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Obama’s Correct Korea Policy

President Obama is pursuing a worldwide policy of engagement that is drawing sneers from our adversaries and abetting perceptions that the United States and its president are weak and can be messed with.

But the one exception to the Cumbaya Doctrine is North Korea. Obama has pointedly not reengaged with the North Koreans in the wake of the Six Party Talks fiasco. It’s a conscious effort by the White House to break the cycle of the Kim Family doing outrageous, scary things – as in yesterday’s bombing of a South Korean island – to draw us back to the bargaining table with offers of new concessions and money.

Similarly, Obama’s reaction to the bombing itself has also been correct. By not making too big a deal of it, he sends a message to North Korea that these types of provocations do not cause us to slobber foreign aid all over them and beg them to behave. Meanwhile, the decision today to begin joint exercises with the South Koreans flashes the proper symbol that we are engaged and will defend our ally.

Unfortunately, Obama’s stance toward North Korea and his outlook toward the rest of the world cannot be completely separated. To some extent, Obama’s policy of weakness and his failure to understand that the rest of the world’s bad guys can’t be reasoned with probably helps spur Kim to bomb South Korean islands and blow up its naval vessels.

While North Korea has it’s own reasons – a show of machismo by the Dear Leader’s anointed replacement, his son Little Jerk, for one  – it can’t help that Kim Jong-Il probably perceives the U.S. president as naive.

And it’s worth noting that after George W. Bush, in a much maligned gesture, placed North Korea on the Axis of Evil roster, there was little of these kinds of violent shenanigans out Mr. Kim

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6 Responses to Obama’s Correct Korea Policy

  1. For some reason, the memory of the old Japanese “Godzilla” movies pops up; 5 stories high, stomping willy-nilly through Tokyo and the brave Japanese soldiers start shooting at the sea monster, all for naught. Then, at some point they can’t find this 5 story high monster and need the assistance of 2 identical dwarf twins to win the day.

    While the US is sending a navy warship to SKorea, where is China and Japan? Their silence is deafening.

    • China is not silent; she’s prepped to support her proxy with arms, adivsors and advice when the time comes. Japan, I am unsure of. Liberalism is a cancer that has all but destroyed any manner of logical expression of the Bushido code. I assume that if war breaks out and Japan is involved, (a.) her current government will fall and (b.) a more militant one will succeed it and prosecute Japan’s interests (maintaining the fishing lanes, buffering against Chinese hegemony).

  2. Is he naive, weak, setting just the right tone–I can’t tell from this, Keith. A lib friend told me this AM she is VERY worried. I said what about when they blew a S Korean ship up–act of war–were you worried…She said well, that didn’t seem as serious… They are both serious, but in the end will get these guys more talks, more aid, more respect for rattling their nukes. That is what nukes are FOR.

  3. UNFORTUNATELY, BARRY SENT ILL KIM A SECRET MAKE NICE LOVE LETTER WHILE HE WAS IN THE SOUTH. ILL KIM REJECTED BARRY’S ADVANCES. THE ONLY REASON BARRY WAS PISSED WAS DUE TO THE FACT THAT HE WAS AWAKENED BEFORE 4 AM.