Video: North Korea threatens strikes on US bases

posted at 8:01 am on March 22, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

No one can quite figure out why North Korea has become even more unhinged than usual, but it’s clear that they are itching for some kind of action. Whether that’s diplomatic action or some other kind, no one really knows for sure. CNN reports on the latest threat from Pyongyang, a warning that the DPRK could launch pre-emptive attacks on American bases in the region, which came after an annual military exercise with South Korea this week:

Pyongyang has done more than talk. They allegedly conducted a massive hacking attack on South Korea’s banking and media sectors, which forced banks to close temporarily to fix the damage. They have reopened, and have hardened their defenses:

South Korea said Friday it was preparing for the possibility of more cyberattacks as a new team of investigators tried to determine if North Korea was behind a synchronized shutdown of tens of thousands of computers at six South Korean banks and media companies.

Many in Seoul suspect hackers loyal to Pyongyang were responsible for Wednesday’s attack, but South Korean officials have yet to assign blame and say they have no proof yet of North Korea’s involvement. Pyongyang hasn’t yet mentioned the shutdown. …

Determining who’s behind a digital attack is often difficult. But North Korea is a leading suspect for several reasons. It has unleashed a torrent of threats against Seoul and Washington since punishing U.N. sanctions were imposed for Pyongyang’s Feb. 12 nuclear test. It calls ongoing routine U.S.-South Korean military drills a threat to its existence. Pyongyang also threatened revenge after blaming Seoul and Washington for a separate Internet shutdown that disrupted its own network last week. Seoul alleges six cyberattacks by North Korea on South Korean targets since 2009.

If the attack was in fact carried out by North Korea, it may be a warning to Seoul that Pyongyang is capable of breaching its computer networks with relative ease.

The US, meanwhile, thinks China will step in soon to get its client state back under control:

The United States is optimistic China will take strong action against North Koreaby increasing scrutiny of financial transactions with Pyongyang that could contravene fresh U.N.sanctions, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

David Cohen, the U.S. Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, said he was confident Chinese banks and regulators would pay attention to the new resolution.

Stopping illicit money flows to North Korea is a key part of the sanctions imposed in response to Pyongyang’s February 12 nuclear test. China is North Korea’s sole diplomatically and its major trading partner, although it negotiated the latest sanctions with Washington and has said it wanted them implemented.

“We’ve heard nothing but the strong intention to implement the Security Council resolution, and we fully expect to work very cooperatively with the Chinese in the robust implementation of that resolution,” Cohen told reporters in Beijing.

Maybe China can explain what the Kim regime is thinking.  They seem to want war pretty badly, and it won’t take much more before someone on the ground takes that seriously enough to create a flashpoint that will end badly for all sides, but especially North Korea.

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It’s plain how they could strike America if they wanted to. Just bring the bomb across our southern border.

And depending on their target they might do us a favor. I mean, wouldn’t nuking Detroit IMPROVE it at this point?

wildcat72 on March 22, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Obama administration hoping for “a strong Chinese response” to provocations.

They can afford it..
I guess.

Electrongod on March 22, 2013 at 8:04 AM

Harry Reid..
White Courtesy phone..

The Senate Floor is calling..

Electrongod on March 22, 2013 at 8:05 AM

No one can quite figure out why North Korea has become even more unhinged than usual, but it’s clear that they are itching for some kind of action.

Internal power struggles. The kid (and loyalists) is trying to hold on to the “crown.”

Robert_Paulson on March 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Love how Obama is waiting for China.

Stand up to the Norks?

Na, March madness bra. March madness.

Gatsu on March 22, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Time for a sternly worded memo…

right2bright on March 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Internal power struggles. The kid (and loyalists) is trying to hold on to the “crown.”

Robert_Paulson on March 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM

I was thinking much the same thing, I am willing to bet the army is almost to the point of fracture and they need to wag the dog to put everyone back in line.

Gatsu on March 22, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Why the NorKor saber rattling?

He misses Secretary of State RODMAN and is hoping this will bring him back for “negotiations” (basketball camp)?

The people have grown tired of their traditional Asian Pooch mix diet and he needs more money from the US to buy a different blend to pacify them?

His wife is running the country and she is demanding Psy come to Pyongyang so she can see “Gangnam Style” live?

Any other guesses?

