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North Korea Launches Rocket Against the Will of the World

Defying the world, North Korea launched a rocket Sunday, demonstrating that the country is getting closer to being able to fire a nuclear warhead. Japan, the United States, and China, among other countries, had urged North Korea to forgo the test launch. The rocket traveled over Japan into the Pacific Ocean, and was not intercepted.

In front of 20,000 people in Prague today, President Obama urged the U.N. Security Council to take action against North Korea because the rocket launched violated international rules. China and Russia are asking for a cautious response, and it is likely that the council will call for stricter application of current sanctions, instead of imposing new ones. International sanctions issued during Bush's tenure have proven to have little effect. Let's hope something changes.

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Symphonee Symphonee 7 years
This disturbs me. I don't like the fact that all Obama is doing is asking the UN for action. I don't hold much faith in what the UN would do. I also have to worry about the fact that we (America) seem to be the only who are even going that far. I don't agree with bombing the pads but some thing must be done. Kim is too nutty to think that he would not see that as an outright act of war. I don't have an answer yet as to what but I am not the President holding an entire country and still major economic force in the palm of our hands.
jackiered jackiered 7 years
sorry to hear bout your chapped hide True.
T-S T-S 7 years
I just hate when people say things that are not true. Chaps my hide.
stephley stephley 7 years
:) Thanks True!
T-S T-S 7 years
I don't think approval ratings are particularly important (and anyone who's still defending Bush doesn't have much of a leg to stand on in that regard) but the myth some conservatives seem to be trying to perpetuate is just untrue.
T-S T-S 7 years
Why do people keep saying that? It's not true. http://www.gallup.com/Home.aspx "Satisfaction Ratings Continue Slow, Steady Climb April 8, 2009 In the last week, an average of 26% of Americans said they were satisfied with the way things are going in the United States. While still quite low, the percentage has steadily climbed in recent weeks, from 15% in mid-February and 13% before Barack Obama took office." "Obama Approval Rating Stable, Polarized April 7, 2009 Barack Obama’s job approval rating has been highly stable, averaging 62% for the past week and for all of March. There is a wide partisan divide in evaluations of him between Democrats (90%) and Republicans (27%) -- a gap that has grown over time." http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601087&sid=acPmZqN1.Lec&refer=home " April 7 (Bloomberg) -- President Barack Obama is winning higher marks from Americans than the last three presidents early in their terms as he takes on a global recession, two wars and domestic fights over government spending, health care and taxes. Obama’s approval rating climbed to a high of 66 percent in an April 1-5 New York Times/CBS News poll released today. The poll follows recent surveys by the Gallup Poll, Quinnipiac University and the Pew Research Center showing that about six out of 10 Americans approve of the job the president is doing. A Gallup Poll taken in March gave Obama, a Democrat, a 64 percent approval rating. That compares with 56 percent for Republican George H.W. Bush, 52 percent for Democrat Bill Clinton and 53 percent for Republican George W. Bush at similar points in their presidencies. The last Bush left office with an approval rating of 34 percent, according to a Jan. 9-11 Gallup Poll.
jackiered jackiered 7 years
steph, 56% victory but his numbers are falling even as I type (with my awful typos no less! lol) I pray every single day that this man President Obama keeps us safe.
stephley stephley 7 years
"no one excused the 9/11 attacks and I never once heard Bush blame Clinton for the attacks." YOU excused the 9/11 attacks in your comment - and now anthrax is okay because it's not mass murder? Redefinition does not mean we were safe for eight years. If 'voters declared they were happy' with the person they elected in 2004, doesn't Obama's 56% victory, which is a bigger margin than Bush had, mean people are happy with him? Authorities are 'fairly' satisfied - not a very reassuring standard, with the kind of unanswered questions that make it convenient for authorities that the guy is dead.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
In fact the authorities are fairly satisfied they do know who sent those anthrax filled letters. What they have not figured out is how he managed to get the samples out of the laboratory, or what process he used to grow the anthrax outside the lab.
jackiered jackiered 7 years
no one excused the 9/11 attacks and I never once heard Bush blame Clinton for the attacks. Steph, after 4 years, we re-elected Bush so the voters declared they were happy with Bush and his foreign policy. The then next four year, there were no further attacks on the mainland because we took the battle to them. Yep, we were safer! btw, anthrax was hardly used to commit mass murder. This President knows how to protect himself as we saw at his inauguration (protected by 11,500 soldiers & 4,000 police officer with armoured vehicles & automatic weapons). Same goes for this recent trip to Europe. He took a boatload of protection including his own armoured vehicle. Will he afford us the same protection?
stephley stephley 7 years
So, if we excuse away the deadly attack NINE months into the new administration (interesting tactic for people declaring Obama a miserable failure THREE months in) and just don't mention the two wars or the anthrax attacks, yep, we were safer!
jackiered jackiered 7 years
