Obama: We Could “Destroy North Korea,” but Instead We’ll Build a Missile Shield

HOT AIR — Does this qualify as a banal statement of the obvious, or more of a clueless ducking of a situation long in the making? Perhaps it’s both, and Barack Obama isn’t the only one to blame for being left in this position. CBS News’ Charlie Rose chatted up the president about both the escalation in Syria and the standoff with North Korea as it tests longer-range ballistic missiles capable of carrying nuclear payloads. On the latter question, Obama reminds Rose and everyone else that we could “destroy North Korea” if we chose to do so, but we won’t. The problem with that reassurance is that Obama makes it sound as if there is little choice between destroying North Korea and waiting for them to attempt to destroy South Korea, Japan, or possibly even us.

Actually, there is something Obama can do, and it’s at least a step in the right direction:

US WARPLANES ADOPT ISRAELI ‘KNOCK ON THE ROOF’ TACTIC — MILCOM

NORTH KOREA REPORTEDLY PUTS MISSILE ON STANDBY, PREPARES FOR FIFTH NUCLEAR TEST — FOX

KIM JONG-UN ORDERS MISSILE LAUNCHES WHEN ANGRY, SOURCE SAYS — ASIA TIMES

HOW RUSSIA’S ADVANTAGE IN ELECTRONIC WARFARE COULD ‘GROUND’ US AIR FORCE — NATIONAL INTEREST

THINK TANK OUTLINES POSSIBLE SCENARIOS FOR RUSSIAN COLLAPSE — WFB

12 AMENDMENTS TO WATCH FOR IN DEFENSE AUTHORIZATION FIGHT — DAILY SIGNAL

EMP ALERT: 2 N. KOREAN SATELLITES NOW ORBIT OVER U.S. — WND

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