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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Obama Pledges to Defend South Korea

"President Barack Obama on Tuesday pledged the United States would defend South Korea after what the White House branded an outrageous attack by North Korea on its neighbor. Yet with its options limited, the U.S. sought a diplomatic rather a military response to one of those most ominous clashes between the Koreas in decades.

"'South Korea is our ally. It has been since the Korean War,' Obama said in his first comments about the North Korean shelling of a South Korean island. 'And we strongly affirm our commitment to defend South Korea as part of that alliance.'"

Somehow I think Obama's pledge would carry a bit more weight if Obama hadn't spent a fair amount of his presidency abroad claiming that the US was no longer a superpower, wouldn't act unilaterally, and was just one more nation amongst the world community. This sort of language doesn't impress anybody with how wonderful Obama is. It does, however, put US allies in danger and embolden both our enemies and our allies' enemies.

Hey, but don't worry... Being photographed naked or fondled by the TSA is what keeps the US safe (yeah, right). I'm not sure how that helps South Korea though...

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