North Korea Flexing Muscles

AFP: North Korea Fires Artillery Barrage on South

North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells onto a South Korean island on Tuesday, killing one person, setting homes ablaze and triggering an exchange of fire as the South’s military went on top alert.

In what appeared to be one of the most serious border incidents since the 1950-53 war, South Korean troops fired back with cannon, the government convened in an underground war room and “multiple” air force jets scrambled.

The firing came after North Korea’s disclosure of an apparently operational uranium enrichment programme — a second potential way of building a nuclear bomb — which is causing serious alarm for the United States and its allies.

Some 50 shells landed on the South Korean border island of Yeonpyeong near the tense Yellow Sea border, damaging dozens of houses and sending plumes of thick smoke into the air, YTN television reported.

Why is it that every time Barack Obama talks about disarming, the North Koreans get all uppity and flex their muscles.  Last year, they tested a nuclear device right after the president delivered a disarmament speech in Europe.  Now, on the heels of President Obama urging the Senate to ratify an arms treaty with Russia–calling it imperative for our national security–once again Kim Jong Il is making his presence known.

George W. Bush was maligned for deeming North Korea part of the “Axis of Evil.”  But during his watch, this sort of thing never happened.  President Obama, quite the opposite of President Bush, projects weakness and is in turn walked all over.

In the meantime, as all of this unfolds, please think of and pray for the 30,000 or so American troops situated in the thick of things on the Korean Peninsula.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Commies, whatya gonna do? This will boost sales of Kim Jung Il t-shirts to West Wingers.

  2. Boston Blackie says:

    For once, Biden got it right. This president will be continue to be tested and his answer will be to do nothing. (Maybe they can have a cognac summit) Do you think when the call came in the middle of the night he even answered the phone.

    Praying for the people of South Korea as well as the troops stuck there.

  3. Feelin it says:

    Send in TSA.

  4. Was this that 3 a.m. phone call we were warned would happen? How did this guy get in the White House again?

  5. Anonymous says:

    Bright, clean, articulate…… but impotent.

  6. Anonymous says:

    ‎”It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world.”

    Chaos Theory

  7. Anonymous says:

    Regarding above
    a. bright; unclear as all school records are sealed and his policies don’t affirm
    b. clean; he can work a suit, but mom jeans not so much
    c. articulate; with prompter
    and lastly you’re meaning in foreign policy, right?

  8. Anonymous says:

    and it “really” was a ‘just’ a jet contrail off the US coast…..

    and pray for our future children, as they are closer than ever to tasting taste war.

  9. Gail B. says:

    I had not noticed that North Korea pokes its head up on such occasions as you mentioned, but the point you made has stuck in my mind ever since. Thanks for pointing it out.

  10. I make myself laugh says:

    How do you get a TSA agent to feel Ill? Send Kim Jung thru the line.

  11. Lepidoptera says:

    8:51 That lil butterfly in the White House is gonna get us killed.

  12. whats_up says:

    Jeff,

    If you think this kind of thing didnt happen under Bush you are mistaken, or perhaps you have just forgotten. It was Bush’s misteps in handling North Korea that allowed them to make their nuclear weapons in the first place. For 20 months Bush did nothing about North Korea. Then in 2008 he took them off the list of regimes that were state sponsers of terrorism and made them a deal almost identical to the one that Clinton gave them in 1994. Liz Cheney has even come out and said that the problems we are having now with North Korea are largely the result of Bush failing to act. Perhaps we should study our history a little more.

  13. Smoke On The Water says:

    Anonymous at 9:11 I found this informative…..
    http://contrailscience.com/

    any thoughts from the commenters?

  14. Anonymous says:

    @deep purple

    Your bidding a renowned

    “I’m just a private pilot. I live in Santa Monica, so I’m familiar with that bit of the sky.”

    against a Brig. Gen. Cash and Lt. Gen. McInerney and Prof. Theodore Postol, MIT?

    this is where the thread will head…..
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2626773/posts?page=765

    no one appears to have credibility anymore, do they?

  15. Anonymous says:

    Even conspiracy theories now have conspiracy theories…… my head is spinning.

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