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'Proportional' Response

John248 Wrote: Apr 09, 2013 10:53 PM
Dr. Sowell.......If we had competent leadership in the White House, I would not give Kim Jung Un's so called "Rhetoric" a second thought. But we do not have anything remotely near competence in the White House .....or anywhere else. Since when does the Supreme Court of the United States take up the issue of homosexual marriage; since when does the President of the United States get involved with state issues such as gun control? For that matter, In my 51 years I have never witnessed a Chief Executive who hops on the Air Force One and flies to foreign shores to play Golf when the nation is being threatened. For these reasons......It would not shock me at all if North Korea went through with a successful first strike, and.....on to part II
Since when has it been considered smart to tell your enemies what your plans are?

Yet there on the front page of the April 8th New York Times was a story about how unnamed "American officials" were planning a "proportional" response to any North Korean attack. This was spelled in an example: If the North Koreans "shell a South Korean island that had military installations" then the South Koreans would retaliate with "a barrage of artillery of similar intensity."

Whatever the merits or demerits of such a plan, what conceivable purpose can be served by telling the North Koreans in advance that they...

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