Just weeks after it rocketed one of its satellites right over California — above the stadium where the Super Bowl was taking place, no less — North Korea is at it again. This time, the pudgy kid with the bad haircut, Kim Jong Un, is making a specific threat to our nation’s capital.
Via Fox News:
North Korea on Monday issued its latest belligerent threat, warning of an indiscriminate “pre-emptive nuclear strike of justice” on Washington and Seoul, this time in reaction to the start of huge U.S.-South Korean military drills.
Such threats have been a staple of young North Korean leader Kim Jong Un since he took power after his dictator father’s death in December 2011. But they spike especially when Washington and Seoul stage what they call annual defensive springtime war games. Pyongyang says the drills, which were set to start Monday and run through the end of April, are invasion rehearsals.
The North’s powerful National Defense Commission threatened strikes against targets in the South, U.S. bases in the Pacific and the U.S. mainland, saying its enemies “are working with bloodshot eyes to infringe upon the dignity, sovereignty and vital rights” of North Korea.
“If we push the buttons to annihilate the enemies even right now, all bases of provocations will be reduced to seas in flames and ashes in a moment,” the North’s statement said.
A pre-emptive large-scale military strike that would end the authoritarian rule of the Kim dynasty is highly unlikely. There is also considerable outside debate about whether North Korea is even capable of the kind of “strikes” it threatens. The North makes progress with each new nuclear test — it staged its fourth in January — but many experts say its arsenal may consist only of still-crude nuclear bombs; there’s uncertainty about whether they’ve mastered the miniaturization process needed to mount bombs on warheads and widespread doubt about whether they have a reliable long-range missile that could deliver such a bomb to the U.S. mainland.
As we’ve written before, no one should be surprised by this. The actions our own so-called leaders have encouraged this. Seeing how we bartered with Iran for our American citizens to be released, North Korea took an American college student hostage. And witnessing the consistent violations by Iran in ballistic missile firings — as Iran continues to receive a huge financial windfall from the “deal” — Kim Jong Un succinctly said, why not?
As Col. West noted:
There’s one thing about weakness, it is enticing to the strong – and especially to the bad guys. So if you’re a despot or dictator, and see what Iran just got away with, well, you’re probably figuring why not me too?
The message that needs to be sent to pudgy Lil’ Kim with the bad haircut is that your obtuse belligerence will not be tolerated.
But it’s another quote, attributed to Albert Einstein that is appropriate for these times: “The world is a dangerous place to live; not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.”
The Obama administration has done a bang-up job of reminding us, in the starkest of terms, the importance of “peace through strength.” Even worse than doing nothing, President Obama and Secretary of State Kerry have rewarded bad behavior. Like after Iran captured 10 of our Navy Sailors, not only praising its treatment of them (despite images showing the sailors on their hands and knees and crying), but almost immediately lifting sanctions on the country.
Russia has called North Korea’s latest threat “totally unacceptable.” What have we heard from the Obama administration?
We desperately need to put someone back in the White House who will do something — something meaningful — about the rising belligerents our dear president has enabled. We know from experience the difference the effect a strong leader — its mere presence — in the White House has on our enemies. Who can forget how Iran released the American hostages the day Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as president, replacing the weak Jimmy Carter?
Which of the presidential candidates will actually put belligerents like North Korea and Iran on notice?
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]