Regime: February 4, 2018

Dear Mr. VP,

The last time I felt compelled to care about a football game I was 17 and had a crush on one of the boys on our high school team. So I am not watching the Super Bowl.

But…have I told you I’m excited about the Olympics?

Yes, I believe I have.

Apparently you are also excited but hellbent on making sure the North Koreans don’t “hijack” the event.

“The Vice President will remind the world that everything the North Koreans do at the Olympics is a charade to cover up the fact that they are the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet,” said an unnamed aide.

Well hey, I love it when we find agreements. The North Korean regime IS tyrannical and oppressive! This is a terrible dictatorship!

And also, the North Korean athletes are not the regime. Yes, I would imagine these athletes are given privileges the average North Korean is not. I’m sure they eat fairly well comparatively, and perhaps their families are not sent to forced labor camps — but who knows. But they are still held captive in a regime where any false move can mean death, and where they watched their fellow North Koreans die of hunger.

In your zeal to lay the groundwork for military action on the Korean Peninsula, I hope you remember that. These athletes are also victims of this regime, and they may very well be acting to save their lives. I hope you won’t tear them down while you tear down the country’s leadership.

D

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