "_______". It's has the same meaning and ministry is actually the proper way to say it if you are describing a department of government. Don't cry because someone from England is using proper English. Americans barely even know their own language..

    June 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • Kevin

      "Ministry" is the right way to say it if you are in a paliamentary form of government, which we are not, so relax. English people speaking English about GB say ministry, but if talking about America, we are Departments and Secretaries. You should learn to speak American English correctly.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
      • thecardiak

        "American English" is garbled illiterate mispronounced gibberish. Ministry represents a department, typically a government department. It has nothing to do with having a parliament and it IS proper English. If someone wants to call it a ministry of defense its exactly the same as calling it the department of defense. It just lets you know that one of them is speaking proper English and the other is speaking slang with their garbled gibberish.

        Just like how Americans pronounce aluminum as a-LU-mi-num while Brits pronounce it al-u-MIN-i-um. One is proper English and the other is English slang "American". Americans aren't nearly intelligent or eloquent enough to use proper English as they can't even properly pronounce most of their words. But that's what you get when your a melting pot of poo...

        June 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
      • glossolalia


        "Americans aren't nearly intelligent or eloquent enough to use proper English as they can't even properly pronounce most of their words. But that's what you get when your a melting pot..."

        Someone needs to spend less time worrying about American eloquence and more time mastering "your" and "you're."

        Rule, Britannia!

        June 5, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
      • DeTamble

        Another idiot.

        I remember you Republicans screaming about that commie Obama having czars
        in his cabinet.
        Guess what ?
        So did Regan.

        I am an American.
        Why do Americans think the whole world has to walk and talk like us ?
        We are the problem, because we have no respect for other cultures.

        June 5, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
    • Todd Olson

      Wrong. The United States is a Republic. We do not have a monarch and we don't have ministers. There is no "US Ministry of Defense". Sorry, thanks for playing.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      • thecardiak

        Wrong again, ministry does not have anything to do with a monarchy or Parliament. You are just associating it with that because it is commonly known and used in that part of the world which both uses proper English and has that system in place. Stop pretending you know your own language, you mutts are merely borrowing and making a mess of it. American English is closer to Ebonics then proper English.

        June 5, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • American Citizen

        Yep, the US doesn't have a Ministry of Defense, and we don't need any damn monarchy or stupid Diamond Jubilee. 60 years on the thrown, huh? Tell her it's time to get off the pot.

        June 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • ltcoljpm

      It's one thing to be an uneducated Brit, not knowing the difference between a Republic and a Monarchy and not knowing the difference between a Department and a Ministry.

      But it's quite a thing to 'school' Americans about the english language if you are from Britain. WE Americans are the reason you can still talk in your funny language.

      If it were not for us – your Ministry of Defense would be in Berlin today, called the Reichskriegsministerium and in Britain you would have a Gauleiter to deal with day to day business.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
      • thecardiak

        And the french are the only reason you won your independence so what's your point?

        Again, you are still dead wrong as a ministry and a department are exactly the same thing but it is proper English to label a department of government as a ministry. It does not matter what type of government is in charge. You only think this is the case because Brits use proper English and they have a powerless monarchy with parliament in place. Americans need to change the name of their language to something along the lines of Aminglish because it is nothing but slang anymore. Perhaps the name Spanglish will work just fine once the Mexicans are finished colonizing your territory.

        June 5, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
      • Bill

        yes..all americans are legends in their own mind

        June 5, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Ken from FL

      I assume you're a Brit. So, tell me, why do the British announcers on Dancing with the Stars feel compelled to butcher every Spanish term? It's Sahl-suh, not Sal-suh, etc. In other words, give it a rest.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Reply
      • DeTamble

        Just maybe, they are saying it right,
        and we have it wrong.
        American intolerance at work here.
        We are part of the world, we dont own it.

        June 5, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
    • ltcoljpm

      Sometimes google or Wiki could help BEFORE posting nonsense!

      "Federal executive departments are analogous to ministries common in parliamentary or semi-presidential systems but, with the United States being a presidential system, their heads otherwise equivalent to ministers, do not form a government (in a parliamentary sense) nor are they led by a head of government separate from the head of state. The heads of the federal executive departments, known as secretaries of their respective department, form the traditional Cabinet, an executive organ that serves at the disposal of the president and normally act as an advisory body to the presidency."

      June 5, 2012 at 2:41 pm | Reply
      • thecardiak

        It would be better if you knew your countries history. Your founders made an explicit effort to use different names for American elements of government to emphasize a clean break from the British. So you have congress, dollars and secretaries instead of parliament, pounds and ministers respectively. The meanings did not change, the people speaking it did how ever change what they called it.

        A ministry and a department are the same thing. If a Somalian decided to call their department a bathhouse and I called it a ministry it does not make it wrong. Just as a Brit calling a government department a ministry does not change its meaning. One speaks proper English and the other Aminglish.

        June 5, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
      • ltcoljpm

        Sorry – you still don't get it. There is no cure for stupid.

        A ministry is headed by a minister who IS part of the government...mostly lead by a prime minister. The head of state is a different person.
        A department is headed by a secretary who is an adviser to the President (who is head of state).

        It's not the language, it's not because we wanted to name everything different from British english – it's because IT IS DIFFERENT.

