Pyongyang warns rockets ready “to settle accounts with the US”

posted at 8:01 am on March 29, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Which means … what, exactly? We’ve always assumed that the Kim regime has a rational purpose, which is its self-perpetuation, unlike Iran, whose purposes fall into the realm of the non-rational (apocalyptic religious fervor), on which the Iranians act rationally.  Rationally speaking, there is no way that North Korea can expect to win a war with the US.  That assumption is why CBS and AP take great pains at the start of the article to argue that the Kim regime doesn’t mean what it says in its latest pronouncement:

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Friday that his rocket forces were ready “to settle accounts with the U.S.,” unleashing a new round of bellicose rhetoric after U.S. nuclear-capable B-2 bombers dropped dummy munitions in joint military drills with South Korea.

Kim’s warning, and the litany of threats that have preceded it, don’t indicate an imminent war. In fact, they’re most likely meant to coerce South Korea into softening its policies, win direct talks and aid from Washington, and strengthen the young leader’s credentials and image at home.

Well, that’s only true if the Kim regime is acting rationally on rational goals.  If they wanted softer policies in the South, though, they could have gotten that with some diplomatic outreach during the most recent election.  If they want more aid from the US, they could have put off their long-range missile and nuclear tests.  Everything they have done over the last three or four months has been irrational in respect to those goals, except for burnishing the leadership credentials of the latest hereditary dictator.  And even in that case, analysts have begun to suspect that it’s the hardline military leadership that’s running Kim and not the other way around.

The DPRK is serious about the rockets, though:

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency quoted military officials in the country as saying there had been “increased activity” at some of the North’s missile sites in recent days.

“North Korea’s launch sites to fire off mid- and long-range missiles have recently shown increased movement of vehicles and forces,” Yonhap quoted one anonymous official as saying. “We are closely watching possibilities of missile launches.”

And so is their state-run media:

Kim said “the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation,” according to a report by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

So, once again the question: is this regime rational? If so, then we should expect a climbdown soon, or perhaps a declare-victory-and-go-home PR moment to which Pyongyang can cling. However, the assumption of rationality may not hold for much longer, and the closer both sides get to the brink, the less influence that any rationality north of the 38th Parallel will have.


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“Rationally speaking, there is no way that North Korea can expect to win a war with the US.”

Really? When was the last time America really won a war? Do you think the rest of the world interprets Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan as victories?

ProfessorMiao on March 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Didn’t some in the 1980′s stated we need a missile defense shield? That person was a crazy of course….

Oil Can on March 29, 2013 at 8:07 AM

Kim said “the time has come to settle accounts with the U.S. imperialists in view of the prevailing situation,” according to a report by the North’s official Korean Central News Agency.

This looks like a job for Team America, World Police!

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Really? When was the last time America really won a war? Do you think the rest of the world interprets Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan as victories?

ProfessorMiao on March 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

Precisely.

The last “victory” we had was gulf war 1, and that was only because we didn’t stick around out of some perverted sense of guilt to clean up the mess we made.

The military is for killing people and breaking things – not building schools and power plants and infrastructure and its certainly not meant to play babysitter to a populace who would rather kill themselves than get along peacefully.

Defenestratus on March 29, 2013 at 8:10 AM

Really? When was the last time America really won a war? Do you think the rest of the world interprets Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan as victories?

ProfessorMiao on March 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

When was the last time the United States fought a war to win it? America could have easily made Iraq or Afghanistan into the world’s largest parking lot. Instead we pretend that the locals have some redemptive value and fight with half measures. Guaranteed that won’t be quite the case if lil Kim decides to sink Guam.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

This looks like a job for Team America, World Police!

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Here you go: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZ4sR4S74xQ

(Don’t watch if words offend you)

Defenestratus on March 29, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Who says they can’t win a war, you really think team Obama is up for the conquest and occupation of the North?

rob verdi on March 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq was destroyed, not because they were irrational, but because they were wrong on two major points.
1. They thought the biggest threat to their survival was Iran and not the US.
2. They thought Bush was bluffing and would never invade.

The DPRK is probably ratcheting up the rhetoric because the believe in the end, Obama doesn’t have the will to risk an all out war to defend South Korea…and they are probably right.

