Trying the Same Thing Repeatedly With North Korea Expecting Different Results

by Sal on May 26, 2009

in International Relations,War on Terror

Some say the definition of insanity is to try the same thing repeatedly expecting different results.  That just about sums up the cumulative foreign policy of the last three administrations on dealing with North Korea.  On Sunday, North Korea announced that it had conducted a successful nuclear test (which the available data confirms), and also launched two long-range missiles as a display of power.  The global reactions were predictable.  Obama condemned, Japan appeared nervous and announced that it was unacceptable, and China decreed that we must provide “incentives” for North Korea (like that worked before under Clinton).  The most predictable reaction, however, came from the United Nations.  The U.N. reacted by passing yet another toothless resolution condemning North Korea, expressing “strong opposition” to the nuclear tests.  Another resolution could soon be passed, promising yet more sanctions that do nothing. North Korea responded to the U.N’s resolution by firing two more test missiles.

North Korea has long-range missiles that could reach the shores of the United States.  If North Korea’s nuclear tests are indeed successful, then a rouge unstable regime now has the ability or is close to having the ability to attack the west coast of the United States with nuclear warheads.  In recent months, Obama has vowed to cut the U.S. missile defense program that has exhibited promising results.  The program, based in Alaska, is just what we need.  Injecting herself into foreign policy for the first time since the presidential election, Gov. Sarah Palin made a brief, pointed statement via Twitter regarding the missile program in the wake of this latest revelation from North Korea.  Palin said, “More N Korea nuke tests: why consider US missile program cuts now? AK military program helps secure US. Now is NOT time to cut our defense.”

I wholeheartedly agree.  While Obama’s domestic policy is dreadfully frightening in regard to the wholesale takeover of the American economy, it’s his foreign policy that really has me worried.  Obama does not have an understanding of what is necessary to deal with threats throughout the world.  His overly simplistic worldview operates under the mistaken assumption that diplomacy is the be-all, end-all of foreign policy, and that if we just try to understand and reason with our enemies, we will be able to make miracles happen.  The United States needs to assume that our enemies wish to do us harm and that there is no reasoning with them.  That is why developing reasonable defenses such as missle defense that would protect our shores from a rogue nuclear attack are simply common sense.  Diplomacy is all well and good, and should be tried, but we’ve been trying diplomacy with the North Koreans for 15 years and through two other administrations, to no avail.  It is time to shore up our defenses and to get tough with the North Koreans.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Moogie P May 26, 2009 at 8:09 pm

Obama foreign policy = Charlie Brown’s teacher’s voice. Bwaa bwaa-bwaa bwaa, bwaa.


Ryan May 26, 2009 at 9:03 pm

There are many things we should do in regards to North Korea, but Our Leader isn’t going to do anything helpful, especially in regards to letting missile defense flutter in the breeze for four years.

We should green-light Japan to go nuclear. Why? Simply to mess with China, which is the only nation that has power over NK and would affect real changei n their behavior. That’s how you get results in the region; not 6 Party talks or direct brinkmanship, just mess with China.


UNRR May 27, 2009 at 7:04 am

This post has been linked for the HOT5 Daily 5/27/2009, at The Unreligious Right


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