        June 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
    • Guy

      WRONG! U.S. governmental agencies and departments are properly named, as are our officials. Once those names are given, it is incorrect to use synonyms.

      As for "aluminum", it is mispronounced in Britain. There is no 'i' 3 letters from the end, and it is wrong to add one in the pronunciation.

      Admittedly, most Americans speak quite poorly (constantly using the plural 'their' to avoid speaking an actual gender in a singular possessive case - i.e. 'No one wants HIS pay reduced' - but I digress). But then, too, do most Brits. They just do it with a nicer accent so it sounds all good and proper even though it is horrendous.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
      • thecardiak

        France and Germany are both republics and they use the term minister for their departments. IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE TYPE OF GOVERNMENT.

        June 5, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
      • ltcoljpm

        France and Germany are different from the US.

        There is a difference between Republic and Republic. Germany is a Parliamentary Federal Republic – with Head of State a different person from head of Government.

        France is a semi-presidential Republic – with a strong President BUT STILL a prime minister as head of Government.

        USA – does not have a Parliament (a Congress is something completely different) and our President is Head of State AND Head of Government!

        June 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  36. Nunya

    F–K Kim Jong Un's fat 4SS. Parachute into that biznitch and F–K his couch.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • lucianne

      And how does your rude and offensive post improve dialogue or contribute to the conversation? Regardless of you opinion or political party, there should be no place for that kind of childishness any time after eighth grade.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:25 pm | Reply
    • Rabid Rabbit

      He's only in seventh grade. He's 32 years old, but that's a separate issue...

      June 5, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  37. HBAR

    Yeah yeah. They did this sort of thing in Vietnam too – and they had done it in Europe before that. It didn't actually work in Vietnam. All the agents were turned or killed. (Mostly turned.) But... the CIA sticks with their scripts, successful or not, and refines them over the years. The Arab Spring charade is just a refined replay of the Bay of Pigs. (External invasion masquerading as a popular uprising.)

    June 5, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
    • JC

      Oh no, the CIA isn't capable of pulling off anything as amusing as "Arab Spring." Unfortunately, they simply don't have enough boots on the ground. No, that little mess is completely Arab in origin and execution, and happens every so often in that part of the world. It is to be expected that people with a middle-ages mentality and access to modern technology would make a botch of it. No, this is merely one group of infidels replacing another group of infidels. Such is to be expected from the people who failed to protect their prophet's family.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  38. AmericanPeasant

    Lol I like how the headline reads:

    "U.S. General who misspoke on North Korea is replaced"

    If the CNN commenters had their way tomorrow the headline will read:

    "CNN journalist who misspoke on United States is replaced"

    Anyone know who the Minister of Defense is by the way?

    June 5, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
  39. AmericanPeasant

    "After the U.S. Ministry of Defense...."

    Did the Chinese misinformationists finally get a mole inside CNN? Or has CNN been letting more Europeans talk bull about America? I still can't believe they replaced the great Larry King with someone so snobby, biased, and superficial like Piers Morgan.

    As for North Korea... wait a minute, don't they have a Ministry of Defense? They are pretty much the closest to 1984 by George Orwell anyone has got. Paula H. is really Kim Jong-Un. Very cunning Kim the 3rd, you almost got us.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:42 pm | Reply
    • DeTamble

      You want to know what is really sad ?
      With all of the crap going on in the world,
      this you have to complain about ?
      Thats pretty pathetic.

      June 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm | Reply
      • Bill

        yes...americans are pathetic

        June 5, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  40. Mike

    The link to this article is misleading. The 3rd/4th paragraphs say exactly the opposite.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
  41. bigbendjc

    I wonder if something has been added to the US water supply. You put a camera and microphone in front of people nowadays and it usually ends up being a "MISSPOKE" moment!

    June 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  42. acajunthatsagun

    Gaff = inadvertently told the truth

    June 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  43. Like a BOSS

    A Ministry of Defense will exist in a Romney Amercia!

    June 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      Renamed MiniPax

      June 5, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  44. HankLion

    Yeah, this makes it all the more believable it really did happen.

    June 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  45. Ron

    I don't think anything about the stories! Because most people know that only 1/4 of what cnn says is the trurth! What I find funny are the posts regarding the story! Its scary to think we have this many, shall we say " Discumbobulated " thinkers, that have opinions on The worlds state of affairs!!!

    June 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Michael

      And yet here you are, another "discombobulated" thinker expounding on something you know absolutely nothing about. And I'll take 1/4 truth on CNN compared to the flat out lies told on faux....go troll elsewhere kid.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • leelanau

        You are everything that you just ranted about.

        June 5, 2012 at 1:36 pm |
      • DeTamble

        Cheers Michael !

        June 5, 2012 at 5:35 pm |
    • HankLion

      I second Michael.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
  46. phoenix

    Sweet Jesus P Christ–we have a Ministry of Defense?!? My God, What did the US Prime Minister have to say about this Flag Officer gaff up? Maybe we should send a telegram to the US Ambassador to Republic of North Korea asking him to offer the Princling our sincerest apologies for violating the Armistice.

    June 5, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • CommonSense

      Hmmm ... Jesus P Christ. I wonder what the "P" stands for? Probably named after Uncle Pontius ...

