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Gates Issues Warning to North Korea (WOW Gates, way to get tough! sarc)
ny times ^ | 5/30/2009 | ELISABETH BUMILLER

Posted on 05/30/2009 5:01:27 PM PDT by tobyhill

Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates warned North Korea on Saturday that the United States would not accept it as a nuclear weapons state, as Asian security officials struggled to find a new way to deal with the isolated Communist nation.

“We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in Asia — or on us,” Mr. Gates told a major defense conference here that has been dominated by North Korea’s test this week of a nuclear device and the firing of at least six short-range missiles, all in defiance of international sanctions.

Mr. Gates said that he did not consider North Korea’s nuclear program “a direct military threat” to the United States, but added that its progress “is a harbinger of a dark future.” One of the chief concerns among United States officials is that North Korea will sell its nuclear technology.

Although Mr. Gates said that the administration was planning to discuss with its Asian allies how to move forward with the six-party talks aimed at persuading the North to give up its nuclear weapons program, he acknowledged during a question and answer session that “it would be hard to point to them at this point as an example of success.”

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: chiapet; dictatorship; madman; northkorea; secdef

1 posted on 05/30/2009 5:01:27 PM PDT by tobyhill
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To: tobyhill

Kim just wants to party with Madeline Albright again.


2 posted on 05/30/2009 5:03:39 PM PDT by rdl6989
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To: tobyhill

This is while the Kenyan celebrates with dinner and a broadway show in NYC with Blackie “O” that he promised her during the campaign...


3 posted on 05/30/2009 5:05:49 PM PDT by JoanneSD ( "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in an ugly direction)
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To: tobyhill

“I don’t care what Gates don’t allow
Gonna fire them missiles anyhow.....


4 posted on 05/30/2009 5:06:52 PM PDT by proxy_user
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To: tobyhill

“We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in Asia — or on us,”

Yeah but you didn’t say you wouldn’t SIT idly by either, I see you got a good dose of Obama/Hillary training there Gates, I am quickly losing respect for you.

We have the capability to destroy every missle they launch and yet Obama will not do it afraid that he will Offend someone.... and look even if the sickly Kim Jong Il wants to go out in a blaze of glory, triumphant in his sought destruction of South Korea, Obama will do nothing without the UN go ahead and he won’t get it the Chinese and Russians will see to that.

So we are screwed, people will die it will all be Obama’s fault but somehow, Mark my words somehow George W. Bush will get blamed.


5 posted on 05/30/2009 5:06:52 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey ( According to the Obama Constituency: "you are about to be ruled by the black man, cracker.")
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To: tobyhill
WOW!
For a minute there, I thought that he was really going to get tough and issue a sternly worded letter.

But he has failed in his attempt at brutal, masculine boldness. Instead, we get this:

Although Mr. Gates said that the administration was planning to discuss with its Asian allies how to move forward with the six-party talks aimed at persuading the North to give up its nuclear weapons program, he acknowledged during a question and answer session that “it would be hard to point to them at this point as an example of success.”

TRANSLATION: FAIL!

6 posted on 05/30/2009 5:07:47 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: tobyhill
The only one Gates scares with his 'tough' talk is Obama himself.


7 posted on 05/30/2009 5:08:56 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: tobyhill
We will not stand idly by

Kim, you better take me seriously! Ignore all those years we've stood idly by.

Back channel: How much rice/oil/Las Vegas travel vouchers do you want this time?

8 posted on 05/30/2009 5:09:21 PM PDT by 1010RD (First Do No Harm)
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To: tobyhill
Gates is serious. I understand that the White House is thinking about dropping NK from their Christmas Card Kwanzaa list.
9 posted on 05/30/2009 5:10:14 PM PDT by Big_Monkey
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To: tobyhill
Waiting for the Democrats to surrender the US. Total panty wastes.
10 posted on 05/30/2009 5:10:27 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Throw the bums out who vote yes on the bail out)
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To: tobyhill
“We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in Asia — or on us,” Image and video hosting by TinyPic

“We will SIT idly by AND ISSUE TERSELY WORDED PRONOUNCEMENTS DECRYING NORTH KOREA'S ACTIONS BUT NOTHING ELSE as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in Asia — or on us!”
11 posted on 05/30/2009 5:10:36 PM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --"God help us all, and God help America!!" --my new mantra for the next 4 years)
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To: tobyhill

I thought he said this week, N. Korea wasn’t really a problem. Guess he changed his mind?


12 posted on 05/30/2009 5:11:58 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin for OK Governor in 2010! Mark Rubio for FL US Senator in 2010!)
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To: Typical_Whitey
“We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in Asia — or on us,”

yes they will be busy dismantling our missile defenses.....
13 posted on 05/30/2009 5:14:40 PM PDT by Kozak (USA 7/4/1776 to 1/20/2009 Reqiescat in Pace)
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To: rdl6989

He's 'ronery' for Maddie!

14 posted on 05/30/2009 5:17:11 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: tobyhill

And once again I ask, “Where the #%*^ is Hillary?” This is HER job, this is happening on HER watch, and she needs to kick some Commie @ss on this one.

Smartest Woman in the World? Feh! If this was happening on ‘Condi’s Watch’ you can be darn SURE the MSM would be raking her over the coals and demanding the bombing start in ten minutes!