BohicaTwentyTwo on March 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM

The administration would require at least 1 missile to strike the mainland just to confirm the Norks are serious.

vityas on March 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Who says they can’t win a war, you really think team Obama is up for the conquest and occupation of the North?

rob verdi on March 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

There is no doubt that the rat-eared devil is a coward. But you let it leak to Mooch that they’ve got a really nice resort and spa outside of Pyongyang and those B2s will be in the air within an hour.

Seriously, where do you get the idea that the goal of warfare would be the conquest and occupation of North Korea?

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM

He’s all talk.

Red Cloud on March 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM

Guaranteed that won’t be quite the case if lil Kim decides to sink Guam.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

But what would we do if Kim decides to just tip over Guam not sink it?

Ditkaca on March 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM

“Rationally speaking, there is no way that North Korea can expect to win a war with the US.”

Really? When was the last time America really won a war? Do you think the rest of the world interprets Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan as victories?

ProfessorMiao on March 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

While I understand your point, there is a big difference between the U.S. not “winning” in the sense of changing the world to the way we want it (Iraq and Afghanistan) and “losing” in the sense of being defeated.

Korea was not a loss in that we achieved what we set out to do, keep South Korea from becoming communist. Vietnam was a loss. Iraq and Afghanistan were not great wins, but not really losses either. In Iraq we toppled Saddam’s regime, which is what we set out to do. In Afghanistan we set to topple the Taliban from its control of the country, which we sort of did. In both cases, we have since faced insurgencies while we try to nation-build. And, let’s not forget the Cold War victory over the U.S.S.R.

But none of those equal the idea of a nation attacking America and surviving. Do you really believe that S Korea has the wherewithal to start a war with the U.S. by attacking the U.S. and that regime surviving?

Monkeytoe on March 29, 2013 at 8:19 AM

The DPRK is probably ratcheting up the rhetoric because the believe in the end, Obama doesn’t have the will to risk an all out war to defend South Korea…and they are probably right.

BohicaTwentyTwo on March 29, 2013 at 8:17 AM

Ratcheting up the rhetoric is fine. Let lil Kim photo shop all the amphibious landings he wants. Let him put his military on high alert. Let him cut off all communcation with South Korea. But there is a completely different game afoot the minute that the first North Korean (Chinese made probably) missile go south of the 38th.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM

This looks like a job for Team America, World Police!

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:09 AM

Not to worry. The UN will keep us safe.

*spit*

petefrt on March 29, 2013 at 8:21 AM

Need a rational reason? Pick one:

Obama- weak, ‘lead from behind’ foreign policy
Obama- Weak, America Apology Tours
Obama- defense dismantling , aided by sequester and deficit rhetoric
Kerry/Clinton- meh. SOS? LOL

socalcon on March 29, 2013 at 8:23 AM

Please don’t make us kill you.

Little Boomer on March 29, 2013 at 8:24 AM

Chuck Hagel is running the Pentagon. Maybe they think they have a shot.

crrr6 on March 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Who says they can’t win a war, you really think team Obama is up for the conquest and occupation of the North?

rob verdi on March 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

There is no doubt that the rat-eared devil is a coward. But you let it leak to Mooch that they’ve got a really nice resort and spa outside of Pyongyang and those B2s will be in the air within an hour.

Seriously, where do you get the idea that the goal of warfare would be the conquest and occupation of North Korea?

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:18 AM

If war breaks out, how could we possibly allow the North Korean Regime to survive, and even assuming the South Koreans assume the bulk of occupation forces how could we not have a role in running parts of the North.

rob verdi on March 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Drudge points out that Austin is among the North Korean targets. I can’t say I’d be too upset with Madison on the Colorado River was attacked.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

If our military is given a goal of taking out a country they can and will do it when unimpeded by politics. I remember the first Gulf War and the media was hyping stories of our military possibly sustaining tens of thousands of losses. I was stationed in Japan and my dad called me for my opinion just before the war kicked off. I told him it was going to be a complete rout. Stormin Norman proved it. NorKo could inflict heavy damage on Seoul in the early stages of a war but would be bombed into oblivion shortly after.

dddave on March 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

Drudge points out that Austin is among the North Korean targets. I can’t say I’d be too upset with Madison on the Colorado River was attacked.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The rest of Texas might welcome the incoming shots too.

crrr6 on March 29, 2013 at 8:28 AM

If war breaks out, how could we possibly allow the North Korean Regime to survive, and even assuming the South Koreans assume the bulk of occupation forces how could we not have a role in running parts of the North.

rob verdi on March 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

At the risk of sounding like that nutter Ron Paul, it really wouldn’t be our role to figure out what to do with North Korea post lil Kim. China and/or South Korea are better positioned geographically, culturally, and politically to take the lead. Certainly the US would have advisors on the ground but our national interest is regime change not occupying North Korea. That being said, the really interesting post-conflict debate would be if unification of the Koreas is part of the equation.

