Obama and Hu to confer over Korean crisis
November 24th, 2010
07:00 PM ET

Obama and Hu to confer over Korean crisis

Washington (CNN) –With top U.S. officials continuing to declare that help from China will be key to getting North Korea to ratchet down the crisis caused by Pyongyang's deadly strike on a South Korean military installation, President Obama is planning to call Chinese President Hu Jintao in the next few days to discuss the critical situation, according to senior administration officials.

The phone call will come just days after Obama held a bilateral meeting with Hu on the sidelines of the G-20 Summit in Seoul, where administration officials were quick to tout the fact that it was the seventh face-to-face meeting the two leaders have had since Obama took office.

"I think that the region looks to the United States with respect to China to engage in a positive, constructive relationship with China,' White House National Security Adviser Tom Donilon told reporters in Asia earlier this month. "We obviously pursue our interest; they pursue their interest. But I think the region looks to us to engage that relationship and manage that relationship in a positive and constructive way."

Obama is also to planning to host Hu for an official visit to Washington in early January, but the relationship will be tested much sooner with U.S. officials already putting not-so-subtle public pressure on China to step up now to cool tensions on the Korean Peninsula.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said Wednesday in a CNN interview that "it's really important that Beijing lead here" to help diffuse the situation because of its ability to break through and communicate with the secretive regime.

"I've believed for some time that probably the country that can influence North Korea the most is - is clearly China," Mullen said in an interview for this weekend's edition of "Fareed Zakaria GPS".

Mullen also alluded to China's desire for stability in the region, as well as its economic ties to North Korea, by saying that "China has as much to lose as anybody in that region with the continuation of this kind of behavior and what the potential might be."

Even before the crisis, U.S. officials have been very careful to downplay any tensions with China that have flared up over issues like currency reform, in order to show a united front.

Donilon insisted to reporters "there was not any kind of heated exchanges" on currency or any other issues when Obama and Hu sat down face-to-face earlier this month.

"With respect to the tone or temperature in the meeting, I didn't find anything being any more heated than I had seen in prior meetings, frankly," Donilon said then. "So I don't think that there was any kind of lecturing back and forth. It was a good discussion back and forth about a range of issues."


Topics: China • President Obama

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    China is ready for North Korea and you can take that to the bank. North Korea may threaten South Korea not understanding that China is their biggest threat, they do business with everybody. Don't mess with China, they have the economic power to force the whole World to bring down North Korea.

    November 24, 2010 at 7:42 pm |
  2. Indy

    Attention Sarah palin fans: This is what a real President looks like and this is what a real leader does, something your Reality Star dud could never ever do in real life.

    November 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  3. TonyInLargo

    My analysis of the North Korean action against South Korea is that: it was not a spontaneous and deranged act. To understand the situation, one must consider the “natural progression” to which China aspires, i.e. to be in control of what it likely considers its “neighborhood”.The economic power which it is developing “needs an insurance policy” against the return to the days of backwardness and need which it brought upon itself, but, for which it places the blame on the West. The Chinese are very patient and their vision of the future requires tending to “unsettled matters” in the region. To wit, the “re-integration” of Taiwan as part of the Chinese Republic and the re-unification of Korea under control of the present day North Korean leaders at a time when our attention is focused on other matters. For its efforts in achieving the re-unification, it has likely made it clear to North Korea that it expects unwavering loyalty. (If at this point the reader sees this as an unlikely goal in Chinese foreign policy, I invite the reader to remember that the re-unification of South Vietnam under the communist led North’s government happened in our lifetimes….with Chinese aid).

    The fact that Venezuelan President Chavez divulged his virulent attitude towards the United States and developed his undeniable covert backing of rebel groups in neighboring Colombia on the heels of a visit to Venezuela by the then Chinese Premier is no accident. The Chinese Premier also visited Cuba during that same trip and soon after, Chavez announced his arrangement with Cuba of “oil for doctors”. The goal in South America is probably an attempt to “keep the United States busy” in its own backyard, but not an attempt to control the regional politics. In Chavez they found the perfect marionette, a power hungry megalomaniac, an uncouth, uneducated, brazen, and ill adapted sociopath with nothing constructive to offer his countrymen, the region or the world.

