Obama Retreats, North Korea Pushes Harder


The entire North Korean crisis is starting to look like a comedy routine.

Obama, Hagel and Kerry unveiled a plan to reassure South Korea that America had its back with an empty “show of force” by flying bombers near North Korea. This plan was also supposed to make North Korea come to the negotiating table.

The three stooges bluffed and North Korea bluffed harder. So the Foreign Policy Stooges panicked and began pulling back afraid of making North Korea too upset. Having outbluffed the United States one more time, North Korea is pushing even harder, deploying nukes and telling all foreigners to leave the country.

Obama folded, but North Korea isn’t just out to humiliate Obama, it wants to score tangible accomplishments. This began as a plan to build up South Korea, but the practical outcome is likely to be a diminution of American support for South Korea because it carries too high a price.

If that sounds farfetched, that is how the United States lost China and then eventually sold out Taiwan. Truman drew the line at Korea, but then the left broke the line at Vietnam. South Korea has remained free, but that could change very fast if China decides to change that and Obama decides to focus on what really matters, browbeating American gun owners.

China doesn’t want North Korea to rock the boat too much right now, but North Korea has to bring home a prize to show China that it’s worth subsidizing. And the prize can’t just be humiliating Obama. Anyone can do that these days. A gang of militia thugs did that in Benghazi. So the endgame is to force the United States to show that it will back down on South Korea if it is sufficiently threatened.

North Korea has partly achieved this goal, but it is pushing harder in the hopes of forcing a crisis that will turn the appeasement levers forcing some understanding to be signed to avert war. An understanding that will move more American forces out of South Korea.

  • jay

    If North Korea started a war and lost (as it surely would), how would that benefit China?

    South Korea would win even without US support. Where does that leave China, having backed those animals?

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The surely part is debatable. Especially if China once again gets involved.

      • mlcblog

        Check out Mike Baker on Barbara Simpson's show KSFO 560 San Francisco recently. Wild but makes the most sense I have heard, saying that the Korea thing is in perfect balance having to do with events in the Middle East.

    • Mladen Andrijasevic

      Fortunately, in contrast to Iran, MAD still works with North Korea.
      Or does it? Is Kim-Jong-un another Fidel Castro?

      James Woolsey:

      For example, we know now from Soviet documents that were released or stolen after the Cold War ended, that Castro pushed very hard during the Cuban missile crisis for essentially there be a nuclear war. Happily he did not care if Cuba would be destroyed. He wanted so much that the United States be destroyed, and he was not even a religious fanatic. He was just a fanatic sociopath. That almost tipped things into a tragic direction, but happily on the other side the Soviet Unionwas basically a bunch of thugs with a cover story their ideology was very substantially dead. By the early sixties there were more true believing revolutionary Marxist-Leninists in the bookstores of the Upper-West Side of Manhattan by that time, than I think there were in the Kremlin. Those guys did not want die for the principle of each according to his ability, to each according to his need – they wanted to remodel their dachas.

      They were not, on the whole, sociopaths. Unfortunately, the Castro model, the Hitler model, the model of the sociopath is one we may well need to deal with in Iran.

      We were, in a way, lucky with our opponent in the Cold War because they were thugs with a cover story. http://www.madisdead.blogspot.co.il/2012/04/threa

    • Drakken

      China gets the result of bleeding the US a little more and the rest of the nations not having the same confidence in us as before. It is not the Chinese civilian govt that worries me, it is the chinese generals that do.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "If North Korea started a war and lost (as it surely would), how would that benefit China?"

      Because no matter what happens, they will lie and call us the aggressor and position themselves as the victim. They'll continue to act more aggressively couching it in terms of "defense" or pushback against "colonialism." Facts don't matter much unless we actually move to win a war rather than make gestures with live ammunition (if that).

      "South Korea would win even without US support. Where does that leave China, having backed those animals?"

      That leaves China as the victim according to the Chinese regime. Always. Ever since the "peace movement" of the 1960s the communists have had a winning play book against the West in terms of propaganda. Short of all out war, we can't actually win in politic battles against them. Our citizens are collectively too stupid. And then there are our traitorous leaders that make it even easier these days.

      Just pray China is not ready to expand too much before we get a decent president again.

    • commonsense

      China would no longer have to support North Korea financially and militarily. They could also absorb defecting North Korean military and equipment back to mainland china to help them dominate the region.

      On the other hand, they may use it as an excuse to oppose U.S. interests in the region further.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Well, what does one expect from a POTUS who substitutes jaw-jaw for war-war, in relation to the world's biggest menace – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/04/04/israels-pre-e

    To wit, those who still believe "The One" has the mettle – or the desire – to deal with Iran, need only view his climb down with N Korea.
    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Mary Sue

    Once again, a candy a$$ pansy like Obama who would probably lose at poker all the time, is NOT qualified to be Prez.

    Based on this alone I'M more qualified to be Prez times a thousand!

  • Ar'nun

    It is no coincidence that Obama himself has said very little about North Korea. Obama I believe is open to the idea of North Korea firing a Nuke at the US West Coast. I believe secretly hopes for this to happen. It will speed up his plan to destroy the US and recreate it in a Trotskyite dream land.

    • Drakken

      The problem with that scenerio is that middle America isn't going to go with the Obummer plan and will actively resist.

  • Raymond in DC

    What did Obama tell the Republicans during one of the budget battles? "Don't call my bluff." Which means it was a bluff. North Korea sees that bluff, and raises.

  • RUI

    With a wussy like 0bama, North Korea could even push to withdraw Americans from American soil, let alone South Korea.

  • The Fool

    China has North Korea as a pitbull to see how we handle things