PappyD61 on March 22, 2013 at 8:15 AM

Internal power struggles. The kid (and loyalists) is trying to hold on to the “crown.”

Robert_Paulson on March 22, 2013 at 8:06 AM

That somehow seems almost too simplistic a motive for all that is going on. The Kim franchise is more than adept at quashing internal dissent. I’m sure that is part of it and Kim Jong Un needs street creds with the military leaders. Yet, it is hard to see how internal power struggles would explain the external saber rattling and provocation.

My guess is that this is (yet again) this is an attempt to shake the North Korean version of the money tree.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

If Mitt were president, the MSM would be screaming for appeasement, fretting that Romney might start another ‘costly war’, and longing for their hero Obama who would surely have saved us from this terrible threat.

Instead, Obama is going to vote ‘present’ and hope someone else covers his lame carcass. Golf balls don’t fly on their own and the Final Four don’t pick themselves.

Liam on March 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Good thing we don’t have a Consolate to storm and set on fire.

That could get a little Benghazi ugly.

PappyD61 on March 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

NK and china are in this together. NK does nothing without the express approval of china. China wants to push Obama. The islands that Japan and china are fighting over is most likely the reason. china is telling the USA to control Japan or they will allow NK off its leash.

And the USA is waiting on China to control NK….ROFL….our leaders are idiots. I guess that ICBM off the coast of Califorina a couple years ago wasn’t enough notice for Obama.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

That’s my back-up explanation.

Robert_Paulson on March 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Instead, Obama is going to vote ‘present’ and hope someone else covers his lame carcass. Golf balls don’t fly on their own and the Final Four don’t pick themselves.

Liam on March 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

If Mitt was POTUS the same thing would be going on just like it went on with Bush, Clinton and Bush. The USa policy on NK is to ignore it, appease it if it can’t be ignored and if neither works pray china controls them.

Mitt being POTUS would not change that.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

No one can quite figure out why North Korea has become even more unhinged than usual, but it’s clear that they are itching for some kind of action.

Two words. Dennis…Rodman.

NavyMustang on March 22, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Good thing we don’t have a Consolate to storm and set on fire.

That could get a little Benghazi ugly.

PappyD61 on March 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Someone’s gonna have to say it…

“What difference does it make?”

Gatsu on March 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Mitt being POTUS would not change that.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I’m sure Mitt would sit on his hands. But the media would behave differently were he the president. There would be tons of media hand-wringing and longing for Obama as savior, when Obama won’t be doing a thing, either.

Liam on March 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Nice to hear Obama is hoping China does something.

So why would NK be doing this? Because China knows that Obama will want China to do something.

And what will China request from Obama in exchange for doing something? God only knows. But as long as China does something…. Obama will hand over anything.

Because in the end.. Obama only cares about his own sorry rear end. America can go straight to h…

JellyToast on March 22, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The United States clearly has only one reasonable course of action- PRESIDENTIAL ROAD TRIP!!!!!! The script is already written.

The rat-eared devil can start out in Seoul and talk about how South Korea has no friend stronger than America. Then a trip to visit Kim Jong Un and a speech talking about how North Korea “deserves” full international recognition without sanctions. Then back to South Korea to speak to a group of college students about the necessity of South Koreans to put themselves in the shoes of their northern neighbors.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 8:26 AM

Send in the drones.

If it’s good for Americans..
It must be good for NK too.
/

Electrongod on March 22, 2013 at 8:27 AM

It’s the same old same old…

N Korea rattles it’s sabers, makes some noise, creates an incident and knows the USA will flood them with food and humanitarian aid so they can continue to use their own funds to build their military up and suppress their people even more. Intelligent people learn from their mistakes but then again, who says our leaders are intelligent people.

iamsaved on March 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Someone’s gonna have to say it…

“What difference does it make?”

Gatsu on March 22, 2013 at 8:24 AM

You mean besides having the 3rd and 15th largest economies within missile range?

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Mitt being POTUS would not change that.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

Well, at least there’s one thing we can be grateful for that Mitt lost the election. Now they can’t blame him.

Own it Barky. You auditioned for the office. Now do your job.