Again, some of this is out of our control. If lil Kim decides to attack US bases in South Korea or Japan. If he decides to launch missiles at Guam, then even the rat-eared coward will have to take action. Which is a shame with a Jew-hating criminal as head of the DoD.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM

The rest of Texas might welcome the incoming shots too.

crrr6 on March 29, 2013 at 8:28 AM

I imagine they wouldn’t mind too much. :0

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:34 AM

The DPRK is not a rational regime. They seem to be in a death spiral, and will take as many as possible out with them. Unfortunately they will take a lot of innocent people from South Korea out with them, as well as American servicemen and possibly Japanese as well.

The ObamaMedia is not paying too much attention to Korea much right now, but this all will change when Pyongyang decides to launch it’s final assault.

simkeith on March 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM

The ObamaMedia is not paying too much attention to Korea much right now, but this all will change when Pyongyang decides to launch it’s final assault.

simkeith on March 29, 2013 at 8:35 AM

North Korea doesn’t fit the Guns, Gays, and Giveaways agenda.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:33 AM
I don’t see how we extricate ourselves if the regime falls.

rob verdi on March 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Kim has given us a green light…drop a bomb on his hiney.

trs on March 29, 2013 at 8:38 AM

Where have you been for the last few decades? North Korea leadership always “stamps their tiny feet” whenever they want
money.

They heard what Morsi in Egypt got and want their pound of flesh
from the USA too!!!

Seems to me this is standard operating procedure around the world.

And it needs to end.

Amjean on March 29, 2013 at 8:42 AM

This baby in NK vs. the baby in the WH ??
Does nothing to inspire confidence, I tell ya.
It’s not so much our military might that I worry about, it’s the ORDERS they’re given (or not).
Sheesh.

pambi on March 29, 2013 at 8:46 AM

OMG! Kim targeted Texas!

We must cave! We must cave!

cozmo on March 29, 2013 at 8:48 AM

An interesting point, though: the Korean war isn’t over, it’s just in abeyance by virtue of an armistice; and it isn’t an American war, it’s a UN ‘police action’ in which America is ‘only’ the major UN participant. All of which gives Obama cover to punt the whole thing to the UN if Kim does something and he wants to do nothing.

So, for instance, a Nork boat detonates a nuke near Guam – and Obama heads for Turtle Bay… which passes a resolution….

PersonFromPorlock on March 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Hard to believe all those North Korean generals standing around while that little fat f**k tries to read his homework. Where’s their self respect?

JayVee on March 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM

PersonFromPorlock on March 29, 2013 at 8:49 AM

Nope, the treaties the US signed with South Korea guarantee US support if the Norks attack again.

cozmo on March 29, 2013 at 8:53 AM

After Lil Kim launches the few rockets he has what’s his next move, throwing bags of rice?

Time to take the blustering fool out. Now, all we need is a president with balls. And Titleists don’t count.

fogw on March 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Guaranteed that won’t be quite the case if lil Kim decides to sink Guam.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:11 AM

I don’t share your confidence.

Do you truly believe Obama will unleash the full might of the US military on all those poor, oppressed NoKo citizens who have no choice, and probably don’t know any better?

Do you truly believe Obama will stiffen his spine and blast every belligerent into pink mist?

I don’t.

Washington Nearsider on March 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

OMG! Kim targeted Texas!

We must cave! We must cave!

cozmo on March 29, 2013 at 8:48 AM

I’m not sure how many Texans would agree with you that targeting Austin is the same thing as targeting Texas.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

Quick, get Rodman on a plane.

BuckeyeSam on March 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Do you truly believe Obama will unleash the full might of the US military on all those poor, oppressed NoKo citizens who have no choice, and probably don’t know any better?

Do you truly believe Obama will stiffen his spine and blast every belligerent into pink mist?

I don’t.

