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Published: Thursday, April 4 2013 9:59 a.m. MDT

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Mark B
Eureka, CA

Announcing to the world that you are going to war means - no war, at least not today.

1Observer
Cottonwood Heights, UT

When things are really bad domestically, create a crisis and an enemy - it will distract the people from the real problems. And, looking at history, saber rattling often brings American dollars home - we'll give you this money to play nice on the peninsula. Not sure why the media folks can't figure this one out.

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Mark,
While it's true that announcing you are going to war usually means "not today"... it usually ends up with bad things happening somewhere down the road (so I wouldn't just dismiss what's going on today).

I don't expect good things from a leader who rejects nuclear inspections and official negotiations with representatives from the nations involved... but gives audience to Dennis Rodman instead.

We don't know how thie will turn out in the end, but leaders who keep saying they're going to war usually feel forced to do something or risk being seen as the boy who cried wolf, and lose the fear they use to control their population and the international community.

It not something to just blow off as the rantings of a nutty leader. Nutty leaders aren't harmless.

If negotiating is the solution... our State Dept needs to get negotiating. Now.

Tators
Hyrum, UT

It's difficult to understand why the USA is not doing more to eliminate the threat of the obviously unbalanced and unpredictable North Korean dictator. Their leader is a threat to the entire region, as well as to his own people. He is spending what little financial funds the country has on an anti-USA military buildup while so many of his people live in an almost unbelievable state of poverty.

Our country waits and waits while trying diplomacy that has so far yielded nothing, other than buying more time for North Korea to continue their research and development of nuclear weapons. If we allow ourselves to be blackmailed to giving huge amounts of financial aid to North Korea for nothing meaningful in return, it's a true sign of weakness, but perhaps something their dictator is counting on.

At this point, it appears the longer we wait to actually take action, the worse the consequences will be. No one wants a war. But the quicker a sworn enemy can be neutralized, the better off everyone concerned will be. There has been no indication that anything short of that will work. In fact, quite the contrary.

xscribe
Colorado Springs, CO

Tators: So what do you suggest: Just waltz on over there and start a war? On our own, or do we want some other countries involved? If the NK leader sees us coming, will he panick and send every missile he has into the skies? And if they send the nukes they do have and they explode, what is the potential damage from fall-out around the globe? Those are just a couple of issues of, I'm sure, many, many more that a country must think about before it just "goes to war."

With that said, I would agree with you to the extent that the US and other countries had better start devising a plan to go to war with NK. Frankly, I think it would be good in the end for the people of NK, so they can see what reality is, although they might not like reality!

worf
Mcallen, TX

In 1994, Bill Clinton gave nuclear technology to North Korea, and China.

Today, Barack Obama gives F-16 jets, new tanks, and billions of dollars to the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt.

These kinds of things will back fire on us.

Go figure.

worf
Mcallen, TX

North Korea is waiting for an apology, and cash payout. Let's hope our commander doesn't fall for it.

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