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May 21st, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Consequences facing N. Korea for sinking S. Korean ship?

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The wreckage of the naval vessel Cheonan is seen, which was sunk on March 26 near the maritime border with N. Korea. A multi-national investigation team concluded that N. Korea's torpedo sank the S. Korean warship, killing 46 sailors. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is warning that North Korea must face consequences... in light of a report that it torpedoed and sank a South Korean warship in March - killing 46 sailors.

Clinton, who was in Tokyo, says it's important to send a clear message that provocative actions have consequences... and that this attack can't go unanswered by the international community. Other U.S. officials are calling the attack "unprovoked and unwarranted."

Tensions are already rising dramatically on the Korean peninsula: North Korea denies it had anything to do with sinking the ship, claiming this is "sheer fabrication." They say that if South Korea retaliates, they will respond promptly with tough measures including "all-out war." Pyongyang is also threatening to back out of a non-aggression pact between the nations.

Meanwhile South Korea claims this attack is a military provocation that violates the armistice agreement between the two countries. They point to results of an official investigation - conducted by international experts - which concluded North Korea fired a torpedo that cut the ship in half.

It's unclear what an appropriate response is. North Korea is already under sanctions because of its missile and nuclear tests.

So how to punish North Korea without starting a war?

One expert suggests there are basically three options: Seoul could act unilaterally by cutting off all trade with the north, Seoul and Washington could take bilateral action by stepping up intelligence or naval cooperation. Lastly, the international community could act as a whole - possibly through the UN Security Council. Sanctions have worked so well in the past, haven't they?

Here’s my question to you: What consequences should North Korea face for sinking a South Korean ship?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Joe in Staten Island, New York writes:
There will be no consequences, other than the usual "strong condemnation" from Pres. Obama in an upcoming speech. With that kind of response, it's little wonder North Korea continues to antagonize its neighbors and the world as a whole.

Neil writes:
Simple, there is a way to 'kill two birds with one stone' as it were. Firstly, China can jerk N. Korea's Kim Jong Ill's chain at will, it just refuses to. All the U.S. has to do is simply state that Taiwan should have the same type of nuclear reactors and capability as N. Korea. The leaders of China will give themselves an aneurism, then jerk Kim's chain REAL HARD.

Henry writes:
We have roughly 30,000 troops in South Korea, they've been there for fifty years. Maybe it's time we put them to work. Every time the North acts out, we handle them with kid gloves and even buy them off. It's time for a spanking. People died and major naval hardware was lost. This is not a finger-wagging incident. A good old fashioned spanking, yes indeedie.

Mike in Boca Raton, Florida writes:
Jack, Wishing doesn't make it so. The difference between "should face" and "will face" is nearly an infinity. We are hamstrung by the perception that the U.S. cannot support South Korea militarily both due to the Iraq/Afghan commitments and by the lack of belief that Obama is a strong leader. Unfortunately I do not think there is any effective consequence that we or our allies can apply.

S. in Michigan writes:
The normal: more stern talk, evil-eyed looks, finger-wagging, fist thumping, bombastic statements, and paperwork. No one will (or can) do anything that's actually effective and makes North Korea change its behavior.

Joe in Minnesota writes:
Jack, They should be sanctioned using the liberal democrat method. That is, the U.N should impose sanctions until we forget about the incident. Then, we should lift sanctions and welcome them back and pretend nothing happened.


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soundoff (302 Responses)
  1. southerncousin

    Other than Obama and Clinton saying there will be consequence there will be none. They say that about everything and then never do anything except apologize to the people causing the grief. We have a very weak, inept president and administration in additon to a very corrupt president and administration.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  2. Semo Rantamaki

    North Korea will not face much if any serious consequences. On the othe hand if it was Iran, the US government and the media would be all over it.
    Just look at the bloody protests in Bangkok, Thailand. The Coverage on all news outlets are suprisingly benign and relatively few. Where are the live feeds ? Where is the outrage ? There was no end to outrage when there were bloody protests in Iran. Is it because these protests are not by Muslims ?
    It's because you can't vilify Muslims or a country like Iran in this case. See, Muslims are not involved there. Ask Charles Krauthemmer who is killing people on the streets now ? Muslims ? The Iranian Government ? Is the Thai government crushing dissent ?
    Oh, well...

    May 21, 2010 at 3:37 pm |
  3. Gerry luimes

    Good question;I believe that we all ask that one also. If we can assume that S.Korea has been correct in its assessment of the cause of the ship's loss,then we have arrived at again another period of "serious consequences" which does not necessarily mean that war is looming.
    NO knee jerk reactions like the incredible attack on Irac.!
    Let the little dictator in the North enjoy his temporary repreave in milking the West and S.K . Some day the sun will shine for the poor,depressed people of that country.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  4. W. Goerner

    Having served 3 assignments in the Republic of Korea, I can tell you what would shake up the North Koreans. Have the U.S. withdraw all the U.S. military forces from the DMZ and North of the Han River.....right now.....start moving them South and letting the Republic of Korea (South Korea) military replace the U.S. units. The North will behave like you wouldn't believe. It's like taking the dog off of the chain. It hasn't been the U.S. keeping the North Koreans from attacking the South, it's been the U.S. keeping the South from going North....now it's time to remove the leash.

    W. Goerner
    Ft. Bliss, TX

    May 21, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  5. Samuel

    This action by North Korea against South Korea is a problem that goes against the interest of all countries involve, including the USA and China.

    Any form of military action that confronts the USA and China is not an option. A trade embargo initiated by Seoul with UN and USA backing is the proper and only reasonable action.

    Samuel
    Virginia

    May 21, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  6. Ed from MD

    There's that panel of experts again. Couldn't they have some sort of trial where nations can defend themselves in open court? Personally I would like to hear both sides, see the evidence brought against them etc.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  7. Maria

    Their consequence should be for Kim Jong Il to give a lecture to the world about how great and effective communism is. Everything is wonderful in North Korea. Everyone is equal, there is no racism, no evil corporations, every worker's right imagineable, free healthcare, and free education. Every capitalist pig needs to realize that profit is the enemy and paradise is possible. The world has a lot to learn from North Korea and their dear leader Kim.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  8. Chris - Houston Texas

    Unfortunately, it looks like the only real option is war. Lets face it, the last 5 decades of containment has yet to work so why continue to do the same thing over and over expecting a better response? Isn't that the definition of insanity?

    May 21, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  9. Gilbert West

    Hey Jack,

    Aren't you surprised that Israel hasn't volunteered to go and attack North Korea? Afterall, North Korea has nuclear weapons and missles for sale to whomever can pay the price. Maybe the Israelis aren't quite that reckless and stupid. There would be a scorching hole in the ground where Israel used to be.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  10. Rick

    From a distance, many Countries seem to conduct themselves as do badly behaved children with immature threats, and actions.

    So, in that light, why not make North Korea replace the destroyed ship, pay ongoing restitution to the families of the sailors that were killed, make a public apology for their actions which were clearly outside of any agreements in force, plus some kind of additional tightening of any or all of the current agreements or sanctions to send a message that if they continue to misbehave that the current penalties will get worse.

    Whatever the plan is it will only be as good as the follow through.
    Actions speak louder than words.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  11. Eunice

    Like it's not our first major concern. The problem first belongs to South Korea or we will be just like the boat we are in with Israel; who by the way wants to take our money and trick us into fighting their battle.

    May 21, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  12. Sylvia from California

    They should be required to compensate S.Korea for it's loss except one little problem,.... they have no money!!! I think that they should be bombed off the map.!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  13. pat in michigan

    The North will face no consequences but war. That is what they want that is what they will force. They want to force the United States to commit to war again on the peninsula to test China's ability to bring us down financially. This has been the end game all along and the pieces on the chess board are all in place. Check!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  14. Susan Frost

    The consequences should be up to the South Koreans, not us. We can't afford to p....up any more ropes than we already are!

    Susan
    Tuscaloosa AL

    May 21, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  15. Pete

    This is where the tough decisions are made. Taking actions that involve us in another war will place more strains on the United States, that is already over burdened. I would suggest mobilizing some South Korean forces to at least send the message that if North Korea exibits any agressive moves, that we are ready for war. If no action is taken, we may be in a worse situation down the road.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:04 pm |
  16. B E Steele

    The sinking of a ship with the death of sailors is an act of war. The cease fire has ended. If South Korea is not capable of defending itself the UN must act to insure the defense of the helpless and dismantle the aggressor's ability to further attack. Anything less will likely lead to more aggressive and provocative actions by the North and further complicate the stituation.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
  17. Jester Jersey from Davis, CA

    I think it is up to the UN to decide these matters, and South Korea should definitely have a say in the matter. However, America should totally stay out of it. We are barely able to sustain our maintenance over our own borders, let alone monitor Democratic progress in two foreign nations: Afghanistan and Iraq, and we're already doing a poor job over there. My advice would be to let those who are affected deal with the matter, and the U.S. should stay out of it. Giving them "Hillary" only adds more fuel to the proverbial fire and doesn't help in the least bit. Instead, we should concentrate on cleaning up our own mess in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Jester Jersey
    Davis, CA

    May 21, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  18. Carl

    Well, all out war is silly, as S. Korea is winning the economic game hands down and the North has nukes and could well use them.
    Sanctions are pointless, as is anything else likley to rile the North and could lead to war.
    Doing nothing doesn't seem such a crazy idea, yes this is effectivley an act of war, but the South is getting richer, with more manpower and resources by the day, long term, the North's regime will fall and the South will win the war by default.

    What needs avoiding is war, with the North posessing nukes, a crazy regime and with such long odds without them using those nukes, I would really not like to be on either side in that war.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  19. Joe Ft Walton Bch Fl

    A slap on the hand and leave them alone. The South will not retaliate militarily against the North unless the US give the okay, and that is not about to happen unless the south is invaded first. So the score for now 1 NK, 0 SK.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  20. Don (Belleville, Ontario)

    America should keep its enormous nose out of this mess.
    Let South Korea handle its own problem.
    America butting in can only cost money the USA does not have, and may upset China or South Korea.
    This is just the sort of minor localized incident which can unexpectedly lead to a huge unrelated can of worms.
    For example, if the Koreans decide to retaliate against the USA, who will run America's 7-11 stores?

    May 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  21. Independent Joe

    Jack,

    They should be sanctioned using the liberal democrat method. That is, the U.N should impose sanctions until we forget about the incident. Then, we should lift sanctions and welcome them back and pretend nothing happened.

    Independent Joe (Mn)

    May 21, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  22. Lucy, from Texas

    The Korean War never settled anything. The Soviets installed the North Korean leader and North Korea is still a communist state....even after the Soviet Union broke up. North and South Korea have never gotten along. Both countries have always been prepared to do battle for almost 60 years. As a sanction, money talks and people listen, but its the local populations that are devasted by the war and not the leaders. Maybe its time to bite the bullet and reunited the Koreas and get rid of the nuclear weapons.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  23. Judy - California

    I wonder why the present and past administrations have not dealt with North Korea more severely. I don't understand what our government officials think sanctions are going to do. They don't act like they're very afraid of us now. We've been too busy fighting oil wars in the middle east to care about what this little nut case is doing, and now I think they figure they can do anything they want because our military is too tied up to handle it. I would love to see this administration grow some backbone and nail them.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
  24. Carl Byxbee

    We should go to the UN and demand that there be sanctions brought against North Korea, oh wait, the UN has as much teeth with sanctions as the US has with its strong warnings. None.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  25. Danny Mckinney, Texas

    North Korea could be put back on the list of State sponsored terrorism. Sanctions mean very little and will only hurt the people of North Korea driving them into South Korea for food. America talks a good game but in reality they can do very little short of war and right now we have no spare military troops or bullets to fight another unwinnable battle like the two we are already neck deep in.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  26. Greg H - Minneapolis

    Jack, what North Korea SHOULD face and what they likely WILL face as a result of sinking the South Korean ship are 2 different things. What should happen is that their military power should be destroyed, so that they can never be a threat to anyone. China is not going to be happy, but they are not about to risk restarting the Korean War (which technically is still on) and lose some of their biggest markets. And the Norks are not going to launch any nuclear weapons at anyone, lest the retaliation result in North Korea glowing in the dark. But what will happen is that the UN will issue sanctions, and nobody will do anything of significance.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  27. Ron

    Hey, lets go to war. We seem to like that approach these days. Used to be that we had to be attacked on our own soil. Not anymore.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  28. Wenton Chan

    Jack, North Korea has murdered hundreds of US and ROK forces since the armistice in 1951. They got away with it then, and they will get away with it now. I would love for North Korea to receive the appropriate punishment, but all the US and it's allies will come up with is yet another strongly worded statement.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  29. Ed from California

    From us? nothing. It's up to South Korea to do something. Why are we the world's policeman? We have way too many irons in the fire to start another fire! We need to concentrate on our country first. We need to finish what we started, one way or the other. Finish these wars! We need to get our economy back working again. Either bring back all the outsourced jobs or get some new private employment jobs going. We don't need to get into another mess. Look, sell, not give, S.Korea a new bomb. And let them drop it on Little Kim's head! And the games over.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  30. Don Noehre

    Why not close their harbors and sink all there ship both military and civilian. That can be done with or without taking off the crews. Come to think about it N Korea has no civilian ships there all military.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  31. matt

    First Things first we're already at war.
    and I dont know about punishment.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  32. Ty

    Once again, N. Korea thumbs its nose at the world. Maybe it's time to put China in the hot seat and hold it accountable for its lap dog. If it was any other country besides N. Korea, we'd be witnessing shock and awe already.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  33. Wayne Piller

    I appreciate your comments on Calderon and his demands on the U.S. I hope you continue to back up America, and our citizens first. Please don't let up. We are relying on you, Jack!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  34. Richard Shetley

    It is quite clear to me that North Korea is picking another fight. The South does not have to put up with this and we should do whatever needed to back them down (North Lorea)
    This has been going on for years. And Kim Jong Il just keeps poking the world in the eye. We should not let them get away with this. This was an act of military violence and South Korea has all right to return the favor.

