The Corner

Krauthammer’s Take

From last night’s “All-Stars.”

On the prospect of the U.N. Security Council acting on North Korea:

Well, the administration is pretending, as we heard from Susan Rice, that China is on our side on this. It’s not. It has no interest in weakening its ally and puppet in Pyongyang. It’s working against us.

We are not going to get a resolution of any sort. Even if we did, it would have no influence.

As for the presidential statement, which is a weak alternative, as Bill indicated, we couldn’t even get a presidential statement from the council because China objected to any expression and use of the word “concern,” let alone “condemn” or “denounce.”

So it’s entirely a fantasy. But what makes it worse is that Obama, in Prague, spoke about getting the whole world behind us. He spoke about the international community, which is, in and of itself, is a fiction. He spoke about the U.N. and these resolutions having force, which is also a fiction.

He spoke about a world without nuclear weapons, which is beyond a fiction. It’s a childish fantasy.

And what does he talk about? America signing the test ban treaty and working on START talks with the Russians. They are both useless.

Our only defense, our only incremental increase in our defense against these weapons is missile defense. And what the Obama administration announced a day after the launching of this missile from North Korea? A drastic cut in missile defense, which is our only hope of having something which would be effective.

The head of Strategic Command and head of our Pacific Command have said in Congress that our interceptors could work against an attack from North Korea, and we are cutting that program and making it entirely ineffective.

On Obama’s speech to Turkey’s parliament:

I think he did all right in his speech…I thought there was an overemphasis in the second half on how it’s a Muslim nation.

But in the first half, he spoke about his respect for Ataturk, the founder of Turkey, and he stressed the fact that it’s a secular democracy. And I thought that was a good approach.

He emphasized that Turkey, like the United States, is not a Muslim or a Christian nation, but a nation devoted to an idea. So I thought that was also good.

Considering what he said on the rest of his trip about America and Islam and how we have to change our behavior, he said in Strasbourg, and who increased respect for the Muslim world, which I thought was needlessly denigrating America, considering all that and considering how his speech was rather innocuous in Turkey — not original and not terribly important — I’m rather encouraged.

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