Cleombrotus on March 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

China and Japan: a dangerous standoff over the Senkaku islands

The Senkaku islands dispute is the latest episode in a long history of conflict – and the Americans are increasingly nervous

The latest, dangerous standoff between Japan and China, which brought violent protests across China, was sparked by Tokyo’s decision to “nationalise” a chain of disputed, gas-rich islands in the East China Sea. But the row is just one manifestation of a deeper, multi-faceted, and almost institutionalised confrontation pre-dating the second world war. Coincidentally, Tuesday marks the anniversary of an infamous event that raised the curtain on the modern era of Sino-Japanese tensions.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:32 AM

It’s the same distance from N Korea to southern Australia as it is to the west coast of the US.

Crux Australis on March 22, 2013 at 8:33 AM

Well, at least there’s one thing we can be grateful for that Mitt lost the election. Now they can’t blame him.

Own it Barky. You auditioned for the office. Now do your job.

Cleombrotus on March 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

yeap NK policy is a no win Every POTUS gets the short end. Mainly because to push NK means you endanger 20 million people in Soeul. Bush at least moved a lot of the American solders back from the front. But still the life expectancy for a US soldier in SK isn’t great if the ballon goes up.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:34 AM

If Mitt was POTUS the same thing would be going on just like it went on with Bush, Clinton and Bush. The USa policy on NK is to ignore it, appease it if it can’t be ignored and if neither works pray china controls them.

Mitt being POTUS would not change that.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:20 AM

I don’t believe that was exactly true.

I remember Rumsfeld came out one day after NK supposedly exploded a nuke and had a little press conference. He displayed a satellite picture of NK at night and commented on how the entire nation was dark except for (pointing) this one little brightly lit area. That was Dear Leader’s Palace. Then I think he said something like “We weren’t sure if that explosion was a nuke or not. It barely registered as an explosion. And as I remember…. you didn’t hear much out of North Korea after that. No threats. Nothing. They just shut up.

I really don’t remember Bush asking China to do anything. He pretty much sent a message to Dear Leader… “you are like an insect living in the dark ages. We see you palace. It’s the only thing lit at night. Pretty easy to find. And if you like explosions, we can send you some big ones.”

But… here again is a lesson in history. Why are we hear in the first place? Because Harry Truman appeased the communists. We should have listened to MacArthur and world opinion be screwed. Bombed China and N. Korea and we wouldn’t have this mess today.

JellyToast on March 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

JellyToast on March 22, 2013 at 8:36 AM

Bush seeks Chinese help on North Korea, trade

updated 11/19/2006 10:07:31 AM ET

http://www.nbcnews.com/id/15773863/ns/world_news-asia_pacific/t/bush-seeks-chinese-help-north-korea-trade/

HANOI, Vietnam — President Bush sought Chinese President Hu Jintao’s help on dual fronts Sunday, aiming to rein in North Korea’s nuclear ambitions and encourage the Chinese people to buy more U.S. goods.

Capping a three-day stay in Vietnam’s capital, Bush also asked for help from Moscow in the North Korea nuclear dispute and celebrated a deal allowing Russia to join the World Trade Organization.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

Hoping China does something.
Hoping Congress does something.
Delivering on his promise of hope.

hillsoftx on March 22, 2013 at 8:40 AM

Now do your job.

Cleombrotus on March 22, 2013 at 8:30 AM

Why would he start now? The only way that the rat-eared devil is going to get involved is if one of the following conditions are met.

1. North Korea messes with one of his liberal Harvard professor friends.

2. North Korea takes out a street thug in a hoodie.

3. North Korea becomes embroiled in NCAA basketball.

4. North Korea opens a new golf course and resort.

5. North Korea becomes the only place in the world which is not saturated with the First Mooch shaking her ample rear end and screeching about childhood obesity and food deserts.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 8:42 AM

No one can quite figure out why North Korea has become even more unhinged than usual, but it’s clear that they are itching for some kind of action.

I can figure it out. They know that a man with no desire to protect Americans is residing in the White House.

If he’ll let the rape, torture and assassination of a sitting Ambassador go un-answered, you can be rather confident that he won’t do much to North Korea.

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

There is a very deep game being played in that area of the world. China, Japan North Korea, South Korea the USa and Russia are playing chess against each other.

I hope it doesn’t lead to war. But notice North Korea didn’t just threaten US bases. they threatened US bases in SK but also in Japan. china is flexing its muscle via North Korea. Most likely it gets worse before it gets better.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

The United States is optimistic China will take strong action against North Koreaby increasing scrutiny of financial transactions with Pyongyang that could contravene fresh U.N.sanctions, a senior U.S. official said on Friday.

