Skip to comments.Clinton likens North Korea to unruly children
Posted on 07/20/2009 3:14:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
WASHINGTON (Reuters) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said North Korea should not receive the attention it is seeking through behavior like missile launches and likened Pyongyang's behavior to that of unruly children.
North Korea tested a nuclear device in May and fired seven ballistic missiles earlier this month in defiance of a U.N. resolution.
"What we've seen is this constant demand for attention," Clinton, who is in India, said in an interview that aired on Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America."
"And maybe it's the mother in me or the experience that I've had with small children and unruly teenagers and people who are demanding attention -- don't give it to them, they don't deserve it, they are acting out," she said.
Clinton also downplayed the threat that North Korea poses to the United States, saying: "They don't pose a threat to us. We know that our allies, Japan and South Korea, are very concerned."
Asked to elaborate on her remarks, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said North Korea "represents an infinitesimal threat to the United States directly."
"But clearly North Korea, and particularly its provocative actions, does represent a significant threat to the region. And its actions recently have been unhelpful, potentially destabilizing," he told reporters.
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When do we get to elect grownups again?
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gestures as she addresses Indian students and university officials during a function at a university campus in New Delhi July 20, 2009. REUTERS/Fayaz Kabli
Right, Hillary. Lil Kim has been playing you and your boss like a yoyo.
How very diplomatic of her. /sar
It takes a village to kick some ass.
Where is mommy dearest when you need her?
Yeah, the kindergarten kid who was arrested by the cops after nearly destroying the school. We usually blame the teachers and parents for that around here.
Bwahahahahha. What experience has Hillary had with small children. Nanny’s raised hers.
Ok, to take this analogy a bit further, it’s like ‘unruly children’ with AK47’s in their hands.
Good God help this nation.
Yep, just a bunch of wacky kids with nukes.
Oh, and by the way, they’re totally insane murderous thugs.
Can’t we all just get along?
No, I don’t think so.
By the way, Japan who has adhered to the conditions set by the U.S. after WW2, is real pleased to learn that there is an “infinitesimal threat to the United States directly”.
But if Obama treats it like Bush’s agreement with Israel... “that was another President, that was not me”. So Japan, you are screwed.
Hillary has experience in dealing with a small child named Bill.
You don't taunt your enemies when you have no intention of backing it up.
Missing Mad Madeline Albright in five, four, three, two....
Unruly children? Pot, meet kettle.
Seriously, what has become of the nation I used to know?
Equipped with nuclear weapons and rockets designed to strike America.
It was a stupid statement.
IN part, she is correct. The NK’s do seek recognition, and they feel they’ve been slighted.
Many of today’s foreign policy problems stem from the disastrous foreign policy taken after the Soviets fell.
Like this one
And nukes, and missiles.
We should have disengaged from Korea right after the Soviets fell. Korea by then was more than strong enough to take care of herself.
Don’t unruly children sometimes kill their parents? It never fails to amaze me how liberals underestimate everybody when it comes to their own safety. Naive at best—foolish at worst.
Don’t unruly children sometimes kill their parents?
They are "acting out" with nuclear weapons and could kill millions of South Koreans and Japanese even if their efforts are largely unsucessful but what the Hell, there is only infinitesimal threat to the United States directly.
“This is a very hazardous and ill-considered tactic.”
Agreed. I am not sure if I agree with your assumption about the allies - I am guessing you are referring to Red China and Russia. It’s not that I trust either one, I do not. They are going to do what they see as the most beneficial to them. I don’t have a clue how they would view it. I also believe North Korea’s leadership is unstable, as in mentally. They are also isolated. That in and of itself is a good reason not to taunt. That combination is dangerous. If I may respectfully ask you a question, how would NK’s allies profit by instigating trouble for us? I know the short answer, but surely they are aware of NK’s instability and the potential for things to spin out of control. If I were going to make trouble, I would pick a safer avenue. The US may be kind of screwed up now, but we are still the #1 super power militarily.-—JM
She is right—North Korea needs to be spanked and put in “Time Out” or maybe sent to Juvenile Hall. Maybe its time for a little “Child Abuse” when it comes to N. Korea.
Stupid liberal mindset on display. They are always condescending. It is their whole mindset, only they know best, only they can take care of us because we can’t do it ourselves. Now they a dumb enough to think of them as children. NK is an Adult and evil regime.
Looks like a fresh fill of Botox!
Well thats an absurd statement. But I will say this. IMO the threat of destruction of the U.S. by North Korea is lower than the threat of destruction of the U.S. by the Obama administration.
We should send them to bed without any supper!
Oops, wait a minute...