Washington Nearsider on March 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

Well then, shame on us.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

He wants to destroy DC, LA and Austin, TX. DC and LA are fine with me. Just stay out of Texas, Kim.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9960933/North-Korea-plan-to-attack-US-mainland-revealed-in-photographs.html

The Rogue Tomato on March 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Do you truly believe Obama will unleash the full might of the US military on all those poor, oppressed NoKo citizens who have no choice, and probably don’t know any better?
Do you truly believe Obama will stiffen his spine and blast every belligerent into pink mist?
I don’t.
Washington Nearsider on March 29, 2013 at 8:58 AM

If the response is nothing less than annihilation of nork, then there is no excuse for a civil war at home. That should be grounds to overthrow our treasonous government.

nobar on March 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:59 AM

It might be weird, but Austin is ours.

And if we have to accept Lubbock and Mesquite, we might as well accept Austin.

cozmo on March 29, 2013 at 9:05 AM

Who says they can’t win a war, you really think team Obama is up for the conquest and occupation of the North?

rob verdi on March 29, 2013 at 8:14 AM

I can see a lot of outcomes and none of them good for the US. Not with Obama and Hillary in charge.

All we need is another freaking crisis too good to waste.

But.. I thought Dennis Rodman just fixed all of this? Seems more like he escalated the whole thing.

JellyToast on March 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM

!!! FIRST ATTACK !!!

Shy Guy on March 29, 2013 at 9:06 AM

Rationally speaking, there is no way that North Korea can expect to win a war with the US.

I have to agree with:

Really? When was the last time America really won a war? Do you think the rest of the world interprets Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan as victories?

ProfessorMiao on March 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

They don’t. Our enemies see us as weak, spread to thin and spineless.

Kim doesn’t need to actually defeat us to claim victory. Anything short of complete total victory on our part is a win for them. Frankly, the lowlife’s running our government don’t have the will to do what is necessary.

If we start a fight with the NORKS many of our people will die and then our government will fail to complete the mission as they have repeatedly demonstrated.

Are the NORKS rational? No, but Kim seems determined to start a fight. Are the Chinese behind this? Or is this a twerp trying to get some cred on the world stage?

Either way, if he pulls the trigger, they will probably come out on top.

dogsoldier on March 29, 2013 at 9:07 AM

When was the last time America really won a war?

Yet when was the last time America lost a battle?

tommyboy on March 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

The soldiers of the North might welcome an attack if it increases their rations.

docflash on March 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Well then, shame on us.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 9:00 AM

Aren’t we already shamed for not banning/confiscating guns? And yes, I agree. Failure to honor our treaty obligations while a free people are overrun and systematicaly destroyed is about as low as it gets.

If the response is nothing less than annihilation of nork, then there is no excuse for a civil war at home. That should be grounds to overthrow our treasonous government.

nobar on March 29, 2013 at 9:04 AM

The scary thing is, everyone who agrees with you will be lobbying to smoke the NoKos. If we don’t, if we watch a nation being destroyed and stand idle, America will probably complain, but we won’t do much at all.

Washington Nearsider on March 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

Meanwhile, Iran quietly continues to build its own arsenal.

OldEnglish on March 29, 2013 at 9:13 AM

WOLF!!!

CW on March 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Drudge points out that Austin is among the North Korean targets. I can’t say I’d be too upset with Madison on the Colorado River was attacked.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 8:25 AM

The rest of Texas might welcome the incoming shots too.

crrr6 on March 29, 2013 at 8:28 AM

Man…We just reopened the Governors Mansion after that last freak set fire to it.

workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

“Rationally speaking, there is no way that North Korea can expect to win a war with the US.”

Really? When was the last time America really won a war? Do you think the rest of the world interprets Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan as victories?

ProfessorMiao on March 29, 2013 at 8:06 AM

That’s your list of history to support your foolish argument?

…ever hear of things like dessert storm, where we actually execute a war plan?
Most uninformed think all military interventions are “war”…

right2bright on March 29, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Yet when was the last time America lost a battle?

tommyboy on March 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

September, 2012?

Washington Nearsider on March 29, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Washington Nearsider on March 29, 2013 at 9:16 AM

Sorry, but sporadic, ineffective sneak ambushes are what you do when you know you can’t win a stand up battle.

tommyboy on March 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

They don’t. Our enemies see us as weak, spread to thin and spineless.

