light in North Korea Is Pyongyang
The rest of the
country has no electricity.
South Korea, on the
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reports Barack Obama said Saturday that North Korea must be "held to
account" for its sinking of a South Korean warship, a tough statement of
support for an ally made at its leader’s side.
After talks with
South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak on the sidelines of global summits
here, Obama used some of his strongest language yet about the March
sinking of the South Korean warship Cheonan.
report has found it was sunk by a North Korean torpedo.
have to be consequences for such irresponsible behavior," Obama said.
|Sinking Of South Korean Warship Not
|The Obama administration said Monday that the
sinking of a South Korean warship blamed on North Korea was not
terrorism, and not enough by itself to put Pyongyang back on a U.S.
The State Department said the March sinking of
the South Korean frigate Cheonan by a reported torpedo from a North
Korean submarine was a "provocative action" and a violation of the truce
that ended the Korean war.
But it added that the sinking was the
act of one state's military against another and not an act of terrorism.
Thus, it is not grounds to put North Korea back on the U.S. "state
sponsors of terrorism" list as some in South Korea had wanted, spokesman
P.J. Crowley said.
here . . .
|Obama Goes Wobbly On North Korea
asks, just what does a psychotic despot have to do to get on the
list of state sponsors of terrorism?
Since Obama’s inauguration,
Kim Jong Il has:
• Sunk a South Korean warship and
killed 46 members of her crew
• Been caught twice
shipping weapons -- including man-portable surface-to-air missiles
-- to Iran, apparently for the use of its terrorist clients
Sent a hit squad to assassinate a prominent defector in South Korea
• Threatened civilian air traffic to and from South Korea
• Threatened to turn the capitals of various neighboring
states into "sea[s] of fire"
• Tested a nuclear weapon
and multiple ballistic missiles in flagrant violation of at least
three U.N. Security Council resolutions
• Imprisoned a
young American citizen, Ailjalon Gomes, for the quixotic (but hardly
criminal) act of presenting a petition to some North Korean border
guards demanding the closure of Kim Jong Il’s extensive and horrific
system of political prison camps. Last week, North Korea
claimed that Gomes had attempted suicide in captivity because of his
"strong guilty conscience" (as if) and his despair that the U.S.
government "has not taken any measure for his freedom."
Readers of above-average intelligence should feel free to interpret
as a ransom demand.
|North Korea Tests Obama For The Third Time
|The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
says for the third time since the inauguration, Kim Jong Il is again
challenging Barack Obama. Now, the question is, will Obama stand
up to North Korea’s Dictator?
The United States and South Korea
are now conducting a joint military exercise as a show of force to North
Korea. This is a serious exercise with a nuclear-armed US carrier
group led by the USS George Washington. F-22s are based in South
Korea to participate in the exercise. The military drill started
on Sunday and will continue four days.
North Korea has threatened
a nuclear weapons attack if this military exercise takes place. Is
this just another bluff, or does North Korea have the ability to deliver
nuclear weapons to South Korea and Japan? If North Korea has
nuclear weapons, how many does it have? North Korea has the
ability to build nuclear weapons, but probably not of the size that
could be delivered by a missile.
This military drill is in direct
response to the sinking of the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, by North
Korea. Evidence was found that a North Korean torpedo exploded
beneath the Cheonan, which caused it to sink and killed forty-six of its
sailors. This was the deadliest attack by North Korea since the
formal cessation of hostilities in 1953. It was Obama’s second
The military exercises are a good response and far
superior to sanctions and unproductive negotiations. Diplomacy
first demonstrated with overwhelming firepower can open the door to
peace unless Kin Jong Il decides Obama lacks the necessary courage to
In April 2009, North Korea challenged and deceived Obama,
Japan, and the United Nations. North Korea simply shot an ICBM
over Japan and dropped its delivery vehicle into the Pacific Ocean.
It did not put a satellite into orbit as it had promised. It did
demonstrate that it could drop a nuclear warhead on Japan.
