It began with Bill Clinton, continued under George W. Bush and now Obama appears to be ready to pick up where they left off. I am referring to giving North Korea food, fuel and money to behave. It's never worked and it never made any sense to me. After all, we all know what happens when you pay a blackmailer; they keep blackmailing.
Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not proposing we bomb North Korea instead. I'm only saying we should stop reinforcing exactly the kind of behavior we've seen this week. Whenever North Korea feels we are not paying enough attention and/or tribute to them, they ramp up their nuclear/missile programs. This week they sent the Obama administration the most brazen blackmail note to date by setting off their largest nuke yet and firing four or five intercontinental ballistic missiles out over the Pacific -- in our general direction. (Kim to us: "Can you hear me now?)
Here's a country that can't even feed its own people, but can seem to find the billions on dollar required to develop some of the world's highest of high-tech weaponry. They are able to do so, why? Because we keep caving in to their demands for free food, free fuel and who knows what the hell else we are slipping them under the table. Meanwhile their biggest neighbor, China, apparently fears the inevitable flood of North Korean refugees, more than Kim's nukes, should the nation collapse. Ditto for South Koreans.
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And so here we are. Every time Kim wants something he does what worked for him as 2-year -- he throws a tantrum. I say it's time to send Kim to his room for some quiet time. REAL quiet. No more food. No more fuel. No more money. When they get hungry enough, broke enough and can't even keep the lights on any longer, they know how to reach us... and it better not be with something one ounce more deadly than a phone call.
Here's comedian Andy Borowitz's take on the same subject:
U.S. to Respond to North Korea with "Strongest Possible Adjectives'
Obama: We are Prepared to Consult Thesaurus
One day after North Korea launched a successful test of a nuclear weapon, President Obama said that the United States was prepared to respond to the threat with "the strongest possible adjectives."
In remarks to reporters at the White House, Mr. Obama said that North Korea should fear the "full force and might of the United States' arsenal of adjectives" and called the missile test "reckless, reprehensible, objectionable, senseless, egregious and condemnable."
Standing at the President's side, Vice President Joseph Biden weighed in with some tough adjectives of his own, branding North Korean President Kim Jong-Il "totally wack and illin'."
Later in the day, Defense Secretary Robert Gates called the North Korean nuclear test "supercilious and jejune," leading some in diplomatic circles to worry that the U.S. might be running out of appropriate adjectives with which to craft its response.
But President Obama attempted to calm those fears, saying that the United States was prepared to "scour the thesaurus" to come up with additional adjectives and was "prepared to use adverbs" if necessary.
"Let's be clear: we are not taking adverbs off the table," Mr. Obama said. "If the need arises, we will use them forcefully, aggressively, swiftly, overwhelmingly and commandingly."
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