March 26th, 2009
06:00 PM ET

What should U.S. do about North Korea's planned missile launch?

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says "there will be consequences" if North Korea goes through with a planned missile launch. This comes after North Korea placed a long-range missile on a launch pad, and said they will launch it to send an experimental communications satellite into orbit. But the U.S., Japan and South Korea say it's a cover for testing a Taepodong-2 ballistic missile. The launch could come within a few days.

S. Korean activists burn cut out N. Korean missiles and images of Kim Jong-Il. S. Korea has urged N. Korea to drop its nuclear weapon and missile ambitions.

The U.S. says such a test would violate a U.N. Security Council resolution; and that's why the U.S. is warning it would seek punishment through the UN, probably more sanctions, against North Korea. Japan would also press for new sanctions.

But North Korea insists that any more sanctions would make it quit the six party talks and potentially restart a nuclear plant that makes weapons-grade plutonium. If they successfully launch this rocket, it could show they have the technology to send a missile as far as Alaska or Hawaii.

American officials have said the U.S. is capable of shooting down a North Korean missile heading for our soil. But Secretary of State Clinton says the U.S. has no plans to shoot down this particular rocket.

This is President Obama's first big test when it comes to dealing with the regime of Kim Jong-Il - and we may learn a lot about our new president by watching how he responds.

Here's my question to you: What should the U.S. do about North Korea's planned missile launch?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

John from Marlton, New Jersey writes:
Nothing, that idiot in North Korea is just looking for attention. He knows he is toast if he ever shoots a missile at us.

Ralph from Yakima, Washington writes:
Don't knock it down, but draw a line in the sand. Cross the line, next time it goes down.

Eleanora from Mt. Laurel, N.J. writes:
Let the diplomats take care of this one. We, the people don't know enough. The most important thing we can do is to trust Hillary Clinton. She is quite savvy and has much experience in this field. This is why Pres. Obama chose her as Secretary of State.

Donna writes:
Once again, the U.S. is taking a "wait and see" attitude and we could get a huge reality check down the road. Haven't we had enough of those? I say, shoot the damn thing out of the air and let the Korean Freakieman know we are serious now, not later! The US has gone soft and that is our biggest problem as a people. We've turned into a bunch of soft bellies that our Great Grandfathers would be ashamed of! God help us!

Fred writes:
Let them launch it and promptly shoot it down before it gets through the atmosphere. If we shoot them down a few times, they may be forced to abandon the program due to lack of funds!

John from Houston, Texas writes:
Dear Jack, I think we have enough problems to worry about here in U.S. and we definitely can not afford to expend extra money with another war. Our enemies have learned that the best way to defeat us is bankrupting us. What timing they have, don't you think? Our time being the world's cops is over.

Cody from New Jersey writes:
I honestly don't think it's our problem. Either it fails and we laugh or it succeeds and we throw more sanctions at them.

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soundoff (260 Responses)
  1. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    We should wait for it to fail and then laugh at them. Their style of government gives birth to mediocrity, not rocket scientists.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  2. Jim/NC

    Take out their launch site.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  3. Deb I , Nauvoo, IL

    Didn't we spend billions on an anti missile defense system. Let's give our systems a test at the same time the NorthKoreans do. Shoot their missile right out of the sky! Unless,of course, all those Republicans were lying about our missile system and it never did work after all.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  4. Russ in PA

    The US should sit back, and watch the show. Perhaps Obama can free up some stimulus money to provide us all with popcorn.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  5. karen-phoenix

    Just let them launch it and don't give them any attention. North Korea(or that Kim guy) is like a 3 year old on the playground not getting enough attention. It probably will just fizzell out like the last one did!

    March 26, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  6. SDN

    I still haven't been able to resolve in my mind how one country can logically dictate to another what they can or cannot have or do.

    Don't even think it – I love this nation and what it is supposed to stand for as much or more than anyone else – so spare me the "socialist" and "bleeding heart" knee-jerks.

    We as a nation assume the authority to demand, and in some cases enforce, our wills on other soverign nations. Under what rationale or mandate do we assume this authority over other nations? We love to rail on and on about our dedication to freedom and human rights, but the minute another country does something we don't like, we forget all about this dedication. Our dedication to these concepts should be consistant if we want to expect credibility from the rest of the world.

    In the case of North Korea – In reality, we no doubt have one or more of our nuclear "boomers" submerged off their coast at all times. These ships, any one of which could reduce the entire country of North Korea to ash, are most certainly monitoring their behavior and prepared to take whatever measures required to protect our interests.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  7. Joan B

    It's none of our business. If we would of spent more time taking care of our own shores and people and keep our nose out of other Countries Business and Bill Clinton allowing Nafta, and illegal immigration galore we would actually have a strong healthy Country.
    We should beef up our defenses and take care of our own people.
    And to heck with the large Corps and their so called executives, who for the most part are crooked.
    Joan B

    March 26, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  8. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Just monitor the launch and mind our own business.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  9. Jayne

    We need to verify the story that it's a satellite launch and nothing else. There are 2 American journalists being held by North Korea and if we willy nilly shoot their missile down it's not going to look too rosy for them. However, if we learn with certainty the missile is armed, we must shoot it down.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  10. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    This is a tricky one in that we want to "stand up to them" and they have already specifically said that they will walk out of the "six party talks" if they are sanctioned by the UN or the US. It is time for Hillary to go to go China's Secretary of State in persuade China to carry both a carrot and a big stick. As a local neighbor, whose economy is going gangbusters since joining the civilized world, their point of view should carry great weight.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  11. David of Alexandria VA

    Watch - just sit back and watch. Maybe put a targeting tracking beam on it to let them know we could drop it in the ocean if we want to. Work with the international community to sanction the Pyong Yang regime out of existance. (I'm sure China or South Korea would love to have another province.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  12. David in Raleigh, NC

    The United States should bomb the missle launch site before the launch can occur.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  13. Meg from Troy, Ohio

    Practically, what can we do? I imagine that we can put diplomatic pressure on them, and possibly threaten them with military action, which we probably aren't capable of taking at this time. It's probably time to send in our Department of State big guns(no pun intended) and get down to some serious negotiations.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  14. Wisconsin Don

    No need to worry, it's all taken care of. Hilary already has said she will voice her serious concerns to the United Nations. That should end the problem. If that doesn't work she should immediately get to work on a response that the president can load into his teleprompter and address the issue. Providing of course Pelosi gives her approval.

