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Thomas E. Ricks' daily take on national security.

North Korea: Like father, like Sung?

Looking at this propaganda leaflet from the Korean War (telling North Koreans their leaders were living well while they starved) at how much the young Kim Il Sung looked like his grandson, Kim Jong Un, the new kid on the communist monarchy’s block. Except grandpa’s eyes were much harder. Meanwhile, today is Kim Jong Il’s ...

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Looking at this propaganda leaflet from the Korean War (telling North Koreans their leaders were living well while they starved) at how much the young Kim Il Sung looked like his grandson, Kim Jong Un, the new kid on the communist monarchy's block. Except grandpa's eyes were much harder.

Meanwhile, today is Kim Jong Il's birthday.

Looking at this propaganda leaflet from the Korean War (telling North Koreans their leaders were living well while they starved) at how much the young Kim Il Sung looked like his grandson, Kim Jong Un, the new kid on the communist monarchy’s block. Except grandpa’s eyes were much harder.

Meanwhile, today is Kim Jong Il’s birthday.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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