Kim doesn’t need to actually defeat us to claim victory. Anything short of complete total victory on our part is a win for them. Frankly, the lowlife’s running our government don’t have the will to do what is necessary.

If we start a fight with the NORKS many of our people will die and then our government will fail to complete the mission as they have repeatedly demonstrated.

Are the NORKS rational? No, but Kim seems determined to start a fight. Are the Chinese behind this? Or is this a twerp trying to get some cred on the world stage?

Either way, if he pulls the trigger, they will probably come out on top.

dogsoldier on March 29, 2013 at 9:07 AM

It’s conceivable that the NK twerp could win a war entirely on Teevee…consolidate his standing amongst the zombies.

Wag the Dog.

workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:23 AM

Since Exercise Team Spirit just ended, we have more forces than are usual “in-country”. Which means that if Mini-Kim does try to re-create his grandpa’s invasion in 1950, the NKPA will get handed their heads in record time. (Frankly, ROKA could do it with no assistance from us.)

That’s if The One does his job. I don’t expect him to. Rather, I expect him to order, at best, a “hold in place” and highly restrictive ROE for our forces, and to attempt to impose same on South Korea’s government. So he can “negotiate peace”.

His dream is most likely a united Korea, under some sort of shared-power arrangement. The sort that tends to end up with “free elections” consisting of “one man, one vote- once” in the real world, followed by a totalitarian state.

Failing that (and I don’t expect the ROK government to go along with such a plan for self-immolation), he will most likely figure out a way to cripple South Korea any way he can. From trade sanctions to pulling U.S. forces out unilaterally, or both and anything else he can think of.

One often-overlooked factor here is that South Korea is a big competitor in export markets in Asia. A competitor for… the People’s Republic of China.

The PRC would like nothing better than for ROK to no longer be competing with them, either due to being destroyed by DPRK or even being conquered by same- at which point all those factories become PRC property by default.

And considering how much money The One and his cronies owe Beijing, don’t believe for one second that what Beijing wants isn’t a major factor in their “reasoning” re that peninsula.

But look on the bright side. After it’s all over, we’ll be treated to a grand speech by The One, stating that “our long national nightmare” is over, and that it’s “a time to heal”.

Because that the kind of swell guy he is.

/if you can’t figure out that those last two paragraphs are sarc

clear ether

eon

eon on March 29, 2013 at 9:24 AM

Yet when was the last time America lost a battle?

tommyboy on March 29, 2013 at 9:08 AM

November 6, 2012?

HumpBot Salvation on March 29, 2013 at 9:27 AM

It’s times like this that I’m just so glad that we’ve got a trio of superior intellects like Kerry, Hagel and Brennan on the job. Thanks Obama!

(I gave up sarc tags for Lent, so you’ll just have to trust me…)

cicerone on March 29, 2013 at 9:29 AM

Aren’t we already shamed for not banning/confiscating guns? And yes, I agree. Failure to honor our treaty obligations while a free people are overrun and systematicaly destroyed is about as low as it gets.

Washington Nearsider on March 29, 2013 at 9:11 AM

As to being shamed. The rat-eared devil says we should be ashamed that we have not acted swiftly in the wake of those 20 white children who were killed in an affluent CT suburb. He said nothing about all the little black children killed in the days since. It isn’t the public that should be ashamed.

As to our treaty obligations, I’m not hoping for Seoul to be overrun or have missiles rain down on it BUT it would be mighty interesting and informative to see how the rat-eared devil, Kerry, and Hagel respond to an unforseen and unexpected international crisis. If things heat up on the Korean Peninsula do we see definitive actions or UN speeches?

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Man…We just reopened the Governors Mansion after that last freak set fire to it.
workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Dayum ! You’re right ! ;-)
And besides, living in the DFW, where the prevailing winds are 99% from the south, this isn’t an exactly welcome prospect. O_o.

pambi on March 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Didn’t some in the 1980′s stated we need a missile defense shield? That person was a crazy of course….

Oil Can on March 29, 2013 at 8:07 AM

I know. Funny, isn’t it?

Badger40 on March 29, 2013 at 9:33 AM

DPRK is in such bad shape, the only way for them to survive is to have a foreign power….US or China to come in a take it over.

Problem is China knows what a crap hole it is and wants nothing to do with them and the US…..well of course that is who should come to the rescue….in a classic damned if we do damned if we don’t scenario.