    Ontario, California

    May 21, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  35. john

    North Korea should face the highest punishment possible. Make the people and the govt. of North Korea watch our networks prime time shows.

    John K.
    Chicago

    May 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  36. Lenny

    Seoul could act unilaterally by cutting off all trade with the north.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  37. John Nemesh

    Kim Jong Ill should face the same punishment as any murderer. He should be brought to justice and face at least life in prison. However, for justice to be served, a war would have to be started. I think its justified, and probably 50 years overdue, but there would be tremendous loss of life if (when) this occurs. We should step softly, and let South Korea take the lead, since they have the most at stake, but we should act to curb the aggression of rogue nations, including N. Korea. This agression simply can NOT be allowed!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  38. Joe M., Staten Island, NY

    There will be no consequences, other than the usual "strong condemnation" from President Obama in an upcoming speech. With that kind of response, it's little wonder North Korea continues to antagonize its neighbors and the world as a whole.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  39. Michael Messerly

    There is no sanction that can be placed that China won't provide a subsidy to the North Korean regime to keep it in power.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  40. Franky

    How do we know for certain that North Korea even is responsible? This seems like just another reason for the U.S to instigate another ill-concieved altercation in which lives will be needlessly taken.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  41. JIM Womack

    There are no substantive consequences available to the South Koreans or America, and North Korea knows this. The US and S. Korea should bolster its anti-submarine defenses, naval patrols, and continue with severe economic sanctions. Once North Korea got the bomb, they effectively check mated any military option absent enhance defensive measures. That said, steps should be taken to effect "regime change" from within North Korea through covert intelligence operations. It is upsetting that North Korea can kill South Korean troops with no response of any import. The good of the many (millions in Seoul and Tokyo, outweigh the good of few).

    May 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  42. Jim Neese of Raleigh

    We never learn and the actions we take will have no effect on N.Korea and they nor does the rest of the world care what they do as long as they don't invaid S. Korea it will be business as usual. We are a paper tiger today and the whole world knows that Obama has no taste for any form of conflict that he can't hid behind someone. Let's just forget what Hilary said it's means nothing.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  43. ZionMari

    Sorry, Jack, but we can not afford another war nor another military confrontation anywhere. We are already spending........$6........billion........dollars a .....month. Fighting the two Bush Wars!

    South Korea will have to take care of their own problems with N. Korea!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  44. Beck

    If Bush were still in the White House, the answer would be simple: Invade Iran.

    But since we have more reality-grounded people in charge, but best option would be a 100% complete global trade freeze with North Korea. Nothing in, nothing out.

    But, of course, that wouldn't stop them either. North Korea wants a war, and they will continue to push buttons until they get to push the Big One.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  45. MC Active Duty Soldier

    We should take the same actions that we took in Iraq, it is time for a regime change!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  46. Mike Boca Raton, Florida

    Jack,
    Wishing doesn't make it so. The difference between "should face" and "will face" is nearly an infinity. We are hamstrung by the preception that the U.S. cannot support South Korea militarily both due to the Iraq/Afgan committments and by the lack of belief that Obama is a stong leader. Unfortunately I do not think there is any effective consequence that we or our ally can apply.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  47. Bob

    I agree with Clinton but it's not up to her. It's up to Obama and I don't think he will do anything about it!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  48. Jose Menendez

    We could apply international sanctions like we did in Iraq, but this would only create animosity from those who are starving to death or lose loved ones because of it – thereby creating more terrorists on this great planet we call earth.

    Katy, Texas

    May 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  49. Mark from Las Vegas

    Give it to the UN and let them handle it. We should not do anything.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  50. jacko

    Wait for their annual military parade extravaganza when all the dignitaries are assembled in the reviewing stand. Then send in the drones. It's called cutting off the head of the snake.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  51. john

    Trade should be extremely limited; any aid going to north korea should be halted.
    Possibly even a naval blockade in international waters to prevent weapons, nuclear material getting through, only allow food.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  52. Jay Maynard, Fairmont, MN

    North Korea will only understand it's doing wrong when it is punished forcefully. Our present Administration doesn't have the guts to do that, though. Why, Secretary Clinton is only now moving to add adverbs to the negative adjectives she's been using.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  53. Rikk, Simi Valley

    The is no cure for crazy. North Korea is run by people who don't care about consequences of their actions, and don't care what hardship their people must endure. North Korea needs a civil war to change anything. But I look forward to some more impotent posturing and foot stomping by Clinton. Anything we do short of supporting a revolution of take-over by South Korea will be fruitless.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  54. Ken in NC

    Like one of your competitors says, IT WAS JUST AN INCIDENT. They will not do it again until they do it again. That's a promise. There is nothing we can do short of war and if we cross the 38th parallel then we got another million man march except that they be Chinese.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  55. noel hensley

    unfortunately,there isn't a country with the cajones,to do anything,including theU.S.,not with the 800lb gorilla right to the north of Korea!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  56. Henry

    We have roughly 30,000 troops in South Korea, they've been there for fifty years, maybe its time we put them to work. Every time the North acts out we handle them with kid gloves and even buy them off. Its time for a spanking. People died and major naval hardware was lost. This is not a finger-wagging incident. A good old fashioned spanking, yes indeedie.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  57. Tom, Long Beach, California

    Cruise missile destruction of their launch facilities and then deny it

    May 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  58. kevin

    send bill clinton over and make them apologize

    May 21, 2010 at 4:40 pm |
  59. dennis hooper

    let them duke it out. se who comes out on top.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  60. Neil the carpenter

    Simple, there is a way to 'kill two birds with one stone' as it were. Firstly China can jerk Kim Jong Ill's (of N. Korea's) chain at will, it just refuses to. All the U.S. has to do is simple state that Taiwan should have the same type of nuclear reactors and capability as N. Korea, The leaders of China will give them selves an anurism, then jerk Kim's chain REAL HARD.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  61. guarg

    I think that South Korea should have a strategic missile strike that wipes out some of N. Korea's oh so precious military hardware. No casualties, just damage. Maybe that will send Korenas the message that equipment is not more important than life.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  62. Gordon Silliker

    Ban the North Korean team from the World Cup and replace it with another team from the Asian Federation. I know that international sporting organizations don't like to get involved in politics, but as the world becomes more interconnected through technology, it reaches a point where an organization, sporting or otherwise, actually appears to be complicit in affairs by remaining impartial. In a country where pain and misery is the norm, denying North Korea the pleasure of their team being sent to the World Cup would send a powerful message, drive a wedge between the regime and the people, and deny them a justification for escalation. I know that in response to 46 lives loss a game seems paltry, but international football means a great deal to billions of people all over the world.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  63. Aaron Cox

    it would help to gather a little bit of Israel's intelligences..we could air strike their nuclear facilities.. making it impossible for them to counter us with nuclear missiles.. then from there we could threaten them with naval strikes and air strikes.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  64. ramses

    Sanctions. Strangle them with more sanctions if necessary. Countries & people you cannot trust: North Korea, Iran, China, Al khaida & Taliban.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  65. john

    well wiht our military deployed in Iraq and Afghasnistan we are a bit weak in the Korean theatre. Very little we can do other than try some means to persuade our Chinese friends to clmap down on the North as they hold the key to the bank on this one. Starting a shooting war over a single ship is not smart for us now or in the foreseeable future!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  66. KDS Irvine, CA

    Jack,
    South Korea as well as every other country in the world knows that North Korea is a threat to peace in the world. The only way to eliminate the threat is to eliminate the enemy's existence. However war with North Korea would have to involve the United States. We do not have the capital or the troop levels needed to take on North Korea while we are engaged in Iraq and Afghanistan. Economic sanctions is a joke, everybody knows it won't work but the truth is no one is going to take on North Korea without the U.S in their corner.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  67. Ryan (San Diego,CA)

    North Korea's constant threats and actions shouldn't be ignored. Sanctions haven't done anything and with the sleeping giant (China) standing behind them there is little anyone in the world can or would want to do, except call for more sanctions. A war with North Korea is a war with China so any military actions against North Korea would be and should be out of the question.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  68. Rick

    How about nothing since Seoul and its 25 million people likely wouldn't last an hour once all that North Korean artillery starts firing at it?

    May 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  69. David Lorti

    Sometimes you wish North Korea could be put out of our misery through war. Unfortunately, war involves much more than in terms of human toll and it is clear that while most North and South Koreans would suffer, the North Korean leadership would remain hidden away in a bunker. The shame is that 'sanctions' seem a completely inadequate response. Though I support Hillary Clinton completely, and understand the complexities of the situation and possible responses, I get tired of tough talk without tough action. Maybe GWB and Cheney would have fared better in the history books if they manufactured their bogus war against North Korea instead of Iraq and it was the North Korean leader who was found hiding in a spider hole. At least a real problem would possibly have been taken care of.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  70. shane

    Give them what they want, anall out war, it will be ugly but the uglier it is the sooner it will be over

    May 21, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  71. Matthew

    Honestly what more can be done in terms of sanctions? I think realistically China holds the key but I don't know that they will actually do anything. Had North Korea done this to a United States ship we all know what the response would be, strategic bombings. I don't know what should be done, but it is clear that a strong message needs to be sent.

    Matt
    Wisconsin

    May 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  72. Walter R. Centeno

    The only right thing to do "blow them off from the face of the earth".

    May 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  73. Walther Shmit in Oregon

    A tall fence should be built around the hermit kingdom of North Korea. Then no one should be allowed in or out. Let Dear Leader figure out how to feed his supplicants after his kingdom is totally isolated from the modern world.

    We have played their silly little games long enough. It's time to isolate North Korea absolutely, and completely. It's time for the world to put a collective foot on the neck of Dear Leader, and hold him down until he begs forgiveness, or chokes out.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  74. barbara in NC

    There you go again Jack.

    You seem to think everyone should stick their noses into N and S Korea's business, but no one is to butt in on us when one of our looney t-bagger states wants to go back to discrimination (1964 ring a bell?).

    God, you are as nutty as Palin and Paul and Bauchmann – getting close to Virginia Foxx of NC. Shame on you.

    THINK (or thwim).

    May 21, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  75. Brian Smith Ph.D. San Diego CA

    You say consequences? The last time someone suggested “consequences” it was George W Bush telling us the “consequences” would be Weapons of Mass Destruction, and heaven knows what other devastation would come from some goof ball hiding in a spider hole in Iraq. We have enough problems of our own here at home. We don’t need to stir up “consequences” elsewhere ever again.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
  76. David Gerstenfeld

    Let's see, we know sanctions haven't worked with Iran, we have no military to spare, our owners (China) are their friends, so I guess we'll do nothing.