    In a manner of speaking, the act by North Korea, follows the pattern found in the Asian martial arts culture where the martial arts expert, the “Master”, (China) sends his underlings to fight before becoming personally and “actively engaged”. Yes, I opine that China has guided North Korea in this act of war on South Korea from which it is gathering information as to the time-to-respond on our part, the resources which we can muster at a time when we are stretched, our willingness to go to South Korea’s aid and a test of our leadership and our allies to agree and follow through on one course of action to its ultimate consequence.

    The fact that this act of war occurred shortly after our President left South Korea and, during the on-going consideration of options by the G-20 to the currency exchange problem created by China’s intransigence, was calculated. It was no accident and North Korea’s ‘overt boldness” is a give-away of assurances from China of economic, industrial and military support.

    The path to the solution of this “Chinese problem” lies in the bottom line that we have taught them to observe. The United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Japan, and possibly Argentina must tell corporations that in order for them to sell their wares and trinkets within their borders, 50% of the sale value of those trinkets must be infused within their borders. This will bring back jobs to these countries, and, without waging all out war, it will occupy China with matters other than the ones it most likely has designed.

    If acted upon in a united, patient and systematic way, (only) this action has the potential to stabilize the world economy and politics without conflict. Furthermore it has the additional benefit of not being addressed to China or India directly, but to the corporations.China and India will be the most affected by such a pronouncement. However, it is either that or we sit back as the 900 million Chinese who are in the “Bullpen”, and 900 million Indians, both of which are living in abject poverty in the countryside, take any new jobs created or replace the presently employed 300 million workers in China as they die from environmental contamination and likewise in India. The jobs outlook in the US, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and others will only continue to get worse as the money bleeds out in trade deficits. Floating of the Yuan with respect to other currencies will not fix the underlying problem. Corporations are hooked on big profits like a drug addict, but this will not last long as citizens of the countries mentioned above will be increasingly unable to purchase goods, period, because they won’t have jobs or because their incomes will be barely enough to survive.

    The time to make a pronouncement and agree on a plan of action is now!!

    November 24, 2010 at 11:12 pm |
  4. Cane

    China could crush North Korea in an instant. Don't be fooled, their little pit bull is useful to them. China supports the North and uses them for their own purposes. If they stray too far from the tether China will reign them in.

    November 25, 2010 at 1:45 am |
  5. ThinkAgain

    Can you imagine Palin trying to address this kind of international situation?

    Me neither ...

    November 25, 2010 at 1:47 am |
  6. WorstNightmare

    Excellent point Ms. Claudia.

    ThinkAgain: Governor Palin would not have been without Senator McCain.

    It sounds like China is with us on this. Let us pray for the best and prepare for the worst.

    73s

    November 25, 2010 at 4:14 am |
  7. jules sand-perkins

    North Korea would have much more unlikely to attack South Korea had our nation had a President less sympathetic to a socialist economic system similar to North Korea's–based on wealth-spreading–and a President who might not have an advance Nobel Peace Prize but would be an advocate of guns instead of butter for his voters in the manner of a Harry Truman, who understood the purpose of, and the proper occasions for the use of nuclear weapons.

    November 25, 2010 at 5:36 am |
  8. TOTAL FACTS

    One thing for sure is that HU will get nothing out of OBAMA. No commitment nor any soldiers committed. He doesn't have enough soldiers or equipment for another war especially one with Korea. It is a very sad thing that here we are with a moron in the Oval Office at the brink of World War III. This man hates America and he has already insured that we financially can not afford another war. If Gates has his way and cuts the salary on our military personnel. Then watch them flood the gates giving the military the boot. NO ONE CAN BLAME THEM. THEN THE DRAFT WILL HAVE TO COME BACK. But who are they going to draft. They can't draft the illegals and they dang sure will not just sign up. The blacks will have to be drafted because they will not volunteer. EVEN IF THEY DID IT WOULD BE JUST ANOTHER VIET NAM. EVERY WHTE OFFICER WE GOT WOULD HAVE TO HAVE SOMEONE GUARDING HIS BACK. MANY OF THEM WERE SENT HOME WITH THE KILLED IN ACTION CODE. EVERYONE KNEW WHO DID IT BUT YOU THINK ANYONE WOULD DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT. LIKE OBAMA, HELL NO. I AM SO SICK OF THEIR IGNORANT COMMENTS THEY MAKE AT PALIN'S EXPENSE. THAT IS JUST GREAT WHAT THE GREAT OLD LADY BUSH HAD TO SAY AFTER FOUR YEARS IN OFFICE WITH HER HUSBAND SHE DIDN'T SAY TEN WORDS. Now she wants to blaspheme Sarah Palin. She will never be the Woman that woman is. THE NEXT PRESIDENT OF THE U.S BELIEVE IT OR NOT THERE IS ENOUGH OF US OUT HERE WHO ARE NOT IGNORANT LIKE THE FLAPPING LIPS.