      June 5, 2012 at 12:22 pm | Reply
  47. Klaus

    Yes, exactly it is Bush's fault!!!!

    June 5, 2012 at 11:57 am | Reply
    • MTR

      What a loser – still trying to blame President Bush for everything. You must be a left-winger – you know what the symbol for your party is – a whining blaming baby. J.O.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
      • garm

        You must be mentally handicapped if you didn't notice the post you replied to was a troll using sarcasm.

        June 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm |
      • rsterman

        You are correct – Loser – GOP Clown – Troll all the same!

        June 5, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
      • DeTamble

        I dont blame everything on Bush.
        Just the things he screwed up.
        Got an hour or two ?

        June 5, 2012 at 5:38 pm |
  48. Out There

    Apparently all the A-Team reporters were covering the Octomom stripping issue.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • HankLion

      But the funniest thing of all is the 'Publicar' button here below.
      I double checked if I wasn't on the CNN Latin America pages but, it's the US version...

      June 5, 2012 at 1:25 pm | Reply
  49. JustSomeGuyWho

    Ministry of Defense? Who wrote this ... the Chinese?

    June 5, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • ageffner

      It's obvious they meant M.O.M. (Ministry of Magic).
      As for ministries vs .departments..... U.S. departments (like ministries abroad) are specific and name the actual department of ministry in question. Thus, you can NOT interchance ministry for department and vice-a-versa.

      If talking about ministries or departments in general, and not speific to a particular country, then it is more reasonable to do so.

      In short, The U.S. has no minisitries. To say otherwise is incorrect.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
      • DeTamble

        Yup, cant call a car an automobile.

        June 5, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  50. Greenspam

    Don't use present tense unless you want the situation of the present... tense... Get the pun?

    June 5, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • CommonSense

      Nice word play, but it kinda tarnishes it if you have to explain it ...

      June 5, 2012 at 11:54 am | Reply
  51. TED

    Journalism has gone down the toilet. If it isn't on Google or ipad or facebook, these so called journalists are lost. They are also lost when the spellchecker doesn't work. And they haven't a clue about grammar. When you hire incompetence, you get incompetent product.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
    • chefdugan

      Journalism was ALWAYS in the toilet with extremely few exceptions. Now we need to flush those stupid people all the way down.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • CommonSense

      If it isn't on a search engiine, a piece of hardware, or a social media site, then blah blah blah ... priceless!

      June 5, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
  52. Jason

    Capitalize general and special operations, then you don't capitalize special operations later. And U.S. Ministry of Defense? Don't we have actual journalists writing anymore? I guess anybody with computer access can call themselves a journalist now. And for the record, general is not capitalized unless immediately proceeding a name. Come on CNN, you can do better than this!

    June 5, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
    • Ron

      I hate people who correct peoples grammer! They are so anal! Get the message across stop worrying about crossing t's and comma's and a dam capital letter. I understood the article!

      June 5, 2012 at 11:48 am | Reply
      • CommonSense

        people's ...

        June 5, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
      • phoenix

        So we're going for the lowest common denominator here? excellent.

        June 5, 2012 at 12:03 pm |
      • CommonSense

        @phoenix – Excellent ...

        June 5, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • Norm


        June 5, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
      • HankLion


        June 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
      • rsterman

        Yeah, dumb it down so T-Baggers can read it, repeat it and then its a fact!

        June 5, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • Imperious Leader

        "Get the message across stop worrying about crossing t's and comma's and a dam capital letter" << Run-on sentence

        June 5, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
      • DeTamble

        *** about crossing t's and comma's and a dam capital letter...

        You mean "damn" right ?
        I dont care about commas and such, but when you cant even spell
        everyday words properly, it is a reflection on the poster.
        For example, somebody bashing president Obama called him...
        bumbler in cheif !
        I dont want to have a conversation with a six year old.
        You turn yourself into a troll with the petty juvenile bashing,
        but you put a point on it by sounding stupid and uneducated.

        Those kind of people are not looking for conversation,
        they are looking for people that make them feel better
        and have a little fun at other peoples expense.

        You are easy to pick out.

        Most of "dem" seem to be wepublicans or cwistians.
        Get my dwift ?

        June 5, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
  53. Yoshinobu Tokugawa

    There is no Ministry of Defense in the US. There is a Department of Defense, a Defense Secretary, not Minister. Get your facts right. Bad journo. And please use English on the post button instead of Spanish.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • DeTamble

      Publicar is a program.
      You are an idiot.
      The world does not revolve around America.

      June 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm | Reply
  54. B. Mathews

    We have a "Ministry" of Defense? Who proofreads this crap??

    June 5, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • Lee S. Downie

      B. Matthews– You beat me to it... I was getting ready to ask the same question.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • Don in Washington

      Who checks facts or proofreads anything anymore? Seconds count, get it out. Too bad CNN *used* to have standards. Well the New York Times did too. All gone now.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
    • Jeeper

      Helen Keller.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • CelestialOne

      Any ignoramus knows that US does not have a Ministry of Defense (and not Defence) or is metricated.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • DeTamble

      This is what you get when Republicans cut education spending.
      Vote them out, or live with it.

