Carol Platt Liebau: Some Sensible Advice

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Some Sensible Advice

In today's Washington Times, James Hackett has written one of the first sensible pieces explaining why North Korea launched the seven missiles last week.

His advice likewise is sound: The only real solution to North Korea's brinkmanship is to change the regime. That requires continued financial pressure, sanctions to cut off outside aid, leaning hard on China to cooperate, and strengthening missile defenses.

As the piece notes, Howard Dean has argued that the US should provide North Korea with the "food, fuel and recognition" that it's seeking. Why? Kim Jong Il has shown not the slightest inclination to abide by agreements he's made in the past; is there any legitimate reason to believe that he'd behave differently now? Obviously not -- and Dean's approach is typical of a wing of the Democratic party that wants nothing more than simply to pretend, as long as people are "talking," that threats don't truly exist.

That, of course, allows the day of reckoning to be deferred -- but makes it even uglier when it finally arrives.

15 Comments:

Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Carol, why are you reading the MSM? Isn't it but a repository of liberal, slanted, agenda-driven "news"? Or are you the authority who chooses what is true and relevant, like with the Bible?

I wish you'd make up your mind.

11:07 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

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11:08 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

Carol, you and you're hubby are young enough enlist and fight in Bush wars. Why the hypocrisy? Are you too rich and educated to die as a grunt?

11:09 AM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Duke-stir spills some nonsense.
dittohead encourages the Liebau family to go die in his own bizarre way.

But nothing on the merits.

I am shocked. Shocked!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

It's called the Iraqi schuffle.

Both mental giants here consider applying the successes that we see in Iraq today to North Korea with their one million strong, trained and well equiped military, and nuclear warheads.

Certainly, they'll greet us with roses and it won't cost America anything.

11:32 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

eLarson,

I don't want anyone to die. It just seems reasonable that Carol should be willing to fight in the wars she advocates. Pretty fair, sensible, and the honorable thing to do.

11:40 AM  
Blogger HouseOfSin said...

Gang --

I'm not a heart surgeon, but I advocate heart surgery to be performed when it's needed.

I'm no fan of the MSM, any more than I am a fan of bugs on the windshield, but neither is an excuse to not pay attention to the world around us.

All that said, Jong should be a lot more worried about us than he is. (He may well be insane.)

And a party that gives Lieberman a cold shoulder but Jong a warm embrace should consider - I mean, think really, really hard about - the company they keep.

12:10 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Houseofsin, Amen to that! The left lives in a fantasy
illusion "bubble" where their "facts" are cherry picked to fit their "stuck in the 60's" world. They want so badly to live in that era again, they can't allow the cold, hard reality of the facts of today to influence their thinking because it dosen't fit in their template. Thank God that the're not in power, and if we, on our side of the isle, work hard enough, we can keep them out of power for as long as we can, otherwise, as Hugh Hewett says, "There gunna get us killed!"

1:30 PM  
Blogger Duke-Stir said...

Carol, it seems someone else shares your unique sense of glee regarding the World Cup:

"...a number of Italian politicians and the French ambassador to Italy issued a strong rebuke to remarks made by Roberto Calderoli, the former minister of reform and a member of the right-wing Northern League party.

After the Cup victory he said that the Italians had vanquished a French team that was comprised of “Negroes, communists and Moslems.”"

2:38 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

A new Time magazine poll showed two out of three Americans disapprove of Bush’s handling of the situation in Iraq.

Analysts say the massive, open-ended US commitment in Iraq — nearly 130,000 troops on the ground and $320 billion spent — has limited the administration’s flexibility in dealing with other world crises.

“Here you have a shoot-from-the-hip president who is out of ammunition.”

2:57 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Yea, that's correct Ditto.
2/3 of those polled want the President to use tougher military action, they dissaprove of the military's "politically correct" approach.

3:23 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

A new Time magazine poll showed...

But do you think GWB cares a whit? Seriously, you've been observing this since Bush took office. Do you think he'll be swayed by a poll?

5:52 PM  
Blogger eLarson said...

Hopefully this thread hasn't been abandoned.

The next question is:
"Given what you know about George W. Bush, what do you think is REALLY the quickest way for us to come home from Iraq?

6:58 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

Six years of Bush bashing hasn't stopped our president. I'm reminded of that scene in the original, "War of the Worlds" movie where they fired everything they had,
building up a huge smoke cloud, but to NO avail!
Bush's numbers are up, and there's no stopping him!

10:42 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

Is Ditto extrapolating from polls again. His extrapolation skills have been documented to be ...

... lacking (I'll be kind).

11:51 AM  

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