As to today's scuffle, lots of ideas and furrowed brows. While this blog doesn't fashion itself as an expert source we are always open to wild speculation, and today's speculation centers around the responses from both the South Koreans and President Invisible.
South Korean president Lee Myung-bak emphatically stated that any further provocation would result in "enormous retaliation". That's patriotic and all but he's now placed the south in a box that will require 'enormous retaliation' the next time the Kims poke their toes across the line. And if they do, and South Korea doesn't, what then?
As to Washington, our vital interests remain peace and stability in the region along with the prevention of nuclear proliferation to places like Iran or Syria or Burma, but the past three presidents haven't been willing to go very far to enforce these goals. Therefore the lil Kims will likely keep it up knowing that 1) they are desperate, 2) they think it will get them concessions from the west as it always has, and 3) they believe Obama is weak.
With that, the president of the United States had this to say:
So Kokomo has a storied place in our history. This is a city where people came to invent things and to build things, to make things here in America; to work hard in the hopes of producing something of value and something that people could be proud of.OK, to be fair that was the POTUS attempting not to project panic over an international incident, sort of like Bush continuing to read "My Pet Goat" instead of dashing out of a school room and plowing over a few kids to get back to the limo. Anyway, it's a mess calling for all the 'smart power' we can muster. And if that doesn't work, maybe some dumb power.