      June 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm | Reply
  55. David

    North Korea has been sending in Spec Op teams into South Korea for years and nothing is ever reported. Like when the North Korean submarine landed some NK commandos, who in turned killed the sub crew. The commandos were were eventually killed after several days of being pursued by the South Korea Army and police.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • MTR

      Yes, David – You are absolutely correct. What most people know about Korea in general, can fit into a thimble.

      June 5, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  56. Trillions more for the military/industrial/security complex

    what in the fracking heill is "publicar" on the post button suppose to mean?

    June 5, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
    • vbscript2

      I'm guessing it's Spanish for "Publish." In other words, it should say "Post."

      June 5, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • CommonSense

        In other words, it should say "Post." – great line!

        June 5, 2012 at 10:40 am |
      • Ron

        Yeaaaa! Someone other then me noticed that crap!! It should read POST!!

        June 5, 2012 at 11:51 am |
    • CommonSense

      It gives permission to CNN to access your Paypal (or other payment) account to fund public transportation. Didn't you read the Terms and Conditions?

      June 5, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
      • Yoshinobu Tokugawa

        Please identify clause number. Thank you

        June 5, 2012 at 11:25 am |
      • CommonSense

        @Yoshinobu – Too late, you've posted. Now you've contributed to public transportation. If I were you, I'd immediately start reviewing your credit card and/or Paypal statements. On the plus side, though, you've just helped get new tires for the busses. Thanks!

        June 5, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • Heavenly Smurf

      Publicar = publish.
      Only Americans have a problem with this.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Reply
  57. Trillions more for the military/industrial/security complex

    he is dismissed from his post for letting the truth slip out.
    give the people the lies they need.;

    June 5, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • new gawker

      sure let the enemy know where our boys are so they can be blown to bits. sometimes military needs to be secret.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:56 am | Reply
      • Heavenly Smurf

        So you must be a military genius, huh ?
        Ever hear of leaking false information ?

        June 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm |
    • El Guapo

      Are you sure he wasn't released from his "Publicar"?

      June 5, 2012 at 1:11 pm | Reply
    • Jack

      Surely, President Obama, the Noble PEACE Prize Laurate, would not authorize such an action.

      June 5, 2012 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  58. vbscript2

    Wow, CNN. This is a new low. Inaccurate reporting about inaccurate reporting. While the General was not technically "misquoted," his quote was taken way out of context and misconstrued. It's still the reporter's fault for either intentionally misrepresenting what the General was saying or just being too stupid to understand what he was saying. It's not uncommon to use the present tense to describe hypothetical situations in English. It may not be the most correct verb tense, but it is very frequently used in common speech nonetheless. If someone doesn't understand this, they don't need a job in journalism. I'm also curious who it was in the U.S. Ministry of Defense that initially slammed the reports. It's kind of sad that a government office that doesn't exist provides more accurate reporting than the actual journalists these days.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Trillions more for the military/industrial/security complex

      From: Ministry of Defense
      To: vbscript@

      We will visit you on Thursday to discuss you attitude towards certian legalities.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • jeff berry

      What "US Ministry of Defense"? No such institution exists. Draw and quarter the author–after all we did likewise to the General who made a mistake. The same standard ought to apply, right?

      June 5, 2012 at 11:18 am | Reply
    • CommonSense

      Where in the story does it say that the comments were taken out of context? The General himself says that he was not misquoted and he does not say that his words were taken out of context. What part of the story (or the story to which this article links) supports what you say?

      June 5, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
    • Wes Scott

      It is NOT common for educated people to use the wrong verb tense in speaking or writing, and it surely is not the obligation of any reporter to read the mind of somebody being interviewed to determine what he or she intended to say. The general should have said what he meant and meant what he said.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Heavenly Smurf

      Reading is fundamental.
      You got the mental part right.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm | Reply
  59. svann

    "They were students"

    June 5, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
  60. Jimenez

    There is no such thing as a U.S. Ministry of Defense.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • Dostoevskian

      Ministry of Offense is more like it 😉

      June 5, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • Ron

      WOW !! Since 1500 people on this site have said there is no Ministry of Defence, I guess there is no Ministry of Defence !!! Why do people always repeat what is posted ? Now I am going to publicar this publicar ???

      June 5, 2012 at 11:58 am | Reply
    • Heavenly Smurf

      Lets hear this 1500 more times.
      Better yet, lets not.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  61. Austin Powers

    Ministry of Defense..Yea Baby Yeah...Ooo behave CNN and your proofreaders.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
  62. vet

    Most generals are complete idiots.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
    • AnarkyNow

      Vet, sounds like you spent your service years peeling potatoes on kitchen detail. No doubt you are qualified to judge the ability of people 10 levels above you, :)).

      June 5, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
    • CommonSense

      Wow ... could you speak more generally ... ?

      June 5, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Heavenly Smurf

      Most posters are complete idiots.
      Happy now ?

      June 5, 2012 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  63. keb carerra

    Constantly trying to provoke North Korea into war . Bring your big expensive navy over and shoot into their waters, play your war games . Just remember that American intelligence is not so bright . North Korea has nothing so they got nothing to lose .

    June 5, 2012 at 10:10 am | Reply
    • dangle13x

      haha what would you know about it mongoloid?