    November 25, 2010 at 8:44 am |
    • Marcus

      Where to start? With your ridiculous allegation that you were a democrat and wised up? The Vietnam revisionism? The lack of patriotism over the black (ok, 'African-American') population in times of crisis?
      Where?
      Dude, you're on full mode today. Typing and typing and typing again... Too bad that the credibility of all your posts is little whern they are compared with that little thing that all smearers (for that's what you are) have a little problem with; it's called 'Truth'.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • milton burl

      that is all we need is another rasist comment

      November 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  9. King

    All these repugs who want to bully this president into a war to end civilization as we know it can take a chill pill. The president is smart and witty not some hot head republican that's aiming to doom the world. It world war three starts their won't be a winner just 3/4 of the world population would be wiped out and the quarter that is left will either transformed to the enviromental hazard or die slowly. WAR SHOULD BE THE LAST THING CONSIDERED. You republicans that always talk how soft the president is. Bush wasn't soft and see what he landed us, fighting some third world country that almost destroyed our economy, Imagine if he had took on china. This bluffing thing don't work all the time. Intelligent folks is not going to put up with that school yard bullying
    for too long.

    November 25, 2010 at 10:38 am |
    • TOTAL FACT

      The first thing you need to waken and realize is I am not a Republican. I was a Democrat for 50 years until I wised up. Second you don't have an ideal what your talking about. We're already in WWIII. No matter what happens in Korea there is going to be war there. Obama has led us into a trench of no return with his dealings with Red China the Devil. You people are always running your mouth about Republicans when George Jr had a Democratic Congress. SAO lets no keep putting the blame where it does not belong. Since you man is so great just name one thing he has done for the economy. NOTHING! One thing he has done to insure crippling it is trying to implement his notoris cost costing health care bill geared for one thing to take care of the lowest os low classes and the illegals. He does not care whether we can fight a war or not. Hios only reason to act slow is because at the moment it is with his breathern the Middle East. His Muslim friends. Ignorance is bliss and I might say it is amok in the U.S.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:41 am |
      • Notfooled

        @Total facts - the only total facts you have is in your sick, racist mind. You have one thing right Ignorance is bliss and has run amok in the U.S. (YOU). So the healthcare bill is geared " only to take care of the lowest of classes and the illegals." So I gusss in your mind it's supposed to take care only the whites and rich? And for your information there are a lot of black soldiers bleeding out there just as the whites are. You are an IGNORANT RACIST. Sarah Palin cannot hold a candle to the Obama's as parents, and being intelligent and honorable Americans. You are so blind by your racists views or you could see that. Sarah is in it for the money (probably yours) and when that runs out you won't see your love. Go take some medication and stop listening to Fox. Do you receive vets benefits? That's from the government. Do you receive Medicare? That's from the government. Do you receive Social Security? That's from the government. Hypocrite!

        November 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm |
      • a fan of toatal fact

        I totally agree with you pal... Obama is doing a worst job ever as a president. I personally think that if it was Palin she could do alot better. Perhaps maybe send her daughter to Korean DMZ and dance the situation out or she might even sweet talks the chinese and korean's leader into a 3 some. So everybody can be happy and we all can live in peace.

