North Korea launches rocket

Didn’t Biden say Obama would be tested within months of taking office?

The State Department says that North Korea has launched a rocket, following through on its promise of a launch despite international criticism.

State Department spokesman Fred Lash confirmed the launch, saying it occurred at 10:30 p.m. EDT Saturday.

“We look on this as a provocative act,” said Lash.

North Korea had informed international authorities that it planned to launch a rocket sometime between Saturday and Wednesday in order to put a satellite into orbit.

But the U.S., South Korea, Japan and others suspect it is a cover for testing a long-range missile for the North, which has nuclear weapons. Leaders from those countries had warned Pyongyang not to proceed with the planned rocket launch.

They fear such a test could be a first step toward putting a nuclear warhead on a missile capable of reaching Alaska and beyond.

Let’s hope he passes this test.

Given Obama’s manifest belief that the US (the country he leads) needs to be taken down a few pegs, I suspect that his idea of passing the test is going to be different from our idea of passing the test.

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  1. Quisp says

    Obama’s statement on the launch is here. In part:

    With this provocative act, North Korea has ignored its international obligations, rejected unequivocal calls for restraint, and further isolated itself from the community of nations.

    We will immediately consult with our allies in the region, including Japan and the Republic of Korea, and members of the U.N. Security Council to bring this matter before the Council. I urge North Korea to abide fully by the resolutions of the U.N. Security Council and to refrain from further provocative actions.

    Preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery is a high priority for my administration. The United States is fully committed to maintaining security and stability in northeast Asia and we will continue working for the verifiable denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula through the Six-Party Talks. The Six-Party Talks provide the forum for achieving denuclearization, reducing tensions, and for resolving other issues of concern between North Korea, its four neighbors, and the United States.

  2. says

    We could probably have shot the missile down with one of the Aegis cruisers..however, had such an interception been successful, Obama could no longer claim that missile defense is unproven in combat, and it would have been politically more difficult for him to cancel the deployment of antimissile systems, as he wants to do.

  3. Mike Devx says

    Quisp #2:

    [Obama] said the United States had a “moral responsibility ” to lead the way, as the only nation ever to have used them.

    So now he’s apologizing for Truman, too!

    If anyone thought his apologies during the G20 trip were just Obama playing nice to the Eurocrowd, well, it’s clear that’s not the case. He’s got a congenital case of “America is a font of evil, and I, the Chosen One, will correct the karmic balance.”

    Either that, or he simply is disgusted by the United States Of America. I’m getting damned tired of seeing a President Of The United States constantly apologizing for the (nasty, mean and sick) country he is leading.

    But hey, nasty, mean and sick no more!

    Michelle Obama: “For the first time in my life, I am proud of my country.” Why? Because the country was in the process of electing her hubby, the avatar of Hope.

    “America… is changing”, Obama said on the G20 trip. How does he know it is changing? Isn’t the answer clear? America is changing because it elected HIM!

  4. suek says

    >>“America is a font of evil, and I, the Chosen One, will correct the karmic balance.”>>

    I haven’t figured out yet how the Left expects us to _not_ be the “policeman of the world” and yet still wants us to “fix” everything. I guess it’s the Mom thing – except they – like the true feminists they are – want Mom to fix everything but no Dad to keep the kids straight. And you _know_ what happens to way too many of the kids in single parent-mom-only families…! Gonna have a lot of sociopaths out there…!

  5. Mike Devx says

    suek #5:
    >> And you _know_ what happens to way too many of the kids in single parent-mom-only families…! Gonna have a lot of sociopaths out there…!

    I think this relates to the Binghampton shooting.
    I don’t think it’s just a question of single parent-mom-only families.

    A “friend” from the early 1990’s once told me, back then, “If I ever decide to kill myself, I’m taking a gun to the mall and as many of them as I can take down first are going with me.” I might be paraphrasing a bit.

    He wasn’t joking. He came from a two parent family, three kids, oldest of the three. It was a close-knit family, from all appearances. That is just one of many, many things he said and did that made me wonder whether I’d run into my first true sociopath or not.

    Gun control nits are claiming that mass murder-suicides have always been a part of the American landscape, and that the current problem is only about guns. I think the mass-murder-suicide freaks are rapidly increasing in number, and it’s not about guns… it is something else wrong in our culture. I can’t pinpoint when the wrongness began – 50’s, 60’s or 70’s? But it keeps accelerating.