      June 5, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
    • latuya83

      How are we provoking NK? They are the ones that try lunching a "satalite", shelled South Korea, talk about how they are going to destroy the south. We can be accused of provokation in many sitiuations but this is definately not one of them. NK brings this all to themselves.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
      • pLETH

        I have never had a satellite for lunch. How does it tasts?

        June 5, 2012 at 10:57 am |
      • CommonSense

        @pLETH – "satalite"s "tast" a lot like satellites, just with less calories

        June 5, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Gonzo

      That you Kim pork rind ?

      June 5, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  64. Strategist

    You guys are funny. What makes you think the North Koreans weren't told exactly what we wanted them to hear? It's like turning on a light and watching the cockroaches scatter.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • HibbleSnip

      This is what I think. Good misdirection involves the enemy not understanding what they are seeing. Certainly gives N. Korea something to think about.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:59 am | Reply
  65. Rick Springfield

    Enough people have an outright hatred for Kim Jong-ding-li-dong that its no trouble recruiting NK citizens to spy for us in return for being rewarded a Motel 6 franchise in the USA. We've done it ever since the Korean war. Citizens hate the Jongs for what they did to an otherwise beautiful nation and people. So we don't need to parachute nobody into nowhere, we just recruit them already in place and they willingly go anywhere we ask and in return for the intel they collect, we get them out of NK and to Bakersfield, CA.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Just wondering if you ever got to hook up with Jesse's girl?

      On NK you're absolutely correct. But maybe their people are too terrified of being tortured by the repressive regime more than they already are.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
  66. jj

    How can you spend so much of your life building a military career up to that level...and then say that to the press? Is it the "Peter Principle" in effect...which I believe states a person can rise to a position 1 level higher than qualified for?

    June 5, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
    • vbscript2

      Did you read the end of the article? He was describing how a technology could be used. The reporter misunderstood what he was saying. So, while he may not have technically been misquoted, his quote was taken out of context, which is essentially the same thing.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:00 am | Reply
    • Publius

      Peter Principle is as follows: Given enough time, everyone will eventually rise to their own level of incompetence. Sad for this general. He's a great guy and solid American. Publicar?

      June 5, 2012 at 11:19 am | Reply
  67. PDX James

    In the old days, you could simply claim to have been misquoted. With near every person on the planet carrying a camera with video recording capability, we have moved on to the era of misspeaking. I can't wait until someone uses "misspeaking" as a legal defense. We really need to stop electing people based on how well they can lie.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:47 am | Reply
    • ricardo1968

      Looks like were on our way! 🙂

      June 5, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • Mike

      We've been electing the best liar as President every four years haven't we? I mean really, has any of our last several Presidents ever fulfilled even half of their campaign promises?
      The current baffoon is probably the lowest with almost no campaign promises fulfilled.
      Again, he who lies best usually wins.
      And us suckers buy into it every time.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • Gonzo

      Cant refudiate that.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Reply
  68. Tr1Xen

    Pyongyang needs a mushroom cloud over it!

    June 5, 2012 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • PDX James

      Nah, it might merge with that opium cloud and create super mutants.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
  69. GBucello

    We're looking at a trend in warfare that's not likely to reverse any time soon. Covert operations are today's warfare tactic of choice, and it wouldn't be too suprising if there really were paratroopers in North Korea. The US is in a spy war with Iran, and uses the CIA against al-Qaeda. Why not North Korea? http://discussourworld.blogspot.com/#!/2012/05/taking-war-underground-why-future.html

    June 5, 2012 at 9:42 am | Reply
    • Shoefly

      Well, sure... but you don't expect them to talk openly about it, eh?

      June 5, 2012 at 9:51 am | Reply
      • GBucello

        I certainly hope not.

        June 8, 2012 at 10:13 am |
    • Strategist

      Brilliant observation, Einstein. Covert operations aren't a trend. They've been an essential part of warfare for thousands of years.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:58 am | Reply
      • GBucello

        Essential, absolutely, but they've always been part of a larger conventional campaign, gathering intelligence and interdicting supply lines ahead of a larger attack. A good example of this is evident in WWII: Operation Bodyguard, a massive deception campaign directed against Germany to cover up the eventual Normandy landings as part of Operation Neptune. The trend isn't that covert operations are being used, but that they're being used *exclusively* – that's to say independent of any larger campaign. Going back to the WWII example, Operation Bodyguard was the covert counterpart to the overt Operation Neptune. As history progressed, more and more conflicts became strictly covert (US involvement in Laos, Cambodia, and Angola, to name a few). Given US action in Iran, North Korea, Somalia, and Yemen, there is evidence to suggest that this is, in fact, a growing trend.

        June 8, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  70. Dale

    North Korea infiltrates the south on a normal basis, it's just not covered in the main stream media anymore.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
  71. Uncle Joe

    Nice going General. Not like North Korean leaders are already paranoid enough, now you open your big mouth and let it slip that US and South Korean troops are landing on their soil.

    Take away this guy's stars and demote him to private first class.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
    • Shut up.

      Calm down, you massive douchenozzle. He misspoke. They're taking him out of his position. That's that.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
      • Mike

        douchenozzle? You watching Colbert again?

        June 5, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • George

      Instead of Private First Class, what about demoting him to one of them comfort girls?

      June 5, 2012 at 9:57 am | Reply
      • bugmenot

        He could find his fill in Leavenworth

        June 5, 2012 at 10:04 am |
      • Norm

        One of "them" comfort girls????

