North Korea tested their 2nd nuclear weapon this weekend and has fired three surface to air missiles off of their coast yesterday.  How does the Obama administration confront North Korea regarding this blatant disregard of a U.N. resolution?  With weak words says Jeffrey Emanuel.

The inexperienced president and his administration appear reluctant to go any farther than issuing sternly-worded admonitions to the rogue state.

Yes I’m sure that Kim Jong Il is trembling with fear now after the fear-inspiring statement President Obama made.

Today, North Korea said that it has conducted a nuclear test in violation of international law. It appears to also have attempted a short range missile launch. These actions, while not a surprise given its statements and actions to date, are a matter of grave concern to all nations. North Korea’s attempts to develop nuclear weapons, as well as its ballistic missile program, constitute a threat to international peace and security.

By acting in blatant defiance of the United Nations Security Council, North Korea is directly and recklessly challenging the international community. North Korea’s behavior increases tensions and undermines stability in Northeast Asia. Such provocations will only serve to deepen North Korea’s isolation. It will not find international acceptance unless it abandons its pursuit of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery.

The danger posed by North Korea’s threatening activities warrants action by the international community. We have been and will continue working with our allies and partners in the Six-Party Talks as well as other members of the U.N. Security Council in the days ahead.

HT: Michelle Malkin

Then, of course, we have the U.N. “stop it or we’ll say stop it again” Security Council to add to the drama – while North Korea prepares for war and threatens military action on the South if it’s ships are stopped or searched.  Instead of taking us seriously North Korea is laughing at us.

Obama wants to implement the six-party talks (one’s that he said were an utter failure for President Bush).  What’s the definition of insanity?  Doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.  Brian Kennedy from The Corner says let’s use some common sense.

These recent tests demonstrate both how serious the North Koreans are and how manifestly unserious the United States remains. Throughout the Clinton, Bush, and now the Obama administrations, we have lived under the delusion that we could negotiate with the North Koreans or the even more absurd notion that we could use China to pressure them. None of this has worked.

We are not going to stop North Korea from seeking to produce nuclear weapons unless we do one of two things. First, we could launch a preemptive nuclear strike on their nuclear-weapons facilities and their major cities — so as to both reduce their capability and preempt a lethal conventional counterattack by North Korea on South Korea or Japan. This we will not do.

Or, we could build robust missile defenses that make the North Korean nuclear missiles meaningless. This would be relatively inexpensive compared to the cost of war, and effective in that our missile-defense technologies could stop a missile launched from North Korea (although not yet a North Korean missile launched from a freighter ship off our coast).

Missile defense, that sounds like a great idea.

Oh yes, the Obama administration thought in light of a nuclear North Korea and nuclear Iran that it was a good idea to cut back on this.  Governor Sarah Palin of Alaska, whose state is positioned well to deal with (or be negatively impacted by) a nuclear North Korea urged against the cuts.  Perhaps Alaska or the West Coast getting attacked would be a “matter of grave concern” as well.

Charles Krauthammer says another solution would be a nuclear Japan.  That I’m sure will not be palatable to the Obama Administration, but it would tip the scales in the region.  Dick Morris & Eileen McGann agree regarding Japan and say economic sanctions could be effective as well, if China will get on board.

The irony, of course, is that North Korea is probably the single state in the world most vulnerable to international sanctions. It produces no energy of its own. If China chose to bring the country to its knees, it could do so in a heartbeat. But will they?

China is worried about triggering a flood of North Korean refugees across its borders and tends to be protective of its erstwhile ally.

But the real pressure point on China is Japan. If the Japanese signal that they will respond to the North Korean nuclear test with a decision to change its constitution and develop nuclear weapons itself, the impact on both China and North Korea will be intense.

HT: Gov. Sarah Palin

The time for just talking is over, toothless U.N. resolutions are not helping.  We need teeth to go along with the rhetoric.  It is the only thing the North Koreans will understand.





12 comments
  1. What would Reagan do?

    Reagan would have gone straight to American homes in a TV appearance announcing from the Oval Office his decision to put the 2d Infantry Division on high alert while instructing our glorious Pacific Fleet to start preentive maneuvers in the penninsula.

    Reagan would have never do a telepromter speech like this clown Obama. He would have talked straight to us.

  2. If this mess isn't taken care of real soon, Not only will we have N. Korea on our backs, but Iran, Afganistan, Venzuela. The taliban of every sort, and Lords only knows.

  3. Walk softly and carry a big stick. Sure, North Korea is poking the tiger through the cage. But who is stupid enough to pit 7 warheads they dont have against many thousands of warheads we do have? North Korea is just saying “you cant push us around” and all we're saying is “yeah you keep on believing that buddy” .. Ee dont have to run around threatening every country that doesnt do what we like. For christsakes we shouldnt all get reactive everytime some rogue nation thumbs their nose at us. Everyone already knows we could eradicate every other nation on earth, several times over, with the push of a button. Nobody wants to see that actually happen.

  4. Reactive? I'm concerned about the one nuclear weapon that they could get off (they could do it from a freighter) and hit Alaska or the west coast.

    Or a more likely scenario – sell the technology to a terrorist group.

    Are you really that naive? So what that we can eradicate them, if the weaponry gets in the hands of someone who doesn't care? Not to mention you are making a big assumption that President Obama would do that. I'm not convinced that he would (not that I would want to see millions of innocent North Koreans die because of what Kim Jong Il had done).

  5. 1) They could launch one from a boat, and I dont think for a minute that Obama wouldnt pull the trigger. I dont know why you limbags want to paint him as a pacifist. Il is testing the new regime.

    2) No president would actually wipe another country off the map. BUT WE CAN. And everyone knows we can. In the mean time.. what are we supposed to do? Declare war and reinstitute the draft? We're already stretched thin as it is with 2 other wars.

    3) North Korea is already sanctioned up the keyster and the population is starving. I hear all you righties and hawks saying we need to do something more than say “dont do that!”.. ok .. well.. then.. WHAT?

    Its obvious that these guys arent trying to start a war, they want the sanctions lifted. They're just.. uh.. going about it the wrong way.

    Its also well known that Kim Jong Il is not a “messianic madman on a doomsday mission” but more like a guy who is senile, brain damaged from a couple-a strokes, and is trying to demonstrate to his own “constituency” if you will, that he's in control.

    I wouldnt be at all suprised if all 6 parties just said “lets try containment until this guy falls over from old age or someone in his own government decides he's incapable of leading further”

  6. No one is suggesting declaring war. That would be a bad idea unless he actually attacks us or one of our allies.

    I actually outline three options in the post – did you read them? One one had to deal with sanctions. Really only one sanction is needed – cut off their oil supply since they import all of their oil.

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