Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Kim Jong-Il Must Be Shaking In His Boots

An anonymous U.S. government official says that if North Korea launches a missile within the next week the Obama Administration will refer the matter to the UN Security Council.

I'm sure Kim Jong-Il must be shaking in his boots.

Imagine what happens if China or Russia aren't down with Obama. What an embarrassment that would be.

Even if there is unanimity on the Security Council what is to stop North Korea from launching another missile?

Absolutely nothing.

Meanwhile the Obama Administration renders the United States as nothing more than a paper tiger.


Thane Eichenauer said...

North Korea is the best example of a country that should be ignored but isn't. Why the anybody in the US should care is beyond me. Who is North Korea *actually* going to bomb? Who is North Korea *actually* going to invade? If the various countries that surround North Korea stopped giving the government of North Korea money, free fuel and food for 1 year the place would collapse of its own socialist foolishness.

Aaron Goldstein said...

Well,there's always the possibility North Korea could attack South Korea for starters.

But let us suppose you are correct and North Korea has no intention of bombing anyone. What is to prevent North Korea from selling its nuclear weaponry to terrorist states or terrorist organizations? Lest we forget it was the North Koreans who were helping the Syrians clandestinely build a nuclear reactor until Israel destroyed it in September 2007.

If North Korea didn't have nuclear weaponry it could be ignored. Alas it does so it can't.

Thane Eichenauer said...

You already admit North Korea has sold nuclear technology to anybody with enough money to pay for it. That won't stop no matter what amount of codependent attention, fuel and food aid that the surrounding countries give them. Is there some group North Korea didn't sell nuclear technology to because of South Korean aid? I don't think so.

I can conceive that North Korea might invade South Korea. If South Korea worries about this then the US government should send them a protection bill every month for the cost of our forces there.

Aaron Goldstein said...

I think you miss the point.

North Korea is obviously testing the Obama Administration.

I think it was a mistake for Secretary Gates to show the Administration's hand by stating they would not interfere with the launch. Even if the U.S. had no intention of stopping the launch they should at least keep the North Koreans guessing.

By keeping all options open we are in a better position to modify the behavior of North Korea.

Like it or not, we are the most powerful country in the world and with great power comes great responsibility.

Besides simply ignoring North Korea won't make it go away.