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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

NorKs -- Nukes not just for defense any longer

Don't look at me in that tone of voice. I'm just reporting the news, here. I'm not being an alarmist. I'm not saying the NorKs are insane or stupid enough to light off a nuke. They're the ones saying it. (HT to DrewM at AoSHQ):

Pyongyang raised tensions a notch by reviving its rhetoric in a commentary in the state-run Minju Joson newspaper Tuesday.

"Our nuclear deterrent will be a strong defensive means ... as well as a merciless offensive means to deal a just retaliatory strike to those who touch the country's dignity and sovereignty even a bit," said the commentary, carried by the official Korean Central News Agency.

It appeared to be the first time that North Korea referred to its nuclear arsenal as "offensive" in nature. Pyongyang has long claimed that its nuclear weapons program is a deterrent and only for self-defense against what it calls U.S. attempts to invade it.

The tough talk came as South Korea and the U.S. lead an effort at the U.N. Security Council to have the North punished for its nuclear test with tough sanctions.

Can we take a look at this, seriously? Can anyone say nuclear blackmail? Think about this. They start testing missiles, and Barry starts talking about killing missile defense. We start talking about going to the UN (why in God's name do we continue to deal with this feckless body of crooked bureaucrats?) and the NorKs respond by doing a show trial of two American journalists, and sentencing them to 12 years hard labor. (No doubt that they'll face the same "humane" treatment that the rest of Kim's slaves get.) And they're threatening to "test" more long range missiles.

The NorKs are emboldened thanks to the amateur-in-chief in the White House. While Barry is busy apologizing to the world (when does America get it's apology, folks?) our enemies are busy pushing the envelope; they're testing the rookie in the White House. And I hate to say this, but Barry is failing miserably. This is worse than Jimmy Carter. Carter screwed the pooch on Iran, but he got Afghanistan right when we supported the mujahadeen against the Soviet invasion forces. Barry can't even seem to get one thing right.

I'd make a recommendation to the White House what should be done to ratchet back the NorKs, but I doubt they'd go for a blockade of the sawed-off, little runt's country. Besides, if he did that, he'd have to travel to South Korea for the next leg of his apology tour. (The South because Kim wouldn't let Barry in his country, though he might dig Hillary coming in. But Hillary doesn't apologize for anything.)

We need to do something to send a clear message to the NorKs. Forget the UN. All they'll do is put together another sternly-worded, carefully-crafted, toothless resolution that Kim will wipe his @$$ with. A blockade might wake Kim up to the fact that he's not king of the world, and that the world is sick of his schtick. Then again, it might also provoke hostile actions, and we all know Barry doesn't want to do that. He doesn't even really want to try and win the Afghan theater. The troops sent there appear to be little more than lip service.

In our opinion the only way Kim is going to get the message that his actions are unacceptable is if the threat of force is issued and adhered to. Kim seemed to back down when Bush rattled the saber right back at him. Barry needs to do that now, but we don't think he will. And it will encourage further flouting of UN sanctions and other nation's security in the region.

Publius II


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