Ken Blackwell

O the humanity! Does not the satellite photo tell even the most obtuse observer that Kim Jong Un and his father and his grandfather never gave a rip about the entire international community?

They have been perfectly content to starve millions of their own people. They shoot North Koreans who own a Bible. They are helping Iran obtain nuclear weapons.

Raising peoples’ temperatures? Is that what Kim Jong Un is doing? Is that what the threat really is, Mr. Secretary? Go lie down. Take two aspirin and call the UN in the morning, sir.

What these fatuous remarks demonstrate is that we have no foreign policy. John Kerry might have been the worst nominee for this post, except for the last nominee for this post.

The fact that his nomination sailed through the Senate is a national disgrace.

But this is an administration that is all about style and never about substance. The first act of President Obama was to sign—with elaborately choreographed pomp and circumstance—his Executive Order closing Guantánamo Bay. Oh, the show it was.

Within one year, this “recruiting tool for al Qaeda” would be history, we were assured.

Well, is it? Or is Mr. Obama’s bootless, fruitless Executive Order Zero the real dead letter? And because it’s a dead letter, how seriously does anyone take the words of this administration?

When Ronald Reagan warned the striking air traffic controllers they must return to work—as provided in federal law—or be fired, they balked. He fired them. The world took note. “With Reagan,” the KGB told the Soviet Communist bosses, “words are deeds.”

With Obama, with Kerry, with Hagel, words are just words.

Kim Jong Un is doing what he is doing for the same reason Bill Clinton did what he did:

Because he can. To confirm in his febrile mind that he can do what he likes, our newly-minted Sec. of Defense, Chuck Hagel, canceled an American missile launch.

We did not want to raise tensions with Kim while he was busy raising temperatures. But what else could have concentrated the young ruler’s mind better than to tell him we would launch two missiles of our own in a “test” of our guidance systems—and land them in the sea just outside the Three Mile Limit on either side of the DMZ.

Kim Jong Un might be restrained by such a show of force. He might be restrained by the thought that we could target the “command and control” facilities where he is taking his ease and hit them hard.

He will not be restrained by empty words and emptier gestures. If we had a foreign policy, it would defend America, and scare tin pot dictators like Kim Jong Un. While Kim arms and menaces, he sits on top of the DMZ. And our Commander-in-Chief is sittin’ on the dock of the bay, wastin’ time.

Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
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