It’s a test. Obama has failed at foreign policy and economic challenges to date. NK wants to get a slice of the pie. They are counting on a weak or nonexistent response. I don’t think they will be disappointed. Obama will “watch it with great concern” and may even ramp up his adjectives but in the end he is a weak leader and will do nothing.
What should the response be from a strong leader of a powerful nation. “Don’t launch a missile towards us or you will be attacked”. No compromise just the CERTAINTY of a response. At this point they are guessing the response will be weak or anemic so they are sending us a big FU.
While I agree that if that happened, we shouldn’t do nothing, what would you propose we do? We can’t shift all the troops from Germany and the Middle East over there, so… put other soldiers there? Strikes with missiles?[/quote]
Tricky. First off what would the definition of “launch a missle at us” be? A missle not capable of reaching us but pointed in the general direction?
I am wondering if we could just start picking off missle sites without full fledged war. They queue one up, we take it out.
What would be the consequence? Invasion of south Korea? It seems no matter what we do, there will be escalation of some sort. Even if Obama said “Try it and I’ll kill every last mutha fuckin one a ya”, things wouldn’t workout much different. If they are testing him, why would they care how strong his language is? They are trying to get us to escalate.
We are stretched thin and they know this. I dislike Barry as much as I have ever disliked anyone, but I don’t see him doing anything glaringly wrong here. A few assasinations may be in order if possible, but any overt act is likely what they are hoping for.