    I wish I could offer an explanation for mass-murder-suicide killers, but I can’t figure out precisely what’s driving them either. It’s hidden somewhere inside the “culture of life vs culture of death” issue. Human life has become culturally cheapened. When you devalue everyone around you, and you haven’t been taught individual self-respect and respect for others… when humans are just “a bag of skin wrapped around chemicals” and there’s nothing sacred to their existence…

  6. says

    Good point, Mike, about a societal ill finding, periodically, an outlet in guns. Although as Israel shows, tractors are useful too or even axes. A couple of random points.

    First, for all that people like to point to what a violent society we are, we in fact live in a fairly non-violent age, in a fairly non-violent part of the world. Historically, we’ve sublimated much of the blood lust that used to be an integral part of society. It wasn’t long ago in England, the country from which we derive so much of our popular culture, that executions, floggings, bear baitings, dog fights, etc., were common fare — and were especially encouraged for the children, but for fun and moral lessons. Mexico and Spain still have bull fighting as an important part of their popular cultures. Sadly, most of Africa is one big, chronic blood-bath.

    In America, we take an apparently innate human need for violence and feed it substitutes: movies and video games. Sometimes, though, for some troubled human beings, the substitute is apparently inadequate to the purpose.

    The other random thought is that insanity always mirrors culture. In the days when God and the devil occupied human thought, mad men thought they were the devil. When the devil died and the Martians took over, mad men thought they were messengers from other planets. And in a video game culture, mad men like to shoot at people.

  7. says

    In America, violence has no consequences. Thus, it isn’t violence, it is only play. What with the society of entitlement, people feel entitled to the lives of others. They believe that if they are going down or going to die or poor, that everyone else should join them in that state. Redistribution of wealth. Enforced slavery. Thought control and thought police. It is all the same thing. All a result of a systemic degradation, infiltration, and subversion of America’s vital foundations.

    Such is the way of war.

  8. Mike Devx says

    Book #7:
    >> And in a video game culture, mad men like to shoot at people.

    Certainly when “mad men” go mad, in our culture, they’re going to pick up a gun, rather than a bow and arrow or a knife, when they head out to kill innocent people before taking their own lives. Guns are effective weapons and that’s why they’re the weapon of choice. At least for those unfamiliar with Target Focus Training ;-)

    I’m interested not in the weapon of choice, but in what causes these people to believe that as a part of their suicide trip, they should murder as many other people as they can along the way.

    Dr. Helen has an article blaming the rise in “mad men” suicide killers on three increasing trends in our culture: the rise of narcissism, the rise of “the Entitlement belief system”, and the decline of the belief in individual responsibility.

    From: drhelen.blogspot.com/2009/04/narcissism-and-victimhood-deadly.html

    extreme self-centeredness is the forest in these stories, and all the other things– guns, games, lyrics, pornography–are just trees. To list the traits of the narcissist is enough to prove the point: grandiosity, numbness to the needs and pain of others, emotional isolation, resentment and envy…

    My viewpoint is that a culture can have norms that promote destructive behaviors in its people. It’s easy to see these norms in another culture from the outside – as I think all regular commenters here can see the diseased norms in any jihadist Muslim-based culture. It’s not easy at all to identify them in your own culture. In a sense our view on our own culture is impaired because we absorb our own cultural norms, good and bad.

    In the past, a would-be suicide killer, no matter how filled with rage and envy, would find something within himself that would not permit that rage and envy to be directed outward against innocent people. (Not all such killers, of course.) But that restraint is being loosened, I firmly believe, and more and more of them are simply doing this, performing the murders prior to the suicide.

    Why, when I was growing up, did I internalize right and wrong to the point where I could never, ever, become one of these sick and worthless people, even if I were to contemplate suicide? Why don’t these people internalize the same belief? Why are there more and more of them?

    I have sympathy for those who commit suicide. I have nothing but contempt for suicide-killers. I would cheer every newscast concerning them were the news commentators to spit in disgust and speak words such as “worthless, disgusting, human trash”; that pictures of the killer are never shown; that the body disappears from our knowledge into a randomly chosen landfill; that even the name of the killer is never spoken. Only explanations of motives are supplied, with incredulous, derisive and mocking laughter accompanying the explanations. (“What a loser!”) The closer we get to that, the more our norms become more civilized and actively discourage these freaks from carrying out their murderous impulses.

  9. says

    Don’t forget all the crazies that think they are killing for Allah. Most of them have converted by now and been captured, but some few are still out there, in prison if no where else.

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