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Former Green Beret lieutenant colonel, Gordon Cucullu is now an editorialist, author and a popular speaker. Born into a military family, he lived and served for more than thirteen years in East Asia, including eight years in Korea. For his Special Forces service in Vietnam he was awarded a Bronze Star, Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Presidential Unit Commendation. After separation from the Army, he worked on Korea and East Asian affairs at both the Pentagon and Department of State as well as an executive for General Electric in Korea. His first major non-fiction work, Separated at Birth: How North Korea became the Evil Twin, is based in large part on his extensive experience in Korea and East Asia as a governmental insider and businessman. [website] [go to Cucullu index]

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Predictions 2005
Hey... It could happen…

[Gordon Cucullu] 12/30/04

As Yogi Berra famously said, ‘predictions are difficult, especially about the future.’ In that spirit I bring forth the serious, the banal, the whimsical, the absurd, in short – a basket of predictions. You decide which of the above categories these fall into.

  • Oliver Stone’s new epic movie, Beowulf, grapples with big-screen, cutting-edge, socially relevant issues like bestiality, necrophilia, cannibalism, incest, war, disease, regressive income tax, Scandinavian automobiles, a workable health care system, and traumatic stress syndrome associated with failure to secure good seats for the Oscars.
  • John Kerry announces that he will run for president of the United States in 2008.
  • John McCain announces that he will run for president of the United States in 2008.
  • Howard Dean announces that he will run for president of the United States in 2008.
  • John Edwards announces that he will run for president of the United States in 2008.
  • Hillary Clinton refuses to announce that she will run for president of the United States in 2008.
  • Dennis Kucinich announces that he will run for president of Mars in 2008.
  • UN Oil for Food investigation findings released by Paul Volker proves massive corruption in world body, directly implicating Secretary General Kofi Anan. World yawns.
  • Some calls emerge for deep UN reform. Japan, Germany, India and Brazil demand and are given a permanent seat on the Security Council but without veto power.
  • Pope John Paul II passes away. An African Cardinal is considered for Pope and narrowly loses to an Italian who takes the name John Paul III.
  • Iraqi election held successfully. Level of terrorist-inspired violence drops precipitately.
  • Hundreds of thousands of Iranians, seeing free elections in neighboring Iraq, take to the streets to demonstrate for democracy and freedom. US, UK and Australian covert forces support the democracy movement.
  • Kim Jong Il dies under mysterious circumstances; a junta of older, Korean War generation generals replaces him. Situation in Northeast Asia considered ‘unstable.’
  • Al Qaeda terrorist leader Abu al Zarkawi is killed while crossing the border into Syria from Iraq by a joint US-Iraqi special operations force.
  • Islamic terrorists attack the underground in London. Explosions kill hundreds.
  • Islamic terrorists assassinate a top French government figure. Muslim mobs take to Paris streets protesting ‘discrimination’ by French. Government apologizes to Muslims.
  • New repressive measures by Victor Chavez, authoritarian president of Venezuela provoke massive civil unrest. US approaches Organization of American States to find solution.
  • Civil war breaks out in Ivory Coast. France becomes increasingly involved. France deploys military force without UN Security Council mandate. Thousands of Ivorians killed by French troops. World yawns.
  • America, in exasperation over UN inaction, forms and heads up a multi-national task force to stop killing in Darfur region of Sudan.
  • Brutal war breaks out in Africa between Congo and Rwanda. World yawns.
  • Red Sox fail to make playoffs. Mets blow opportunity to make playoffs. Yanks don’t make Series. Joe Torre fired, immediately receives lucrative job offers from 3 ML teams.
  • All-Pennsylvania Super Bowl sees Philadelphia Eagles in narrow win over Pittsburgh Steelers. Joe Gibbs retires from NFL, returns to NASCAR.
  • US launches air strikes and special operations teams in directed strikes against Syrian-sponsored, Baathist terror training camps inside Syria and Lebanon. Europeans protest; UN protests. Terrorist infiltration into Iraq slows dramatically.
  • Secretary of State Condi Rice critized by NYT, LA Times, and most mainstream media for being ‘too hard’ on career Foreign Service Officers and ‘ignoring their sound advice and guidance.’ Rice uses a new broom to sweep State clean.
  • Disgruntled, forcibly retired CIA officers write a series of kiss and tell book. DCI Porter Goss brings a revitalized, focused CIA into the 21st century.
  • Ratings for Fox News Channel regularly top CBS, NBC, and ABC news programs, a cable news first.
  • Anti-Moslem riots erupt in Netherlands. Scores injured; several killed.
  • Palestine elects Abu Abbas as successor for Yasir Arafat. Hamas-directed terrorist attacks resume against Israel. US threatens multi-national intervention if terrorism does not cease.
  • ACLU sues to have trucking company Guaranteed Overnight Delivery (GOD) banned from using Federal highway systems on grounds of a violation of church-state separation.
  • Which among the following are arrested on assault charges? NBA basketball player, NL football player, heavyweight boxer, hip-hop singer, washed up actress? Answer: all of them!
  • Which of the following are arrested and charged with rape? NBA basketball player, NL football player, heavyweight boxer, hip-hop singer, washed up actor? Answer: all of them!
  • Which of the following are arrested on a felony weapons possession? Drugs? Gambling? Never mind, it will be some of the above role models.
  • First American private sector Space Tourism business launches successfully. Private consortium discusses manufacture of future privately owned orbiting space station.
  • Mysterious nuclear explosion rocks northern Siberia. Russian Vladimir Putin claims a ‘test’ but consensus is that it was an accident.
  • US troop presence in Iraq is fewer than 50,000 by December 2005.
  • Dow Industrials top 11,000; NASDAQ tops 2,500.
  • US begins transition to a National Sales Tax to replace IRS and current tax system.
  • Guest worker program implemented for foreign workers.
  • Al Qaeda plot to smuggle a small nuclear device into America is intercepted and foiled.
  • America has a difficult, challenging, but rewarding and productive 2005.
  • Happy New Year! tRO

Gordon’s book Separated at Birth: How North Korea became the Evil Twin became the Evil Twin, is drawing good comments. Gordon is scheduled to speak at the Flushing Library, Queens, NY on January 15 at 2 pm, public invited.


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