This Is The Man Joe Biden Warned You About

Remember Joe Biden’s impolitic honesty back in October?

“It will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy…
Remember I said it standing here if you don't remember anything else I said. Watch, we're gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy."

Well, Joe, Watchblog remembers. And here's a toast to Mr. President! All the best in dealing with Kim Jung Il's test of his missiles and your mettle. The world needs a strong America - and it's Mr. Obama's time to be the will behind that strength.

Posted by Chops at March 10, 2009 9:56 AM
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Comment #277340

Now is the time for Barack to stand up and be firm. When Bush was in the same place he stood firm. Bush came out and said the idea of North Korea having an atomic bomb was unacceptable. Barack Obama needs to come out just as strong. He should make a statement that North Korea having a missile to deliver their atomic bomb is unacceptable.

Posted by: Mike the Cynic at March 10, 2009 8:52 PM
Comment #277342

Chops,

It is worth noting that, though the north’s atomic test was by all accounts a “fizzle”, it was a fissile fizzle. The radiation released by such a faulty weapon would make for a hell of a terror device, and could easily kill thousands in a place as crowded as Seoul even if it didn’t knock the buildings down.

We all know Kim isn’t playing with a full deck. That hasn’t stopped him from thinking he can play cards with us.

Posted by: Lee Jamison at March 10, 2009 9:05 PM
Comment #277357

Chops,
Why North Korea is a problem I do believe that if President Bush would of had the Courage to talk him down than President Obama would not have to. And why I realize that some in America say we should just level the country I do believe that a Smart Strong Arm of making Kim Jung showing his cards first (crying about what he needs to stop a rebelion)will quickly fix the problem.

For how many times can the Boy cry Wolf before the World will stop coming to his aid? Because if he wants to start a war with the U.S.A. over Stupidity I do believe that he will find that he does not own a Million Man Army within the first few hours. Since the nice thing about the land is that there are few roads south and we do not need to cross the 38th Line.

Posted by: Henry Schlatman at March 11, 2009 12:20 AM
Comment #277392

Lee Jamison-
Our imaginations can dream up more threats that can really exist. They can’t however dream up correctness in the plan, soldiers, money, or whatever else we’d need to manage a military response.

Let’s not forget something crucial here: That weapon was exploded despite the “tough” Bush administration policy. In other words, the elevated tensions were no more effective than anything else.

There are no guarantees in life. The Republicans insisted that they could intimidate the instransigence out of our adversaries abroad. Given free rein, they failed.

Posted by: Stephen Daugherty at March 11, 2009 12:25 PM
Comment #277395

Stephen,

The crux of American policy was not to put a thumb on what North Korea could do. It was to keep China engaged as an honest broker on the side of civility and regional cooperation. Hence the six-party architecture of the negotiations with the North.

North Korea wants to get past the “little guys” and talk directly with us. That is why they want a missile. Kim thinks he can get a great meal ticket if he can blackmail the U.S.

Posted by: Lee Jamison at March 11, 2009 12:32 PM
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