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If offenders permit, US will enforce UN resolution

From NewsMax.com

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration said Friday it is prepared to confront ships believed to be carrying contraband materials to North Korea but will not try to forcibly board them, in accordance with new U.N. sanctions.

*emphasis mine

The resolution the Obama administration finally wrangled out of the UN Security Council calls for “U.N. members to inspect all N. Korean cargo if there is information that provides reasonable grounds to believe the cargo carries nuclear or missile-related items” and “U.N. members to inspect vessels, with the consent of the flag state, on the high seas, if there is information that provides reasonable grounds to believe the cargo carries nuclear or missile-related items,” according to Breitbart.com.

The Newsmax article goes on to quote Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, to say the US, in cases of ships refusing inspection, will attempt to convince the nation whose flag the ship flies to divert it to an appropriate port to be inspected.  If that can’t be accomplished the US still won’t use force, but will “shine a spotlight on it.”

In other words, the administration will tell the public what it suspects the ship to be carrying, who its owner is, and “other things.”  That’s it.  Obama plans to tattle on those who don’t comply–those who supply the Communist rogue nation of North Korea with the means to destroy the world.  The most powerful Navy in the world will have its hands tied as it watches ships carrying forbidden cargo into N. Korean ports.

However, Rice calls on other nations to “uphold their obligations to inspect in their territorial waters.”  So, the administration that blames America for all the wrong in the world is calling other nations to do what it refuses to do.  What leadership!  Those nations shouldn’t expect any extra help from the US either.  Rice admits we won’t be deploying additional ships to the region to enforce the UN mandate.

She readily admits that she expects N. Korea to challenge the sanctions, but says the administration is “very pleased” with the UN resolution.  Words.  Nothing more.  An unenforceable resolution is nothing more than written rhetoric.  A dog with all bark, no bite. 

Yet she expects Iran to “take a message from how the U.N. responded to North Korea’s actions.”  Believe me they will.  Hardline President Ahmadinejad was dubiously re-elected yesterday, and I’m sure he gets the message loud and clear.  If Iran continues to pursue weapons of mass destruction, Obama will tell on him.  No substantive action will follow.  Ships loaded with the means to manufacture those weapons will be asked, “may we please board your ship?”, refuse, and sail safely into Iranian ports so Ahmadinejad can pursue his dream of annihilating Israel.

The Obama administration calls resolution 1874 “very firm and very meaningful.”  I call it virtually useless if we don’t enforce it and continue to allow N. Korea to manufacture nuclear weapons.

June 13, 2009 Posted by | Foreign Policy | , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Nero fiddled while Rome burned…

…and President Barack Obama follows suit.

Recall that he flatly stated private industry couldn’t accept government cash and hold soirees in Vegas, but he never prohibited himself from taking such pleasures. Though he managed to quadruple the deficit in less than 100 days, leaving the taxpayer on the hook for $1.8 trillion more than the government will collect in taxes this year, the President’s most pressing pursuit yesterday was passing time at Caesar’s Palace in Vegas to prompt liberal idealogues to part with $2,000,000 to prop up Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s (D-NV) place in the Democratic party. This little party will cost the taxpayer a paltry $265,000.

Now all Presidents pass time protecting their parties by pandering for funds, but at the moment more pressing problems are plaguing the US.

You’ve likely read here that N. Korea tested a long range missile last month and here the same rogue nation tested a nuclear device and here the test was followed by more missile launches, all aggressive acts that defy Obama’s vain attempts to coddle the Communist state into compliance with international demands. Today, the inhospitable neighbor to our two most valuable allies in the region cranked the crisis up a notch (while Obama traverses the US to shore up the coffers of his political allies stateside) by making clear it is abandoning the 1953 armistice agreement that ended the Korean Conflict and threatened a return to a state of war.

South Korea reported an increase in patrols by North Korean fighter jets on the border between the two states and there were reports of naval exercises close to the sites of previous skirmishes with the South Korean Navy.

While I’m sure those responding to the solicitation of funds by Obama still swear by the President’s foreign policy, I hope the majority of Americans will finally awaken and realize how grossly naive such an approach really is.

The North Korean situation is by far the most pressing issue taking place while Obama parades himself around the country as primary panhandler for his party faithful, but other problems persist that could probably benefit from the President’s attention.

It was predicted here days ago, but the President who publicly professed that he doesn’t want to run the auto companies is about to be promoted to CEO of General Motors now that bondholders rejected the company’s offer of pennies on the dollar for the debt owed by the defunct former pillar of American industry. The bankruptcy deal penned by the Obama administration will propel the US government to the position of majority stakeholder in the company, owning approximately 70% of GM shares.

The President, who claims he’s not a Socialist, has plunged us headlong down the path to Socialism and can now proudly proclaim that we have arrived. In a short four months and one week, he has completely abandoned our free-market capitalism to pursue an economic model that seizes private assets and places them under control of government bureaucrats.

One might expect the President to cut short his pursuit to empty the pockets of party patrons, but he presses on.  Tonight, he’s in Beverly Hills rubbing elbows with more high-browed Democratic admirers who refuse to face the fact that his policies have placed our country on a perilous path.

Sleep tight America, your President is partying in Beverly Hills.

May 27, 2009 Posted by | Obama | , , , , , , | 1 Comment