The whole War premise allows the little gargoyle an escape route in several ways and allows him to call the US evil whilst all along it was of their own doing.

Sabre rattling to follow, but what follows that is yet to be seen.

God help us and God help our Troops.

I can’t imagine what an ROE for our troops would look like after seeing the corner they have been forced into in the middle east.

RealMc on March 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

He wants to destroy DC, LA and Austin, TX. DC and LA are fine with me. Just stay out of Texas, Kim.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/northkorea/9960933/North-Korea-plan-to-attack-US-mainland-revealed-in-photographs.html

The Rogue Tomato on March 29, 2013 at 9:02 AM

Maybe the regime got a bootleg copy of the “Red Dawn” re-make and got excited.

JetBoy on March 29, 2013 at 9:37 AM

Well if Lil Kim is going to bomb DC..think we can convince him to wait until Congress and the Dog Eater are back in town?

HumpBot Salvation on March 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Fill up on birds and your daily cup of Starbucks made from dirty ice while you can.

The Rogue Tomato on March 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM

I can’t imagine what an ROE for our troops would look like after seeing the corner they have been forced into in the middle east.

RealMc on March 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

Yeah, but the Norks are not Muslims.

OldEnglish on March 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM

Well if Lil Kim is going to bomb DC..think we can convince him to wait until Congress and the Dog Eater are back in town?

HumpBot Salvation on March 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM

Yes. Please.

The Rogue Tomato on March 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM

pambi on March 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Or the fact that we would have to drive through that smoking crater on our way to San Antonio.

cozmo on March 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un warned Friday that his rocket forces were ready “to settle accounts with the U.S.,” unleashing a new round of bellicose rhetoric after U.S. nuclear-capable B-2 bombers dropped dummy munitions in joint military drills with South Korea.

Where’s Code Pink! And where’s all of our other dear liberal progressive friends…..who should be screaming to the top of their lungs….Bush Obama is a war-monger!

Rovin on March 29, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Sorry, but sporadic, ineffective sneak ambushes are what you do when you know you can’t win a stand up battle.

tommyboy on March 29, 2013 at 9:19 AM

You and I will differ on the definition of ‘ineffective.’ It was the largest loss of American airpower since Vietnam. That’s effective.

We will also differ on tactics. I believe you should engage the enemy in such a was as to maximize the potential for victory. If that’s a sneaky ambus, so be it.

America is only America because, on the whole, we did not engage the Britsh in ‘stand up battle.’ We were sneaky, we used the terrain, we were ‘dishonorable.’

And we won.

The Russians lost in Afghanistan, the United States ‘lost’ in Vietnam, and the French lost in Indo-China. In each case, it was the poorly armed populace that beat the “modern” army. In China, Cuba, and Nicaragua, the established leaders, Chiang Kai-shek, Battista, and Somoza lost.

Modern nations like Algeria, Angola, Ireland, Israel, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe only exist because guerrilla warfare can triumph over modern armies.

Ignoring that is dangerous.

Washington Nearsider on March 29, 2013 at 9:42 AM

Dennis Rodman must really be upset with the Big 0 for sending the B2s to Korea and destroying all the good will he had established with his world class diplomacy.

Ordinary American on March 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

As to our treaty obligations, I’m not hoping for Seoul to be overrun or have missiles rain down on it BUT it would be mighty interesting and informative to see how the rat-eared devil, Kerry, and Hagel respond to an unforseen and unexpected international crisis. If things heat up on the Korean Peninsula do we see definitive actions or UN speeches?

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I’m not sure this is ‘unforseen,’ but I agree with the sentiment. “Ready to lead on day 1,” “Three a.m. phone calls” et al. will be put to the test – for real.

As to your comments on shaming, I agree. Obama (and the entirety of the left) have been mostly silent while blacks are gunned down in Chicago by the hundreds. As soon as 20 white kids are shot though, NOW it’s a tragedy. NOW it needs to be dealt with. It’s racist and it’s shameful.

Washington Nearsider on March 29, 2013 at 9:45 AM

So, once again the question: is this regime rational?