    David, Las Vegas

    May 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  77. Edric C. Wong

    I feel the best way to punish the North would be to increase US military presence in the Korea's. North Korean leaders are consistently wound up, angry, and belligerent, and need to be reminded that they are nothing but a mindless bully. The only way to get a bully to back off is to intimidate him; actual retaliation will only cause the North to fight back with heated anger.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  78. Mike

    Carpet bomb the dmz, that will stop the North Koreans from pouring into South Korea. Get the Chinese to guard their Northern border to stop the North Koreans from pouring into China. A few surgical strikes to Kim Jong's palace and nuclear facilities and it will be over in days. Then embrace the North and bring them out of the stone age.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  79. CTVoter

    First, don't kill anyone. Instead, embarrass their leadership. Create a public memorial from the wreckage and name it The Great North Korean Peace Initiative. Create mocking cartoons of their insane leaders. Taunt them psychologically in the public opinion of the world. It'll hurt them more than any bombs would ever do.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  80. John Krause

    North Korea has a long history of unprovoked agression, including several assassination attempts of the South's leaders, but sanctions and UN resolutions have done nothing but hurt the poor, not affected those on top. A possible response would be to hit with cruise missles those sites that would discomfort or embarass the leaders, such as statues, monuments, or any/all of the luxury homes of Kim Jong Il and those in command the N. Korean army/navy. If the leaders actually have personal consequences, it will get through to them more than a few more starving peasants, and it more directly punishes those responsible.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  81. Chris - Denver

    We should send them a very sternly worded letter. That's about all we could afford to do now that we've squandered our resources on Iraq and billionaire tax cuts.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  82. Brian K, Los Angeles, CA

    The most appropriate action at this time is the least pallatable. Obviously North Korea continues to act in a provocative manner, even as the international community looks at possibly slamming it with more sanctions. The thing is, Jack, is that sanctions are not working. I say that it's time we took North Korea out of the picture to save the lives not only of South Korean military personel, but of those who suffer under the brutal dictatorship of the "dear leader."

    May 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  83. Gregory Tripp, Mechanicsburg, PA

    What should happen to North Korea for sinking the South Korean vessel should have happened back during the Korea War, but no one had the stomach for it then and nothing has changed. We did nothing when North Korea boarded and took the Pueblo. We did nothing when North Korea sold nuclear technology (& weapons?) to terrorist nations. We did nothing after declaring North Korea a member of the "Axis of Evil." Still, nothing has changed. North Korea terrorizes and starves its own citizens and still nothing has changed. Sanction after sanction has been levied against North Korea and still nothing has changed. Until the world community gathers a backbone, which is highly unlikely, China loses its patience, which is highly unlikely, or North Korea goes all out in an invasion of South Korea or launches a missile attack on Japan, both of which are fairly likely, nothing will change. We will continue to rattle our sabers and North Korea will continue to be a thorn in the side of humanity until it is too late to avert the inevitable.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  84. Joe Unger, San Francisco

    Sanctions have worked well in the past. Look at Iraq. Despite all the lame whining about how sanctions didn't stop Sadaam Hussein, they did! He didn't have an weapons of mass destruction and he wasn't waging war on anyone. But all the rightwingers ignored the truth and said he had WMDs and so sanctions weren't working.
    What bothers people is sanctions don't make someone stop mouthing off.
    I say let it go. We let genocide occur in Rwanda, we let the Chinese crack down on human rights. Why come down on North Korea just because they are an easy target...and only because they are an easy target?

    May 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  85. Ron Lambert

    Jack,

    I think we should talk with china, japan and south korea. Letting them provide the military response if indeed one is going to occur in response to the sinking.
    Id rather see a larger south korea and a slightly larger china than a long protracted war that costs more money for US taxpayers. Let the international community respond. I dont want to see US troops in North korea. We should only get involved through orginization and diplomacy, seeking to have the 3 major local countries effected by this to respond.

    Ron
    Miami, FL.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  86. Chris M from Los Angeles

    The South is ALWAYS the victim in these skirmishes. I think it would be completely appropriate for them to send one of their attack subs to the border area and sink a DPNK military vessel of similar tonnage. Make no claim of responsibility. Deny all accusations. Threaten the North that any retaliation would be answered with all-out war. Turnabout is fair play, and the North can sustain a war less than the South right now.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  87. Kevin from

    I would be hesitant about taking any action until an independent investigation concluded without a doubt they really did sink it.
    All the US needs is another "WMD" looming over their already tarnished image.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  88. Adam in Colorado

    This is my FAR fetched idea. The U.S. government makes a deal with China and attacks NK, annihilating the army and ruling party. We then give the land over to China in exchange for dropping all the debt that the U.S. owes them. We sign a deal so that South Korea remains untouched. It sounds crazy, and would take balls. But think about the results: I believe that the North Korean people would greatly benefit. China would have access to more resources. The U.S. would be out of a lot of debt.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  89. Don in Nevada

    We should go to Congress to request to drain whatever is left in Social Security funds, and to strip any sort of financial security we can from our grandchildren's children so that we can get approval to blow Kim Jong il and the rest of the country to the moon!! If Congress won't approve it, then we can stage a N. Korean attack on a US ship in Hawaii to gain public support for another war and then we can do the whole shock and awe campaign. I am all for this, because we wouldn't want our military equipment to get rusty or spoiled. Plus if military spending goes down, it might hurt our GDP. So go get em' boys!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  90. Aaron Mason

    North Korea should pay for the ship and pay money to all of the families who were involved...paying more to the families who lost their loved ones, and money to the ones who survived. This would be a great out for reasons including showing the world that North Korea is willing to take responsibility for their actions as well as move forward with a unified cooperation with the international community.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  91. Tony in The Bronx

    The most important thing is what China says to the North Korean leader in closed-door meetings.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  92. ben stockton, calif

    jack, like you mentioned in your disseratation it has to be a co-operation by the world community to act as a whole to let north korea know that that kind of agressive action will not be tolerated.. we can ill afford to become incolve in another war , because we spend billions in afganistan as it is . we will not win there anyway obama needs to seriosly look into how this war will play out. a good red army couldnt win in afganistan and neither will we.bring the boys home and station them a strategic places to keep the bad guys with stringent security measures alon all our borders ans also have a fairer trade agreement

    May 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  93. Don

    Military strikes are a bad idea at this point. The South would win but the cost would be too great. Seoul will suffer greatly in any DPRK counter-attack. Besides, the Kim regime must be brought down slowly, or decie that policy change is in its best interest (like China in 1976). Sudden collapse will unleash 23 million refugees. Santions should be levied that ban travel for Regime elites, export of luxery goods to the DPRK should be banned, and all international accounts should be frozen. The last point seemed to get their attention last time.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  94. Jim

    Why not ask China to invade N. Korea and take over the country? Then, let them keep it. Make it a territory of China. It would keep S. Korea and the West out of the fight and give China unilateral authority over new territory. China might just take the world up on the offer, since it must realize it could be drawn into a conflict defending a radical ally when it certainly shouldn't want to. Not given its recent freindly gestures toward the West and the huge amount of trade it does with the U.S. Help us out China. Why don't you be the sheriff for once?

    Jim
    Cleveland

    May 21, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  95. Steve

    Good question...how does one predict the response of a nut-job like Kim Jong Mentally-Il. He's liable to press the button over accusations he has bad hair.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  96. jeff jackson, alabama

    South Korea sinks three of
    theirs and tells North Korea
    that's the new policy.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  97. Paul Giuliani

    Dear Jack:

    The only country with the power to punish North Korea is China! If China were to cut off all financial support and diplomatic relations with North Korea, then Kim Jong-il might get the message!

    May 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  98. Chris, NY

    The hard part of everything is proving that North Korea had something to do with the torpedo or sinking of this navy ship. As of right now, it is strictly he said/he said, pointing fingers, accusations, and denying. Once South Korea can prove that it was a North Korean ship that sank that, everyone on the North Korean ship that fired the torpedo, and everyone involved in ordering the sinking of that ship, should be tried by the World Court for War Crimes.

    War crimes are defined as "violations of the laws or customs of war"; including "murder, the ill-treatment or deportation of civilian residents of an occupied territory to slave labor camps", "the murder or ill-treatment of prisoners of war", the killing of hostages, "the wanton destruction of cities, towns and villages, and any devastation not justified by military, or civilian necessity".

    May 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  99. Deb from Texas

    Been there and done that already... The U.S. needs to stay out of this one. We have enough on our plate. We have no business picking a fight with N. Korea.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  100. Morgan

    South Korea needs to make the decision as they were the ones attacked. Then based on that decision the US, as allies, need to provide aid to S.K. accordingly even if that means war. N.K. is like a child, if you threaten to spank but never do they know they can keep acting up and nothing bad will really ever happen. It is time to spank.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  101. T. Mitchell

    To punish them without starting a war would be the same as not punishing them at all. N. Korea is one of the most isolated countries in the international community, and they have proven resilient to this isolation while shifting the real suffering to the average N. Korean.

    To torpedo another nation's ship and kill over forty members of their Navy is an act of war. To punish violence with 'sanctions' is just an assurance to N. Korea that as long as they keep the violence sporadic, they can pick off a few S. Koreans as they please.

    I am not trying to be a war monger, but putting the situation in our country, I would view any military attack against US forces as an act of war that deserved retaliation, not taxation.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  102. david

    I for one would love to see South Korea step up and take any action they feel appropriate WITHOUT uncle sams young boys and girls having to fight this fight. but thats probably not going to happen.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  103. John in Cal

    Good question with a hard answer. Sanctions only work if the other cares about what the rest of the world thinks. Otherwise it will just go on their own way. Cutting off trade will probably work the best. If the rest of the world just cuts off trade then that would be more disruptive I feel.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  104. ryan

    They must be overthrown. If we don't make an example out of them, other nations will feel that they can take advantage of the desire of rational states to avoid bloodshed and remain as humane as possible.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  105. Byron Katsuyama

    The hard liners will call for bombing the North Koreans back into the stone age, but they are pretty much there already. And how many more trade sanctions can we impose on an economy that is already a disaster? If we can't hurt them anymore short of an "all out war" then why don't we try something really crazy like .. helping them. Let's start bombing all of their cities with bags of rice. Might as well throw in some Hershey's chocolate bars while we're at it. Playing tit for tat with the North Koreans is not a game that can be won.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  106. Bernie, North Carolina

    Is it only the U.S. and South Korea that appear to be concerned over this? What about the other nations in the region...have they voiced any comments? If they have, why don't we read about them in the media? One can only imagine the reaction of, say, China, if it had been one of their naval vessels that had been sunk, with loss of life, in a deliberate attack by another country.

    In reality, there appears to be very little that can, or will be done, in the way of meaningful retaliation, that would truly punish North Korea for its actions, and its regime knows it. The North Koreans murdered an unarmed American soldier inside the DMZ and attacked the USS Pueblo, and got away with it.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  107. Tom, in Oak Harbor, Washington

    Wouldn't it be nice if the world could simply completely ignore and shutout a country that has as much hostility. Their leader, at least as portrayed in the media, seems to have the emotional age of a toddler, but with the resources of an entire country at his disposal whenever he wants to throw a temper tantrum or get attention.

    It is unfortunate that in punishing an act dictated by one or a few, the innocent citizens are punished along with him/them.

    That said, There is a thin line between effecting accountability and sinking to their diplomatic level. Having watched the UN deal "rogue" nations for a while, I don't hold out a great deal of hope that the response from the security council will be very severe.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:54 pm |
  108. Brandon in Alaska

    I'm not sure why this is so hard. North Korea would literally starve to death if its trade partners shut the door in their face. I want to see Kim Jong Il broadcast live to his people, telling them why the food supply to their republic is about to be cut off. A little truth might inspire the North Korean public to open their eyes to the rest of the world.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  109. P. Gallagher

    Jack
    While the knee jerk response would be to strike back at a similar N. Korean target, the whole area is a tinderbox waiting to go off, and the nihilist government currently in power would love to draw in all the major players to a major war. There is nothing that brings a country together like a good old fashion conflict against larger enemy forces. Seoul would be devastated in the first week, as would Pyongyang and most of the north. Not an even quid pro quo. The UN should demand China cut off their oil and supplies indefinitely.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  110. Matt

    Very simple, no aid until they pay for a new ship for the S. Koreans. Very small act, but effective.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  111. Dennis north Carolina

    you will not see any because of china????????