Yeesh!


15 posted on 05/30/2009 5:19:52 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: tobyhill

It’s not surprising that Obama first sends Hillary! and then sends Gates out to do his job. Obama runs away from confrontation.


16 posted on 05/30/2009 5:26:00 PM PDT by Loyal Buckeye
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
And once again I ask, “Where the #%*^ is Hillary?”

Hillary Rodham Clinton surprises Yale graduates

This was on Monday, 25 May.

No telling where she and Huma are bedding down for the night.

17 posted on 05/30/2009 5:28:39 PM PDT by csvset
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To: tobyhill
Objecting to this conduct hasn't ever worked.
It's about time someone from the administration goes on record that they now STRENUOUSLY OBJECT!

Mybe we can get some help from the UN.


18 posted on 05/30/2009 5:31:06 PM PDT by Iron Munro (With Obama in charge things are going to get worse before they get a lot worse.)
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To: tobyhill
Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates...“We will not stand idly by as North Korea builds the capability to wreak destruction on any target in Asia — or on us,”

We will

(A) get our shorts in a wad, and

(B)Wring our little hands, and

(C)Pee in our lace-trimmed panties and,

(D)Blow our house down.

Mega-Putz.

19 posted on 05/30/2009 5:32:34 PM PDT by GoldenPup
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
If this was happening on ‘Condi’s Watch’ you can be darn SURE the MSM would be raking her over the coals and demanding the bombing start in ten minutes!

From the American Spectator.

Giggly Diplomacy

20 posted on 05/30/2009 5:35:13 PM PDT by csvset
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To: tobyhill
Kim will file the warning in the same drawer he placed other warnings. Like LBJ's many warnings after PUEBLO.

U.S. leaders please don't keep making empty threats your mouth and our current limited military capabilities and resources can't easilly back up. Thank You.

21 posted on 05/30/2009 5:41:14 PM PDT by cva66snipe (Two Choices left for U.S. One Nation Under GOD or One Nation Under Judgement? Which one say ye?)
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To: tobyhill

22 posted on 05/30/2009 5:42:50 PM PDT by Gritty (The greatest “war crime” the United States can commit is to lose - Ralph Peters)
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To: tobyhill

Gates meets with Obama and Obama tells Gates to issue this statement. Obama cant issue it himself because that wouldnt give him Gates as a scapegoat if anything went wrong because the statement was issued.

Does anyone really think that gates on his own issued this statement without speaking with Obamalamadingdong about it?

Gates has become Obama’s Colon Powell ,just sucking along and being used.


23 posted on 05/30/2009 5:53:12 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: tobyhill
Just wait till Gates' BOSS get through with them...
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24 posted on 05/30/2009 5:57:40 PM PDT by Dick Bachert
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To: tobyhill

Well let’s see. In 2006 NK set off a nuke, a very weak one, and then last week they set off a bigger one(estimated, depending on what propaganda they were trying to get across, from 20 Kt to about 4Kt.)and now they ARE a Nuclear nation. So, what does Gates and Bozo plan on doing about it? As far as we know they may have several Nukes lying about ready to go now that the last test was successful in producing a city destroying blast(eve 4Kt will level the core of just about any city). Are we going to bomb them to rubble or just talk big? My money is on just talking big and waiting to see if they actually


25 posted on 05/30/2009 6:05:25 PM PDT by calex59
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
If this was happening on ‘Condi’s Watch’ you can be darn SURE the MSM would be raking her over the coals and demanding the bombing start in ten minutes!

I beg to differ with you, but it seems you appear to be rather ignorant of recent North Korean history (the last 3-4 years...uh, who was President then?).

These things in fact DID happen on the Korean Peninsula under Condi Rice's watch. She capitulated (with Christopher Hill as her messenger boy and Bush signing off on the whole fiasco). Unfreezing BDA in Macao was just for starters.

Kim launched a series of combined missile tests including Taepodong-2 (long range) and Scud and Nodong into the Sea of Japan. Kim conducted an underground nuke test at the same location. In short, nothing particularly different than the last four weeks out of the North Korean regime under this idiot Obama.

The Bush/Rice action was: Paper tiger words and capitulation; The US MSM reaction was NOT to demand Rice take war action on North Korea but in fact to praise her "measured response."

Read your history. Rice did everything short of dancing the Maddy Albright jig in the Worker's Stadium in Pyongyang before a DPRK mass game. Given three to four more months into 2009 in full "Legacy Mode" (aka appeasement in search of ONE foreign policy success before leaving office for academia) and she probably would have. Please kindly don't spread falsehoods here on FR just to cover for the previous administration (like Clinton before it) who is handling off a terrible situation irresponsibly to the next administration. This current administration also being woefully unprepared or with the will do to anything about it, under this Obama character.

The only time the MSM raked the Bush Administration over the coals on N. Korea was when they were actually doing some correct things, specifically in the 2002-2005 time frame, before they went totally Chamberlain on us w/respect to Pyongyang.

26 posted on 05/30/2009 7:31:20 PM PDT by AmericanInTokyo ("North Korea would NEVER try this stuff were BUSH still prez" is a line of crap. They DID!)
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