        November 29, 2010 at 9:08 am |
      • a fan of total fact

        First let me clearly say that i am not a democrat nor republican. So here goes...... I fully supported W. Bush in the war of afghanistan. I believe in the law of "AN eye for an eye'. So i thought to go to war with them was a must. But then came Iraq,that's when I started to think W. is getting carry away. Especially with his bolony reasons so called ' disarm their nuclear weapon'. UN inspector said there were no evidence of any sign of nuclear weapon there. UN inspectors knew that,W knew that, the whole world knew that. But W still went to war. Don't get me wrong now, I am not saying that Saddam doesn't deserve it. I am just saying that if we gonna fight, then use the right reason to fight... not bolonies. we all know why W was determined to go to war with Iraq. Come on now...it's not a coincident that he happened to have big share in the gas compnany... 'exxon moble...... i am not sure which company but i think thats the one'....And whats the best way to control the gas market? TAKE CONTROL OF MIDDLE EAST. Enough with Bush..... as for your question... what has Obama done for economic. I am not going to sit here and type a whole list for you. But one thing I do want to point out is that...... imagine if the government didn't bail out GM Motors, and GM force to bankruptcy. Could you imagine how expensive the foreigner's car is gonna rise due to the high demand. Plus can you tell me if you would like it if there were thousands or even hundreds of thousands line up at the labor department for unemployment checks due to the bakruptcy of GM MOTORS. Or will you be running up here and posting stuff like.... ""'Obama failed to keep amrican automaker company running and cause people to loose their job.""" ..... My conclusion it doesn't matters if your a rep or demo ( BUSH or OBAMA) should judge the situation not the person himself. Only then may so see a clear image of the world surround you.

        November 29, 2010 at 10:46 am |
  10. ThinkAgain

    Reading these comments, it's amazing to me how there are people who think that North Korea attacked South Korea because President Obama is in the White House; I'd like to remind you that GW Bush did absolutely NOTHING about North Korea while he was in office, essentially letting it continue development of its nuclear capabilities (for one reason only: North Korea needs money desperately and hope to either get it by blackmail or by selling nuclear fuel on the black market ).

    And to Total Facts: Your racism is astounding! White officers in Viet Nam were killed only by Black soldiers and Blacks don't volunteer for military service?

    No wonder you like the Dimwit from the North, Palin. Together you have an IQ of about 12 total.

    November 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  11. ThinkAgain

    One last comment to Total Facts: You claim that Barbara Bush "wants to blaspheme Sarah Palin."

    The verb "blaspheme" is usually used in regard to speaking against God.

    Do you believe that Palin is equivalent to God?

    Wow – you really have it bad for her!

    November 25, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
    • TOTAL FACT

      Unlike you I do not believe Palin unlike Obama can walk on water. But when it comes to itelligence there is no contest between her and the watermelon eater. You people have put your faith in a man who intends to destroy America. I pity you. As usual your ignorance never fails to amaze me. But then after being in the Army infantry for 30 years and three wars qualifys me as to what to expect out of the AAs. Some are outstanding soldiers. But most are only there to draw a check and are very obstinate about taking orders, any order. YOU GOT IT, they will not volunteer for anything. They most likely, like you intend for everything to be given to them. Another thing if you believe Obama is not a Muslim and a is not foreigner then your dumber that I believe you to be. PLUS PLEASE DON'T BRING GOD INTO THIS. HE WOULD ONLY SHAKE HIS HEAD AND TELL HIS ANGELS TO GET READY TO RIDE FOR IT'S TIME TO TAKE THE CHRISTIANS AWAY FROM THE HEATHERNS.

      November 26, 2010 at 12:55 am |
      • Idiot Stomper

        Im here to stomp idiots. First off, God doesnt exisit. See: Charles Darwin. The world is progressing, people are smarter and more willing to accept the fact that religion was created to sustain order and drive fear into people to avoid bad behavior. Secondly. Pailin is a moron. Her being in office would be worse than Obama. End of story

        November 26, 2010 at 8:02 am |
      • zarburg

        Water melon eater....just the facts you make me sick. I have two sons fighting in wars right now, i have three more who said yesterday they would run for the draft to bomb the shit out of North Korea and iran...Now that is what Americans do!!!Your a disgrace if you served one day in our military! Some men are actually men!!!!!!

        November 27, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
      • a fan of toatal fact

        30 years and still as an infantry you sure are a warrior. You probable have a check each month right? Or you still working on it....?

        November 29, 2010 at 9:12 am |
  12. MAC

    North Korea would not do something so drastic as sinking a South Korean ship oo launch an artillary attack without the Chinese giving the go ahead, whether they would admit it. The Chinese have launched cyber attacks on the USA and would destroy the USA economically if they could. The Chinese are not our friends like Great Briton.