    May 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  112. Chris Irvine

    North Korea should face a total blockade of all sea trade and a total exclusion zone to all military vessels starting 10 miles off it's shores.

    But I have to ask-with the Cold War 20 years past-why are we still tangled up in this Korean civil war? I'm fine with it as long as we can clearly establish what our vital interests are in this conflict. I just have this bad feeling that we have 28,000 young Americans sitting on that nuclear powder keg and nobody in Washington has a firm handle about what vital US interest they serve there. I hope Hillary or the President can articulate the mission in Korea more clearly.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  113. DYLANSDADDY

    Lets go to war, overthrow/free the north, and unify the peninsula.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  114. Kevin S.

    North Korea should be a nuclear desert by now. Take the handcuffs off the CIA and let them "take care of" Kim Jong ill. If we acted more appropriately towards these types of tyrants, the world would be a better place. Next up Hugo Chavez, that Iranian leader dude. I look back on history and when leaders knew we would kill them, they kept their mouth shut and did not dare go against us.

    Kevin S. Phoenix AZ

    May 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  115. Scott

    I'd venture to guess I'm the hundredth person to say this, but if one nation attacks a second nation, and the second nation responds militarily to the first, then the first nation starts the war.

    I had secret hopes that President Obama was quietly moving two Aircraft Carriers within striking distance. At the very least, a cruise missile needs to hit the base that the subs operate out of.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  116. Kevin from Canada

    I would be hesitant about taking any action until an independent investigation concluded without a doubt they really did sink it.
    All the US needs is another "WMD" looming over their already tarnished image.
    As well, unless your country is prepared to reinstate the draft you best weigh cautiously into this confilct.
    Regardless of Kim Jong Il's potential empty threats of retaliation, if they did sink this ship it was an act of war and sanctions would be moot.

    Sorry for the repost,,, I accidentaly submitted the last comment before I was done.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  117. Stan

    There will NOT be any consequences of any substance against North Korea.
    The US and the international community are "ALL TALK". The UN Security Council is a joke, reminds me of a cat with no claws – the Council can talk as much as they want, but lacks any ability and willingness to take a decisive action; leaders of North Korea and Iran have proven that time and again.
    How unfortunate...
    The sinking of Cheonan was an act of war, and should be responded to as such.

    Marlboro. NJ

    May 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  118. Tom Buck

    How about China takes over and invades/occupies North Korea, removes the regime there, stabilizes things, and in return Britain gets Taiwan back. Seems more than reasonable.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  119. Mark Waxman

    Jack, it's time for a total embargo, including China. Yes, they can launch a devastating attack on South Korea, but then that's it, the response will wipe them out. They won't listen to anyone but the Chinese and we need the Chinese to say enough is enough. If they don't, then the Chinese should be held responsible by the International community for propping this sad little dictatorship up.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  120. Jason Nammack

    I think we should support South Korea if it wants to retaliate against the North.
    Its going to happen eventually (war) why not now?

    May 21, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  121. Where is your moral compass?

    Sadly, nothing.... This is a first hand example the plight of which nuclear weapons imposes on all nations....

    Ford
    Little Rock, AR

    May 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  122. Toni

    Jack –
    What really can be done? As stated, sanctions have not worked. Not only does North Korea have nuclear weapons, which I believe they would not hesitate to use, even knowing their own people would be harmed, the leaders of that nation aren't exactly what you would call rational human beings – how DOES one deal with crack pots?

    Toni Kapudija
    Elmhurst IL

    May 21, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  123. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    I really don't know what it is going to take to get that pot bellyed little pig of a ruler to start acting like a decent human. It will take the international community spanking him to get his attention and expain to him that his actions and disregard for the rights of other countries to exist will not be tolerated.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  124. John Snyder Gainesville Georgia

    WWIDE

    What would Israel do? An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. Are we so afraid of this Mikado character that we turn our head and make like we didn't see what happened? Furnish South Korea with what it takes to defend their country. A couple of air strikes will end North Korea's aggression.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  125. Rich

    Kyle, TX-
    I say act swift and with no restraint. Instead of a military demonstration, I say we really demonstrate our military abilities in a live scenario in North Korea. We simply cannot allow the actions of North Korea to continue. They obviously do not get the message being sent through sanctions, so why not make an example of what happens when you don't play by the rules. I'm sure we will then get a little more cooperation from Iran and other rogue countries as well..

    May 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  126. Derek

    Will North Korea really risk a war? Probably not. So a strong response is required to show that this kind of brinksmanship is not worth it. A strong response in this case is economic, not military. South Korea should immediately cut off trade to the North. The North is hurting immensely for money. The UN security council will take too long and show to little a result, and a military cooperation response will feed North propaganda for war.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  127. Anthony

    While I don't think war is the answer, N. Korea needs to pay the price somehow. 40 + souls is way more costly than any war ship in any ocean. They need to be put in their place.

    Anthony

    Cypress, CA

    May 21, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
  128. Bret Bingham

    Propaganda targeted towards citizens of North Korea should be ratcheted up dramatically. Target them with bombs of pamphlets and radio broadcast barrages. Tell those people how the outside world really is.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  129. Brad from Michigan

    The South should cut off all trade, the North practically lives off of supplies from the South and China, just like a country on welfare.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  130. Nick

    I think that you take out three or four of their major ports in retaliation. As was already stated, sanctions haven't proven to do anything, and essentially, it wouldn't be unprovoked. Get them where it essentially hurts. Their ability to ship or receive goods. Then they have to come out of their own pockets to re-establish.

    May 21, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  131. Tim

    China is the key to the puzzle, and they have little to gain by supporting meaningful sanctions as long as they face millions of refugees flooding across their border. Regardless of what sanctions the North Koreans "should" face, the reality is that the rest of the world lacks the will to take any effective action.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  132. Bryan

    Just get it over with, war is bound to happen sooner or later. Reunification can be tough economically and the toll would be great but how long til it happens? It seems inevitable

    May 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  133. Tim in Dallas TX

    China is the key to the puzzle, and they have little to gain by supporting meaningful sanctions as long as they face millions of refugees flooding across their border. Regardless of what sanctions the North Koreans "should" face, the reality is that the rest of the world lacks the will to take any effective action.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
  134. larry simpson

    They should be bombed out of existence, but we know that won't and can't happen. We are too spread out already to fight them and probably China. Sanctions won't work (they never have) so all we can do is make threats and go on down the road. Remember they still have a naval ship of ours that's a museum in North Korea now! We didn't do anything then, and won't do anything now.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  135. Annie, Atlanta

    This creep is just going to keep pushing buttons until he gets his war. Knee jerk is to wipe him clean off the map, which is why I wouldn't make a good diplomat. Whatever the decision, hopefully cooler heads will prevail and China is on board.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  136. Malik Johnsom

    I think we should turn their land into a new parking lot.. no more cease -fire they have been threatening of war for year now and i say we give it to them.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  137. Dave Reynolds-Seattle

    Why is everyone afraid of North Korea? Military retaliation is an appropriate response to military aggression. Don't talk about it just do it. The one who should be afraid of starting a war is them, because they know they would lose.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  138. Steve

    Hi Jack,
    I'm from Hale, Michigan. IMHO, any consequences will have to be pre-approved by China first. If North Korea loses favor with the Chinese, they are in trouble. The last thing our country needs right now is a third war to fight.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  139. david

    i think south korea should handle this, it would be nice for a change not to send our boys and girls into another war to protect another country in the name of protecting americans freedom.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  140. Scott Stodden

    I stand by the Secretary Of State Hillary Clinton and say that North Korea's actions require consequences! The North Koreans think they are unstoppable and can do what they want, sounds alot like Iran and there should be consequences for there actions immediatly! The U.S. and the Obama adminstration should respond immediatly with some type of cosequence for what the North Koreans and Kim Jong II did!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,Illinois)

    May 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  141. Gene Ganas

    There is but one solution. Take North Korea out! Lets show these rogue nations we mean business! It would also send the message that you are not safe just because you have nuclear weapons.

    Gene
    Upland, Ca

    May 21, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  142. Joey P. Green Bay Wisconsin

    A military strike on N.Korea is a terrible idea, if China is not on board. Going to war with N.Korea while they are still backed by China is a quick way to start World War 3. Even attacking N.Korea without the help of china is a dangerous move because they may have the capability of hitting the West coast of the US with nuclear weapons. I am not sure that we will see any kind of military action from S.Korea because i think they know the the N.Korean leadership is capable of doing anything, because they feel as if they can act with no consequences, including destroying the city of Seoul. The only viable option as of now is incredibly stiff economic sanctions that are supported not only by the allies of S.Korea, but by a vast majority of the U.N. as well.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  143. David Scott Doherty

    How about accidentally dropping a 5,000lb bomb on their nuclear facility and claim innocence's, must have been somebody else. Just how long are going to pussy foot around with these guys. Are we going too wait for them to actually have a nuke and just hope they won't use it! These guys are so broke, that as soon as they produce fissile material, their going to sell it to the first offer they get. And in this day and age there's a lot of bidders out there!
    Dave from NH.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  144. David Huddler

    The entire international community, including Russia and China, should cease all trade with North Korea until they can learn to "play nice."

    No matter what the decision is, it must NOT be a decision to back down and do nothing. Threats, regardless of how extreme they may be (i.e. All-Out-War), must not be tolerated. North Korea's constant aggression is a threat to the entire world, and it must be stopped.

    David Huddler
    Las Vegas, NV

    May 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  145. Al

    It's important to remember our beef is with the North Korean government, and not with the innocent people of Korea who have been shut off from the world for decades. South Korea needs to handle this one without us. International sanctions clearly don't work. We are dealing with a mentally unstable leader. Our involvement won't help, and may actually make things worse.

    When the North Korean government sends a torpedo or missle towards a U.S. or Japanese position, they will seal their own fate... and sadly, it will probably happen someday. Hopefully whatever path we go down will eventually lead to the liberation of the North Korean people.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  146. Ben Hopper

    Islamic extremists from Saudi Arabia attack us; we invade Afghanistan. Iraq doesn't have WMDs; we invade them. North Korea commits an act of war against our ally; we question whether or not we should invade them. I'm beginning to think our government's criteria for who we invade is the exact opposite of what it needs to be.
    Ben Hopper
    Memphis, TN

    May 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  147. Steve, Clifton, VA

    North Korea should be forced to obtain all of their needs (including food and medicinal supplies) to run that country from Iran after the International community imposes the new sanctions on Iran.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  148. byron

    weren't you saying Mexico's president should mind his own business just yesterday... shouldn't we mind our own business in this matter too?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:04 pm |
  149. Stewart Shanfield, M.D.

    Delicate response is necessary. Provocative military retailiation is likely what North Korea is anticipating. A war could be precipitated and may play into exactly what North Korea wants. (Nothing rallies your people better than a "defensive" war that will be painted by the NK government as patriotic.) A strong military presence around South Korea Pennisula infantry, tanks, navy and air power including US presence is needed to send a strong signal without a direct confrontation. Most importantly pressure needs to be placed on China to implement immediate sanctions that will potentially topple the NK government. Inaction and diplomatic dithering will get no where with these people.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  150. Corey Hurricane, WV

    War should not be an option at this point and time. Beefing up naval presence will only intensify NK aggression and more empty sanctions will be ineffective. The US needs to swallow its pride and ask Kim Jong Il what needs to be done to stabilize the peninsula. This will open up a much needed line of communication. The Obama Administration's (or the Clinton's) should have a goal of getting a symbolic peace treaty signed by the end of this presidential term.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  151. CBuck

    I really don't know what can be done about North Korea, but I do know that what is currently being done, sanctions and such, will not change the situation. Further sanctions against North Korean or if South Korea retaliates, North Korea will make good on its promise. If war does break out, American troops will once again be put into harm's way. I do not think that North Korea could win a war against South Korea and the Untied States but thousands, if not millions, of innocent Korean civilians (on both sides) will die.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  152. Tim

    Consequences? This country needs regime change. It's time to let loose the dogs of war and remove Kim Jong from power. Yeah it'll be terrible.. what war isn't? They've all this artillery and could level seoul without a day or two. Evacuate the city quietly and attack them. You think bowing down and apologizing or applying sanctions that they won't follow anyway will do anything? It's a travesty that this guy can keep a superpower at bay with this intimidation.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  153. Don

    Will North Korea risk a war? Who knows with Kim Jong-il at the helm. The guy is friggin' nuts.