    Speaking of teleprompters, maybe Obama could work out a pay per view teleprompter competition with Ron Burgundy and Ted Baxter.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  15. Mack in Traverse city Michigan

    We should advise North Korea that their clumsy attempts at extortion should henceforth be directed to China. I,m sure China would be more than happy to feed and cloth N Korea's citizens once they're living under a Chinese flag.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  16. David Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    We are doing exactly the same thing with Noth Korea as we did with Wall Street and that is nothing.
    When oh when will this country EVER learn that appeasing a bully

    March 26, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  17. Eric Godfrey

    Obama just needs to negotiate with them and everything will work out fine. Just remember he can't do anything wrong. Right CNN??????

    March 26, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  18. Kerry Diehl

    Simple, just put the “button” a little higher up on the wall so “Shorty Pyongyang” can’t reach it.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  19. arlene in iowa

    Didn't Japan say they could shoot it down..? Let them deal with it. if it doesn't reach our borders why should we stick our noses in it. Let someone else play the world police for a change..we're hated enough by all others countries. Unless it's pointed at us and can reach us and it's not a satellite then we should act.China is who we should be worried about.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  20. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    I think that we should rely on our intelligence agencies as they should know more than we do; at least if they learned anything from the previous Iraqi "weapons of mass destruction" fiasco. Personally if North Korea intended to do harm with thier missile, why would they announce its firing in the first place? It is time to get off of our axis of evil dialogue.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  21. Karen, Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Watch, wait, and pray that it is the communications sattelite that they say it is.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  22. Joe in DE

    Shoot it down – if we can.

    March 26, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  23. Tina Texas

    Keep an eye on them but stay at arms length. We cannot afford another war. We are just about so far in the red that we will never claw out of. And the number two Taliban said that they could not be us militarly but they could bankrupt us and I see that happening.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  24. Jackie in Dallas

    Keep a sharp eye on it. That's all, for now. Unless we have some proof that the missile is aimed at us or one of our allies, or unless we have some proof that it carries nuclear devices in violation to the UN mandates, we really have no other options. Any punative action needs to be taken at a UN Security Council level, not a national level.

    We do not need to engage ourselves, our military, and our money in another war unless there is NO other option!

    March 26, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  25. SUSANM



    March 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  26. Terry from North Carolina

    Let Hillary take care of this one. She is doing a heck of a job in Mexico.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  27. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: You mean what are we going to do--right? Nothing--

    March 26, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  28. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: The usual. After the missile is launched---we are going to release a press statement of objection.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  29. Pablo in Tejas

    Not a thing Jack. I doubt the dern thing will fly.
    If they launch, successful or not, there is little that can be done to harm the Hermit Kingdom more than what they do to themselves. The one thing that might have a good effect is to find a way to cut off their money flow. In the immortal words of Gus Grissom, "No bucks: No Buck Rogers.

    Arlington Texas

    March 26, 2009 at 2:14 pm |
  30. RoXxXtaR

    I don't think we can do anything rash to N. Korea that we aren't planning on enforcing on other countries. China is making attempts to increase their military capabilities and let's face it...this isn't a hobby that these countries are doing for fun. The U.S. should find out what these countries are hoping to achieve with these increased capabilities and interest in their Defense areas.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:15 pm |
  31. Sue Austin Texas

    When they do launch the missile if it heads anywhere close to Japan or any other country we should shoot it down. It may upset North Korea but when you get down to it are they are friends, I think not. The shoot down would not be an act against anyone but to help insure everyone will be safer in the future. If the world can see us do this at such a great distance from our borders countries like North Korea may think twice before trying to take improper actions against any nation.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:17 pm |
  32. Susan from Twin Falls Idaho

    Why is the onus always on the US to do something about other countries weapons? Look at the reality here. We aren’t the first countries these missiles will pass over and possibly land on. Let Japan, China and South Korea jump in there. Look where the last time we got involved in these matters landed us.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  33. Tom Ft Lauderdale

    Sadly we lack the military might to do anything but wine. The best we can hope for is that if things don't go well the missle will land in Mexico...

    March 26, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  34. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    well...this is interesting since this missile suppose to have communication satellite right! What is wrong with this world...allow me to reduce tension...this satellite on viagra is not needed to have a relationship with the U.S. I would simply tell them you want a relationship with the U.S....Pick up the phone and let's speak using our brains instead!

    March 26, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  35. Peg

    Perhaps attempt a dialogue. It would be a start.
    Peg from NY

    March 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  36. Gigi

    The U.S.should get its house in order before we clean up any other countries. They have their eyes on us looking for the next blunder.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  37. Peg OShia

    Send any captured Taliban or Al Quida into Korea as part of our "relocation plan" That will solve our Afghanistan problem.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:29 pm |
  38. John from Alabama

    Jack: If the North Korean rocket poses a threat to the national security of the United States of America shoot it down once it violates our air space. I took an oath once which partly stated "to protect against all enemies foreign or domestic, so help me God"

    March 26, 2009 at 2:32 pm |

    We should shoot a few Senators and Congressmen into space just to show we are not intimidated. I would be happy to choose the names.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:33 pm |
  40. SDN - Phoenix, Arizona

    We should do nothing. It's not in our domain of authority to dictate to other soverign nations what they can or cannot do. For all we know, in spite of their incessant posturing, they are developing a launch vehicle for communications satellites or other such purposes.

    It's also important to recognize – as the North Korean administration almost certainly does – that the US has the response capability to, almost instantly, make any overt tactical action by them far worse than a bad decision. They know what "boomers" are, and what they are capable of.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  41. Remo Austin Texas

    Nothing. Let's see what it can do, figure out how many they have, are they going to export, and then make a plan. How many years did it take us to have a reliable (and we still lose them on the pad) missle system?