Korea demonstrated to the World that it had the potential to deliver a
nuclear warhead. Japan was warned that it is well within the
destructive reach of North Korea. Iran was shown that its chief
missile supplier would have a delivery system available for Iran’s first
How difficult would it have been to take out the
missile before it was launched with one Cruise Missile? How much
courage would it have taken to dispatch Dear Leader and his oligarchy
with another missile? This would have been a pleasant surprise and
would have opened the door to real negotiations with North Korea and
maybe even a peaceful Korean reunification. We can only hope.
We know nothing so bold will happen on the watch of Obama.
warfare is based on deception," wrote General Sun Tzu, author of The Art
of War. General Sun Tzu wrote, "There is no instance of a nation
benefiting from prolonged warfare."
The politically correct of
the Twenty-first Century know only how to dither and wag their fingers.
Obama has no resolve or no courage to confront the North Koreans and to
end the menace of Kim Jong Il. The danger only increases with each
|North Korea Fires Artillery Barrage On
is reporting that North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto
a South Korean island on Tuesday, killing one person, setting homes
ablaze and triggering an exchange of fire as the South's military went
on top alert.
In what appeared to be one of the most serious
border incidents since the 1950-53 war, South Korean troops fired back
with cannon, the government convened in an underground war room and
"multiple" air force jets scrambled.
The firing came after North
Korea's disclosure of an apparently operational uranium enrichment
program -- a second potential way of building a nuclear bomb -- which is
causing serious alarm for the United States and its allies.
50 shells landed on the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong near
the tense Yellow Sea border, damaging dozens of houses and sending
plumes of thick smoke into the air, YTN television reported.
This attack is most
related to yesterday's news about North Korea's latest advances in
uranium enrichment. Of course Washington, Reuter's euphemism for
Obama, said it [he] was still open to talks.
|In this exchange, Obama is completely stumped when asked about North
Korea by a White House reporter:
Reporter: What does the current
policy produce, except giving them more time to advance their
Obama: Well! I think, ahhh,
blah, blah, blah, ah, err, ah, blah, blah blah, ah, ah, ah.
We are going to talk, and talk, err, ah. . .
You can actually see the body language when Obama
realizes he’s been called out. The question cuts to the core
ineptness of his approach to thuggish states. This guy has no
freaking idea what he’s talking about.
Sarkozy's expression throughout, but Sarkozy’s look at the end tells
the tale. Obama IS Captain Oblivious.
Do you recognize
complete bullsh!t when you hear it? Sarkozy does.
|North Korea Shells Obama’s Image
|Beyond the Cusp
says when North Korea
shelled the South Korean Yeonpyeong Island, they also opened another
salvo upon the ever-shrinking image that is Obama. One cannot help
but imagine that Obama’s hapless, lackluster performance at the latest
G-20 summit in Seoul, South Korea was noted by North Korea bolstering
them to attack. Obviously, they have no fear of reprisals from the
United States for their blatant aggressions that claimed the lives of
two South Korean soldiers, causing massive damage and fires, sending
civilians scurrying for shelter. Confirming North Korean
assumption that Obama’s reaction to their aggression would be passive
and ineffective, White House spokesperson Bill Burton called the North
Korean attack, "a particularly outrageous act," adding that Obama
planned to call South Korean President Lee Myung Bak.
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman referred to North Korea as a
"Crazy" regime pointing out that it was North Korea who had attempted to
build a nuclear instillation in Syria, which Israel had to destroy.
He further called for steps "to stop and topple this crazy regime."
Foreign Minister Lieberman further questioned how the powers that be
think they have any credible threat to stop Iran’s nuclear pursuits if
they are powerless against aggression such as that perpetrated by North
Korea. He is dead-on right that allowing this act by North Korea
to stand without consequences simply announces to Iran that the rest of
the world are nothing but paper tigers and their nuclear dreams have
nothing to impede them.
Time will tell if the Israeli Foreign Minister is
correct or not. Should this action of unprovoked, naked aggression
by North Korea go without sanctions from United Nations, European Union,
NATO, or other world body or individual nations, then it will have been
proven that all the world’s institutions and the countries as well have
all been neutered by passivity. Such lack of responsible action
will leave the world at the mercies of those willing to boldly impose
their will through force. Has the world learned so little from the
past mistakes of passivity in the face of raw aggressions? Where
are those who brave to stand against the thrusts of tyrants?
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