Hope is not a plan.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:39 AM

You got me on that.

But I still liked Rumsfeld’s presser. It was a nice, “not so confrontational but yet direct” way to get a message across.

But you got me on Bush seeking help from China. I should have known my facts before I posted my comments.

JellyToast on March 22, 2013 at 8:44 AM

Two Russian strategic nuclear bombers carried out a fourth high-profile training flight last week, flying near South Korea, where large-scale war games are under way, and near Japan and the U.S. military bases on Okinawa.

Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/mar/20/inside-the-ring-new-bear-bomber-flights/#ixzz2OGw4vnw4
Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:45 AM

But I still liked Rumsfeld’s presser. It was a nice, “not so confrontational but yet direct” way to get a message across.

But you got me on Bush seeking help from China. I should have known my facts before I posted my comments.

JellyToast on March 22, 2013 at 8:44 AM

out of the 4 Bush the second was the most confrotational with NK but I think that had to do more with Iraq and Afgan wars than anything else. Bush couldn’t afford to have a new war open up in Korea so he had to talk touger than Bush the first, Clinton and Obama.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:47 AM

If he’ll let the rape, torture and assassination of a sitting Ambassador go un-answered, you can be rather confident that he won’t do much to North Korea.

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

To be fair, we don’t know that Ambassador Stevens was raped, tortured, and assassinated. The official line is that he was rushed to the hospital by Libyans horrified about this attack (even though the pictures show something entirely different than rushing to the hospital). The administration refuses to release the results of the autopsy and the report on the circumstances of his death.

Feel better?/

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

To be fair, we don’t know the sun will rise in the east tommorrow. We’re just pretty darned sure based on every available data point.

It’s an awful thing to say, but sometimes I wish Benghazi had happened under a Republican president just so we would be allowed to know what happened.

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

Obama administration hoping for “a strong Chinese response” to provocations.

Sitting around hoping.

Why not become the change you want to see?

Announce you’re going to seek build a military base in SE Asia.
When China freaks out, tell them they’d better rein in NK, or else.

itsnotaboutme on March 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

and about that cyberattack. SK first said it came from China not NK. They later said they were “wrong”

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean investigators said Friday they had mistakenly identified a Chinese Internet address as the source of a cyberattack that paralyzed tens of thousands of computers at banks and broadcasters earlier this week. But they said they still believe the attack originated from abroad.

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/03/22/south-korea-cyberattack-china/2008617/

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

Here’s the deal. Obama is going to go all “Captain Ass Kicker” in Syria. Which really has no way to harm the US. Yet, he’ll “Lead from Behind” on North Korea, waiting for China to do the heavy lifting.

Now back to the Syria deal….are we to believe there’s not one NATO country over there that can handle that “problem.”…That is just HAS to fall on the US?

Not only no…but H3LL no.

Buck_Nekkid on March 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

China warns US over missile defence programme against North Korea

Beijing says American interference could only make matters worse in sabre-rattling between Seoul and Pyongyang

China has said that US plans to bolster missile defences in response to provocations by North Korea would only intensify antagonism, and urged Washington to act prudently.

A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, made the comments at a daily news briefing.

He said: “Actions such as strengthening anti-missile [defences] will intensify antagonism and will not be beneficial to finding a solution for the problem.

“China hopes the relevant country will proceed on the basis of peace and stability, adopt a responsible attitude and act prudently.”

The Pentagon said the US had informed China, North Korea’s neighbour and closest ally, of its decision to add more interceptors but declined to characterise Beijing’s reaction.

The US defence secretary, Chuck Hagel, announced plans on Friday to bolster American missile defences in response to “irresponsible and reckless provocations” by North Korea, which has threatened a pre-emptive nuclear strike against the US.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/mar/18/china-missile-us-north-korea

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:53 AM

japan warns China over ‘airspace violations’

Tokyo’s warning comes as China rebukes US for opposing actions that “undermine” Japan’s administration of islands.

Japan has said it may fire warning shots to keep foreign aircraft from violating the airspace over a set of dispuated islands, in the latest verbal exchange between Tokyo and Beijing.

Japanese officials made the comments after Chinese fighter jets recently tailed its warplanes near the islands in what is believed to be the first scrambling of Chinese air force jets since the tensions began to rise last spring.

