Kim Jong-Il to provide Hawaiian fireworks for 4th of July

posted at 2:55 pm on June 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

What could be more American than “bombs bursting in air” on the Fourth of July, Michael Kinsley notwithstanding?  Hawaii may get more Americana than it wants for its Independence Day celebrations, thanks to North Korea’s nutcase dictator, Kim Jong-Il.  Kim has threatened to shoot a long-range ballistic missile at our 50th state, taking provocation to the edge of a cassus belli:

North Korea may fire a long-range ballistic missile toward Hawaii in early July, a Japanese news report said Thursday, as Russia and China urged the regime to return to international disarmament talks on its rogue nuclear program.

The missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers), would be launched from North Korea’s Dongchang-ni site on the northwestern coast, said the Yomiuri daily, Japan’s top-selling newspaper. It cited an analysis by the Japanese Defense Ministry and intelligence gathered by U.S. reconnaissance satellites.

The missile launch could come between July 4 and 8, the paper said.

While the newspaper speculated the Taepodong-2 could fly over Japan and toward Hawaii, it said the missile would not be able to hit Hawaii’s main islands, which are about 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers) from the Korean peninsula.

Previous launches of the Taepodong-2 have proven unsuccessful, although incrementally improving, so it’s hard to determine with certainty that it could not hit the Hawaiian archipelago.  Anything launched in that direction, though, would be an act of war, if the US so chose to act on it.  Kim either has a death wish, or he’s taken the measure of Barack Obama and knows that he will suffer few consequences for the launch.

Joe Biden warned the US that dictators would test Obama and create international crises to see how the inexperienced Commander in Chief would respond.  Biden also warned that Obama’s response would look wrong, and that the Left would have to rally to his side.  That was widely interpreted to mean that Obama would simply refuse to respond at all to provocations, but it’s hard to imagine that a missile launch at an American state would get no response at all.

So what will Obama do?  Pretend it didn’t happen, ask for another strongly-worded memo from the UN, or start providing real consequences for Kim’s actions?  Say, perhaps, a test of the missile defense system on any launch from the Korean Peninsula?  So far, the Obama administration has prompted nothing but escalation from Kim, who apparently believes that he’s tested Obama enough and found him wanting.

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I worry about the Kid Kim, myself. Could be as bad as good ol’e Kim Dad.

upinak on June 18, 2009 at 4:50 PM

Yeah, I don’t know who is really running the show. Kind of like here.

a capella on June 18, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Jeff from WI on June 18, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Even if that’s true Obama has always blinked first. Why should we believe in a different outcome this time.

chemman on June 18, 2009 at 5:06 PM

It is moments like this that I wish Darth Cheney was in power!

He could stop this with one gaze in the direction of North Korea!

freeus on June 18, 2009 at 5:35 PM

Joe Biden warned predicted the US that dictators would test Obama

Ironic that’s the only thing Greasy Joe hasn’t gotten correct since joining the ticket.

Obama’s grade so far? Obama is single handedly improving Jimmy Carter’s legacy. Who thought that was possible?

Hog Wild on June 18, 2009 at 5:36 PM

BREAKING NEWS: Missile hits Hawaii. Governor insists she still won’t release Obama’s birth certificate.

orville on June 18, 2009 at 5:46 PM

Kim’s crappy rockets will be lucky to get past Japan. Nothing short of dead Americans is going to force the Obamessiah into military action.

Speedwagon82 on June 18, 2009 at 6:04 PM

I say throw a couple BMD-equipped Aegis ships in the flight path. Should give a convincing demonstration of our capabilities outside of carefully designed tests, no?

Very Tom Clancy, I must say.

JeffWeimer on June 18, 2009 at 6:09 PM

A couple of random thoughts

1. “Uh uhm uh er I Uh can’t uhm er uh produce uhm my birth uhm certificate because uhm er the uh missile uh hit there”

2. Any bets on the SPM (swings per minute) of obama’s head as he announces a norkorean strike on hawaii??? I was watching him the other day and go seasick as his head bobs from prompter to prompter. He has a new spin now it seems with notes on his desk and one prompter.

3. Perhaps BaBA Boxer can spend the fourth of july weekend on whatever US Warship is closest to North Korea then. She wouldn’t only have her boxers in a bunch, they’d be good and soiled. Can the captain of a US Warship throw a senator in the brig (or better yet overboard) if they are disruptive to the operations of that ship?? Reminds me of a time when I had a real B*tch on board while sailing

ME “Coming about…. GET YOUR HEAD DOWN”…

Her “Don’t tell ME what to THUNK”

I’m glad obama is concentrating on the really important things like rights for gay couples. Nuclear tipped missiles aimed at the US??? just a distraction…

bullseye on June 18, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Yomiuri daily:..the missile would not be able to hit Hawaii’s main islands, which are about 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers) from the Korean peninsula.

