May 25, 2009
North Korea's latest nuclear test and the 'no sense of crisis' Obama administrationTopics: Iran, North Korea, Political News and commentaries
North Korea's latest nuclear test has clearly caught the Obama administration with its pants down. As John Bolton predicted this latest test in the Wall Street Journal on May 20, despite the Obama administration's happy-go-lucky attitude toward Kim's regime:
The curtain is about to rise again on the long-running nuclear tragicomedy, "North Korea Outwits the United States." Despite Kim Jong Il's explicit threats of another nuclear test, U.S. Special Envoy Stephen Bosworth said last week that the Obama administration is "relatively relaxed" and that "there is not a sense of crisis." They're certainly smiling in Pyongyang.
In October 2006, North Korea witnessed the incredible diplomatic success it could reap from belligerence. Its first nuclear test brought resumption of the six-party talks, which gave Kim Jong Il cover to further advance his nuclear program.
Now, Kim is poised to succeed again by following precisely the same script. In April, Pyongyang launched a Taepodong-2 missile, and National Security Council official Gary Samore recently confirmed that a second nuclear test is likely on the way. The North is set to try two U.S. reporters for "hostile acts." The state-controlled newspaper calls America "a rogue and a gangster." Kim recently expelled international monitors from the Yongbyon nuclear complex. And Pyongyang threatens to "start" enriching uranium -- a capacity it procured long ago.
A second nuclear test is by no means simply a propaganda ploy. Most experts believe that the 2006 test was flawed, producing an explosive yield well below even what the North's scientists had predicted. The scientific and military imperatives for a second test have been strong for over two years, and the potential data, experience and other advantages of further testing would be tremendous.
Its a safe bet to predict we are going to see this same scenario repeated with Iran. The Obama administration's relaxed, "mutual respect," diplomacy-diplomacy (no deadline), "no sense of crisis," approach is certain to result in a nuclear Islamist Iran. With Pakistan having the potential to fall into terrorist hands, and terrorist-supporting states N. Korea and Iran with nuclear weapons, the Obama administration may soon have the dubious distinction of having overseen (and essentially facilitated through naivite' ) the world's destruction, or at the very least, the emergence of a world wrought with nuclear-armed terrorists and the terrible threat such a situation would pose to western civilization.
Posted by Abdul at May 25, 2009 10:53 AM
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