They are rational in the sense that they will demagogue their external enemy of choice as a means to bolster their own internal control over their populace and stir the pot. We are Emmanuel Goldstein, and DPRK has always been at war with us. Can you imagine what their propaganda machine turns out after they fire a missile off Japan??? Probably horrific images of cities being leveled and DPRK paratroopers seizing the survivors and looting the goods for the fatherland.

the whole world is a stage….

ted c on March 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Dennis Rodman must really be upset with the Big 0 for sending the B2s to Korea and destroying all the good will he had established with his world class diplomacy.

Ordinary American on March 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

you said “diplomacy” but I think that you meant “idiocy”….

ted c on March 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Man…We just reopened the Governors Mansion after that last freak set fire to it.
workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:15 AM

Dayum ! You’re right ! ;-)
And besides, living in the DFW, where the prevailing winds are 99% from the south, this isn’t an exactly welcome prospect. O_o.

pambi on March 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Puts a damper on Easter BBQ plans…

workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:48 AM

Just leave Austin, TX alone, would ya??? I mean, …dude…

ted c on March 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

And besides, living in the DFW, where the prevailing winds are 99% from the south, this isn’t an exactly welcome prospect. O_o.

pambi on March 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I want to come to that new Perot museum in Dallas. I heard that it’s pretty cool.

ted c on March 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

Come on, don’t you guys realize this is just China testing America’s resolve.

LoganSix on March 29, 2013 at 9:50 AM

A single cruise missile blowing off the head of Fatboys revered giant statue of his grand dad would send a message.

BL@KBIRD on March 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

pambi on March 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Or the fact that we would have to drive through that smoking crater on our way to San Antonio.

cozmo on March 29, 2013 at 9:39 AM

I’d be ok with San Antone as a target but the Alamo is there…Bummer…maybe we could re-locate the Alamo?

*snicker*

workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

And besides, living in the DFW, where the prevailing winds are 99% from the south, this isn’t an exactly welcome prospect. O_o.

pambi on March 29, 2013 at 9:31 AM

I want to come to that new Perot museum in Dallas. I heard that it’s pretty cool.

ted c on March 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

It is very cool…But you could lose a thumb.

workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Dennis Rodman must really be upset with the Big 0 for sending the B2s to Korea and destroying all the good will he had established with his world class diplomacy.

Ordinary American on March 29, 2013 at 9:43 AM

you said “diplomacy” but I think that you meant “idiocy”….

ted c on March 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM

Rodman is convinced it was diplomacy.

Ordinary American on March 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

The saddest part of all this mess is that Obama is the only wild card. Faced with a real war where hundreds of thousands could die in the first week, would he simply tell our troops to hold the line while he runs to the UN? Somehow, I can picture major US losses in prestige, troops, and materiel with Obama ‘in charge’ as we fight a strictly defensive kind of war, a stalemate like WWI.

Liam on March 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

I get the feeling North Korea’s “missile technology” actually consists of a bottle of Diet Coke and a Mentos.

CrustyB on March 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

It is very cool…But you could lose a thumb. ring finger.

workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

“The exhibit is called “Jump,” where visitors compare their vertical leap to that of various athletes. Martos-Uribe said his wedding ring got hooked on a button that visitors are supposed to push at the top of their jump.

In the 911 call, the operator told the caller to place the finger on a clean cloth in a bag of ice. Martos-Uribe was rushed to the hospital.

“I asked them what happened,” he said. “I only did what the exhibit requires — to jump. I couldn’t understand why.”

Domingo Garcia is Martos-Uribe’s attorney. He plans to sue the museum.

“When this happened, this museum basically denied and hid it, instead of make sure it was publicized and people knew about the danger,” Garcia said…”

http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/dallas/Man-who-lost-finger-at-Perot-Museum-exhibit-plans-to-sue-190316981.html

Texas has tort reform…so they’ll mediate.

workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

DPRK is in such bad shape, the only way for them to survive is to have a foreign power….US or China to come in a take it over.

Problem is China knows what a crap hole it is and wants nothing to do with them and the US…..well of course that is who should come to the rescue….in a classic damned if we do damned if we don’t scenario.

RealMc on March 29, 2013 at 9:34 AM

When the NorK regime does fall…sooner or later…it’s going to be a mess. And that includes the infrastructure and dealing with a brainwashed populace that’s going to need a lot “debriefing”, aid, etc. And it won’t happen overnight…look at Nazi Germany after the war, they were far from a third world country yet reconstruction took about 35 years. I’d imagine the DPRK would take even longer to achieve any sort of “normalcy”.

