timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Robert Gates gives N Korea permissions to fire missiles

From Fox News:

Appearing on "FOX News Sunday," Gates said North Korea "probably will" fire the missile, prompting host Chris Wallace to ask: "And there's nothing we can do about it?"

"No," Gates answered, adding, "I would say we're not prepared to do anything about it."

I'm sure that Kim Jong-Il is dancing a little nuclear dance right now. And I'll bet Gates is so happy that he stayed on to help the new administration.

Gates conceded that North Korea will likely get away with thumbing its nose at the international community by test-firing the missile. He also said that six-party talks aimed at curbing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions have been largely fruitless.

"It's very troubling," Gates said. "The reality is that the six-party talks really have not made any headway anytime recently."

"The reality is that although we are talking a good game in the press, our military and foreign policy is impotent to stop this kind of thing."

Gates also lamented that the missile launch planned by dictator Kim Jong-Il comes just two months after President Obama took office.

"If this is Kim Jong-Il's welcoming present to a new president, launching a missile like this and threatening to have a nuclear test, I think it says a lot about the imperviousness of this regime in North Korea to any kind of diplomatic overtures," he said.

Well, Russia did this about the missile shield, Iran has done it about pretty much everything we stand for, Iraq is doing about our troops, the UN Arab group is getting criticism of religion criminalized...

Sounds like people see Obama's election as a sign of weakness.
The Obama administration has signaled it wants to scale back the deployment of a missile defense system that was initiated by former President George W. Bush. The White House is also talking about dropping plans for missile defense facilities in Poland and the Czech Republic.

Gates lamented the futility of diplomatic efforts toward North Korea and Iran, another nation with nuclear ambitions. Despite the Obama administration's talk of ramping up diplomatic overtures toward Tehran, Gates was pessimistic about that strategy.

"Frankly, from my perspective, the opportunity for success is probably more in economic sanctions in both places than it is in diplomacy," Gates said. "What gets them to the table is economic sanctions."

At least Gates remembers what it feels like to have testicles, although I'd have liked to hear, "What gets them to the table is the threat of regime change."

But we sent that guy home.


Ex-Dissident said...

Obama is following Putin's footsteps and he is doing it in a much richer country. I really think that we perpetually underestimate Obama, and that we misinterpret his world view. A strong American economy, military, or even its international standing, may not be in his interest. A strong American may not be in his interest.

folly said...

Ex-D, it's good to see you around here again.

I'm not sure if I'm misundersetimating :) him or not, but he seems to be moving faster than I thought he would. I had thought there might be at least a little push-back, but I guess not.

Ex-Dissident said...

I am left bewildered too. It has only been 2 months...God help us.