    Sanctions, yes, but South Korea needs to cool their jets if they want to prevent hundreds of thousands from dying instantly.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  154. Maria

    Sanctions mean nothing, so what's left? If Seoul and US aren't already cooperting on intelligence information then we are dumb and dumber.
    I don't want to see warfare anywhere, but maybe it is time for Seoul to blow up some North Korean ships?

    Maria

    Brunswick,MD

    May 21, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  155. Eric

    North Korea is isolationist beyond anything we can imagine, and similarly impoverished. Sanctions, US-ROK exercises and all other actions short of war will either have no affect on North Korea, or they will spark open warfare.

    We are left with few good options. We could attempt to convince North Korea that a war would result in the destruction of the present regime. Unfortunately, to be effective, such a demonstration would require the the US or South Korea to launch a limited attack on a North Korean military unit or position, mirroring the sinking of the vessel Cheonan, but on a larger scale. This would very likely spark the war we are trying to avoid.

    We could also remain with the status quo; appease the North Koreans and hope that in a few years someone slightly saner will come to power in Pyongyang. This has the lowest change of bloodshed, but also the lowest change of success.

    Personally, I would stick with the status quo for now, accepting the loss of a South Korean ship as the price we pay to avoid a bloody and futile war.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  156. Ken

    The north would love a military response by Seoul to escalate the situation so they could strike again. The Seoul should just cut off all trade and Washington should pressure the Chinese to deal with this tyrant. Ideally the Chinese should invade the North themselves under a humanitarian mission.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  157. Kirsten Riley

    Absolutely nothing Jack. This administration is all talk and no action. South Korea's on its own with this one.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  158. steve- virginia beach

    They wouldn't be a threat to anyone if their entire military was destroyed.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:07 pm |
  159. David , Laguna Niguel CA

    Perhaps the President can invite the leaders of North & South Korea to the White House to discuss it over a beer.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  160. Christopher

    We should give south korea nuclear weapons to use at their discretion, we have plenty. Plus to really tick off North Korea, we should lease them an Aircraft Carrier for their use as well.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  161. naqibham

    Hillary will be quoted at saying... "tisk tisk... shame on you"

    May 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  162. andrew Lee

    Let's be realistic. There's nothing you can do to a bully until you are willing to face and fight. Sanctions will push north further into conner and we all know what happens when an animal gets cornered. What can UN do to make North feel sorry but not angry enough to go to war? Only realistic solution is to flood north w. money over next few years and turn the north koreans to capitalism. Nothing melts away communistic fanatics like comfortable life laced w. status designer goods. (Look at what is happening in Russia and China).

    May 21, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  163. Geoff

    Sanctions, propaganda, and thinly veiled threats have all been tried before, and none of them have worked. The only thing Kim Jong Il's regime understands is violence, and no one else in the world has the political will to fight EXCEPT for Kim Jong Il. So, as ugly as it sounds, I say we should let North Korea invade South Korea and then nuke the whole northern peninsula into the Stone Age.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  164. Alan Young

    "An eye for an eye"

    May 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  165. Tom

    Will N. Korea face any tough consequences? Probably not. They have had many sanctions put on them before and has it stopped them from continuing their nuclear agenda or acting aggresivly against nations? No. So I dont see tough sanctions being put into place by the UN especially since China is all buddy buddy with North Korea

    May 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  166. Antonio from Washington D.C.

    Is there a doctor in the house?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:09 pm |
  167. Mark C.

    Obama doesn't have the moral fortitude to take action on behalf of an ally that was brazenly attacked by a manical marxist dictator. In fact, the silence from the White House on this issue is staggering. I assume when Obama got the phone call in the middle of the night, he had the ringer off. He was too tired from bashing one of his own states (AZ) with the leader of Mexico.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  168. John Leo

    With only an Armistice, we are still at war with North Korea by their choice. Why should the sinking of a warship surprise us? They continue to behave like any nation currently at war. It is the Allied Nations who decided to stop fighting, not North Korea. At some point, Nations will realize this and pick up where we left off – this time with a North Korea with Nuclear Weapons. It is like Germany and Japan calling a "time out" for 48 years so that they could improve and mass produce their weapons so that they could be better positioned to win their war.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  169. jd

    Interesting but you reach a point where WE need to stop doing the BUSH cowboy act but also cease this 'diplomatic saber rattling" because history will support the fact that N. Korea acts like a little child testing the envelopes of our patiences. When they realize they have overstepped they then say they will stop IF we give them the equivalent to a piece of candy.

    The child needs to be taught a lesson. We should support S Korea dropping a well placed missile or we do it but N Korea needs to know enough is enough.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  170. Butch Roan

    Well this administration will go to North Korea, bow to the little man and apologize for South Koreas ship getting in the way of North Koreas torpedo.

    And then Obama will offer extra food aid and oil as amends.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  171. Kevin from San Diego, CA

    Nothing will happen. Period. Sanctions against North Korea are already in place and look at what that's done. It's only hurt the innocent North Koreans who are already starving and don't have enough to eat. Peace on the Korean peninsula will never happen if there is any military aggression by the US and its allies. The only hope is to get China to help.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  172. Joe Reeves

    There's not much we can do without risking the economic recovery. We still have to deal with Iraq (which was needed, but the timing was poor) and Afghanistan (a legitimate military action at the time it was started but was ignored by those who had it in for Saddam). Combined with the rhetoric coming out of Tehran, if we commit ourselves to a fight on the Korean peninsula, we will be committing ourselves to a multi-front, global war that we cannot economically sustain. But then again, the need for more troops could take care of the unemployment problem and make Obama look like a savior, thus getting him another term. So I guess it's time to lock and load – do I get to pick between Iran and Korea?

    Joe
    Baton Rouge, LA

    May 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  173. Jeff In Minnesota

    Given we have "experts" telling us various oil spill flows, how do we know that these "experts" really can determine, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that North Korea is the culprit? After all, we are talking about war. Does anyone remember the Tokin Bay incident? A bunch of "experts" said that a US cruiser was fire on by a North Vietnam ship which later turned out to be patently false. Not that I'm a fan of North Korea, but we need to get things right before we make any decisions.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  174. Tom W. - Kenosha, WI

    I cannot understand why this situation is so complicated. I’ve been following developments in North Korea for the better part of a decade and the threat has always been North Korea’s artillery and its proximity to Seoul. Why not simply evacuate the population of Seoul for a couple of months outside of the North’s artillery range and let the North do their worst? North Korea’s Air Force is a joke and would be obliterated easily within hours. Their Army is pathetically equipped with weapons little advanced from the last Korean war. Even if every single soldier in the 1,000,000 soldier strong North Korean Army fought to the death it would still only take a few weeks to annihilate each and every one of them. Would it be expensive? Sure. Would Seoul get seriously damaged? Sure. Money and buildings can be replaced. The lives of brave sailors can’t. It’s obvious that China won’t allow North Korea to collapse on its own, so it’s just a matter of time before they must be destroyed.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  175. Gerald Mitchell

    Being an Army veteran with four tours and over ten years stationed in Korea from the DMZ to Pusan I can honestly say Korea although a beautiful country is a tense place to live. I have resided in the Korean community and conversed with the local citizen's for every tour of duty. They take this act seriously with its main city Seoul so close to the DMZ. I can recall being on quick response teams (thunderbolt teams) and on alert (fog-rain alerts) several times a month. Waking up in the middle of the night to a siren blasting and gearing up, running to formation for accountability and movement orders. Quite a different lifestyle then we are accustomed to here at home. The Koreans take this action not with a grain of salt but instead with the fear that all they have accomplished since their country was last devastated will be destroyed again. Yes, the South Koreans and Americans are outnumbered by the north. But America and Korea have built a bond that cannot be broken. We are better trained, have worked on joint operations, and have superior firepower. The north on the other hand has an older arsenal, forced labor soldiers, and persecution of its people. Another words a cast system dependent on the labor of the uneducated and poor. You tell me if you were a betting man or women where would you put your chips? In the event that occurs I will see you in church (the guy with the uniform on lighting candles) Leesville, LA

    May 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  176. Jose Vasquez

    It seems that every time North Korea is held to account on their own provocations they warn that it will be all out war. They fire off rockets, test nuclear missiles and now attack and sink South Korean Naval vessels. What is most bothersome is that nothing is really ever done. Sanctions have little or no effect and we seem to always back down whenever they resort to their threats of all out war. Why doesn't the International Community call their bluff and bring them to task. Let us stop being little red riding hood and for once be the big bad wolf.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
  177. Jeff of Peoria

    This is just another example of NOT FINISHING WHAT somebody else starts. Just like Iraq we have to finish this but now 60 years later.

    We could have been done w. China and N Korea all at the same time. Think about how much different things would be now.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  178. Kris Miller, Sparks NV

    Kim Jong is poised for war. What's new. Consequences don't work. So why invoke them? Seems only thing left is war. The US loves to get into other countries wars....so what is another at this point. Our poor men and women of the armed forces are so very tired. We should stay out of it.
    Kris
    Nevada

    May 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  179. Travis in Calgary

    Jack, If the iranians torpedoed an american frigate in the gulf, I'm sure the US would strike back with its military might...so I figure and eye for an eye, Let South Korea show it's military prowess and sink one or two of the North's rust buckets.....We all know that this bickering back and forth cant go on forever, and its just a matter of time the war starts back up and it is finished once and for all...

    May 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  180. capnmike

    Consequences? WHAT "Consequences"??? America has no business getting involved in another war, and is already stretched too thin in Afghanistan and other places we don't belong. If The Chinese, the Japanese, and the South Koreans can't manage this one on their own, what do WE becoe...the world's policeman. Granted, this paranoid crazy regime should be overthrown, but by whom? Nobody is afraid of the US any more...Clinton talks big, but we are not in a position to do anything, especially with our own economy in a shambles. Of course, we could airmail them a couple of nukes.............

    May 21, 2010 at 5:13 pm |
  181. Delia

    No more beer imports for Kim Jung-Il!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  182. dore

    Really, let's see.. Sanctions.. nope.. dont seem to work. I am trying to understand how we managed to invade Iraq for possibly seeking WMD, while North Korea not only does seek, has developed and actively sells WMD.. including rockets that land in Isreal.

    It is now time to stop all the talking and for once put the North Koreans to task.. they do keep threatening to go to war.. but they cannot even feed themselves..

    It is time to stop the games.. launch a few missiles, drop a few bombs and finally see it that little guy with the funny glasses and really bad hair cut (worse than Trump) is prepared for war.. or not.

    Call this clown's bluff.. go to WAR> and not a police action.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  183. Doug

    Maybe it is finally time to take action and rid the world of this threat and liberate the poor suffering people of the north.... It's crazy – if we hit them with more sanctions then only their poor people will suffer more then we'll feel bad and soften up again to help them out. It's a mad circle that's been repeating itself for too many years. You've all said it – we've ran out of options. It's time...

    May 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  184. Maryann Cerasoli

    If there is a problem between North and South Korea, let them work it out. I do NOT see it as our problem!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  185. Nikitah Imani

    The consequences should be whatever South Korea decides in its own national defense. It is important the US does not enter this at this stage, because it will be South Korea which will deal with whatever the consequences are, so they should make the decision.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm |
  186. Lucius Luciano

    Have them pay for the ship and send out a formal apology. They have already been sent to their room but still need food slid under the door.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  187. Sly

    North Korea will pull whatever they have to so they can get what they want- it's the same pattern its always been for years. They play nice, cooperate, give hope that maybe they'll work with South Korea and others, then some disaster/defiant move to force people into concessions. This is just another one of those gambles.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  188. David, Ottawa ON

    Unfortunately Jack they are likely to face zero consequences, and you can thank China for that.

    Despite much evidence to the contrary, China continues to support North Korea believing it to be good for them in the long run. And of course, the U.S. is loathe to do anything to upset China at this point what with them holding so much of the debt.

    If we could work around this one glaring issue, you can bet your ass that there would then be swift retaliation for what is undeniably an open act of war. No one is really afraid of a nuclear attack from North Korea, Iran, or any of these other small nations because we all know what would happen if they did – they'd be wiped off the face of the Earth in an instant.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  189. Linda in Arizona

    A slap on the hand, perhaps? Ask China what we're allowed to do.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  190. Nick R

    South Korea needs to sever economic relations and the US and other countries need to stop sending aid. North Korea has threatened war so many times it's gettin boring. We need to stop talking and do somehing.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  191. Matthew

    What should happen: A military strike on the naval base of the offending sub.