        Another lost Foxtard?

        June 5, 2012 at 10:21 am |
    • Lou Cypher

      If he were enlisted, he would have gotten a kicked out with a Big Chicken Dinner. Typical military justice.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • Gonzo

      Just doing what he told.
      Lets make em more paranoid.
      Turn up the heat.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm | Reply
  72. usa4ever

    This isn't all that suprising – in fact, it would be of greater concern if there were NOT any covert operations forces in North Korea. The current trend in warfare is to use covert operations to accomplish politically sensitive objectives, and putting Americans on North Korean soil would certainly be included in that description. http://discussourworld.blogspot.com/#!/2012/05/taking-war-underground-why-future.html

    June 5, 2012 at 9:35 am | Reply
  73. Reluctant Citizen

    I guess we do have a Ministry of Defense too. After all, we have our own NKVD, Stasi and Gestapo under the guise of Homeland Security and TSA. Who knows what else is going on in this budding tyranny of political correctness,

    June 5, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
    • gwil

      It all depends on how many Republicans we vote in. The more Repbulicans the more of a poice state we have. Power to the Corporate!!! Boardrooms forever!!!!

      June 5, 2012 at 9:43 am | Reply
      • vbscript2

        Hmm... considering things have gotten significantly worse on that front since Obama's been in office, I'm gonna say you're wrong on this one.

        June 5, 2012 at 10:02 am |
      • rsterman

        When we thought things couldn’t get worse in 2000 than the republican Supreme Court appointing the guy who LOST – then 2004 voter fraud in Ohio put the Moron in for 4 more years! Lack of revenue caused the Debt, lack of spending caused the Recession – FACT. Blame the GOP!

        June 5, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
      • Harrys Putter

        Got to get Obama out of the white house, so the Republicans
        can finish the destruction they started.
        If there is a war between good and evil, here it is.

        June 5, 2012 at 6:31 pm |
    • Will


      June 5, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
  74. roy

    The truth has set this General free but he'll most likely retire with a mega bucks pension and a fancy corporate job so he won't be hurting.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
  75. Manuel J.

    But I thought Obama wanted transparency?!...... This administration is the main issue.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply
    • bear0402

      No administration wants transparency. Just look up the Bush Administration Middle East Crusades.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:39 am | Reply
    • Humanist11

      True, but not at the cost of real lives that may be put in jepurdy. This is the kind of stuff we do need to keep hush, hush if we want to see the suffering of the North Korean people stop.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • PDX James

      Grow up, Manuel. We haven't had a good president/administration in your lifetime and won't have one as long as we keep electing from only these same two corrupt pools.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:50 am | Reply
    • Norm

      Manuel....why do you keep posting the same thing over and over.
      This isn't Fox.
      Get a clue as to how the real world outside of the Fox network actually works.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
    • AnarkyNow

      Manuel, your picture appears in Webster's next to the expression: Brain Dead Fox Zombie.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
  76. Jacknyd

    The existence of such operations would also jeopardize already strained and sensitive relations between Washington and Pyongyang.
    Relations?????? There are none. They tell us whatever they wish and listen to nothing we say.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply
    • CommonSense

      Sounds like a marriage to me ... just saying

      June 5, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
  77. Joe

    The United States does not have a "Ministry of Defense." We have the Department of Defense.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:21 am | Reply
    • Correct

      Paula Hancocks is a Brit... sloppy work, old girl. You can do better than that, what?

      June 5, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
    • AT

      LOL! I caught that too Joe.
      Are we pakistan now?

      June 5, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
  78. Will

    "Jennifer Buschick, spokesperson for U.S. Forces Korea tells CNN, “This is a routine announcement that has been in the works for months” and Tolley’s replacement “has no connection to current events.”"

    Sick of these fuuuuckers insulting peoples' intelligence. A straight "no comment" would be more acceptable than blatantly lying.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
  79. john oh

    The purpose of secret is to keep it hidden from the rest of the world. There would be no purpose in revealing everything the USA does or doesn't do.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:54 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Rather than keep everything secret we should be telling all our enemies we have troops on the ground in their country. We should be telling them so much bogus intel that they'd never know what to believe and what not to believe.
      We should treat them all like mushrooms. Keep them in the dark and feed the bulls**t.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:35 am | Reply
      • Tom

        That's what George Bush did

        June 5, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
  80. Kenny

    The General most likely lost his job for telling the truth when he should have pretended to be a politician and lied through his teeth.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
  81. Mark

    Its a very dangerous mistake!!!! N Korea will take it as truth regradless and use it to their advantage. In my opinion a very, very, stupid mistake for a general to make.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:46 am | Reply
    • JayBee

      agreed, it seems like these massive security breaches have become commonplace among govt and military officials in this country. I'm sick and tired of it, these people dont realize that their words have MASSIVE implications and endanger the lives of US personel.
      Furthermore, if we really are conducting this type of operation, its a huge mistake and could lead to war. plain and simple.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply
      • NetNinja

        The North Koreans take anything as a threat regardless of what the General said. How many times have they conducted cross broder incursions? What about the shelling of the Island that killed several people?