    March 26, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  42. Dennis North Carolina


    March 26, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  43. Mark in OKC

    Isn't it obvious, Jack? We should invade North Korea, depose the leader, and allow the citizenry to greet our soldiers with cheers, flowers and adoration.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  44. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    Let them launch it. If it comes anywhere near our territory, then blow it out of the air. No one can object to that. We can’t afford (in any sense of the word) any more preemptive strikes. Look where they got us.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  45. mitchell, arkansas

    nothing. it's probably a dud, anyway.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  46. Frank Taylor

    It is difficult for me to understand why the U.S. feels they need to police the world and stop other countries from getting what America already has in it's arsenal.

    Other countries are eventually going to acquire whatever weapons it deems necessary to defend itself from countries that have a reputation of invading other countries, without provocation, so who can blame them.

    America seems to make it a priority to lead the world in an arms race but takes offense to any other country behaving in the same manner.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  47. John S. Cleary in Dayton Ohio

    Well,if it is headed our way,shoot it down.What choice would we have?

    March 26, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  48. TennesseeFrost

    nothing.. we launch things all the time without every country questions..

    why are they any different?

    we don't own space.. there are no boarder guards there.. no walls, no fences..

    soon it will be full of junk

    March 26, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  49. Richard Green

    Bush and Cheney did such a wonderful job of keeping us safe the last eight years that those two great Americans should be selected to use their keen insights and infallible judgement [along with their private intelligence sources] to make the intelligence data fit the policy they wish to pursue that will asssure the world that the North Koreans have, indeed, developed this missile for strictly peaceful and defensive purposes. They will then remind us that they've done their part for peace and that any future international incidents are Obama's fault.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:53 pm |
  50. Fred R Deleon

    Keep an eye on North Korea is a must. However they do have the right to put a commercial satellite in orbit. Now if there is no such of commercial satellite then we will have to be absolute sure before shut down the space artifact. Peoples Republic of China will be watching very close. A confrontation with N.Korea is no worry at all.
    Confrontation with China equals Big Problem.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:54 pm |
  51. Betty, San Diego, Ca.

    We should impose sanctions on the North Korean maniac, lunatic, nutcase, starting with an embargo on pizza and platform shoes. Then blast the missile and any subsequent missile launch out of the sky. If he persists, take out the launch facility.

    March 26, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  52. Sandra fromTexas

    Right now. Roll with the punches. Diplomacy.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  53. odessa

    get rid of them.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  54. John

    Join with the Koreans and launch a Korea / United States missile as a partner. The best way to neutralize your adversary is to join his side and help him accomplish his goal.
    Pampa, TX

    March 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  55. Daniel Indiana

    Watch it be shot off and be prepared to shoot it down if it appears to threaten any country other than North Korea. If we want to make it a reason for war, then we will be playing into North Korean's hands and they will oblige us. There is no need for this to lead to any loss of life for anyone, if that can be avoided.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  56. RSB - St George, UT

    There really isn't much we can do but follow China's lead. China is N. Korea's ally, which 30 years ago wouldn't have been a prpoblem, but, to complicate the situation, our own economy is now dependent on China because not only have we outsourced so much of our manufacturing to there, but China is also financing our massive trillion dollar debt load and keeping the value of our dollar artificially high. Frankly, China having so much control over us has me a lot more concerned than N. Korea's missile launch. If any of us really think the US is still a Superpower, then we are all as delusional as George W. Bush. (Roland/St. George, UT)

    March 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  57. David in San Diego

    Watch carefully, and if it is successful send their leaders a congratulatory note regarding their technical expertise. It is the height of arrogance to act as if protecting our security–as we see it–should dictate the peaceful things other countries are "allowed" do. Can't we all just get along?

    March 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  58. fred p

    Let them launch it and promptly shoot it down before it gets through the atmosphere. If we shoot them down a few times they may be forced to abandon the program due to lack of funds!

    March 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  59. Jackie in Dallas

    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    Keep a sharp eye on it. That’s all, for now. Unless we have some proof that the missile is aimed at us or one of our allies, or unless we have some proof that it carries nuclear devices in violation to the UN mandates, we really have no other options. Any punative action needs to be taken at a UN Security Council level, not a national level.

    We do not need to engage ourselves, our military, and our money in another war unless there is NO other option!

    March 26, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  60. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Accuse them of being a part of an "Axis of Evil" and refuse to have anything to do with them. Oh wait, we already tried that. Tough sanctions. Wait, we tried that, too. How about we ask them pretty please not to do it? We tried that, too? Maybe we should attack them just in case they may be thinking of doing us harm? Wait, we tried that with Iraq, didn't work out so well. We could try to beg them or beg China to stop them. What's left to do?

    March 26, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  61. Joe , Clinton Ma.

    They should just tell North Korea that the possibility exists where they will lose any and all aid if they launch the missle. But the US cannot continue to police that area of the world. China needs to step in. If they won't then the US shouild order all companies out. And tax chinese goods to the max.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  62. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,maybe we could have President Obama have sit down tea with the very cordial leader,you know meet with these reasonable people without preset conditions,I'm sure they would cancel the launch immediately!!!

    March 26, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  63. Ralph Nelson

    Don't knock it down, but draw a line in the sand. Cross the line, next time it goes down. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  64. Mike Syracuse, NY

    Secretly shoot it down. They'll never know if we did it, or it just blew up.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  65. Eleanora Feucht, Mt. Laurel, N.J.

    Let the diplomats take care of this one. We, the people don't know enough. The most important thing we can do is to trust Hillary Clinton. She is quite savvy and has much experience in this field. This is why Pres. Obama chose her as Secretary of State.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:21 pm |
  66. Emerson in Mass.

    We should let Japan lead on this one – we don't have to be at the head of every parade.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  67. Jay in Texas

    Unless it poses a definite and immediate threat to one of their neighbors, we should leave it alone. Given their past track record, it will probably be just another flop.
    Brownwood, Texas

    March 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  68. George, Dunedin, Florida

    Depends on which way it is directed. If at the United States we defend, and then we make them pay the price for doing so.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  69. Ronin

    Well, if you would listen to Hillary... we all know that it is a problem which we caused...