Steph, we've gone over this before so it is no use to continue beating this horse. After 9/11, which we might argue was brought on by the former President and his policies if we want to be Obama-ish, there were NO attacks on our soil here in the US. And from the looks of Mr. Obama's recent trip, he should call President Bush for some advice in foreign policy.
stephley stephley 7 years
If you mean the Bush years, it didn't keep us safe for eight years: we suffered devastating attacks on our own soil, entered into two wars, still unknown people sent anthrax through the mails to kill people, created strains in our relationship with 'allies' like Pakistan so now they're a questionable state, did little to stop North Korea and Iran from moving forward with their nuclear ambitions... so no, it didn't.
jackiered jackiered 7 years
steph that steel fist velvet glove kept us safe for 8 years. whatever you want to call gwb, he did his job and we had no attacks on us soil. pray obama can be as impressive.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"Of course, he wants a war..." Actually, I don't want a war. I want to make sure wars that can be prevented aren't started. I'm a fan of the "Walk softly and carry a big stick" approach to foriegn relations.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
Steph, I am, and I will continue to look closely at the budget cuts, and also the deficit, and economy.
stephley stephley 7 years
Defense gets nearly half of the nation's budget, they'll survive and flourish and so will we. For a guy who's frantic over spending, you think you'd look closely and see where those budget cuts are coming. Steel fists in velvet gloves - sounds impressive, but ultimately a meaningless notion.
jackiered jackiered 7 years
right Steph. If I thought he was the man with the answers I would have voted for him. He doesn't have it in him, IMO to do what I would expect. I said I agree with UnDave" "First - I want him to treat the N.K. government, and it's leader, like the thugs they are. You don't give respect to someone who doesn't deserve it. Second - If we know where the launching pads are, we bomb them out of existance. If we see a rocket on a pad, we destroy it. No more opportunities to practice and perfect his launch capabilities. Third - We find out who is giving support and aid to the N.K., and they get the same treatment.: and Grandpa: " Steph, You are way off base here. Neither China nor Russia put all there defence spending in their defence budget. The equipment used by our military in both Iraq and Afghanistan, is wearing out that they are near the end of their useful life. That equipment has not been replaced. The lead time on weapons development is measured in years, if not in decades." Restated: steel fist in a velvet glove.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
The Dept. of Defence has had it's budget reduced by 10%.
stephley stephley 7 years
At least Dave spoke to the North Korean issue. Of course, he wants a war... Pam, you just don't like anything Obama does kind of in a general way because you're never clear on what you want and certainly haven't been here - you just know you don't like Obama. G'pa - I'm sure if you know how the Russians & Chinese fudge their budgets, U.S. military experts do as well. We outspend everyone and no one's recommending a total freeze on U.S. military spending, just calling for it to be smarter.
jackiered jackiered 7 years
Completely agree Grandpa & UnDave. The problem I have answering Steph is that Obama is already acting completely opposite of what I think is a prudent course to protect America from closing Gitmo etc. IMO he appears to be ashamed of America. His whole approach emboldens our enemies. It is a very dicey game and I don't think Obama is the right man for the job he has before him & his conduct only validates my thinking.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
Steph, You are way off base here. Neither China nor Russia put all there defence spending in their defence budget. The equipment used by our military in both Iraq and Afghanistan, is wearing out that they are near the end of their useful life. That equipment has not been replaced. The lead time on weapons development is measured in years, if not in decades.
UnDave35 UnDave35 7 years
"what do you want him to do about North Korea???? " First - I want him to treat the N.K. government, and it's leader, like the thugs they are. You don't give respect to someone who doesn't deserve it. Second - If we know where the launching pads are, we bomb them out of existance. If we see a rocket on a pad, we destroy it. No more opportunities to practice and perfect his launch capabilities. Third - We find out who is giving support and aid to the N.K., and they get the same treatment.
stephley stephley 7 years
"With all the debt we have accrued, and continue to accrue at an alarming rate, will put our defence force basically not much greater, or even on a par with Great Britain." Nonsense which suggests a lack of awareness of just how great the U.S.' military superiority is right now - and how seriously we've been outspending other NATO states, Russia, China, Japan, Iraq and North Korea COMBINED.
Grandpa Grandpa 7 years
Pam, I do not, would not blame Japan, or any other country that values it's independence for developing their own nuclear capability when both China and NK have developed, or are close to develop a nuclear tipped delivery system. No country can afford to leave their best interests to be served by another country. The U.S. is no longer the guarantor of world stability. The proposed cuts in the Defence budget is making it hard to present a world wide presence. With all the debt we have accrued, and continue to accrue at an alarming rate, will put our defence force basically not much greater, or even on a par with Great Britain.
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