Editor’s Note – Yet another Obama administration foreign policy failure; in a long list of failures. Yet, so many supporters and the main stream media will tell you the exact opposite. When you look at the picture both in the macro, that is to say globally, and over time, that is to say since 2009, please share with us all, if any victories. None, none what-so-ever!
North Korea does not exist in a vacuum. It is closely tied to Iran and many other problem states including Burma. They do orbit in the sphere of Iran and its other allies, so yesterday’s latest nuclear test is likely for the benefit for all our enemies. The problem is, everything Obama and crew touch seems to only get worse. Here is a snippet on the launch and then a reminder by Joel Pollak at Breitbart to provide context on this latest failure:
The United Nations Security Council is strongly condemning North Korea over its latest nuclear test and says it will take further action. The 15-member council said the test represented “a clear threat to international peace and security.” North Korea’s test defied previous United Nations Security Council orders to shut down its nuclear development program.
Earlier Tuesday, North Korea followed through with its threat to conduct a third nuclear test. The regime announced that it had detonated a miniaturized nuclear device at an underground test site. The statement came several hours after seismic activity was detected and reported by South Korean, American and Japanese monitoring agencies. The agencies detected an earthquake with a magnitude between 4.9 and 5.2. (Read more here at the NY Times.)
Of course, at the UN, there is a lot of condemnation in bold type including stern words and righteous indignation. Ambassador Rice piped in on behalf of the Obama administration, but we can all see, the diminutive leader, and son/grandson of crazy family in charge for life, Kim Jong Un, is proving to be a much better tactician and strategist than Obama. They have now tested a serious device, not just a test of concepts. It was reported as being twice as big as earlier shots and it registered in the mid-seismic range.
Does Obama ever fulfill a promise?
By Joel Pollak – Breitbart
In 2008, then-candidate Barack Obama promised that he would “eliminate North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.” His campaign manifesto, Change We Can Believe In, described Obama’s North Korea policy, and the philosophy behind it, in great detail:
North Korea is an example where direct, tough diplomacy that lays out clear choices to rogue regimes for good and bad behavior can lead to change. When the United States was engaged, the pace of Pyongyang’s development of nuclear weapons was slowed; when we were not, it quickened. While there has been some promising progress, it’s important that all of North Korea’s claims are verified. If they are not, we should move quickly to reimpose sanctions that have been waived, and consider new restrictions going forward. As President, Barack Obama will work with diligence and determination with our friends and allied to end the threat of North Korea and to secure a lasting peace on the Korean peninsula.
Obama’s pledge to use “tough diplomacy” to “end the threat of North Korea” followed his infamous pledge during a Democratic presidential primary debate in 2007 that he would meet the leaders of rogue regimes like North Korea “without preconditions.”
That thinking matches the pseudo-realist view expressed repeatedly by Obama’s new nominee for Secretary of Defense, former Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE)–that the danger of regimes such as Iran and North Korea is amplified by, or even caused by, U.S. failure to “engage.” Obama’s extreme self-confidence emboldened his campaign promise not just to contain North Korea, but to convince it to abandon nuclear weapons entirely.
Obama did not just leave such talk on the campaign trail. In his 2010 State of the Union address, Obama boasted of the success of his policy on North Korea:
Now, these diplomatic efforts have also strengthened our hand in dealing with those nations that insist on violating international agreements in pursuit of nuclear weapons. That’s why North Korea now faces increased isolation, and stronger sanctions–sanctions that are being vigorously enforced.
He repeated the North Korea boast in his 2011 State of the Union address:
Because of a diplomatic effort to insist that Iran meet its obligations, the Iranian government now faces tougher sanctions, tighter sanctions than ever before. And on the Korean Peninsula, we stand with our ally South Korea, and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons. (Applause.)
Yet today, on the day he is to give the first State of the Union address of his second term, North Korea has tested a nuclear bomb. Not only has Obama failed to “eliminate” the North Korean nuclear weapons program; he has also failed to discourage or deter it.
So much for “tough diplomacy” from the Obama administration.