    So we should grovel before them and then do what ever we can to help them...

    Oh what a sweet world it is for a LIBERAL ELITIST...

    OR - We could use it as an opportunity to test our antimissile technology??? (Of course with the cooperation of the Koreans... They get to send up their missile...) That sounds so much better than the veiled threats of: "There will be consequences!"

    Oh... I can hear them shaking in their boots now... 🙂

    March 26, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  70. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Duck. And hope and pray that it doesn't hit us. Maybe they'll miss us and hit Columbia with a nuke and this will end part of the drug problem we're having. One can hope.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  71. Richard

    Nothing ,except keep an eye on them.We cant police everyone in this
    world.First of all its not ouw job to do so.And if our country thinks it is their job.As people say "who put us in charge".We need to stay out of others business.As we want them to stay out of ours.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  72. Tom McCann

    Shoot it down... If we think we can.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  73. Eric from Toronto

    Enjoy the rocket's red glare and hope to see it bursting in air a few hundred feet off the launchpad.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  74. Enough

    Least of my worries. But the gov't does need a diversion since attacking Iran is no longer a viable possibility.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  75. Melissa

    Stop flipping out over it.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  76. Joe From Woodbridge

    Do we really care, or are we really worried what the North Koreans are putting on their launch pad. Let South Korea worry about the North. Why can’t we just (for now), try to fix the mess we’re in here, at home.

    We should mind our own business!

    PS: You think North Korea is worried about what we have on our launch pads?

    March 26, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  77. Chuck in Warren, Ohio

    Jack: We should pray it's a dud just like their Leader.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:45 pm |
  78. Robert Smith, Tenn.

    Absolutely nothing, not one damn thing!

    March 26, 2009 at 3:47 pm |
  79. J Georgia

    It's a shame that Bush et al spent down American arms and military strength for basically nothing. It seems it might have come in handy for real situations such as this may become. As it stands, I doubt we can, or will, do much of anything about N. Korean misbehavior except for perhas a little international bloviation.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:51 pm |
  80. Richard, in Kansas

    Jack I consider myself an expert on North Korea since as a soldier stationed on the DMZ I could see North Korea from my barracks. I think that all we can do is wait for Kim Jung Il to raise his ugly head and shoot him down like a moose/wolf / any other fuzzy woodland creature. If that seems harsh maybe we could just capture him and send him to the country Africa.

    March 26, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  81. Gigi

    I've found that sometimes (more often that not) when I ignore my 4 year old grandson, he straightens up his bad behavior. Maybe its time to use child psychology on N. Korea.


    March 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  82. Doug - Dallas, TX

    Watch it take off and see where it goes. If it attacks anyone we like, then nuke em and we'll worry about the fallout (no pun intended) later.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  83. Randy from Salt Lake City

    It might be cool to videotape it.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:02 pm |
  84. Pete, Fla.

    If they fire a missile that comes anywhere near U.S soil, we should intercept it. Maybe then they'll get the picture that America is a badass country that won't take crap from anyone.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  85. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    We should observe and try to determine just what kind of missile they are using before taking any action. If it is a commercial satellite as they claim there is no problem yet. If they continue to develop missiles capable of reaching us or our allies then they should be stopped.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  86. Chuck from Gulf Shores, Alabama

    I am worried more about the Chinese.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  87. William Courtland

    Get North Korea to gain engagement with the International Space Station. Why can they not contribute a segment or a component?

    This will improve relations and future peace talks.

    Their contribution will need to be launched from the equatorial window: so by India, or some other equatorial Nation: such as Ethiopia.

    North Korea deserves their own style of freedoms, and thus their own method for living. You can not force freedom upon others: nor can one push freedom. But you can offer them the freedom to participate in world affairs... a nation holds different rules than an individual.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  88. Barb from Hazel Crest, IL

    I think it is a test. I think Obama should blow it down.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  89. Liz, Windsor, Ontario, Canada

    The U.S. should continue to use all diplomatic means to urge North Korea to cancel its planned missile launch. If it does the launch anyway, I agree that much stiffer sanctions must be put into place by the U.S. through the U.N., Japan, and any other countries willing to do so. Also, North Korea should be warned NOT to restart its nuclear plant, and told it would be a VERY poor idea to withdraw from the six party talks. It would only be hurting itself further.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  90. Joe from Arlington

    North Korea is nothing more than a sad little member of the axis of poverty. They are obviously not going to attack anybody. I wonder if these scary stories aren't just hype to sell next year's Pentagon budget or today's TV news.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  91. Larry Guerra

    We will not be able to dictate to other countrys what they can have in their arsenal, North Corea is indepented country. We do not want to be like the USSR during the 1950 thought out 1970. They wanted to dictate what other country will do.


    March 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  92. Henry

    Didn't VP Biden predict someone would test Obama right away? So I'm sure our response will consist of our President sending them a recorded video and 26 CDs so that North Korea knows they are a better friend than Britain. I'm sure our Eastern European allies – you know, the ones Obama sold out to Iran and Russia with the missle shield, might have some ideas to share.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  93. Chad from Los Angeles, CA

    As far as Alaska? We can just sick Sarah Palin on them. She will tell them "they should not take actions with these things like that since she can see them from her house and will send Joe sixpack to throw a beer at the missle!"

    March 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  94. JS

    I don't think there is anything we can do, we seem to think we can launch missiles and other countries cannot, I know we hope they will not but can we continue trying to police other countries?

    March 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  95. Ann Radwan

    We must not make idol threats. An arrogant foreign diplomacy has proven to be irresponsible and very costly. Whatever we decide to do, we need it to be surgical and equitable. ..New York

    March 26, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  96. john .... marlton nj

    Nothing, that idiot in Norh Korea is just looking for attention... he knows he is toast if he ever shoots a missle at us.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  97. Ed Reed

    Can Gov. Sarah Palin see North Korea from her house?

