As Kim Jong-Un of North Korea engages in a series of provocative but mostly pointless “threats,” some Republicans are calling for a first strike and criticizing Obama for not taking decisive action. The Worldnutdaily, on the other hand, is criticizing Obama for taking any action at all. They know the real reason Obama has shifted military resources to the Pacific in light of those threats and, of course, it’s something nefarious.
It is difficult for most seasoned observers to explain why Obama is suddenly responding to North Korean aggression when the White House did little in 2008 when North Korea refused to allow United Nations inspectors into its nuclear plants.
The Obama administration also took little action when North Korea in 2009 carried out at least two nuclear tests, one of which is believed to have been the cause of a magnitude 4.7 seismic event.
The White House did not allow the U.S. military any significant response when in 2010 North Korea torpedoed a South Korean navy ship, killing 46 sailors. North Korea then shelled a South Korean island with little U.S. reaction.
Now, purportedly in response to aggressive action by North Korea’s new leader, the White House is sending to Singapore a new class of warship designed to fight in coastal waters.
The Pentagon also announced that it will deploy a missile defense system to the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam to strengthen regional protection against a possible attack. This after the Obama administration largely canceled a similar defense system intended for Europe.
U.S. warplanes, including fighter jets, U-2 spy planes and an A-10 attack jet, were seen flying in South Korea yesterday as part of a massive joint military exercise.
The U.S. says it stands “poised to respond” at the border of North and South Korea, where American troops are on high alert amid possible further Pentagon build-up in the region.
Really? They’re at a loss to explain the change of stance? I bet I can explain it. There’s now a new guy in charge in North Korea and we know little about him and how he operates. We knew a lot about his father because he was in power for a long time and the Obama administration correctly did not respond to his provocations because they knew they were designed for the purpose of getting us to the negotiating table to give them something in exchange for ending their provocations. Kim Jong-Un brings greater uncertainty and therefore greater risk, so we are responding appropriately.
But to the Worldnutdaily, it’s all about a “new economic world order,” or something. They never really spell out that mysterious “real reason” for it or why it would be bad. Insinuation, it seems, is enough. And you know damn well that if he had done none of those things, they’d be hammering him for showing weakness. Hey, whatever it takes.