According to Chinese media, a pair of J-10 fighters was scrambled after Japanese F-15s began tailing a Chinese surveillance plane near the disputed islands in the East China Sea.

China has complained the surveillance flight did not violate Japanese airspace and the F-15s were harassing it.

Tracer rounds

Concerns have grown over official comments suggesting new Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his Cabinet are considering the use of “tracer” fire as a means of responding to airspace incursions.

Tracer rounds are designed to burn brightly to get the attention of a pilot who may have missed other warnings due to a radio malfunction, while also indicating that the aircraft firing them is prepared to take further action.

“Every country has procedures for how to deal with a violation of its territory that continues after multiple cautionary measures,” Itsunori Onodera, the Japanese defence ministr, said on Wednesday when asked if tracer shots would be fired against intruding aircraft that refuse to change course.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia-pacific/2013/01/20131206179937422.html

anyone still wondering why NK is saber rattling?

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:57 AM

Not only no…but H3LL no.

Buck_Nekkid on March 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

there is no problem in Sryia. Its an internal matter.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 8:58 AM

the really sad thing here is that the media is unable/unwilling to inform the country on what is going in Asia. All hell is breaking loose and the media over here is saying :

No one can quite figure out why North Korea has become even more unhinged than usual, but it’s clear that they are itching for some kind of action.

not a slam on Ed just saying from the media reports it is very hard to see the bigger picture and our media should be more on the ball.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

My guess is that this is (yet again) this is an attempt to shake the North Korean version of the money tree.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 8:17 AM

.
DING DING DING !!!!!!!!
.
HEY YO! We starving over here! Mo’ food and mo’ munee, see yo? Udderwise, we not responsible fo’ duh conseekwences! Now, I tole you!

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2013 at 9:10 AM

Announce you’re going to seek build a military base in SE Asia.
When China freaks out, tell them they’d better rein in NK, or else.

itsnotaboutme on March 22, 2013 at 8:51 AM

reopening Subic bay would be a good start.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 9:11 AM

We’re reaping the harvest of the Obama foreign policy “reset”. How does it all look so far? To me, it looks like the foreign policy equivalent of our terrible domestic policies.

When Obama first ran for President I warned my law professor brother that his vote for Obama was also going to be a vote for world war and economic depression. Here we are on the brink.

MTF on March 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

When Obama first ran for President I warned my law professor brother that his vote for Obama was also going to be a vote for world war and economic depression. Here we are on the brink.

MTF on March 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Yeah, but that’s the fault of the Republicans for not giving Obama his way.

/your law professor brother

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

It’s an awful thing to say, but sometimes I wish Benghazi had happened under a Republican president just so we would be allowed to know what happened.

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 8:50 AM

It is an awful thing to say but it is also true. The media has outright become the Obama propaganda ministry. Susan Rice goes on five Sunday Talk shows with an implausible story about a YouTube video and not one “journalist” challenges her lies. Any Congressional inquiry becomes a story about the GOP playing partisan gotcha politics. And nobody questions Hillary Clinton’s “what difference does it make” arrogance.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

If he’ll let the rape, torture and assassination of a sitting Ambassador go un-answered …

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

.
Uh, wut? Where’d you get that?

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Here we are on the brink.

MTF on March 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Seems that way. I think we have another year or so until it all breaks loose. IRan and the islamists still have to consolidate.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 9:15 AM

When Obama first ran for President I warned my law professor brother that his vote for Obama was also going to be a vote for world war and economic depression. Here we are on the brink.

MTF on March 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

Let me guess. Your brother doubled down on stupid in 2012 and still defends the rat-eared devil.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Yeah, but that’s the fault of the Republicans for not giving Obama his way.

/your law professor brother

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 9:13 AM

sadly more than likely it will be a GOP POTUS who has to fight the war.

And the media will never explain it wa sObama’s polices that led to war just make the GOP look like they like war.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 9:16 AM

If he’ll let the rape, torture and assassination of a sitting Ambassador go un-answered …

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 8:43 AM

.
Uh, wut? Where’d you get that?

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2013 at 9:14 AM

Libyan Security reports.

