When will Obama cave to Norks
The latter is the reason for the latest tantrum following South Korea's agreement to join with others in stopping Nork proliferation, which they obviously are looking forward to because they so desperately need the money.
A North Korean nuclear- weapons test, taken in isolation, is bad enough. But put into a wider context, the underground blast over the Memorial Day weekend is worse than many realize.
A lot worse.
First, on the political front, North Korea's Kim Jong Il has challenged President Obama more in four months than he did President George W. Bush in eight years.
Since Obama has taken office, North Korea has kicked out UN nuclear inspectors, launched both short- and long-range missiles and tested a nuclear weapon.
It's not clear why the dictator has chosen to badger Obama, especially considering the president's promises of a kinder, gentler touch when it comes to rogues. But it's definitely not good news for Uncle Sam -- and the conclusion has to be that more provocations are coming in our direction.
The question is: When and how big will the next one be?
Second, this nuclear test appears to have been more successful than North Korea's first in October 2006.
The situation appears even darker upon consideration that the blast comes in the shadow of North Korea's launch just last month of a Taepodong -- a missile thought to have intercontinental-range potential.
Third, North Korea's successes make it a popular merchant for those that want to obtain nukes and missiles, raising concerns that technology, material and know-how will proliferate among anti-American actors.
They will continue to ratchet up the rhetoric in hopes of getting some deal. They may be so desperate that they believe they have nothing to lose by starting a war. We should be ready to respond by getting F-22s and other assets in place.