Monday, April 06, 2009

Words Must Mean Something

What these mean, we can't be sure, because they don't really say anything.
"This provocation underscores the need for action," Obama said of the North Korean launch before an estimated 20,000 people in Prague's historic Hradcany Square. "Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something. The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons."
And the need for this action is a necessary prerequisite for the action which must be taken. And when we take that action, make no mistake, that action will be swift, punishing action. The world will stand together in this action, because the action will be backed by other states that favor action. If North Korea does not wish to be subject to punishment by the action that must be taken, they must actively act today to ensure that no further action is necessary.

Yeah... I love it. "We must send a strong message." A message of action. And if Kim Jong Il will not cease and desist, we will be forced to take action a second time!

Funny, when Bush said basically the same thing about Iraq and the cease-fire that was continually violated and the 16 U.N. resolutions that went unmet and un-enforced, and decided that violations must be punished and actually decided to take, you know, action -- to carry out that punishing, he was condemned for it roundly by those who now praise Obama. So I guess action is great as long as it remains vague and undefined. (But WMD! WMD! CheneyVader! ChimpyMcBushiltler!!! But, but ... HALLIBURTON!!!!! Yeah, yeah, go read the actual speech.)

On the TV this morning I heard the "We must send a strong message..." comment, followed quickly by something about nuclear disarmament. So we'll send a strong message by disarming ourselves. Yeah. That sounds like a plan.

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