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    March 26, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  98. kellye

    Alaska!? Oh, my, isn't Palin the expert on that front? Perhaps Obama should place her on the shore in a tee-shirt with a big red bullseye...oh, and make sure Korea knows she's there...suggested target and all.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  99. Pat Mathis

    Let them launch whatever they wish. We donot need to pay them off, when we would have to borrow the money from China and they are backing them anyway.
    We need tobring all troops home and build up our own defense and guard our ports and borders with the money saved.
    We have the technology to take down their missles and we need to keep investing their and build up our own defense departments.
    The next world war will be with China, North Korea and possibly Russia, and we need to get healthy and start building our own defenses up.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  100. barbara in tacoma

    Turn it around and send it back to them. Then lets see if it scares them.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  101. Billy in Las Vegas

    sounds like a good way for Japan to test their close in sea based ABM's to me.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  102. Greg, Ontario

    Absolutely nothing. As long as it stays inside their own border America has no right or moral ground to do anything. Who knows maybe we will all get lucky and it will land on Kim Jong-Il.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  103. Michael, Liverpool, NY

    The best thing we can always do, prepare for the worst but hope for the best. In other words, send up our own spy satellites to see what they are up to and prepare that missile defense system in case we see something like a missile heading our way.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  104. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    Watch it , see how it goes, and if it does well, make sure we know when to turn them into glass.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  105. Jim S from Gardendale, Alabama

    What can we do? It appears that t hey ignore any sanctions we make and those just harm the Korean people anyway. It seems to me that those countries who ignore the U.S. and our wishes are becoming more and more numerous. For example, Iran is proceeding with their nuclear ambitions as well as North Korea. The soviet presence is growing in Latin America with Chauvez and Afghanistan seems to be at a boiling point. We seem powerless to police the world as we've done for so many years and perhaps that's not all bad. We can't afford it anymore. I'm not saying that we shouldn't watch out for our interests throughout the world as well as our security but perhaps the time has come to concentrate our efforts closer to home for a change.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  106. Greg, Ontario

    Hey Jack, if this missile can reach Alaska maybe you should send Palin over to talk to him. I'm sure after a few minutes of listening to her cackle away he will agree to anything just to shut her up.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  107. Anthony....Swedsboro, NJ

    Why should we worry about a bumble bee showing off its new stinger? This little idiotic fool has been grabbing the tiger by its tail for years. Kim jong-il is now ill and like all dictators on their way out will go out kicking and screaming. Let's simply ignore him and stop letting him extort us for millions of dollars which only prop up his preposterous regime.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  108. Jake, Beaverton OR

    Pretty much nothing. Like we did when China used a missile to shoot down a satellite.

    I hear the Mexican drug lords are shopping around for a missile too,..... from an LA or Phoenix gun dealer.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  109. Dan from Alliance, OH

    Reset our Nukes to point at N Korea. This is one country that is not to be trusted.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  110. The Voice of Youth

    We have a President with a staff, well prepared for this. It is more interesting to see how it will be played out then it will be a test to the President.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  111. Lynette

    We should shoot it down Jack! We can't let people think that we are weak.

    Marietta, GA

    March 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  112. Greg in PA

    Shoot it down! Then say, do that one more time and we'll drop a nuke on you. However, Jack your favorite leader doesn't have the moxy to do what a real leader would do.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  113. Terence

    Jack, It seems that N Korea has too much money and use it to send up rockets and for future missles. Maybe we should cut back on there fuel and food subsidies so they will have to spend their rocket and missle money on food instead. You cannot chew and eat missles! Why do we send them subsidies when they threaten the USA and everyone around them. We are the stupid ones.

    Terence ,Piscataway, NJ

    March 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  114. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Nothing! When we try to tell North Korea what they can and can`t do, they will show us.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  115. Janice

    Have China intervene to stop the launch for the very reason that it is provocative and not in anyone's interest – while at the same time monitoring the situation closely for any threat and continuing to warn North Korea not to launch or they will face very serious sanctions.

    Aberdeen, SD

    March 26, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  116. Ronald Holst

    jack who cares at this point I am more worried about the hostile invasion from the south .
    Ron Holst
    San Antonio. TX.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  117. Allen, Hartwell GA

    Jack, is the USA ready to get involved in another war, one that might escalate to nuclear in a matter of microseconds? If Japan or South Korea want to make an issue about this that's their choice,
    Any country should be allowed to launch their own satellites, and that's what North Korea says this if for. We can use all our spying technology to find out where North Korea stands in their space/missile program, but we really can't interfere with it, can we?

    March 26, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  118. Tom from Philly

    Lets turn it into a competition between US and china ... see who can knock it out of the sky first

    March 26, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  119. Mark, Bradenton, FL

    Well we had an idiot named GW Bush whom attacked a country with no WMD while countries like Iran and N. Korea could develop them in peace so they can launch them now. USA rest in peace.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  120. Carl from Citrus Heights, California

    This one is difficult but needs a response. A decision needs to be made that reflects the factual truth about this launch. I cannot know the intent here of N. Korea but their actions will require a reaction on our part. We must stand up for our principles with transparency and with no equivocation.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  121. Pugas-AZ

    I would think that China, Japan and Russia would be more concerned about the missle launch. But of course, they would not just talk about it -they would act. This game of chess is getting old as is the Iranian board game.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  122. Sue -Idaho

    Jack, as I recall their last missle launch was a total bust, so maybe we should wait and see if this one has a rubber band to wind it up or if it's the real thing before we all panic.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  123. Scott, Wichita

    Watch it closely. If it really is a satellite, leave it be (we can always shoot it down later)

    If it's a missile, let Japan handle it.

    A question though: the picture here shows South Koreans at a rally. Do they really dress up in suits for that?

    March 26, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  124. Susan from Greenfield, Wi.