Per the AP: Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he has ordered additional protections for Hawaii just in case North Korea launches a long-range missile over the Pacific Ocean.

Just a thought. If a NK missile is unable to reach Hawaii, why has the military been placed on alert?

diogenes on June 18, 2009 at 6:52 PM


Little Boomer on June 18, 2009 at 6:55 PM

Oh crap. I better quit blogging and start packing. Anyone here from North Dakota know where I can shack up for a few weeks?



alohapundit on June 18, 2009 at 7:32 PM

Nobody would ever be stupid enough to bomb Pearl Harbor in peace time.

faraway on June 18, 2009 at 3:06 PM

Japanese. Dec 7, 1941

enginemike on June 18, 2009 at 7:49 PM

don’t worry, you’ll be voting for him LONG after you’re gone!!!

right4life on June 18, 2009 at 4:09 PM

He’s got the “former-American” vote sewed right up.

Obama appeals equally to the brain dead, to the dead and to the undead.

Night of the Living Democrat Voter.

NoDonkey on June 18, 2009 at 8:55 PM

Sure, the last ones didn’t do too well, but they seem to have been getting better…

Dr. ZhivBlago on June 19, 2009 at 12:18 AM

Hawaii does have some competent guard units, and Alaska is sure to provide support.

darktood on June 19, 2009 at 12:51 AM

Hey Splash guy have you ever noticed when someone says its impossible to do something militarily (like the Japanese attacking Pearl Harbor) can at times happen? Wouldn’t you want to be on the safe side or would you rather be proven wrong with senseless deaths of many Hawaiians or Alaskans in the meantime? If you have ever studied military history you will notice that armies and navies time after time have surprised and proven that an impossible attack can be done.

garydt on June 19, 2009 at 12:53 AM

That was widely interpreted to mean that Obama would simply refuse to respond at all to provocations, but it’s hard to imagine that a missile launch at an American state would get no response at all.

Frankly, it’s hard for me to imagine he would respond in any meaningful way.

Disturb the Universe on June 19, 2009 at 9:18 AM

I was thinking about this at 2:45 this morning, and I’ll admit that I don’t do my best thinking when I’m half-asleep. But I’ve been wondering if there is a connection with what’s going on in Iran. Please set me straight, somebody.

Iran and NoKo are pretty tight. If Iran gets rid of Israel, every other Muslim country sees Iran as the big dog in the region. NoKo would like to be the big dog in its region. So might a missle from NoKo keep us busy while Iran comes up with a Reichstag fire that leads to an attack on Israel? We’d have our hands full with NoKo, and Iran might be willing to take a chance on wiping out Israel.

As I said, I don’t do my best thinking in the middle of the night. Just wondering.

KyMouse on June 19, 2009 at 9:46 AM

If it heads towards Hawaii, test out the missile defense system and destroy the launch site…

Oops! Forgot who’s in charge. Send a strongly worded message to Kim Jong Il, apologizing for forcing his country to have to resort to these kinds of tactics and send a few $billion to stimulate the North Korean economy.

taznar on June 19, 2009 at 10:12 AM

Living in Hawaii, my family and I are concerned to say the least. However, the military is well equipped to handle the situation.

The biggest problem is how are we going to deal with the actions of a madman and his heir?

MSGTAS on June 19, 2009 at 10:24 AM

Michelle will be proud, that Barack’s Kenyan Hawaiian homeland will have a “special” July 4th celebration, honoring her hubby. The Chicoms are even helping, by loaning the creative director of the Olympics, to write in the Hawaian sky, “Thank you America, for giving us Obama”…just after Honolulu blows up.

luvstotango on June 19, 2009 at 10:48 AM

Well, Joe DID say the dumbass would be tested within six months.

Ryan Gandy on June 19, 2009 at 11:25 AM

Why don’t we tell this stoge that firing a missel at any territory of the us will be looked at as an act of WAR??????

Rick007 on June 19, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Of course turning Korea to glass, although the idea is appealing, is not the answer. I wish the U.S could keep it’s mouth shut, but act. If the missile goes up, and heads toward our islands, say absolutely nothing, shoot it down, and say absolutely nothing, other than perhaps,”don’t know anything about it.”

GFW on June 19, 2009 at 12:04 PM

Thats ok. If Noko nukes Hawaii, we still have 56 other states, right? Besides, that will settle that pesky little birth certificate issue…

Wolftech on June 19, 2009 at 12:21 PM