Oliver North

Obama's budget bean counters don't appear to be too concerned about U.S. troops being exposed to Syria's sarin gas. They're too busy telling us we can't afford a new generation of ballistic missile defense weapons even with the North Koreans having proven that one of the poorest countries on the planet can build an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of hitting the U.S. mainland.

On Dec. 12, despite a United Nations ban on such tests, the despots in Pyongyang successfully launched a multi-stage, payload-capable ICBM over the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards, un-named Obama administration officials rushed to reassure us by explaining that while the North Korean missile might be able to reach us, isn't very accurate.

Unfortunately, North Korea's number one customer for its ICBM technology is Iran -- the same country that's racing to develop highly enriched uranium nuclear warheads that will meet the payload limits of the latest North Korean ballistic missile. It's also helpful to know the range of North Korea's newest multi-stage missile is estimated to be 6,212 miles. It is 6,131 miles from Tehran to New York City. Does anyone really think it matters to the ayatollahs in Tehran whether their nuke warhead misses Manhattan and hits Boston or Bayonne instead?

But wait. The O-Team says they have proof that "International economic sanctions on Iran are working." They cite "evidence" of "rampant inflation" forcing Iran into a "recession." This is supposed to convince us that economic and diplomatic sanctions and strongly worded U.N. resolutions will stop the Iranian theocrats from building weapons that can incinerate Tel Aviv or Toledo. These are the same people who believed economic sanctions would keep the North Koreans from building ICBMs and nuclear weapons. The sanctions have, however, resulted in mass starvation. In the impoverished Hermit Kingdom, where grass is a luxury vegetable, they also have ICBMs.

Many of the young Americans lining up to buy "Heroes Proved" have had to make life or death decisions in some of the most difficult and dangerous places on earth. When they heard about Ambassador Susan Rice withdrawing as a candidate for secretary of state, they said, "That's good." But then they added, "But she wasn't the one who failed to help 'our guys' in Benghazi. The ones with decision deficit disorder are the ones who ought to resign."

Fat chance.

Oliver North

Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.