Korean Situation Illustrates Need for Decisive Foreign Policy

A Pohang class corvette, the Sinsung, which was much like the Cheonan which sank recenetly (Photo: US Navy)

Remember that South Korean ship which sank under suspicious circumstances a couple of months ago? The results of the investigation have now been released and it confirms what some suspected all along: the North Koreans sank it.

But since we’ve sat on our hands for 15 years or more instead of doing anything about North Korea’s nuclear program, where does that leave South Korea–and us as their ally–in dealing with this act of war?

From Fox News:

South Korean and U.S. officials are now weighing their options for how to handle the findings of an investigative report that formally blamed a North Korean torpedo attack for sinking the frigate Cheonan on March 26. But the early response is almost certain to come in the form of public condemnation and economic sanctions rather than military action, observers say.

The nuclear arsenal isn’t necessarily the biggest worry, since the regime is incapable of delivering those weapons on a long-range missile that could hit, say, the United States. The country’s sizable military and arsenal of conventional weapons — which are well in range of Seoul — make the prospect of all-out war on the peninsula terrifying. That’s what North Korea is threatening as it accuses South Korea of fabricating evidence.

But Bechtol, a professor at the U.S. Marine Corps Command and Staff College, said North Korea holds a major “deterrent” in its hands with its nuclear arsenal. While delivery methods are limited, he said the North is capable of using aircraft or ships to attack the South with a nuclear weapon and could also use a medium-range missile to hit countries as far away as Japan.

All this inevitably factors in as South Korea and its allies consider a response. And it demonstrates why the Obama administration is so keen on halting the development of nuclear weapons.

So far, I’ve seen a lot of bowing, apologizing and bashing of America from President Obama, and even some snubs toward our allies, but not much keenness on halting nuclear weapons development in North Korea, Iran or anywhere else.

The Heritage Foundation recently released a report concerning a growing missile threat using cheap mobile launch systems that can move short range missiles easily within range of ripe targets.  These mobile missile systems operate much like the Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) systems I saw at one of the bases where I worked during my time in the military.  These can be deployed in trucks, on rail, or even on shipping…which could put a North Korean missile off the coast of the United States.

Such missiles could carry conventional payloads…or nuclear, chemical or biological ones.

When we begin to wake up to the reality that some nations around the world are completely belligerent and really don’t care a whole lot about how many people they kill, the foolishness of our asinine lack of decisive foreign policy comes into clear focus, doesn’t it?

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