Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Tokyo where she announced that North Korea would have to “suffer the consequences” for deliberately putting a torpedo into a South Korean naval vessel, snuffing out her 46 sailor crew.
Then Secretary Clinton proceeded to consult with her counterparts in the Japanese government, with South Korea and China to follow.
The sad truth, though, is that North Korea fully expects to get away with it. After all, she has gotten away with other acts of war in the past without consequence. In 1968, for example, the North Koreans captured an American intelligence ship in international waters, the USS Pueblo, and inflicted savage tortures on her crew before a humiliating agreement elicited their release.
Traditionally acts of war like capturing a ship on the high seas or even blowing one out of the water tend to get, as a response, bombs, missiles, and perhaps even the arrival of Marines to exact justice. But under President Obama, acts of war are responded to by Hillary Clinton wagging her finger.
Mind, North Korea does have nuclear weapons, thanks to the fecklessness of Ms. Clinton’s husband. Even stern, economic sanctions are not likely to occur. China, fearing a stampede of North Korean refugees and loving the disconcertion of the West, is not likely to permit it.
Also a Second Korean War would be no picnic. If one thinks that the Left freaked out over the casualty list from Iraq and Afghanistan, what would likely happen as a result of a blood bath non the Korean Peninsula would be unimaginable. And since these are all President Obama’s base supporters, the President is not very likely to get too tough with Kim Jong Il.
A problem, though, is that Kim Jong Il may not be long for this world. While Dear Leader has a son lined up to take the reins of power, it is entirely possible that a struggle for the throne will ensue once Kim shuffles off this mortal coil. The prospect of a military struggle for power with nuclear weapons involved is just one more headache Barack Obama does not need.
Options are somewhat limited. China needs to be convinced that it is in its long term best interests to not keep the North Korean pot boiling for too much longer and that a united and prosperous Korea on its border would be of benefit to everyone. A strong American leader, ready to take risks, might be able to persuade Beijing of that idea. Too bad there isn’t one currently in the White House.
Source: Clinton: N.Korea must face consequences, Matthew Lee, AP, May 22nd, 2010