May 20, 2010

Coward In Chief

Physical evidence proves that a North Korean homing torpedo sank the south Korean frigate Cheonan on March 26. Despite the fact that 46 sailors were killed in the attack, our gutless administration refuses to faces the incident honestly, refusing to call the sinking of the Cheonan an act of war.

Administration officials would not go so far as to label the attack an act of war -- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said he would not get into "hypotheticals" when asked if the dispute could lead to war. Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States is focused on supporting its "strong ally" while at the same time considering "stability in that region."

Mirroring his bosses, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates also refused to state the obvious:

The Pentagon's top leadership refused on Thursday to label the sinking of a South Korean ship an act of war.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the United States supports the finding that North Korea sank a South Korean warship in March. South Korea announced the finding this week.

Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, say the next move is up to South Korea. They would not discuss what options the U.S. might have, even though the U.S. is a close ally of the South and maintains tens of thousands of troops on the North Korean border to defend the South.

We are governed by an administration who cannot honestly address events out of fear of having to act issue a strongly worded statement if they admit out loud what occurred.

One day this President's craven acquiescence to evil is going to get people killed.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at May 20, 2010 02:49 PM

Surely he appoligized. I can't believe that he would let an opportunity like this to go by without humbling himself to the Koreans.

Posted by: David at May 20, 2010 03:43 PM


Posted by: CLYDE at May 20, 2010 03:53 PM


Please stop yelling.

But you may be right. However, the ocean is a big place and unless there are listening posts nearby that can pick up the sub in attack mode (hard to do when the state boundaries are so close together), it seems unreasonable to accuse the USA of enabling NK.

As for letting SK decide what to do--it is their country, after all. We are their ally, but our troops or ships were not attacked (this time). If SK decides that having Seoul brought down with tens of thousands of civilian deaths is worth it, then they can decide how to proceed.

Posted by: iconoclast at May 20, 2010 04:21 PM

First off, I doubt that an all electric mini-submarine would be detectable by the traditional passive sonar arrays, so it is entirely possible the no one heard anything until the torp was in the water.

Second, I think it was instapundit (PBUH) that noted that something like 30% of the SK population is within artillery range of the Norks, so getting huffy with a madman is contraindicated for national survival.

Posted by: MunDane at May 20, 2010 07:38 PM

" getting huffy with a madman is contraindicated for national survival."

Not to mention a whole possible series of reasons for this event other than "Kim ordered this." such as:
"Oops, you mean that red button fires the torpedo?"
"Captain, it appears to be a short in the firing circuit."
"Ha! I have sunk one of the Imperialist Southern Warships, certainly I will be greatly rewarded for this."
"Um....Captain, I don't think that was one of the torpedo simulators we launched."
And of course the best one.
"I'm not catching the blame for this. Nobody says a word about this, we'll edit the inventory records to show we never had that torpedo, and nobody will ever know."

Posted by: Georg Felis at May 20, 2010 10:39 PM

Funny the administration has no qualms going after American citizens......Maybe we can tell BarackCommieJeezus the Tea Partiers sank it, war would be declared and Billy boy Ayers dreams of putting all the non-believers in camps can come true....... Ask Larry Grathwohl about that.

Posted by: Jeremy at May 20, 2010 11:07 PM

Perhaps the NK sub commander watched too many reruns of a bootleg of "The Bedford Incident"

Screaming sub commander, "Well if he fires one then I'll fire one!"

Nervous torpedo tech, "Fire 1, sir!"

Posted by: Brad at May 21, 2010 01:58 AM

The Weak Horse...

Posted by: at May 21, 2010 07:41 AM

Someone help me out here. Did Gibbs suggest that the South Korean ship "hypothetically" sank? That the Norks fired a "hypothetical" torpedo? Every time I think he can't get any stoopider, he goes and does it. Good grief.

Posted by: Tim at May 21, 2010 11:12 AM

"Act of War", I believe that declaration has to come from South Korea not the US. We would be immediately involved of course. It would be a very short lived and costly vicious affair. The sad fact is like Iran it is coming......

Posted by: JerseyGeorge at May 21, 2010 05:49 PM