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Obama’s Asia Team Caught Off Guard, Partying When Rocket Launched
Foreign Policy - The Cable ^ | Thursday, December 13, 2012 | Josh Rogin

Posted on 12/13/2012 4:06:57 PM PST by kristinn

The Obama administration's Asia team was caught so off guard by North Korea's Dec. 11 rocket launch, several of them actually had to put down their drinks and suddenly leave a holiday party being held in honor of the Japanese emperor's birthday.

Several top U.S. officials dealing with Asia and North Korea from the State Department, the Pentagon, and the National Security Council were relaxing Tuesday night at the Japanese ambassador's Nebraska Avenue residence in Washington when the news came over their blackberries that North Korea had launched another Unha-3 rocket with a "satellite" attached, this time with much more success than a previous attempt in April.

Just minutes before the launch news became known, several officials were overheard remarking how nice it was that North Korea was apparently delaying the launch, giving U.S. North Korea watchers hope that their holiday festivities would not be interrupted.

"Nobody in the U.S. government thought this would happen when it did," said one top Asia expert who attended the party. "A lot of the guys who do the Korea stuff both on the policy and intelligence side were at this thing. They were saying ‘We bought ourselves some time.' People were hoping it didn't happen before Christmas because they wanted to take time off."

SNIP

But several attendees at the Japanese emperor's birthday celebration told The Cable that the fact so many Asia officials were not at their desks illustrated how surprised the administration was about the timing of the launch.

"Everybody stood down. Nobody thought they were going to do it this week. It was a real head fake by the North Koreans," another top Asia expert and party attendee said. "DOD, State, and the White House were just stunned by it. They were shocked."

(Excerpt) Read more at thecable.foreignpolicy.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: northkorea

1 posted on 12/13/2012 4:07:02 PM PST by kristinn
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To: kristinn
The Obama administration's Asia team was caught so off guard by North Korea

Isn't it awesome to watch these light-weight clowns deal with our national security? Can you imagine how much fun they've had unloading all our national defense secrets to the Chi-Coms these past 4 years?

2 posted on 12/13/2012 4:10:31 PM PST by laweeks
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To: kristinn

“DOD, State, and the White House were just stunned by it. They were shocked.”

Obama still par for the course.


3 posted on 12/13/2012 4:11:49 PM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: laweeks

They will be thinking the same thing when a portion of America disappears due to an Iranian strike. Wish we could have had more time to party.


4 posted on 12/13/2012 4:13:08 PM PST by taterjay
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To: tet68

If the norks had landed a nuke on some hapless American city, there would have been no end to the toasts.


5 posted on 12/13/2012 4:14:46 PM PST by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (Vendetta))
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To: kristinn

Obama sliced a drive at East Potomac Park when the DPRK launched that missile.


6 posted on 12/13/2012 4:16:01 PM PST by skeeter
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To: kristinn
Amateurs.

That said, this is exactly what Obama voters voted for. No one who voted against Obama is surprised by this. Foreign policy incompetence, along with domestic policy incompetence, and economic policy incompetence, are hallmarks of the Obama presidency.

If any leftist is disturbed by this story, they really are completely out of touch with reality.

7 posted on 12/13/2012 4:26:17 PM PST by magellan
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To: laweeks

3 months later nad we still have no idea where obama was during the Libya attack, who gave the order to stand down and did obama watch the attacks live in the situation room.

Then we have people saying they;re the press and yet have not asked these questions nor has the GOP


8 posted on 12/13/2012 4:31:03 PM PST by manc (Marriage =1 man + 1 woman,when they say marriage equality then they should support polygamy)
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To: kristinn

The Obama administration was caught so off guard by ____________________

Fill in the blank!
9 posted on 12/13/2012 4:37:13 PM PST by COBOL2Java (GOPe: Already prepping for their 2016 loss - Jeb Bush!)
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To: kristinn

Right up there with

“Stand down”

Or....

not waking Der Fuhrer on D-Day.


10 posted on 12/13/2012 4:57:58 PM PST by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto!)
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To: kristinn

...and just as ignorant about what they put into orbit this time.