        It's time for the U.S. to leave Korea and let the south fend for themselves. They are an econoic powerhouse and it's time they start spening thier own money on defense rather than the U.S. continuing to do so.

        June 5, 2012 at 9:10 am |
    • Manuel J.

      But I thought Obama wanted transparency?! This administration is the main issue.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply
    • Ilko

      There is pretty much nothing we could do to make it worse. They started jamming radio signals trying to crash south korean planes a few weeks ago. It's not that they are holding back attacking south korea, it's that they can't attack south korea and win, so they aren't.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:28 am | Reply
    • Harrys Putter

      You want to get a rattlesnake out of its den ?
      You gotta provoke it.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:37 pm | Reply
  82. AutoCorrect

    The US doesn't have a Ministry of Defense. Perhaps the author meant, Department of Defense

    June 5, 2012 at 8:40 am | Reply
    • okiejoe

      In fact, no American writer would refer to a US "Ministry of Defense," was this written in North Korea? O rwhere?

      June 5, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • Oh my word!

      Paula Hancocks is a Brit. Sloppy work, old girl.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:12 am | Reply
      • El Guapo

        I think she meant "Ministry of Silly Walks".

        June 5, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  83. Willie12345

    If mis-speaking justified firing, Joe Biden wouldn't be a dog catcher.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • Pandagirl

      LOL too true!

      June 5, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
  84. Taofik Giwa

    Why is the US Government and Military so Irresponsible. They most times provoke a fight to create and excuse for WAR.
    How many blood and death are we going to harvest before this evil empire named US goes extinct like the ROMAN EMPIRE.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
    • givesuccess

      At least our military don't kill our own women and kids.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • CHUCK

      2 blood and death more

      June 5, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • GladI'm Not TaofikGiwa

      I guess if my name was Taofik Giwa and I came from some 3rd world, dung hole in Africa I would be pretty JEALOUS and HATEFUL of America too.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • NetNinja

      Lets just think of the world without the U.S. for one moment. Where would the world be? Seriosuly take a long objective view of world history. From the explorers to WWII and then the expansion of Communism.

      Then factor in the crusades and what they did to europe and the middle east.

      What is the point you are trying to drive? The U.S. is blood thristy and we start wars to kill people?

      Examine all the totalitarian leaders out there and how many millions of thier own people they killed.

      Still think the U.S. is blood thirsty?

      I love paying 20 cents for a gallon of gas, Oh? you aren't paying that low of a price for gas? Yes the U.S. went to war with Iraq for cheaper Oil and the U.S. is bathing in cheap gas now. seriosuly look at world history and match it up to what the U.S. has or has not done in relation to what has occured arround the world.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:18 am | Reply
    • Harrys Putter

      The Roman Empire is still here.
      When they discovered that they could no longer invade and conquor,
      they just "purchased" everything.
      Just like the English and the Vatican.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  85. Norm

    Wow...what do these poor guys do that gets them exiled to Korea?

    June 5, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • Charvel

      Have you ever been to South Korea?
      The place is awesome!!

      June 5, 2012 at 8:38 am | Reply
    • paratrooper1

      Awsome once you get over the stench. But it's been about 18 years sense I was there. Maybe they finally have sewage treatment.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:03 am | Reply
      • oldesalt

        You can imagine what it was like 50 years ago when I was there.

        June 5, 2012 at 9:18 am |
      • That's nothin'

        Stench? Have you ever been to Philadelphia?

        June 5, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  86. Jimbo

    "S what u get for trying to channel John Madden when ur talkin' about serious stuff!! Present tense is for things happening RIGHT NOW...not that could happen if this...or of that....duh.....

    June 5, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply
  87. ally buster

    At the bottom of this page is a place to type in your comments. Below it is a button that says "Publicar".

    What does the word "publicar" mean? This the United States; We speak ENGLISH!

    June 5, 2012 at 8:21 am | Reply
    • MAVVV

      Soon we will speak Chinese....dont know what those characters look like....but it aint going to be pretty. Its all Obamammaas fault to allow CNN to change button. They changed his birth certificate and schoolin records.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
      • Norm

        I bet you cry yourself to sleep every night since Fox stopped allowing comments.

        June 5, 2012 at 8:29 am |
    • mpouxesas

      me speak english, you no speak no english!

      June 5, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
    • oldesalt

      That "publicar" confused me also.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
    • Pandagirl

      I saw that, ally!!! WTF!?

      June 5, 2012 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • vbscript2

      It's been that way for quite a while now. I'm assuming that it's the Spanish verb for "publish." That is to say, "publish" (post) your comment.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:09 am | Reply
    • Harrys Putter

      The internet is international.
      You Americans have got to join the rest of the world.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  88. ally buster

    -Since when does the United States have a "ministry of defense"?

    June 5, 2012 at 8:18 am | Reply
    • drjem

      I was shocked there as well. I spent 20 plus years in the military & NEVER heard the Department of Defense referred to as the "Ministry of Defense." Oh well....so much for CNN & accuracy huh?