    What will happen: Nothing at all for one big reason. China.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  192. Don J. Bewley

    Why bother even asking, Jack? Our President doesn't have the stones to do anything anyway

    May 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm |
  193. Michael in Phoenix

    The leader is a child who thinks he is great in his little world, but for the rest of us he is a nuisance. Naval blockade, anything moves on the water sink it. Continue this until they apologies and make restitution.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  194. Richard

    N.K. is a nut case state backed by another nut case state! Put the sanctions on China.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  195. Dave

    We have known for a long time and I mean we as in the world that in history what you do not defeat usually comes back to bite you again. I think that we were tired of war after WWII and that the Korean War was thankfully ended but ended without a victor. This poses the problems to us that we see today. The North Korean government is unstable at best. We and this time by we I mean the United States, South Korea and our allies have left undone for too long a war that needed to have a clear victory. I do not advocate for war but it seems to me left unfinished we have allowed North Korea to become a nuclear power and repeatedly thumb it’s crazy little nose at any sanctions that we have put on it and now once again it has attacked the South. I think that we need to over come this country with all out war. My reasoning is this. The dictator they have is a false idol. We saw what the result of such a leader can be when the Iraq army surrendered to us as we went in to their country. Although there are hardliners still at the helm in some spots, troops that have no food and no motivation often invite the war so they can surrender. I think in this case anything we do will escalate into a war any political talk at this point is cheap. Our Armed forces are well advanced of the North’s and I think it is time we flexed a little muscle and help give the Korean People a nation free of fear and free of war. In today’s world the idea that we can have a clean war has somehow been placed in the American mind. War is a dirty and ugly business and not one to be walked into lightly but what happens when one of their nuclear weapons gets sold and we don’ catch it with our sanctions and it ends up detonating in the streets of South Korea, or worse in the streets of America by a terrorist? The problem is there is no one in the North in a position of power that can make sane decisions so the safest bet would be to remove the Armistice and go in fighting and clear the world of this insanity. After all the next ship could be ours. If it had been how would we react. Plain and simple they have committed not an act of aggression but an act of war and it needs to handled as such.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  196. Jeremy D from Michigan

    Jack, North Korea will get away with almost anything (except maybe a nuclear bomb test) as long as we owe loads of debt to China – which will continue to be at NK's side, like they were during the Korean war.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  197. Sly, Alpena, Michigan

    Unfortunately, North Korea will face "NO" Consequences because South Korea and the United States have "NO" Backbone.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  198. Matt in Stafford, Virginia

    Their military should be facing B-2 strikes day and night. But that won't happen. They have enough artillery pointed at Seoul that any action will be met with utter devastation. UN sanctions are the next bet, but so far they have been a joke. Even when facing the most recent sanctions, the DPRK still exports arms with near impunity.

    The sad thing is that this is just a cycle. The North starts dropping out of the news, they do something drastic, the world runs to them with angry letters in hand, and the DPRK still comes out on top. Now these tantrums are killing South Koreans.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  199. Gary in Pa

    None Jack. The South Koreans don't have the guts to retaliate and the Obama didn't include that situation is one of his books. Hillary is talking tough, a real hawk, maybe she is laying the groundwork for running for President in 2012. And of course, the UN, should I say any more. North Korea now knows it has the upper hand and that could be dangerous.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  200. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    What are you talking about Jack? Nothing is going to be done as a result of this incident? You're crazy man!!! Don't you know, since Day 1, it's been "ALL HANDS ON DECK."

    May 21, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  201. Jim Schroeder Jr.

    We have spent ourselves into a position so that we cannot afford to do anything.Remember the Iraq/Afghanistan fiasco. All we have proven by those two, is just how weak we are.We have the most modern weapons available, and men in sandals hold us at bay.geeeesh

    May 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  202. Solitude

    "It is left up to South Korea! And you know that Jack. What happened in Georgia with Russia can also happen in Sout Korea and the rest of any country that China think they can dominate. What I am waiting for, but it wont happen in my lifetime. Is Russia being put in it's place by China, You will will no powers by then, because you cant go any further than the Island just south of you. South America wont let you in with all your muslims."

    May 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  203. Mike in Mississippi

    I think it's time to put a few N. Koreans, male and female; and a few Iranians, male and female, on an huge Arc and help them learn the real dangers of nuclear weapons. Then help the two countries start completely over with diverse cultures.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  204. Randy in St. Louis

    We're basically fighting a two front war right now and that's never been an historic great idea. Now everyone's screaming to start a third with N. Korea?

    I'm a Viet Nam era Navy vet and the flight deck of an aircraft carrier is never a peace time place, but it teaches you to appreciate total randomness and off chance occurrences.

    We've got a megalomaniacal midget in power with at least one nuke that we know of. That's my definition of giving a monkey a loaded gun and staying in the room with it.

    Personally, I don't think the Obama Administration, or Carter II, has the nerve, resolve or where of it all to do anything at all.

    That saddens me, because I also know something about crisis at sea where politics suddenly mean nothing....like it did to those lost South Korean sailors.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  205. Tom

    Bombing them with rice is the best idea. How embarassing for the Dear Leader to have the streets filled with food. KJI went to China to get much needed money. He could have gone a few yards to the South and gotten all the money he needed, but he knows the jig is up.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  206. Jim Davis

    How Gen. Douglas MacArthur has been proven right!!!

    North Korea is like the retarded red headed step child who constantly wants attention. You can try again and again to discipline a child like that but in the end, a knock right up side the head is the best solution.

    Caff: the real problem with the North attacking isn't the troops but the 100,000 pieces of artillery pointed directly at Seoul. What the South needs to do is to begin a mass evacuation and prepare to respond to the North using military force.

    The North is desperate and starving with nothing to lose. It's time now to end this regime by invading the North and bombing them into submission. We need to do this now and if necessary bring such force that would include a nuclear attack on Pyongyang.

    China will no nothing. Mark my word.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  207. Mayble

    Our President is as soft as puppies and ice cream, and like Biden articulated, he will be tested often. The world is snickering at the obvious weakness of this administration.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  208. mike sey, Ottawa

    The world should respond in the same way it did when the US navy downed an Iranian civil airliner killing 293 civilians in an unprovoked and unwarranted attack.
    This way it would be 10 years before South Korea got an apology or compensation for its loss and the North Korean sub captain could be awarded a medal. Case closed and war averted.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  209. Zoran lazic

    If S.Korea was looking for a trouble...well, they got it. You just keep feeding them with last,state of the art naval vesels and AEGIS systems and VOILA-THERE IS A TROUBLE.
    North Korea don't give a pardon.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  210. MFM

    The options are limited because no one wants another war. I would suggest:
    1. Formal condemnation of the act through the UN.
    2. Immediate cessation of trade, cultural exchanges between the 2 Koreas.
    3. Banning North Korea from participating in any future Olympics.
    4. Increased pressure on China to act. As the Chinese and US economies become more dependent upon each other, there certainly must be economic pressures that can be placed on China that would encourage the Chinese to control North Korea ( might they respond if South Korea announces it too will pursue nuclear energy for "peaceful purposes?"
    5. South Korea will need to bolster its own military and enhance its own defense. A symbolic "major arms" deal with the US/West would improve the South's capacity to defend itself as well as send a message that the West will come to the defense of South Korea.
    6. Stop all future trade and food agreements with the West.
    7. Place North Korea back on the list of states that sponsor terrorism.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  211. Frank N. Cape Coral, FL

    YES, N.Korea should have to pay a price for it's action, This is something that the United Nations should be involved in, OH MY GOD! Ha ha ha ha ha ha, I just made a funny, I should be a comedian.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  212. Jason

    You hit the nail on the head when you said that nothing will happen because of China. China is a coward when they talk about being a global leader, and standing for peace, yet they turn a blind eye to Kim Jong Il when he kills SK sailors. Beijing literally embraced Kim Jong Il last week, which is a slap in the face of SK. The Chinese will never be leaders with their cowardice.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  213. Walker

    Jack,
    If North Korea had oil or if they threatened Israel there would be hell to pay but, since neither is the case, all that will happen is a lot of huffing and puffing and finger gesturing.
    Win over China and we end all this beligerance.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  214. Infonomics

    They either make restitution or we parachute Lindsay Lohan into the general population with Carte Blanche privileges.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  215. Rance Davis

    You have to get China's attention first. They are the headmastet of N. Korea. A international "parent-teacher"conference.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  216. Joe

    War is the only option for now.... considering sanctions is not really effective, but then how many americans will be involve. Is US really serrios about this ??? or just talking as usual and no action because of China.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  217. Tim

    Knoxville, Tn. Ever since the U.S.S. Pueblo incident back in the 60's, the U.S. administration has been tiptoeing around North Korea's blatant criminal leadership as if they were scared of waking a giant. The only thing giant about North Korea is the starvation problem caused by the idiots that attempt to run that cesspool of a nation. If we leave them alone, with the sanctions in place, it is only a matter of time before North Korea implodes or explodes. It is a good thing I am not President, because if they so much as blinked an eye at the US, Pyongyang would be a glowing wasteland. 46 families no longer have sons and fathers, and again, we will tiptoe.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  218. Ronald D Morris

    There will be no consequences at all. Not even sanctions. N Korea has the US buffaloed, and they know it. Short of a nuclear attack on Japan the United States will not act. The only effective sanction would be embargo, closing the N Korean ports. This could only happen if the N Koreans were absolutely convinced that the US would invade N Korea if N Korea attacked any of their neighbors despite the shelter of China.

    No Democrat would do this, and I can not think of a Republican with the balls to do it. Not even Bush went after N Korea. Where is Teddy Roosevelt when we need him?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  219. Fred

    Again Jack our being there how not changed the Peace situation.So lets bring our Troops Home Save Millions of Taxpayer Dollars and let them solve it themselves!!!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  220. John in East Syracuse, New York

    Remember the Maine. That slogan started a war. Unfortunately, it was based on a line. The Maine was blown up by accident and the Spanish had nothing to do with it. Of course, the Spanish lost a lot of territory, and the United States gained. So that worked out pretty well.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  221. Diligent

    Worry about problems HERE first! Quit worrying about whats going on in some other country and fix the friggen catastrophic gulf oil leak!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  222. Ron

    Jack, what we should do and will do are totally different. South Korea should cut off all trade and contact with the north. When North Korea declares an end to the armistice or threatens war, we then should nuke it into oblivion. No army, no refugees, no war and no belligerent dictator. This would also solve the Iran problem. It worked on Japan and it will work on N. Korea.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  223. Christian

    Unfortunately South Korea can't respond appropriately with their Capital and 12 Mio citizen in easy reach of the North's Artillery...or can they? Actually I don't think the North Koreans will go for all out-war if the South would sink one of their ships. Anything less then a military response will just show crazy Kim that he gets away with everything!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  224. David Sisters OR

    The Air Force and the Navy arent really busy right now and none of it is further than about 100 miles from the ocean-perfect.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  225. bhayes

    The US decided on regime change over Iraq's WMD's and I don't recall them ever having admitted having WMD's. Now that Iran and N. Korea have each admitted having weapons of mass destruction, let's just hope the US doesn't decide on regime change there also. Let's use diplomatic means this time like talking to them about not sinking our allies warships unprovoked?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  226. Ray

    That easy. Sink their entire navy in retaliation. Board every ship they send out on the high seas and confiscate their cargoes. If they want to re-start the war, so be it. They are bankrupt, their people are starving. I doubt their military can sustain any real effort on the battlefield Also, as a side benefit, we'll finally learn whether they really have nuclear weapons. Of course, if they do it won't be very pleasant for the South Koreans. Another benefit, the rest of the world will get a foretaste of what Armageddon will look like.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  227. Cactus,NC

    The UN has about as much influence on N. Korea as I have on the US congress, N. Korea does not listen and neither does my congress. Of course obama will insist the the UN pass more sanctions that the North will ignore same as Iran. N. Korea can not produce enough food for its people, so why not block aid the the whole country. Some or most of the people will go hungry (hell, they would love a Burger King right now) , but maybe this will open the N. Korean citizens eyes that the "Dear Leader" has been lying to them. Of course we all know that our "dear leader" will do nothing, all talk and no action, but lots of PC lip service.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  228. S. D.