    November 25, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
    • TOTAL FACT

      MAC – AMEN. You do know the area. You are so correct. And when one of our government workers negotiate with them is the same as being a traitor. They intend to rule the U.S. Right now they own it. Because Erkel head wants it that way. He wants us so far in debt we can't fight another war. MUST I REMIND THE ABOVE MENTIONED IDIOTS AND THEIR COMMENTS. IF IT WAS NOT FOR OUR SOLDIERS AND THE WARS THEY FOUGHT GIVING UP THEIR LIVES FOR THEM THEY COULD NOT BE HERE TODAY SOUNDING OFF FLAPPING THEIR LIPS TO AN INNOCENT WOMAN WHO HAS MORE CLASS IN HER LITTLE FINGER THAN THE OBAMAS WILL EVER HAVE.

      November 26, 2010 at 1:02 am |
      • Marcus

        First: I agree that everybody should respect the sacrifice of EVERYBOY who fought for the USA ina battlefield or behind the lines or while at home (people tend to forget that the war effort at home is REALLY important for the success of the war). Which is why I can't respect someone, like you, who disregards with insults and biased revisionism the importance of a portion of the society since forever. Blacks fought in all the wars the US got themselves into (even the Revolutionary/Independence one). Hollywood didn't depicted the fact because (save for James Robeson movies) to show a black man that wasn't stupid, coward, dumb or natural born inferior to a white one was not allowed until the 50's.
        Second: Thanks to the previous POTUS there is little room to do anything but negotiate with them, and it's not (as it would never be) an act of treason to do so. TODAY the USA can't stand a war against North Korea due to economic conditions (There's still Afghanistan to deal with and there's thousand of US soldiers in Iraq), as big as powerful as the US military forces are, there are limitations (TODAY) as to what they can do with NK.

        November 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
      • zarburg

        Just the facts...CLASS???? You sure have alot of it. Just all happens to be LOW CLASS!!!! You are a racist among other things! Act your age, not your shoe size!

        November 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
      • a fan of toatal fact

        Total fact rules...... total fact to momma palin is like north korea to china. ....... A LOYALTY WATCH DOG.

        November 29, 2010 at 9:19 am |
  13. Russ from Md.

    To all those idiots that think republicans want another war, you are more moronic than can be imagined. As far as Obama and his leadership, he hasn't got a clue, not because he is black but because he was never a leader to begin with. He has spent America into a whole deep enough to reach China and is the most partisan president I have ever seen. We should be prepared for a war with N. Korea and not just sit back and let them throw an occasional artillery shell or torpedo at our allies. North Korea is no match to the U.S. and I don't think China wants to get involved with a conflict with the U.S. and will stay neutral. Let’s wait and see what the world negotiators do first but let’s not let the Kim Jong-Il or his idiot son get away with more. Our carrier battle group is ready. Our all volunteer armed force is ready. Three times is a charm. I hope it does not come to it but I will support it.

    November 26, 2010 at 9:55 am |
    • Lev

      You are clearly clueless, the pentagon already has battle plans on file for all of our enemies. We are always prepared; to bad the Bush administration altered the Iraq plans resulting in a disastrous post shock and awe period. North Korea no match for us? In case you weren't aware North Korea developed and tested several nuclear weapons during the Bush era, and their leadership is crazy enough to use them. Kim doesn't give a flip about anything but control, and if he is going to lose it everything is on the table, even if it results in the destruction of his country. South Korea, Japan, and other pacific allies could be the first hit crashing the U.S. and world economies. So, like an any person with a functioning brain, the president is working with influential powers in the region, China, that has relations with North Korea, to diffuse this pop off by the North without losing millions of lives and trillions of dollars in a violent confrontation.

      November 27, 2010 at 8:38 am |
    • a fan of total fact

      There are not a single sentence in your post would have came from someone that is considered educated or at least well informed. Every president has good and bad point of views. For you (YOU) not so well informed to judge a man was elected by our people to be our president is a failure.., so to mention it's not even half of his term. Talk about spending.... to call a man who helped get rid of the junks from the road so ourself and our children can breath cleaner air, and to call a man who saved an important american company ( GM MOTOR ) to keep people from loosing their job is wasting money is so pathetic and ignorant. I guess the only right way to spend money is spending ATLEAST 150 billions dollars a year on warfare like GWB throughout his 2 terms........is ashame that I am not even a U.S.A citizen yet but i have to lecture one already.

