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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Obama Up To The Task Or Weak Like Carter?

After the news hit the papers that North Korea has tested another nuclear weapon, it has finally come to the attention of some media types that perhaps Obama is being tested and comes up with a failing grade.

Forbes, "Is Obama Another Jimmy Carter?"

The defiant action of North Korea in testing a long-range missile with military applications last month, and its latest act of defiance in reportedly carrying out an underground nuclear test on May 25, can be attributed--at least partly, if not fully--to its conviction that it will have nothing to fear from the Obama administration for its acts of defiance. It is true that even when George Bush was the president, North Korea had carried out its first underground nuclear test in October 2006. The supposedly strong policy of the Bush administration did not deter it from carrying out its first test.

After Obama assumed office in January, whatever hesitation that existed in North Korea's policy-making circles regarding the likely response of U.S. administration has disappeared, and its leadership now feels it can defy the U.S. and the international community with impunity.

A series of actions taken by the Obama administration have created an impression in Iran, the "Af-Pak" region, China and North Korea that Obama does not have the political will to retaliate decisively to acts that are detrimental to U.S. interests, and to international peace and security.

The concluding paragraph says it all:

Jimmy Carter took a little over three years to create the image of the U.S. as a confused and soft power. Obama is bidding fair to create that image even in his first year in office. The North Korean defiance is the first result of this perceived soft image. There will be more surprises for the U.S. and the international community to follow if Obama and his aides do not embark on corrective actions before it is too late.

I keep hearing people, Obama supporters and the far left to be specific, say that people should wait a year before judging Obama...well, that might sound good, but other countries will not, especially hostile ones.

They understand what Obama supporters do not want to acknowledge.

Obama is weak and it shows.

Le-gal In-sur-rec-tion has another question for the left... are they prepared to apologize to John Bolton now?

Don't hold your breath.