    War..lets stop talking about war esp. AMERICA! I think America should keep quiet like most of the European community, who are preferring their regional crisis (economic) instead of elevating the conflict between S. Korea and North! Wait for the situation to unfold before predicting what is going to happen...Did we not learn any lessons from the invasion of "nuclear arm free" Iraq...America has a lot in its hands already with the never ending economic crisis, war in the middle east and all the political differences...

    May 21, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  229. Micheal

    Lets stop trying to avoid the inevitable. We're going to have a conflict with N. Korea eventually. This gives us right to go ahead and do what we have to do and stomp out Kim. And while our guns are still hot we should pounce on Iran and finish this once and for all.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  230. Stephen Dobek

    Oh yes, just another brilliant move by Kim. What a moron. I hope the folks in the North can someday get rid of this joker and tell him to shove his political beliefs and horrible management skills where the sun don't shine.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  231. BrettMN

    How about we be real allies and allow the South Koreans to take the lead here and make their own decisions, with us only backing them up?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  232. Ben

    Hey Matt, does that mean paying for the ship will also cover the loss of lives in the attack?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  233. john j. grimes watertown, ma.

    Jack, you are 100% correct in saying that nothing will be done. We try to have a dialogue with this rogue "nation", We send them food to feed their starving, oppressed people and our leaders actually think that they will change but they never will. They also never admit to any provocative act such as kidnappings, tunnels dug into the South or the many murderous acts that they are indeed responsible. Nobody wants a war so the only thing that can be done is to ignore them. Send them nothing and let them starve.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  234. Mike from Canada

    Heres a thought,
    Ask for the Officers of the Sub or the powers to be that made the decision to attack the Ship and put them in World Court on trail for the act of premeditated MURDER..If and when their found guilty EXECUTE them..
    Seems reasonable...

    May 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  235. Robert Lee

    What do Americans know about war unless you are enlisted? S. Korea has been at war for decades. To imply that American diplomacy will work in Korea like it has in Iraq and Afghanistan is plain ignorant. S. Korea already drop and ships humanitarian food to N. Korea, but guess what? The government takes it from the people. Can people not think past the first layer of their argument? "Let's send aid, and not war." Unless you can send people to hand feed the poor citizens how can you guarantee that the food isn't taken by the regime like it has been for decades. This isn't a Red Cross food station for African Refugees. People need to rethink their ideals and make sure their is a hint of reality to it. Realism in a solution would be a miracle in politics we all know. But to have the US Citizens screaming and commenting absurd ideas that didn't last more than five seconds in their head need to thank society for not implementing survival of the smartest policies around the world.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  236. Les Veber

    I agree with your comment about the fact that nothing will really get done. but I must say your comment about China is uncalled for. They i'm sure would not support N Korea , attacking anyone.
    THis is the usual B.S negative comment about China, when people like you , who know absoltuely nothing about China and give gulable people the impression that China would be behind something like this. You owe your viewer more a more responslbe comment than that.
    N Korea cant' be trusted and I dare S Korea has many short comings themselves. Did they expect us to believe the torpedo parts shown on the TV which were rusted beyond belief survived the explosion that sank a warship. Come on, tN & S Korea are playing games at our expense.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  237. Lee

    Give South Korea a few nukes to even the playing field. See how far the lil man in the north wants to push the envelope when it is the people he is threatening directly that would be able to retaliate, as opposed to them counting on us to have the stones to do it.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  238. anonymous

    Give tons of food for everyone out of Pyongyang across from the China border. Those poor non-city people don't deserve to be in a war fate but in a love caring state. Then, find a way to scoop up Pyongyang residents, carry them off in a bus, and do a one hour lecture of what their Great Leader is actually doing to their own people. Show them where all the food is actually going.

    Then, show them lots of footage of the outside world and how living in Orwell's 1984 book is not the way to go. If they accept the truth, then they have every right to rebel in Pyongyang. Of course, the only barrier in their situation is everything they've been taught to believe since they were in (military cough) pre-school. Sadly...

    May 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  239. Mike---Virginia

    Jack,
    I am sure there is a magnifying glass on board the space station. With our technological capabilities, we should be able to aim it directly on Kim Jong Il's butt and burn him a new one! Short of that, you are correct, nothing will happen.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  240. Bob Barber

    The real question should be: "What consequences should the media face for placing this story on the back burner?" This is a blatent attack and an act of war that overshadows even the oil spill. If the findings are correct, N. Korea must be held accountable, at the very least, an apology, explanation and payment of damages should be required.
    Little has been reported by the news media – the story was on page 9 of the local paper and is barely mentioned in tv news headlines. Thanks Mr. Cafferty for giving it the attention it deserves.

    Bob Barber, Hiddenite, NC

    May 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  241. Jack

    Somebody will have to deal with them in the near future. Now is as good a time as any. Let us have some good old fashion global armageddon to cleanse the pallett and then we can all start over with a new canvas. At least for those that are left.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  242. Jose Vasquez from Palm Coast, Florida

    It seems that every time North Korea is held to account on their own provocations they warn it will be all out war. They fire off rockets, test nuclear bombs and now attack and sink South Korean Naval vessels. What is most bothersome is that nothing is really ever done. Sanctions have little of no effect and we seem to always back down whenever they resort to threats of all out war. Why doesn't the International Community call their bluff and bring them to task. Let us stop being little red riding hood and for once be the big bad wolf.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  243. Chris

    To be honest....cutting off all trade would be my first attempt. If that doesn't work then you have to over throw that country's government. I think it would be easier then the Iraq war.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  244. Dan

    Short of full-scale war that will ruin Seoul, home to 23 million S. Koreans and the heart of the world's 10th largest economy, no consequence will have any impact on the N Korean regime. Why? China is the only nation in the world that can have any diplomatic-economic impact and they could care less what N Korea does – they keep N Korea afloat and prevent their socio-economic collapse. Their apathy makes them as responsible for the deaths of those 46 sailors as the N Korean Regime. You want impact? Hold China accountable for being a complicit coconspirator to all DPRK evil.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  245. honest john in vermont

    NK has been and will continue to be an intransigent ,autocratic, petty dictatorship and as long as the Kim's control NK that will continue. Diplomacy is of course a joke. What do we do? Another stupid "sanction"? Kim has called our bluff. It is now time for the big stick. We can do it now or we will have to do it later...now is the time.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  246. Alex in Gig Harbor, WA

    Please, not another war over sunken ships. Remember the Maine! Remember the Lusitania! Remember Pearl Harbor! And don't forget the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Is the city of Seoul and its ten million people worth the lives of the 46 sailors if the fragile ceasefire is broken?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  247. Ron in Arizona

    North Korea keeps intimidating everyone with threats, well why don't we threaten them with a few things of our own like an air strike or a few attacks so they can put up or shut up. The UN is a waste of time so don't even waste the time asking them, just do it!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  248. Ralph Spyer

    What happen to the U.S.S Liberty when Israel airforce try to sink it and American boys were killed? A cover up Did south Korea try to sink their own ship just to start a War ???

    May 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  249. Joshua Steimle

    First, we should issue a stern warning of potential consequences. Then, we should write a letter, reiterating our warning, and warning of the potential for further warnings. Then we should have our President state, publicly, that he is not pleased, and that if the North Koreans don't shape up and fly right, that we may have to write another sternly worded letter. Then we should write a letter to the UN, asking it to also write a sternly worded letter, possibly containing a warning. We should then talk to our allies, and tell them in no uncertain terms that we are unhappy with the North Korean government, and that unless they write their own sternly worded letters, we may have to act unilaterally and send another sternly worded letter of our own. We should then have a summit to address the issue, inviting experts from around the world who will come together and develop a plan to issue another sternly worded letter containing a warning.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  250. North Korea Watcher

    The only way North Korea survives is by dragging China into a war
    with South Korea and the U.S., so we need to tread carefully. Sanctions, blockades and such will have little effect on the despots of Pyongyang. My suggestion: Hillary tells the Chinese that is in everyone's best interest to get rid of Kim Jong Il and his inner circle – coup, bullet to the back of the head, sanctuary in China, whatever. Followed immediately by Chinese military moving into North Korea to occupy and stabilize for 10-20 years, under UN colors if need be.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  251. Anthony

    North Korea is to China as Israel is to the United States. They are noth tiny, belligerent countries that cause nothing but problems for their "sponsor".

    May 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  252. James Dean

    I would suggest an all-out, sustained global anti-Kim Jong Il PR blitz that calls his intelligence, leadership and even sanity into question. North Koreans may not watch the news, but KJI does – a lot. He is the definition of a megalomaniac, and international ridicule could have an interesting impact on his decision-making. It would be even better if we could somehow get China on board.

    Sure, maybe nothing happens, but if it a) mitigates further bad acts or b) compels him to act so unreasonably that international intervention is unavoidable, it would be worth the relatively low cost of causing someone so sensitive about his ego some pretty massive trauma.

    The only downside I can see is if it angers him so much he decides to further punish the North Korean people, but from what I can tell, it can't get much worse.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  253. David

    What would happen if N.Korea sunk one of OUR ships?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  254. AutosPak

    The US only uses force on countries when it is sure that there won't be any or little retaliation. Now this is a classic case to test US resolve. North Korea sells weapons and equipment even to groups what to talk about countries. It sunk South Korean ship. The US will not say anything other than going to UN and try to get sanction against NKorea.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  255. Joe Ruby

    I don't think anything will happen to North Korea. They can't lose this bout. I am, however, bothered by a strong feeling that "the glorious leader" is very sick and probably doesn't have much time left. Therefore, he may just be planning a "glorious" exit by destroying the whole penisula with one big bang.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  256. becky - Las Vegas

    You are absolutely right, Jack. NOTHING will happen. There are already a plethora of embargoes, sanctions and such against North Korea. Yet, Kim Jong Il has everything his crazy little mind could want or dream of while his people suffer. You can't fix crazy, Jack, but if the South takes up arms, the US will surely be dragged into it.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  257. Dave Thomas

    Send a delegation (on permanent loan) of the financial wizards that trashed our economy. They'll beg us to take them back.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  258. Martin in Shoreline, WA

    There is another option, Jack. We could withdraw our forces from around the world and stop sticking our noses into every conflict that pops up. If we hadn't invaded Korea in the 50's, that South Korean ship would have never been sunk.

    Simply withdraw our military presence from around the world and put psychos like Lil Kim on notice: Attack us and we will turn your country into a parking lot. Our military has turned into the world police. Their job is to protect Americans, not everybody else. American imperialism is what is causing most of our problems with foreign policy.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
  259. Sam Collins

    This attack was an attempt by North Korea to return to relevance as it is still clinging on the memories of the "good old days" of the Cold War. For America to retaliate with embargoes and increased military presence in the area is to act with fear and nothing good would come out of it. So it is important for America to respond with diplomacy and focus on getting themselves out of the messes that they've already put themselves in.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  260. frankie

    North Korea is a very small country. Their leader (who cannot live forever) is not rational. China is enjoying becoming part of the modern world, they will not let North Korea ruin things. We just need to stand tough with South Korea right now and use our influence to strengthen the UN, that can't hurt and it might help.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  261. Bob

    Let's stay the hell out of it. I mean, dude.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  262. Jon

    It will just be ALL TALK as usual. Just add this problem to all of the other ones, where NOTHING gets accomplished over 4 years, 8 years, 30 years, etc. With one election after another just electing people to go to Washington to have some nice dinner parties. Great!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  263. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    As I heard Secretary Gates express that even if we have soldiers in Irak and Afghanistan; our presence in North Korea would not streched out our resources as they would be no foot soldiers but marines. There is a limit for North Korea to get away with provocation on top of killing people! Give North Korea's leadership a combo to swallow as he is starving his own people and always acting out for attention and intimidating : international sanctions that includes China's vote, Seoul to cut all ties on top of the U.S. water presence! In other words, stop the provocation or face consequences as described; otherwise there is no end to this game and people's lives are not a game!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  264. curious steve, boston, ma

    how about consequences for the war crimes, current and past, that the US and its bad boys in south korean have perpetuated against the people of korea for the last 65 years?

    over a thousand mass graves, with hundreds or more civilian bodies in each, have been dug up in the last decade under progressive leadership. they were massacered during the US military occupation (1945 – 1948) and running up to the korean war in 1950 by the Korean paramilitaries and vigilantes armed and supported by the US military. a few years ago, the US and its global ca[pitalist overlords managed to plant yet another corporatist righty, lee, who quickly stopped the digging.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  265. ROBERT BERNSTEIN M.D.

