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  • President Obama's first really big test with foreign affairs

    17 posts, 9 voices, 602 views, started Apr 6, 2009

    Posted on Monday, April 6, 2009

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      Diamond
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      We all saw that N. Korea launched a long range missile over the weekend. Is this timing coincidental? With the G20 in the news and President Obama meeting with European heads, I should say not.

      Not only is North Korea testing President Obama. But all the world is watching. How he chooses to react (or not) will determine whether the threats will increase, decrease, or change.

      We will soon see.



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          UK Girl wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • Sorry but loved the way he said there should be no nuclear weapons anywhere – lovely ideal but realistically not a cat in hells chance ........ we all know every tin pot dictator is starving their country to build an nuclear bunker and missile so they can wave it around and scare the pants of the Western World .............
          In days gone by didn't your Ronnie just bomb them and shut them up ........



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          Jenz ~ wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • I hope action is taken against N Korea’s leader in a timely fashion. He’s a lunatic, and imho, anyone who threatens our security or wants to come up against the US military, is indeed, NUTS.

          Maybe someone needs a boot in their ass again courtesy of the red white and blue.



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          3sa wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • I agree with lisa, except I think the only reason they don’t take matters into their own hands is because they have a different mentality than we do, they are raised different and act different than American would.  Born into this type of environment makes you who you are.



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          Jenz ~ wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • It depends. China hasn’t said much yet, or have they? I’ve not heard a peep out of them on the news.
          Sanctioning could get sticky if China is ok with N Koreas actions & we start sanctioning. What then if China goes against what WE do? Eeks..
          Military action- I think we all hope not. But we may have to. That scares me too- my son is in the USAF, among other reasons.
          I guess I am hoping that N Korea’s leader is dealt with swiftly without having to do either and that the consequences fall directly on him instead of having other people suffering because of his decision. force him to step down or something. Prison. He’s a threat to security and safety everywhere.



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          Jenz ~ wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • All I know is, that man’s actions displayed absolutely no regard for anyone’s lives, safety, or respect for land, or sea for that matter. He respects nothing.
          If that missile would have landed in our direction, it would have hit California or Alaska. We’d have blasted it out of the air with our interceptors, hopefully, but if something went wrong and it hit here, CAN U IMAGINE? I can’t. Don’t even want to.
          This really pissed me off. In addition, for example, Russia had their Air Force in the air to destroy any possible debris if needed, and the rest of the world was on standby to intercept, etc. That cost millions. Should have never happened. So, I’m not even knowing what the penalties are for something this serious, but I hope someone displays the cajones to take that man’s power away from him immediately before he does something worse.



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          UK Girl wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • Years ago I was all for peaceful negotiations – went on ban the bomb marches etc; but now you realise that these tin pot dictators rule by fear and literally starve the fellow countrymen to quell up risings and the only way to get fed is join the army of the dictator ........ They live lavish lifestyles with embezzled money from the country and they are power drunk so wave nuclear armaments around – look at Pakistan – 89% of the population live well below poverty a type of poverty we in the West have no comprehension of yet they have a nuclear deterrent –WHY
          Then you have Robert Mugabe – he hasn't thankfully but millions are dying in Zimbabwe and he swishes round in limos and denies a typhoid outbreak.
          If we in the West press the button we just end up in wars like Iraq which we will never win and will cost lives and money – Saddam was supposed to have had a weapon of mass destruction but there wasn't one to be found – so we are now trying to gracefully exit a country which will be a ticking time bomb after we have gone – who knows what the answer is other than many we send in elite teams to just rub a few dictators out and leave and scare the others......into toeing the line.



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          Jenz ~ wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • It almost seems as though they‘re being too quiet about it. Sort of wierd.



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          Maryjohnson10 wrote Apr 6, 2009
        • I think we can’t do a lot right now because the guy is a nut. I think that’s why China isn’t doing anything - the man is too unstable the slightest incident could set him off.  I don’t think nuking Korea is the answer, too many innocents are hurt and you can’t control fall-out.  As for the people in any country where the dictators or ultra-militant/religious forces are at work I think they are like the women and children who have been abused for so long verbally that when the first hit comes at them they‘re so conditioned to being helpless that they really are helpless.



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          Mary Clark wrote May 27, 2009
        • I have always said....NOrth Korea is just sitting quietly....getting prepared...while we (America and their allies) are trying to put out other infernos.  If we didn’t step in...where do YOU think YOU would be NOW?  

          FOLKS....FREEDOM ISN‘T FREE.....



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