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

the really sad thing here is that the media is unable/unwilling to inform the country on what is going in Asia. All hell is breaking loose and the media over here is saying :

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 9:03 AM

That assumes a cadre of journalists who are informed on Asian affairs, history, culture, etc so that they can inform. Reporting on Dennis Rodman visiting Kim Jong Un was a stretch to a media more accustomed to letting us know about Honey Boo Boo, Kim Kardashian, and the results from this week’s American Idol.

When it comes to Asia, even CBS’s insensitivity over the Vietnam War in The Amazing Race goes largely unreported.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Where is John F. Kerry?

diogenes on March 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Where is John F. Kerry?

diogenes on March 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Reporting for duty somewhere he’s not wanted or needed, probably.

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Your brother doubled down on stupid in 2012 and still defends the rat-eared devil.

Yup. The first term was so wonderful that the second term was an easy decision for him. His view is “imagine if we all had public salaries, lifetime paid medical care and taxpayer guaranteed retirements like I do!”, and so he votes for socialism. If World War and Depression are happening, they are somebody else’s fault, probably Boehner and Ryan, or maybe it’s still Bush, and he feels he can safely ignore those negatives. Of course, his children won’t be able to ignore those realities but he believes Obama, Reid et al will lead us safely through these times of GOP created trouble into the Democrat-promised earthly paradise.

MTF on March 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

Sometimes this kind of thing is a manifestation of an internal power struggle.

Occasionally the PRC starts being particularly feisty about Taiwan, and it’s usually about internal politics.

Steven Den Beste on March 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

When it comes to Asia, even CBS’s insensitivity over the Vietnam War in The Amazing Race goes largely unreported.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 9:23 AM

true but the information is out there. granted most is coming from media outside the USA. It doesn’t take that long to read the news flashes and see there is a large game going on than just NK. But to our Media they never it seemed learned about Geostrategic thinking.

We might be all hope and change here and think the nation state is a old time concept but in China and Asia the nation state is still powerful. And ther eis much national pride among them.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Where is John F. Kerry?

diogenes on March 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Locked himself in the bathroom, if we’re lucky…

JetBoy on March 22, 2013 at 9:37 AM

MTF on March 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

bad thing is he is teacher our youth.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 9:38 AM

But to our Media they never it seemed learned about Geostrategic thinking.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

If our media were into geostrategic thinking, they wouldn’t have spent the better part of the last decade asking why we had troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. And they certainly would point out the muddled, confusing, and outright contradictory response to the “Arab Spring” by the current administration.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

If our media were into geostrategic thinking, they wouldn’t have spent the better part of the last decade asking why we had troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. And they certainly would point out the muddled, confusing, and outright contradictory response to the “Arab Spring” by the current administration.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Unless, of course, they were just liberals, incapable of shelving their personal opinions whilst factually reporting world events.

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Three new leaders trying to put their stamp on the world.

OldEnglish on March 22, 2013 at 9:52 AM

The last thing we need is another war. But the best thing that could happen to the world is if this idiot country was wiped off the face of the earth.

Wood Dragon on March 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

Obama’s to do list …….

1. Eliminate White House Tours
2. Eliminate Easter Egg Hunt
3. Release Illegal Immigrant felons
4. Fill in NCAA bracket
5. Call for tee time
6. Hookup with Letterman
7. Order bigger mirrors
8. Stop NK from nuking us

fogw on March 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

fogw on March 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I don’t even have your #8 in my top ten.

Washington Nearsider on March 22, 2013 at 10:07 AM

If our media were into geostrategic thinking, they wouldn’t have spent the better part of the last decade asking why we had troops in Afghanistan and Iraq. And they certainly would point out the muddled, confusing, and outright contradictory response to the “Arab Spring” by the current administration.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 9:48

very true.

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 10:08 AM

Obama’s to do list …….

1. Eliminate White House Tours
2. Eliminate Easter Egg Hunt
3. Release Illegal Immigrant felons
4. Fill in NCAA bracket
5. Call for tee time
6. Hookup with Letterman
7. Order bigger mirrors
8. Stop NK from nuking us

fogw on March 22, 2013 at 10:06 AM

This is that “which of these things is not like the others” game, right? Well it is obviously #8. That’s the only thing that is Presidential and not all about the rat-eared devil.

If that wasn’t your intent then you could fix #8 by restating it as “call Dennis Rodman and ask him about his trip to NK and if Kim Jong Un would like to have a basketball summit to discuss nukes.” It is wordy, I know, but Presidentin’ is much harder than slow jamming the news.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

I expect that the runt will be getting high-fives in his meetings with Red China.