      June 5, 2012 at 8:23 am | Reply
      • Potentato

        I believe that the USMoD is actually an entirely separate entity from the DoD that was created a few years ago as a response to that Petraeus fiasco. Its commanded by a small group of Fortune 500 CEOs and select members of the US Parliament Supreme (the often overlooked third portion of the legislative branch which was commissioned by King USA and contains only the heavily inbred direct descendents of our founding fathers). Its main purpose is to protect the president from having to make really tough decisions, like having to fire generals or conquer those smaller, yet oil rich nations. Now, if a general gets out of line, he automatically gets shifted to the USMoD where he can be delt with discretely and the president can save face.

        June 5, 2012 at 9:11 am |
    • kake79

      Ok, glad it wasn't just me that did a double-take when I read that. It's funny but using the title "Ministry of ______" has always given me the creeps because of the novel 1984.

      June 5, 2012 at 9:09 am | Reply
    • You know better than that

      Paula Hancocks is a Brit journalist. Better proof your columns a bit more, old girl.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
  89. Richard Ogima

    It's sad that have to do this but for the sake of National Security – I can see the point

    June 5, 2012 at 8:12 am | Reply
  90. mslisac363

    I sure he can afford to step down

    June 5, 2012 at 8:07 am | Reply
  91. smokeee

    what a fool. the N.Koreans are going to take that as truth, and they should, which will just make them more rebellious and not cooperative. Talk about leaks within the government of late, this just adds more stupidity to our government personnel.

    June 5, 2012 at 7:59 am | Reply
    • evalue8

      Can you imagine the puckered bung holes in NK when they heard the news? The reaction would make cockroaches uncovered from a rock in the middle of the night look calm. Come to think of it, the comparison is one and the same.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:26 am | Reply
  92. Kim So Joon

    You warmongering Americans also have a Death Star right over us, too! We've even seen proof of it. And, don't even try to lie about your Supreme Overlord Darth Vader, either.

    June 5, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
    • DD

      You so smart! And you're probably one of those who thinks Star Wars is real, right?

      June 5, 2012 at 7:52 am | Reply
      • duh!

        don't feed the troll

        June 5, 2012 at 7:59 am |
      • tim

        and you think he was serious!?!?!?!?!

        June 5, 2012 at 8:03 am |
      • RealityCheck

        Ummm. Can you not sense sarcasm? WOW. Remember in when you got kicked out of biology in high school for playing with matchbox cars? Who's retarded now?

        June 5, 2012 at 8:06 am |
    • Mike

      America is not the country that spend most of it's money on military or space launches instead of feeding it's own people. That is a sign of EVIL buddy. A country that starves and tourtores their own citizens to death in work camps is not worthy of existence. (in my opinion). Just STOP BEING EVIL and then we can talk.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:02 am | Reply
      • oldesalt

        Are you implying that it's a federal government's responsibility to feed its people? I've never received any food from Uncle Sam except when I was in the military.

        June 5, 2012 at 9:35 am |
      • Will

        He's obviously a troll you ldiot. Good job replying to him.

        June 5, 2012 at 9:37 am |
    • ABC

      I laughed... you're not serious, right?

      June 5, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • momo0828

      Uh oh!! Troll Alert!!

      June 5, 2012 at 8:15 am | Reply
    • MAVVV

      I was on MOPO last month and was told ..........YOU ARE THE FATHER. Is that U dad ?

      June 5, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
    • Boom went the death star

      Yeah – don't look up from your bowl of rotten rice and boiled rat tails.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:18 am | Reply
    • Harrys Putter

      You can do better than that....
      how about.....
      Kim Phuk hole ?

      June 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  93. steve

    we have a ministry of Defense Against the Dark Arts ...

    June 5, 2012 at 7:44 am | Reply
  94. Deez

    LOL @ ;U.S. Ministry of Defense'

    June 5, 2012 at 7:42 am | Reply
    • scott


      June 5, 2012 at 8:06 am | Reply
    • Harrys Putter

      We could do worse with the ministry of silly walks.

      June 5, 2012 at 6:57 pm | Reply
  95. DL

    Of course, when N. Korea accuses us of doing exactly this, we say it's just crazee talk

    June 5, 2012 at 7:38 am | Reply
  96. sick of republican phonies

    "After the CNN Ministry of Stupidity..."

    June 5, 2012 at 7:38 am | Reply
  97. Travis

    The U.S. does not have a "Ministry" of Defense. Furthermore, the author of the article fabricates a story by juxtaposing a regular personnel change with the general's comments. Yes, these two events happened a week apart, but that by itself in no way makes a news story.

    June 5, 2012 at 7:35 am | Reply
  98. Eric

    The U.S. has a 'Ministry of Defense'? Who knew!

    June 5, 2012 at 7:34 am | Reply
  99. Chuck McFarland

    "After the U.S. Ministry of Defense initially slammed..." ?? I didn't know we had a Ministry of Defense.

    June 5, 2012 at 7:28 am | Reply
    • Bad moon rising

      Always something they're not telling us.

      June 5, 2012 at 7:31 am | Reply
    • U.S. Minister of Defense

      Well now we do have a Ministry of Defense. See? This is what happens when you outsource everhting, even the news!

      June 5, 2012 at 7:40 am | Reply
      • ally buster

        That's Fox News at work for you...

        June 5, 2012 at 8:19 am |
      • Ministerio Norteamericano De Defensa

        We're becoming more like europe every day . . . and, ally buster, this is a cnn report, not fox.

        June 5, 2012 at 11:22 am |
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