    Nothing, who cares, and the same goes for Iran. What are they going to do, start a nuclear war with their four or five bombs. Just one of our Trident subs carries 192 warheads, that's more than enough to destroy both country's, and we have eighteen of those subs alone. I'm real scared. Now the A. Q. Khan network, and Bin Laden's desires, do worry me. Remember that Bin Laden was decleared irrelevant in 2003. Yea, Your Welcome America.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  125. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    I would ignore them as irrelevant until we have absolute proof of what they are doing. We stopped Iraqs WMDs except they didn't have any. Now, over 4,000 soldiers are dead. Let's not react irrationally again.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  126. Conor in Chicago

    I find the answer to this question so easy: If the missile is in fact launching a satellite then it will travel upwards into space and not come near any of the concerned nations. If that happens? Then good for you North Korea-you can't feed most of your population but you can launch a satellite into space. Good work-you should be proud.

    On the other hand if that missile changes directions and even for a moment appears to be headed towards the United States shoot it out of the sky. Then call the N. Koreans and say, "you said you were launching a satellite yet the missile travel toward the US. Deal with it" and hang up the phone.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  127. Terry in Virginia

    I'm not sure there's much we can do about it short of a covert overthrow of the current regime. Korea knows the U.S. and her allies don't want another war right now, therefore, our threats are hollow. It's better to have Korea in the 6-party negotiations rather than have it walk away from the table. Kim Jong-II seems to crave attention and respect. Somehow the U.S. may have to figure out a way to appease him until he "retires."

    March 26, 2009 at 4:49 pm |
  128. Larry Waybright

    I think the North Korean ICBM aka satellite launch should be used as a test target for the airborne laser system.
    One more 747 in the sky wouldn't be noticed by the N. Koreans and they would be hard pressed to prove it failed due to a laser attack which is still an unproven weapons system in need of showing it's worth.
    Let's kill 2 birds with one stone.

    Larry Waybright
    Clarkston, WA

    March 26, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  129. Tom

    Stop the Korean missile launch? You've got to be kidding! We can't even stop the flood of illegal aliens into our country!! We ARE trying to stop them, aren't we.................... We're going to make all the illegals citizens so we can ignore them. Why not make the North Koreans US citizens and then we can ignore them too?

    March 26, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  130. Tony IL

    Jack, that's a touchy one to answer. On one hand if you let them launch it and it is capable of reaching the US, then we have a problem. On the other, if it can't and we do something about it, then we will be made out to be the bully, trying to run the world. I say, let them launch it and if there's a problem, get the UN members to apply pressure. If that doesn't work, then send a secret mission of stealth bombers in and take out that nuclear power plant.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  131. frankie

    I have no idea. I am grateful we have an intelligent, thoughtful President and Administration to reason these things out.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  132. Richard New Hampshire

    Remember the Korean "Police Action" peace talks?
    How would the North Koreans act now?Probably the same.
    Remember "Pork Chop Hill"?
    What do the North Koreans have to loose?Very little.
    We have to be tough and draw a line.Yes we can have a dialogue with the North Koreans.Let them know they will not endanger us or our allies.

    March 26, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  133. Cheryl

    Give them the same technology they gave to China when they exported Boeing to China years ago.

    Jack, I am a 1960's baby. I was around when Nixon was making overtures to China. Now we have North Korea. What's the point! Nothing will be done and no one will be given any authority to deal with this situation, soooooooooo, why doesn't everyone just mind their own business and work on the problems here in the USA, like dealing with corporations that insist on building businesses in China. Case in point...Exxon/Mobil is planning on building a techonology business in China. Go Figure!

    March 26, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  134. Dee in Palm Coast FL

    Short of going out on the launch pad, how do we know if it is merely a communications satellite or not? Is our intelligence any better in North Korea than it was in Iraq?

    If there is a map program on the internet that allows us to look at our backyards from space, I would think that NSA or the CIA would have much more technoligally advanced equipment. So, why can't our people just take a look at the rocket? There MUST be some difference between a rocket launching a satellite and an ICBM! For one thing, the rocket to launch a satellite would have to have A SATELLITE ON IT, right?

    March 26, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  135. james great falls mt

    shoot it down .... oops

    March 26, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  136. Allen, Hartwell GA

    Is the USA ready to get involved in another war, one that might escalate to nuclear in a matter of microseconds? If Japan or South Korea want to make an issue about this that's their choice,
    Any country should be allowed to launch their own satellites, and that's what North Korea says this if for. We can use all our spying technology to find out where North Korea stands in their space/missile program, but we really can't interfere with it, can we?

    March 26, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  137. Sandy in Arkansas

    Is this the big test that Joe Biden said would come? Hopefully, we have extremely knowledgable people on the job with the right solutions and calm but firm demeanor. I've been to South Korea numerous times and loved the people and the country...why does there have to be such diverse attitudes a few miles apart when the whole world should be working to make a better world for all?

    March 26, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  138. Ann from Hampton, New Jersey

    This is a catch-22. If we try and do something, we will be criticized by some countries and if we just sit by and watch will also be criticized. We have ships in the area keeping track of this launch. I am afraid that sanctions against Kim Jong will only increase tensions. It will be up to our Secretary of State and President Obama to come up an answer to this delicate situation.

    March 26, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  139. Dan, Chantilly VA

    Step 1. Draft toothless UN resolution
    Step 2. Threaten more sanctions
    Step 3. Continue to do nothing while waiting for Kim Jong-Il to die of old age
    Step 4. Repeat

    Heck, it worked with Cuba. It's been 50 years and Castro is yet to fire a single missile at us. Let the windbag continue to talk and keep building up our defense on the off chance that one day he actually takes action. Given enough time his own people will eventually overthrow him.

    March 26, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  140. Daniel (from Toronto)

    I'm scared of a possible war. Earlier, last century, world war two was very close to a reccesion. What if it happened again?

    March 26, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  141. Carl D.

    When and if North Korea launchs a missile, in my opion, is none of our business. We are involved in enough stupid, economy breaking Wars.
    Carl in Illinois

    March 26, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  142. Mike Spring, TX

    Paint an UN logo on our anti-missle missles, and shoot it down.

    March 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  143. John R. Higgins, Jr.

