Obama’s own words on April 2, 2009. This was taken from a transcript of Obama’s speech in Prague on the very day that North Korea launched its missile:
“North Korea broke the rules once again by testing a rocket that could be used for long range missiles. This provocation underscores the need for action — not just this afternoon at the U.N. Security Council, but in our determination to prevent the spread of these weapons.
Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something.”
If we’re to take Obama at his word what are we to come away thinking? Because so far Obama has done absolutely nothing but talk concerning N. Korea’s missile launch. Nearly a month has gone by since the launch and we’re still waiting for this “need for action.”
Some might claim that Obama had to first wait for the United Nations response. Well that has come and gone. The U.N. did what it does best: drafted another resolution, just like the one N. Korea violated when it launched the rocket. The U.N. evidently likes writing papers regardless of their impotence.
So now what Obama? You tried the “international community” and they’re not willing to take action. So now what are you going to do being charged with the national defense (and the lion’s share of the defense of our allies as well)?
Obama certainly understands the importance of North Korea’s actions in relation to terrorism around the world—we have heard from his very administration that N. Korea will more likely sell their technology to terrorists before they actually use it themselves.
Obama said the following in the very same speech:
“…So, finally, we must ensure that terrorists never acquire a nuclear weapon. This is the most immediate and extreme threat to global security. One terrorist with one nuclear weapon could unleash massive destruction. Al Qaeda has said it seeks a bomb and that it would have no problem with using it. And we know that there is unsecured nuclear material across the globe. To protect our people, we must act with a sense of purpose without delay.”
Good talk, Obama. Great words. I agree with you 100%. We must do all that we can to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of terrorists. It’s just as clear then that we need to keep those who would sell nuclear weapons to terrorists incapable of making such weapons.
The question is this: where is the action without delay, where is the United States’ response to North Korea?
Obama, you said it yourself: words must mean something. Violations must be punished.
(Maybe Obama should spend less time attempting to ‘punish’ the alleged ‘violations’ of Bush-era, American lawyers and more time going after actual enemies of the state.)