Sunday, March 29, 2009

Obama Administration Weak on North Korea

Speaking to Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates said the United States "is probably not prepared to do anything about" North Korea launching a missile which it says it intends to do between now and April 8.

I'm sure this is the last thing Gates wanted to say. Especially because it undercut Admiral Timothy Keating who had last week said they were "fully prepared" to shoot down the missile. But Obama has the final word.

But even if the U.S. were not ultimately going to shoot down the missile why would we publicly signal that to the world? Doesn't Obama know this makes us look weak? Kim Jong Il certainly knows it does.

It is also worth noting that Gates isn't particularly enthusiastic about engaging Iran stating that there is a greater opportunity for success in economic sanctions than in diplomacy.

It would not shock me in the least if Gates were to submit his resignation by the end of 2009.

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