    If the North Koreans want to practice launching missiles there's no reason the U.S. shouldn't practice shooting them down. Harry Truman gave North Korea a free pass 55 years ago. Let's hope President Obama doesn't do the same thing. John, East Liverpool, Ohio

    March 26, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  144. LInda in Bisbee, Arizona

    As usual, we don't have any good options when it comes to North Korea.. Sanctions don't work because they only hurt the people, who are starving anyway. We can't shoot it down. It would make us look like bullies, and, worse yet, we might miss. I would wait and see if they actually do it, and go from there. Presumably, someone is working behind the scenes in diplomatic circles. Hey, maybe the Chinese can help.

    March 26, 2009 at 5:31 pm |

    Hillary is the one appointed to that job. She is a very smart person and will make a decision, that she thinks is the right one. Let her do her job.

    March 26, 2009 at 5:35 pm |
  146. John, Fayetteville, NY

    Does it really matter to the United States....? North Korea will launch the missile, regardless of the United States, regardless of the United Nations, regardless of even China intervening.......and really, who cares? If they want missiles and nukes let them have them, we'll simply point one of ours at them and wipe them off the map at the appropriate time. But right now, they are not a threat, if they are a threat to that region, let the countries in that region launch an attack on them and take care of it. We can no longer say that North Korea will give there weapons to terrorists, that term has been denounced by the Obama Administration, it's just to negative and we don't need to label people.....it's like profiling.....we just don't need it any longer. And besides that, Obama was suppose to heal the nation, and the globe, aren't the North Korean's our friends now? Why didn't they invite us to come over and watch the launch? It's a new world, can't we all just get along and sing songs around a campfire? The only diplomacy I would engage in is telling the other countries to step up and protect themselves, North Korea's missile launches tend to go everywhere except where they were suppose to go!

    March 26, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  147. NYC REPUB, Bronx, NY

    If we weren't already spent, as far as our military, (2 never ending wars, thanks, G.W..... I digress). I would suggest some aggression. Since that's not an option, let's see what this leads to.

    March 26, 2009 at 5:50 pm |
  148. Gigi in Alabama

    Let's not second guess what he will do and what the consequences will be. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are perfectly capable of handling Kim Jong Il without me trying to butt in and put in my two cents.

    March 26, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  149. Bob D, Morrisown, NJ

    With all do respect to our Secretary of State, bluster is ineffective with Kim Jung Il. We're already maxed out on potential UN sanctions on that country, and the current and potential sanctions only impact the poor proletarians not the decision maker(s). Obama was elected on changing the approaches to such dilemmas, maybe it's time for such a change to be tried.

    If this new missile can reach Alaska, maybe we can arrange for a win-win by getting them to target Palin.

    March 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  150. Joe the Mechanic-Allentown,Pa.

    The United States as a nuclear power, along with other nations in the world who also possess nuclear strike capabilities have to realize we're not living the cold war era any more. There isn't anything secretive about bullding nuclear plant facilities that make weapons-grade plutonium. We're living in a world that changes over night regarding technicalogical break-throughs. Every nation who has this capability is responsible for their actions by retaliation from other nuclear club members, & the United Nations Nuclear Arms Agreements set in the 1950's to monitor those nations who are attempting to fire rockets along with any nuclear devices. The regime of Kim Jong-ll is aware of the seriousness & inevitable outcome if North Korea impliments this power other then peaceful uses. I say let them proceed. Its to our advantage to study their nuclear/rocket cappabilities & make sure North Korea in in line with other world nuclear power agreements.

    March 26, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  151. Kachi (New Haven, Connecticut)

    We know that there is friction between the U.S and numerous nations; Russia, China, Iran, Iraq to name a few, this issue with North Korea just adds more friction with North Korea, we have to admit that we are in a disadvantageous position as regards countries that dislike us. We should let this slide, it's just a test for God sake, there haven't been any threats against us and we have the technology to shoot it down if that be the case. Stop making a mountain out of a mole hill plus people argue that the UN is just another hand of control the US uses for greedy purposes.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:02 pm |

    We should warn North Korea that they could be attacked if they test it for military use. Of course my favorite speaker of the house Nancy Pelosi may say it is Un American.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  153. Oregon Wally Las Vegas Nevada

    iam hoping to watch it with my 3-d glasses on...

    March 26, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  154. Lloyd

    Nothing Jack, we are not the police of the world. We do not have the right or obligation to control every country. In fact, our control freak nature is what causes oppisition to the U.S.

    If we would do like what we tell our children, "mind your own business", we'd be better off.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  155. Kim in Dodge City, KS

    Our government doesn't get upset about our soldiers dying in an illegal war, so what makes anyone think they should give a damn about some impoverished, third world country launching what is probably a dud. The real threat is coming from Mexico, and it's not in the form of a missle.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  156. trey b

    we should shoot it down

    March 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  157. Bill

    What should U.S. do about North Korea’s planned missile launch? Legalize Marijuana.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  158. Bob

    Jack, we better ask China how they feel about it before we get too far ahead of ourselves.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  159. Steven (White Cloud, MI)

    Does other countries try to stop the United States whenever we shoot a missle into the air?

    No because it makes no sense. The same way we shouldn't mess with other countries any time they shoot someting into the air.

    There is a difference between being defensive and assertive.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  160. NICK

    What kind of a question is this? Do you thing you are going to get a intelligent solution from anyone reading and responding to this question? [myself included].
    I am sure our President and Secretary of State will handle this issue in a manner consistant with our efforts to defend ourselves and our allies, if necessary.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  161. Rick in San Rafael, CA

    How long are we going to let those North Koreans blackmail the world with their threats. I say let em have a close look at one of our nukes. Real close if you know what I mean.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  162. Mathias

    It is very important that the new President shows that he and the US is no push-over. I say to shoot it down, and then call for more sanctions. But to me, this is only stating the obvious.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  163. DeAndre

    Jack, we should the missile right out of the sky!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  164. Peter Anello

    Nuke 'em !

