North Korea issued yet another ridiculous threat against the United States late Sunday accusing President Barack Obama of “recklessly” spreading rumors that Pyongyang is behind the recent unparalleled cyber-attack on Sony Pictures. The standard long-winded and pompous statement from the National Defense Commission (NDC) warned of strikes against the White House, Pentagon and “the whole U.S. mainland, that cesspool of terrorism.”
To those who have not followed the North Korean circus, this type of blowhard rhetoric is routine from the ginormous propaganda machine during times of high tension with Washington. (Really, if you want a hilarious read, check out the DPRK news site.) The statement also underscores Pyongyang’s new found sensitivity (because we didn’t see these shenanigans when Team America came out…) at a movie whose plot focuses on the assassination of its leader Kim Jong Un, who is the beneficiary of a decades-long cult of epic fairy tales built around his family.
The latest threat came just hours after President Obama confirmed that he was considering returning North Korea to the State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism. The fact that North Korea is even off of that list is mind-blowing and quite frankly, the result of our apologist leader that has left America in a weak state of foreign policy. Obama, who previously promised in his year-end press conference on Friday to respond “proportionately” to the attack, has termed the breach as an act of “cybervandalism that was very costly, very expensive” as opposed to an act of war. What this proportion of response is, will remain to be seen as the Apologist-in-Chief remains on another one of his taxpayer-funded vacations doing little, if anything, to help this situation.
Obama’s does have alternate options, which include sanctions targeting high-level North Korean officials and retaliatory cyberattacks, although these are rather limited. The U.S. already has trade sanctions and there is not really any desire for military action.
Frankly, this dirty conservative doesn’t quite know what the long term play here should be; however, I do know that what’s being done now is simply not enough. We need to hold the North Koreans responsible and decimate their capability to carry out similar attacks now and in the future. The next time it very well may be something much more sinister and deadly than a movie company…