Dark has fallen across the United States tonight, but the sun’s soft glow covers the Auburn Plains. Everything is in perfect order, and God is in control.
Kim Jung Sick and the White House pansies
Stephen Combs in Orlando, Florida
By the time my 8th grade math teacher, Miss Lunsford, made her umpteenth threat to get really, really angry the next time we made her cry, I and the other juvenile delinquents at McLean Junior High School had pretty much figured out that nothing unpleasant was ever going to happen (to us). Did North Korea’s lunatic ruler, Kim Jung Il, go to school there too?
Mr. Kim must have wet his dictatorial pants when the U.S. military commander in South Korea, Gen. Walter Sharp, threw down the gauntlet in response to Kim’s second attack on the South this week: “We at United Nations Command will investigate this completely and call on North Korea to stop any future attacks,” he told the Associated Press.
That’s like threatening to tell on your bank to the Better Business Bureau. Scary!
Or like FDR warning Japan: “We find this attack on Pearl Harbor highly offensive. If you keep it up, we’re filing a report with the League of Nations!”
North Korea launched the first artillery attack Tuesday on a South Korean island, killing two marines and two civilians. It fired more rounds Friday in response to U.S. plans for upcoming naval exercises in the Yellow Sea. These acts of war came eight months after North Korea sank a South Korean naval ship, killing 46.
Now Kim promises to unleash a “shower of dreadful fire” if the war games proceed, the AP reported.
Communists in China and North Korea may have thrown Barack Obama into a glassy-eyed state of bewilderment with this latest threat, but they didn’t fool John Bolton, the Left’s favorite boogeyman who held the thankless position of U.N. ambassador under Bush 43. Bolton is now an analyst on Fox News Channel.
On “Fox and Friends” this morning he warned that U.S. military posture will suffer if we back down under pressure and cancel the war games.
We repeat his extended marks here because they explain the situation succinctly:
. . . After North Korea sank the South Korean naval vessel in March, we backed off exercising in the Yellow Sea because of Chinese opposition. It would be a terrible mistake for the U.S. to back away again.
Those exercises would be in international waters. We have every right to be there even with military vessels, and it would be a very bad signal of weakness to repeat our backing away. . . .|
The North Koreans have used this over and over again. They’ve got almost a playbook that they pull out every couple of years. One of their favorite phrases is if we don’t sit down they will unleash a “sea of fire” on the Korean Peninsula. We haven’t heard that yet. Maybe that will come in the next couple of days. (Editor’s note: Since Mr. Bolton made these remark early Friday, North Korea did issue such a warning.)
And it is risky dealing with this North Korean regime. No doubt about it. They’re irrational – right in the middle of a leadership transition. So you have to behave prudently. But if you empower them by giving into these kinds of belligerent activities, the lesson is, “It works.” They can get away with it. . . .
This is also an opportunity for the United States. . . . But the regime in North Korea is actually fragile, and I think we should be putting pressure to try and bring that regime down. The way to solve this threat – the nuclear threat and others from North Korea – is the reunification of the Korean Peninsula. That ought to be the U.S.’ long-term policy.
The follow-up question you did not hear is, how do we accomplish this? If sanctions and saber-rattling don’t work, what does? The answer must come from an adult American presidency, and that is at least two years away. One thing is for certain: Apologizing for American exceptionalism and trashing the most successful economic and political systems ever are tactics that have not worked. Pathetic pandering and bowing have not worked.
And so this is what we get with a weak, anti-military Democrat in the White House. We don’t hold a good hand against China right now because of our debt to it and Obama’s intentional weakening of the dollar. Nobody should be surprised at the noise coming from North Korea. John Bolton isn’t.
President Reagan was ridiculed as a cowboy, even as he engineered destruction of the Berlin Wall and collapse of the Soviet Union. Today we need someone like that – a Chuck Norris, not a Pee-Wee Herman.