    Hello Jack,
    As long as China responds to North Korea in its fashion of cowardly self interest, North Korea has no fear and will continue to thumb its nuclear tipped nose at the rest of the world. What is necessary is a regime change in the North and the longer the world waits the more difficult it will be to achieve. A regime change from within is the ultimate best answer since the populace has to be totally frustrated with their government. This is not an easy task since the government is ruthless and while starving the people it can keep them in total control.
    Oh well, we can still pray can't we ?
    R.E. Bernstein M.D.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  266. John Geheran

    Jack,
    China holds the NK cards. Absent the cooperation of Bejing, talk of sanctions or other measures is an exercise in futility.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  267. Paul, NY

    Boycott all Chinese goods and services until they exert the influence that they certainly have over North Korea. It might also help our balance of payments and even encourage people to but things made in the USA

    May 21, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  268. txkboy

    At least one of the alliance countries "knows" about anti-submarine warfare. It would be a shame if one of North Korea's mini-subs came up missing.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  269. one

    Once and for all, let N and S Korea go at it and get it over with. Hillary's little sanctions would be as much as a joke as sanctions from the UN on Iran. She is about as scary as Janet Napolitino (sp?). Nuke the site from orbit, it's the only way to be sure.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  270. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    North Korea and Iran have been flexing their muscles again and again while calling the U.S. bullies. Times out, no more sanctions, it's time to dust them up a little bit.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  271. Donald Ashton

    That guy is out of it mind. We really need to go in a finish the job, his "army" and "navy" wouldnt stand a snowballs chance against the combined US Japan and SK force.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  272. Steve

    More sanctions are not going to work. The country has been under sanctions for years. Face it, sanctions just don't work. North Korea is going to have to be dealt with eventually, now or later. We've been successful in prolonging an impending war with them for so long but I think time is running out. I think that South Korea and the United States should be ready to deal a striking blow to North Korea if needed taking out their abilities to command and then let the superiority of South Korea's military finish the job. This will bring the poor people in the North out of isolation and result in an integration of a United Korea.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  273. Jim

    Hot war on the Koren Peninsula has to be out of the question. The results would be catastrophic. Slow and steady will have to win this race.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  274. cashmoney

    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is AGAIN and AGAIN saying that North Korea must face consequences. Jack tell me so far how many warning have been sent to North Korea and still nothing. This is the 21st century the United States isnt the only super power in the world in fact the US supremacy and influence is declining rapidly therefore who cares about what Hilary Has to Say.
    China states got Billions to blow , Russia economy is rising and developing countries are doing good too while the US & Europe are broke. So jack No one will Listen to US No more and we better get used to it.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  275. RichM

    Sink any of their submarines that leave port, and then deny it forcefully.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  276. james roesser

    hey why dont we just end the forgotten war once and for all carpet bomb the country then nuke it and then build a new parking lot for a new walt disney world for china other then hong kong then we could all eat chirros

    May 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm |
  277. Sarah W Evans

    They have a "million man army" BUT how devoted are those million?
    if we let this go unnoticed then we all look like fools and "scaredy cats" so to speak.
    Sarah

    May 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  278. Peter Gilbert

    Three things were definite after this incident: South Korea would conclude (correctly) it was a direct result of DPRK military aggression; DPRK would deny it was involved; and China would urge restraint from all parties (US included). The underlying cause of DPRK's actions probably has more to do with fishing rights than just a simple but unprovoked military adventure. I'm not sure what we can do now, if DPRK is hell bent on outright war and the state collapses, it will take a quarter century to assimilate the North into South Korea (look how long it took Germany to reunite) and slow economic growth worldwide. We don't need that right now. Just rattle the sabers and move on.

    Peter, Dallas TX

    May 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  279. Farsight

    Do nothing in the short term. As a long term strategy, open a McDonald's in North Korea. Then Burger King, KFC, Taco Bell, Sonic, etc, etc. Expand all over North Kores. Get them hooked on junk food. Eventually obesity, heart disease, diabetes etc. will kill them all.

    Ya make a buck and take care of the problem.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  280. Nicholas

    What actions we should take depends upon the desired results. First things first, an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council should convene in order to feel out how the veto wielding members are going to position themselves. The end game result should be regime change in Pyongyang. The man who wears the crown there is too mentally instable to govern his people. If it must be war that achieves this aim then it must be an international coalition that does it and it has to be lead by an Asian country. American can't do this alone. Bottom line, something different needs to be done or things will stay the same.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  281. Doc

    What consequences should North Korea face for sinking a South Korean ship?

    I remember when all the democrats blamed Bush for "not finding weapons of mass destruction" . We now have Bo Bo in the White House and he, after 1 month, can't find out how many barrels are draining in our own back yard per day. What will he do about punishing North Korea? Probably tell them they have to join "mandatory health care".

    May 21, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  282. Lance

    This is the solution (thanks CTVoter). I always wonder why we don't do this with other political/terrorist nutters: "First, don't kill anyone. Instead, embarrass their leadership. Create a public memorial from the wreckage and name it The Great North Korean Peace Initiative. Create mocking cartoons of their insane leaders. Taunt them psychologically in the public opinion of the world. It'll hurt them more than any bombs would ever do. SNL and other cartoonist should lead the way!"

    May 21, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  283. David

    North Korea did not do this alone. They sunk the South Korea warship under the direction of China to see how America and the west will react. If nothing happen, they will make the move on Taiwan and the South China Sea. There is no better time for America and the western world to act. We should give North Korea ultimatum and attack with the most deadliest force when the ultimatum expires. This is a very unique opportunity to jump start the our economy, and for the better, should China decides to jump in, we can wipe out the debt and reaffirm the world leadership position at the same time.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:35 pm |
  284. Russ

    We don't currently have the resources to start another war. So likley this will be a bunch of big talk by the politicians. I'm not sure how much more we can isolate N Korea. Their people are already starving while their leader continues to try to destabalize the region. If i were him, i'd start worrying when the USA finally gets out of the two wars we are in now...because then we'll be aching for another fight i'm sure.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  285. Tim

    After all the threats and posturing have abated North Korea will realized they got away with another act of aggression. No one is willing to risk going to war including North Korea. But they have mastered the art of creating enough uncertainty that in the end no one will take any actions against them. Unfortunately this will embolden the North and we will see similar acts from them in the not too distant future.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  286. Broadway Blues

    An eye for an eye! Kim Jong Il is all bark & no bite. Hes banking on China stepping in but China is not stupid enough to risk the collapse of their economy for this little coward. South Korea should send a message loud and clear!

    May 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  287. Nicole

    Sanctions...haha! What a joke that is. 46 sailors were killed in this attack...is that still not enough?? (We're going to be very very mad at you N. Korea.....give me a break). I've never seen so much political non-sense in all my life.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  288. Rick

    If the ship was sunk by North Korea, the "experts need to share the fndings, not just assure us it was a North Koren torpedo, because given the overwhelming proof we saw of government involvement in the WTC demolition and the subsequent huge coverup, no agency or network or corporation is to be trusted, unfortunately. They all lie to us, and probably are lying about this Korean business too. If Korea did it, let's see the evidence, and publish the names of the "experts". To cause a probably nuclear war, wouldn't that be at least a minimum standard? I know many Americans want to just kill all the little yellow and brown and black people, but they've been doing that for 250 years now, and don't seem to be improving the world in any way, maybe it's time to try something different. That fellow who wants to act with no restraint should take a few minutes to consider what life will be like on earth if there were a nuclear war, how would his children do in a world like that? Maybe he has alienated his children, maybe he doesn't care, but many of us love our kids and want a clean world for them.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  289. Christopher M. Peninger

    South Korea should create a policy that allows any North Korean citizen or military personnel who wishes to defect to South Korea political asylum or refugee status and broadcast this message across the North via television, radio and media with instructions to do this by sea instead of the DMZ. This will occupy the North Korean military to contain defections instead of aggression. I believe that will cause a high level of military defections and hopefully a cascade effect destabilizing the North Korean regime. Call it an 'open' arms response to aggression.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  290. Ron

    We need to bomb their underground sub pens with bunker busters from a B2 stealth bomber. After they come screaming to the UN that they got bombed we can look at Kim Jong with a confused face and tell him if he took better care of his facilities they would not blow up by themselves. Time for some of his own medicine.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  291. Peter Torp

    i believe North Korea does need sanctions by the UN by which all nations abide by this. The only concern will be China which normally vetos the sanctions. The nations will have to talk a lot with China to get the North Korean sanctions to pass.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  292. Birddog in Mississippi

    Jack, many of your commenters have suggested that we got to war with NK. Seriously? They think that we should go to war with a nuclear armed country? We need to react much as we did in the cold war. Continuing isolation and tough sanctions until NK collapses from within. I read one idiot here even suggest that we send in the 30K troops we have in South Korea. Has this nimnut seen the North Korean army?

    May 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  293. Steve

    North Korea and Iran have just been playing games with us. If we have the will to do it we should tell Kim Jong-Il that if he attacks South Korea again we will invade. I don't see how anything other than drastic action can solve any of these problems.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  294. SparkyB

    Make one move and 40,000 pieces of heavy artillery aimed at Seoul go off like roman candles...and 2 million troops start heading south...and a world class economy like SK's goes to ruin sending the global economy into a death spiral.

    But I suppose your right for criticizing the Sec. of State for not talking tougher.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  295. Dustin S.

    I think we have seen sanctions and condemnation from the international community do absolutely nothing. The North does not care about strongly worded letters and speaches from foreign leaders.

    The only thing that will accomplish something is military force. They have sunk a warship. What more reason do you need to take out the current regime? Just get it done.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  296. Bill

    Whatever is decided upon as a response to the sinking of the South Korean Ship, I hope it has teeth and a Backbone. The North acts like a spoiled child every time something doesn't go their way. Granted they have Nuclear weapons and their Artillery is in close proximity to Seoul, but, You can't have one of your ships sunk, lose 46 Sailors and just have a war of words in the Media.
    The North knows that their weapons are inferior to ours and the South's as well. It would be suicide if they react to any punishment that is decided upon by the South, the US or the International Community as a whole.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  297. Will

    The most probable response would be a military strike on the base that the sub is located. The international community would have a hard time going along with anything more then that.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  298. xxception

    The response will vary according to what they are trying to accomplish. Personally, I believe the bully never stops instigating trouble until some kid has the temerity to bust his nose. Unfortunately, the typical response to their provocations has been grandstanding and political posturing that does nothing to change the situation. I don't expect to see anything different here.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  299. Carsten Mosenko

    My co-worker and i were talking about this yesterday. There needs to be a response, to let it go is an invitation for more incidents. A uniqe response is to load up the bomb bay of a b-2 bomber full of news papers, or magazines so the people of North Korea have some information on what is really going on outside of thier country. North Korea works very hard to make sure there is no information from the out side so they can keep thier own people in the dark and controlled. Maybe this exact sinario is not the answer, but we might need to think out side the box on this one.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  300. Steven P

    Maybe NOW the west will take NK seriously. After all, they've been keeping the lights out at night for a long time..er, for stealth purposes, of course.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  301. Tim

    Mr. Cafferty,

    I really don't care whether you read this out loud, or not. I would, however, appreciate some kind of answer as to why you would stick China into the equation after closing your comment on the air? China is not the USA, and North Korea is not Israel. The Chinese do not follow blindly wherever the Koreans choose to lead them. The fact that China made more of a diplomatic effort than the USA did when trying to talk North Korea away from a Nuclear program is proof enough of that.

    As for North Korea facing any punitive measures for this incident, don't sell the South Koreans short on their own national pride. They will certainly be cutting off all trade with North Korea, and North Korea will have to either learn to cooperate with it's neighbors, or eventually starve. As for any other nations trying to involve themselves directly into this mess- that's just foolhardy.

    Tim
    NYC

    May 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  302. ken

    It's all about diplomacy. We will have a lot to say, but our actions, will be as usual, not doing anything. But it gets them thinking. We have to prepared for war! Is talk better than war in this event? Yes. So it's talk now as usual with North Korea. They know that. And it gives them the advantage! When do we or Souyh Korea act? Just wait for Act 2.

    May 21, 2010 at 5:40 pm |