Nork is like that snarling Pit Bull that your strange neighbor walks regularly. He smiles and says hi but he enjoys the reaction to his vicious mutt as he strains on his leash.

slickwillie2001 on March 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Obama:

“hey let’s disarm all our Nukes we don’t need them anymore in this new hope and change world.”

unseen on March 22, 2013 at 10:27 AM

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 10:12 AM

Brevity is the soul of wit.

fogw on March 22, 2013 at 10:30 AM

Interesting that things are heating up in a big way in the Asian Pacific just as the last fumes run out in Europe’s stuttering engine. Americans have a habit of seeing Asia as “past Europe.” But if Cyprus shows anything, it’s that Europe is one big mistake away from complete irrelevance. It’s time to stop thinking so Euro-centrically and realize that if you look the other direction, Asia is next door.

JoseQuinones on March 22, 2013 at 10:36 AM

I mean, wouldn’t nuking Detroit IMPROVE it at this point?

wildcat72 on March 22, 2013 at 8:04 AM

I live 30 minutes north of Detroit and I got to tell ya, no one could tell the difference if it was hit by a ground leveling explosion or not.

Pictures from the NY Times: Detroit’s Beautiful, Horrible Decline

mechkiller_k on March 22, 2013 at 10:40 AM

…bring it on Dough Boy!

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2013 at 10:44 AM

slickwillie2001 on March 22, 2013 at 10:23 AM

I had a neighbor once that did that. His Pit had a habit of digging out of the yard and terrorizing the neighborhood. One day the Pit got loose and ran straight at me. I proceeded to place kick him about 10 feet. The neighbor came running at me and wanted to know what the h*ll I though I was doing. I told him to look behind me where I had my 140 lb Akita hidden. I said next time I’ll just let him loose on your Pit. The neighbor moved out the next week.

chemman on March 22, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Where is John F. Kerry?

diogenes on March 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

Shining up that Purple Heart he got for heat rash.

CurtZHP on March 22, 2013 at 11:51 AM

Again, the missile defense industry thanks you for your support.

Kim Jong Unhinged – Missile Defense Business Developer of the Month yet again.

He and Barky, Gun and Ammo Salesman of the Century, should get together and talk shop sometime, on a golf course naturally.

dentarthurdent on March 22, 2013 at 12:16 PM

China’s stirring the pot for a reason. They have too many regional aspirations (South Korea, Taiwan, South China Sea, East China Sea/Senkaku islands) simmering at the moment not to have a plan behind it. If they tried to put a garrison on the Senkaku islands, overrun Taiwan, seize Seoul or start sinking the Philippine or Vietnamese navies the US would stop them in a heartbeat BUT if China started all of these events at the same time they could accomplish several of their objectives before the US would be able to deploy enough forces to stop them – particularly if we were busy with an optional adventure in Syria or a non-optional one in Iran.

Come and take it on March 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

The last thing we need is another war. But the best thing that could happen to the world is if this idiot country was wiped off the face of the earth.

Wood Dragon on March 22, 2013 at 10:02 AM

How could you even think that would be possible with Prezzy Peace Prize sittin in the WH? – well, when he’s not on the golf course….

dentarthurdent on March 22, 2013 at 12:22 PM

They have too many regional aspirations (South Korea, Taiwan, South China Sea, East China Sea/Senkaku islands) simmering at the moment not to have a plan behind it. If they tried to put a garrison on the Senkaku islands, overrun Taiwan, seize Seoul or start sinking the Philippine or Vietnamese navies the US would stop them in a heartbeat BUT if China started all of these events at the same time they could accomplish several of their objectives before the US would be able to deploy enough forces to stop them – particularly if we were busy with an optional adventure in Syria or a non-optional one in Iran.

Come and take it on March 22, 2013 at 12:21 PM

If that were the Chinese plan, surely it would make more sense to wait until the USA was actually embroiled in a conflict elsewhere, and then make a move without warning. Stirring things up before being ready to act would seem counter-productive to me.

YiZhangZhe on March 22, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Feel better?/

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2013 at 8:48 AM

Can we at least say he was killed by terrorists and Obama did nothing?

BobMbx on March 22, 2013 at 5:52 PM