      November 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm |
    • a fan of total fact

      You really think that the chinese is just gonna sit on the sideline and watch north korea get destroyed. So naive in politic. Let this non American citizen educate you again. Take out a map (you do know how to read map right? I hope so) anyway.... take out a map and look at the east coast of the chinese... north korea is the last and only frontier for US to invade china from the east ( that is if we do go to war with china). why is that??? you might ask.... well Taiwan is with the US .... South Korea is with the US..... Japan is also with the US.... and guess what? even Vietnam once was our enemy but now is also falling to our side due to the cruelty action of the chinese in the southeast asia(more specificly in the south china sea region). Ask any vietnamese that you know... they will let you know how much they hate the chinese government and how bad they want the american to comeback and deployed military force there. So I bet you with all you have..( not your knowledge though....too limited so you should save it) that the chinese will pour everything they have into north korea for their own sake. It's just like saying north korea is invading mexico or canada.... we will sure pour everything in there as well.

      November 29, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
    • a fan of total fact

      And last but not least. I am sure not an antiwar person, I just believe that military force should be the very last reserve. Everytime i see a war memorial, I have a heroic feeling inside me as the same time I thank those heroes who had falling for us. But to think again.... how may war memorial do we need?????..... WW1...WW2....korean war....vietnam war.... iraq war..... just to name a few in our recent history...... and now another Korean War.... don't you see that history is repeating itself. We (United states of America) can sure afford to wipe out north korea off the map, but the question is.... do we (american the people) have to build another war memorial when it's not really necessary.

      November 29, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  14. Linda in FL

    This is not good. Palin's ONLY knowledge of Korea is watching old reruns of MASH. Think about it.

    November 26, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  15. TonyInLargo

    China will ask the United States to cancel the Military Exercises, not because they make Korea jittery, but because Korea is talking and behaving as China wants them to behave. North Korea wants to take over South korea and China wants the US military presence out of the region. That will make it easier to coerce Taiwan into accepting Beijing as the one and only Chinese Government. My analysis of the North Korean action against South Korea is that: it was not a spontaneous and/or deranged act.
    To understand the situation, one must consider the “natural progression” to which China aspires, i.e. to be in control of what it likely considers its “neighborhood”.The economic power which it is developing “needs an insurance policy” against the return to the days of backwardness and need which it brought upon itself, but, for which it places the blame on the West. The Chinese are very patient and their vision of the future requires tending to “unsettled matters” in the region. To wit, the “re-integration” of Taiwan as part of the Chinese Republic and the re-unification of Korea under control of the present day North Korean leaders at a time when our attention is focused on other matters. For its efforts in achieving the re-unification, it has likely made it clear to North Korea that it expects unwavering loyalty. (If at this point the reader sees this as an unlikely goal in Chinese foreign policy, I invite the reader to remember that the re-unification of South Vietnam under the communist led North’s government happened in our lifetimes….with Chinese aid).
    The fact that Venezuelan President Chavez divulged his virulent attitude towards the United States and developed his undeniable covert backing of rebel groups in neighboring Colombia on the heels of a visit to Venezuela by the then Chinese Premier is no accident. The Chinese Premier also visited Cuba during that same trip and soon after, Chavez announced his arrangement with Cuba of “oil for doctors”.
    The goal in South America is probably an attempt to “keep the United States busy” in its own backyard, but not an attempt to control the regional politics. In Chavez they found the perfect marionette, a power hungry megalomaniac, an uncouth, uneducated, brazen, and ill adapted sociopath with nothing constructive to offer his countrymen, the region or the world.
    In a manner of speaking, the act by North Korea, follows the pattern found in the Asian martial arts culture where the martial arts expert, the “Master”, (China) sends his underlings to fight before becoming personally and “actively engaged”.
    Yes, I opine that China has guided North Korea in this act of war on South Korea from which it is gathering information as to the time-to-respond on our part, the resources which we can muster at a time when we are stretched, our willingness to go to South Korea’s aid and a test of our leadership and our allies to agree and follow through on one course of action to its ultimate consequence. The fact that this act of war occurred shortly after our President left South Korea and, during the on-going consideration of options by the G-20 to the currency exchange problem created by China’s intransigence, was calculated. It was no accident and North Korea’s ‘overt boldness” is a give-away of assurances from China of economic, industrial and military support.
    The path to the solution of this “Chinese problem” lies in the bottom line that we have taught them to observe. The United States, Europe, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Japan, and possibly Argentina must tell corporations that in order for them to sell their wares and trinkets within their borders, 50% of the sale value of those trinkets must be infused within their borders. This will bring back jobs to these countries, and, without waging all out war, it will occupy China with matters other than the ones it most likely has designed.
    If acted upon in a united, patient and systematic way, (only) this action has the potential to stabilize the world economy and politics without conflict. Furthermore it has the additional benefit of not being addressed to China or India directly, but to the corporations.
    China and India will be the most affected by such a pronouncement. However, it is either that or we sit back as the 900 million Chinese who are in the “Bullpen”, and 900 million Indians, both of which are living in abject poverty in the countryside, take any new jobs created or replace the presently employed 300 million workers in China as they die from environmental contamination and likewise in India. The jobs outlook in the US, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Japan, Brazil, Argentina and others will only continue to get worse as the money bleeds out in trade deficits. Floating of the Yuan with respect to other currencies will not fix the underlying problem. Corporations are hooked on big profits like a drug addict, but this will not last long as citizens of the countries mentioned above will be increasingly unable to purchase goods, period, because they won’t have jobs or because their incomes will be barely enough to survive.
    The time to make a pronouncement and agree on a plan of action is now!!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:55 am |
  16. Emile Zola