11 posted on 12/13/2012 5:00:03 PM PST by TexasCajun
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To: Stillwaters

Idiots.

Our intel (on everything) is wholly unreliable and I don’t believe a thing coming out of the mouths of obozo administration officials anyway.


12 posted on 12/13/2012 5:09:03 PM PST by lonevoice (Today I broke my personal record for most consecutive days lived)
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To: lonevoice

Plus they are just about to mothball two Aegiis Cruisers that are capable of shooting down missiles like these. We should have had vessels in place to shoot this thing down. It would have been in accord with UN resolutions condemning NOK.


13 posted on 12/13/2012 5:12:15 PM PST by Oldexpat
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I seriously hope we have undisclosed operations looking out for us, and capable of putting this sloppy, commie crap to rest.


14 posted on 12/13/2012 5:13:29 PM PST by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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To: kristinn

I’m glad they were caught off guard. If they had known about it they probably would have been helping the Norks.


15 posted on 12/13/2012 5:15:58 PM PST by RightOnTheBorder
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To: kristinn

If I were North Korea looking at this bunch, I’d be nuking up too.


16 posted on 12/13/2012 5:17:44 PM PST by Tzimisce (What do you do when every every branch of the government is corrupt and aligned against you?)
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To: taterjay

Let’s hope these same clowns are partying at ground zero when the Iranians strike.


17 posted on 12/13/2012 5:37:11 PM PST by 21st Century Crusader (August 26, 1191)
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To: 21st Century Crusader

The launch apparently was quite “unexpected”.


18 posted on 12/13/2012 6:49:30 PM PST by ogen hal (First amendment or reeducation camp?)
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To: kristinn

“Just minutes before the launch news became known, several officials were overheard remarking how nice it was that North Korea was apparently delaying the launch, giving U.S. North Korea watchers hope that their holiday festivities would not be interrupted.”

Beyond stupid, naive. The history of North Korea should have these people on alert to be alert.

This entire administration from top to bottom suffers dearly of incompetence. How can we sleep at night with these clowns running the circus.


19 posted on 12/14/2012 5:16:28 AM PST by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: kristinn

———People were hoping it didn’t happen before Christmas because they wanted to take time off.”-——

One can only wonder about how they were forced to go to work. Doing what? What can they do that has any actual meaning?

Is wringing hands while watching a harsh press release being written actually work?


20 posted on 12/14/2012 5:28:45 AM PST by bert ((K.E. N.P. N.C. +12 .....The fairest Deduction to be reduced is the Standard Deduction)
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To: kristinn

The Incompetent One disengaged and hiding under his bed again!


21 posted on 12/14/2012 5:42:25 AM PST by Marathoner 244
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To: kristinn
Confusion over North Korean 'satellite' amid US claims object is 'tumbling out of control'
22 posted on 12/14/2012 7:36:07 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: kristinn
Did North Korea Launch A “Super-EMP” or Electro-Magnetic Pulse Weapon System?
23 posted on 12/14/2012 7:37:54 AM PST by TexasCajun
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To: laweeks

The ideology of political correctness leads to death. It is so full of lies and twisted purposes. It’s like living in a fog of ignorance, waiting to get hit by the next car speeding by.


24 posted on 12/14/2012 7:52:40 AM PST by SaraJohnson
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To: rockinqsranch

That line about “buying ourselves some time-—” is fascinating. Time for what? Party time? And now that they don’t have any more “time” what the flock are they gonna do about it?


25 posted on 12/14/2012 12:53:02 PM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: kristinn
Insert several ad-lib comments here about fish rotting from the head, leadership, work ethic, etc., etc.

Barky spanked again.

26 posted on 12/15/2012 1:19:14 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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To: skeeter
Obama sliced a drive at East Potomac Park when the DPRK launched that missile.

Sure he wasn't playing Chevy Chase, or maybe Hidden Creek out in Reston? (That sounds exclusive and posh enough for Barky.)

27 posted on 12/15/2012 1:35:55 AM PST by lentulusgracchus
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