US involvement is inevitable in that regard…but 30,000+ American troops have been stationed at the DMZ for quite a while. And that kind of inside info will be a plus. The South Koreans are going to need work and time as well, as the inevitable reunification at some point will require a lot of sacrifice on their part.

I dunno…whenever and however the Kim regime falls, it won’t be pretty…and it’s going to take a herculean international effort to return the Korean peninsula to any sense of the term “normalcy”.

JetBoy on March 29, 2013 at 9:57 AM

workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:52 AM

Man, what do have against the hill country? Austin and San Antonio nuked? Fredricksberg, Luckenbach, Enchanted Rock, the caves and Hippy Hollow, what would happen to them?

cozmo on March 29, 2013 at 9:59 AM

Just leave Austin, TX alone, would ya??? I mean, …dude…

ted c on March 29, 2013 at 9:49 AM

lol I always think of THIS when peeps are talking about Texas :)

JetBoy on March 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

workingclass artist on March 29, 2013 at 9:56 AM

Hadn’t read that, wow. I am continuing my boycott of Dallas museums since they sent the Age of Steam museum packing for Frisco.

It was hard to not go see the flying Me262 when it visited Frontiers of Flight, but I hung tough.

cozmo on March 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

The best option is to ignore them diplomatically. All they want is attention, and they’re doing that by making threats…sorta like unions.

So let them have their hissy fit, and if they do commit a hostile act, smash them. Not respond in kind, but waste them completely.

I know, I know….what a day for a daydream…..

BobMbx on March 29, 2013 at 10:04 AM

Rodman is convinced it was diplomacy.

Ordinary American on March 29, 2013 at 9:53 AM

Oh it was diplomacy alright, it just happened to simultaneously resemble idiocy. John Kerry, over to you.

ted c on March 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

I get the feeling North Korea’s “missile technology” actually consists of a bottle of Diet Coke and a Mentos.

CrustyB on March 29, 2013 at 9:54 AM

A dull hammer is a pretty effective weapon, just not very sexy.

BobMbx on March 29, 2013 at 10:06 AM

What the hell did Dennis Rodman say to Kim Jung Un???

coldwarrior on March 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

I betcha Rodman told the DPRK dork to “threaten Texas” so DC can look as if it is “protecting Texas from gettin messed with”.

optics and crises unwasted.

ted c on March 29, 2013 at 10:07 AM

One comment about the photo:

Is there any functionality associated with wearing a kite for a hat?

BobMbx on March 29, 2013 at 10:08 AM

lol I always think of THIS when peeps are talking about Texas :)

JetBoy on March 29, 2013 at 10:00 AM

LOL.
Tis even funnier when you KNOW, that really DOES happen !!!
LOLOLOL

pambi on March 29, 2013 at 10:10 AM

Folks, seriously, this is not a problem at all. After all, someone in the know, our USN Commander in the Pacific Adm. Samuel Locklear III, recently stated that rising sea levels due to climate change is the biggest security threat to our nations security. What can go wrong?

stuartm80127 on March 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

It added that the B2 test flights demonstrated Washington’s “hostile intent” and said the “reckless” act had gone “beyond the phase of threat and blackmail.”
The North’s military was placed on its highest alert level earlier this week and a hotline link with the South Korean military was severed.

This is revealing in and of itself, isn’t it? Isn’t this an admission by the DPRK that threats and blackmail are part and parcel of its strategy? I wonder what phase comes after that one?

BobMbx on March 29, 2013 at 10:14 AM

Folks, seriously, this is not a problem at all. After all, someone in the know, our USN Commander in the Pacific Adm. Samuel Locklear III, recently stated that rising sea levels due to climate change is the biggest security threat to our nations security. What can go wrong?

stuartm80127 on March 29, 2013 at 10:13 AM

His ROE also includes strict orders that prohibit any environmental damage during combat operations. He’s still quite pleased with his decision to dismantle a Navy salvage vessel in place rather than risk damaging the reef it was stuck on by pulling it off.

As Stuart points out, these are the kind of military leaders that are going to be defending us. If I lived in Austin, I might give a little more consideration to the story.

BobMbx on March 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Where’s Code Pink!

Rovin on March 29, 2013 at 9:41 AM

They can’t do much until their VaJayJay suits come back from the dry cleaners.

Happy Nomad on March 29, 2013 at 10:18 AM

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