    It's sad to see how America has become the epitome of contradcitions. They stand for one thing and do the opposite. They claim to be religious (Christian) and behave not even close to actual Christianity. I wonder if the U.S. would put up with military exercises close to our shores by other nations. We wouldn't, so what makes people think that it is O.K. with China and NK? If we despised the nazis for invading other countries under any circumstances, reasons, why we do it also under the same pretexts? If we, supposedly, abhor torture, we executed Japanese soldiers for waterboarding P.O.Ws, why is it O.K. for us to do it, after Bush declared many times over:"We don't torture." If we care so much for children, why bomb other children to kingdom come, just because they were born in other parts of the world and then trying to sanitize the genocide, our leaders call it "Co-lateral damage." If we want peace, but that peace comes under guns and bombs, other nations must prepare to defend themselves, even if they know the effort can be fruitless. It's better, for many, to die standing than to live on their knees. Our political parties steal elections like stealing magnolias and yet we criticize other nations for having elections that are more transparent than ours. The list of slogans is too long, but I think it paints the picture. We fight terror, so we say, but and in doing that, we have become worst than those "terrorists" that are defending their lands from the invaders. When you start a fire, you can't call yourself a "hero" for trying to extinguish that fire, no siree, you are still an arsonist, not a hero. If we can call our invaders "heroes", does that mean then that we killed innocent nazis? War shouldn't be, ever, the first option or owrse, pre-emptive, as now we have become accustomed. It should be as a last resort and politicians, specially the coward ones, shouldn't be allowed to cut in line for oil, oil pipelines or abundant minerals. If polticians starting those wars could be on the front lines leading the effort, then maybe, but they are thousands of miles away living life to its fullest, corruption, included and they don't seem to care for the poor and minorities dying for corporate America. If we want peace, use the golden rule as a start point and I'm sure that wars will be a thing of the past. Continue as we are, were and one of these days somebody will push the envelope too far and we will be history.

    November 27, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  17. LIZ CARTER in GEORGIA

    @Notfooled; THAT IS THE TRUTH! I AGREE WITH YOU ON EVERYTHING YOU BLOGGED@Total Facts! I'M REALLY GETTING SICK AND TIRED OF ALL OF THESE OLD RACIST DEMONS DEMEANING OUR PRESIDENT AND COMPARING HIM 'NEGATIVELY' UP AGAINST TRAILER PARK TRASH AND EVEN NIGGERS! THERE'S A BIG DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SOME CAUCASIANS (WHITES/EUROPEAN AMERICANS) AND 'BUBBA J; WHO LOVES BEER AND NASCAR AND SOME NEGROIDS (BLACKS/AFRICAN AMERICANS) AND 'BAD, BAD LEROY BROWN'; WHO'S THE BADDEST MAN IN THE WHOLE DAMN TOWN! NO COMPARISONS!!

    November 29, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  18. milton burl

    i cannot believe how they are allowing a president of the u.s to be treated especially how the republicans are acting .how fast we forget it is the rich class that the republicans support ,at least obama is trying to make a diffrence , but if the republicans would help there president instead of fighting him tooth and nail maybe we would see some changes. but instead of supporting your president by the time the rich and republican get threw with all there trouble starting usa is really gonna be in big trouble.and yes our next generation will be able to thank the republicans for there support?

    November 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm |