" Those who plan to reap the blessings of freedom, must, like men, undergo the fatigues of supporting it" - Thomas Paine
"A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have. " -Thomas Jefferson
Today? The state of things has changed. China and the U.S. have far more reason to get along than to get in a fight, North Korea is now even more of a liability, and in the long run South Korea will leave our orbit and enter China's. That does not mean China has no interest at the moment in keeping North Korea around, but if they start making a scene you are more likely to see Chinese tanks rolling into Pyongyang to stop the North rather than assist them.
"For what is Evil but Good-tortured by its own hunger and thirst?"
- Khalil Gibran
Veni. Vidi. Vici.
-Gaius Julius Caesar
The Only Thing to Fear is Fear Itself.
-Franklin Delano Roosevelt
Obama, on the other hand, is thnking politically. Politcs will direct his decision, and if it turns out in his mind that politically, it's best to play hardball with more sanctions, then that is what it will be. All the while, making it even more difficult for the next President to resolve.
My guess is that the Norht Korean army would provide stiff resistance at first, but then buckle as their lines of communication get cut. Just like what happened in Iraq.
“When buying and selling are controlled by legislation, the first things to be bought and sold are legislators.” - P. J. O’Rourke
“Socialism is great until you run out of someone elses money” Margaret Thatcher
Anyone beside myself think that maybe the ole man has died and the son has take over?
The haggardness of poverty is everywhere seen contrasted with the sleekness of wealth, the exhorted labor of some compensating for the idleness of others, wretched hovels by the side of stately colonnades, the rags of indigence blended with the ensigns of opulence; in a word, the most useless profusion in the midst of the most urgent wants.Jean-Baptiste Say