    March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  165. SGM, Retired

    Use it for target practice!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  166. nallsie

    Well, first the Obama team is going to come up with a soft sounding term or phrase to explain how they will do nothing.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  167. Mark Rice

    We should leave them alone. What gives us the right to do anything to them if they don't attack us? We start more wars than any other country on earth. Maybe the other countries should attack us next time we fire a rocket into space.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  168. David Raleigh NC

    Take it out on the pad w/ a cruise missle. Tell the world it's coming 5mins before launch. Advise N Korea their "power plant" is next.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  169. Wade

    Im thankful that we have a president to make decisions like that so people like me dont have to...

    March 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  170. Kevin

    Station an Aegis cruiser in international waters off the cost of Korea and shoot it down after launch. That would send a powerful message to the North Koreans.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  171. Rohan

    I think the US should mind their own business. I don't think Korea is gonna plan any big attack, so we don't really need to worry.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  172. chris

    Shoot it down. Make it clear that wasting resources trying to get long-range weapons of mass destruction is futile. It would embarass the hell out of them, removing any flexing bravado they may feel the test launch gives them. It's laughable to threaten more weapons development as retaliation for another country preventing you from ... developing weapons.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  173. Sam

    The U.S. should not be intimidated by North Korea's attention seeking gimmicks. However, a North Korea that is capable of striking U.S. soil is serious business, and should be dealt with serious action

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  174. Doug Runner

    If North Korea launches the missile, satellite or no satellite, the US should shoot it down, using the newly developed missile defense ability.
    Frankly, I have a feeling that since we are already in space with the Space Shuttle, they will probably take care of this issue from space.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  175. Tad

    President Obama should shoot it down, letting N. Korea know the U.S. is serious about the missile. If this missile could reach as far as Hawaii then we should not predict that missile wont be aimed at the U.S.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  176. Mike Adams

    Kim Jong-Il is simply trying to gain more attention for North Korea. This is not a U.S. issue, this is a issue for NATO. I support the notion to have this handled by NATO, but I think the US should stay out of North Korea, we don't need another Afganistan.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  177. Rolando DePuy

    Jacvk... we have only one decition to make... Shoot it down. We backed down from China and they shoot down our damaged Satellite, but they did it , and in so doing they told the world to Challenge the US. We have to forget the UN, we just have to shoot it down from as many countries that will be willing to help

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  178. Ken in NC

    The US should make North Korea aware of the fact that if they launch one missile, the US will dispatch Gov. Sarah Palin to become a permanent resident of the North and make them aware that she can see Russia from where she lives.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  179. Cody (NJ)

    I honestly don't think it's our problem. Either it fails and we laugh or it succeeds and throw more sanctions at them.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  180. Carol

    RE: the Korean missles: why don't we just export the AIG FP execs to help them out...they're so good at "dismantiling" things, I'm sure they'll have it all in hand in no time

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  181. John - Houston, TX

    Dear Jack,
    I think we have enough problems to worry about here in US and we DEFINITELY can not afford to expend extra money with another war. Our enemies learned that the best way to defeat us is bankrupting us. What a timing they have, don't you think? Our time being the world's cops is over.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  182. dick

    Nothing! We have an early warning system that keeps us safe. Sarah Palin will look out her kitchen window and see it coming!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:12 pm |
  183. EugeneWiese Midlothian,Va.

    Hold your fire.If they shoot,we shoot it down. Missle defence 101 Gene

    March 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  184. Francisco Jimenez

    Mr.Cafferty, I believe the quote is " Positive attention is better than negative attention,and no attention is the worst, I think Kim wants ANY ATTENTION


    March 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  185. richard

    Depends who is handling the situation. I am sure President Mc Cain will do the job and shoot it down. I dont know about President Obama! Is that enough answer your question?

    March 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  186. Cody in New York

    We should do what we can to stop it, but not go overboard. After all there North Korea. they have done stupid things before, Whats going to stop them from doing this.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  187. RGLJr

    Quick Note:

    We have so many issues in our face. We need to continue to take the same approach as we have with Korea.

    My heart of hearts feels as though as Americans we need to slow down and remember who we are.

    One Nation Under God.


    March 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  188. Robert Schneider

    Who do the North Koreansd think they are fooling with? We should absolutely shoot down their missle!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  189. kevin fr jamaica

    i don't think the us should anything because it will help sink the world into deeper crisis

    March 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  190. Keith W

    North Korea is all talk and I don't feel that we should back down one bit to them or show any weakness. If the missle has a trajectory in any way that is threatening to the US or any of its allies we should shoot it down, absolutely. North Korea would not exist if it was not for the aid of the US and other countries. These same countries that provide aid are constantly theatened by the North Korean regime, yet without us, they would collapse.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  191. Brendan in Phoenix, AZ

    Jack, we'd better not do anything yet. Any sort of diplomatic progress between the North Koreans and the U.S. would be utterly destroyed by more of the heavy-handed foreign policy that has put North Korea on edge. We have to build trust to solve this problem, here's a pretty good place to start.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  192. Joseph Kraatz

    The U.S. should shoot down this missile then N. Korea will realize it will be impossible to test their systems. It will make their nuclear weapons useless. It is about time we stop talking to this maniacal idiot.

    Joe Kraatz
    Oceanside, CA

    March 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  193. Peter Benton

    Get serious. We shouldn't do a damn thing. Much to do about nothing. The last one of these turkeys they shot up fell into the Ocean in a few seconds after launch. Why start another round of threats and increasing tensions around the world over what the North Koreans have every right to do as we do. After all we had an insane dictator for 8 years and I don't remember anyone putting sanctions against us.

    We would at least have some solid information on their missile program if we just let them shoot .

    Hemet Ca.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  194. Remus Ex Pat living in Europe

    I suppose Obama could be a brat and shoot the missle down with one hand and send Korea aid with the other. How would Kim Jong Il responed to that?

    March 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  195. Charles in Dallas TX

    This is the test both for the N Koreans to prove that they have the capability to hit US soil with a balistic missle. It is also a test of the proof of our ability to shoot such a missle down. To walk away from our side of the test is to roll over and surrender credibility to the world and President Obaba's first big test of his credibility. Turning in a complaint to the UN is NOT an acceptable grade in this test. Everyone KNOWS the UN has no balls. I guess we'll find out about the President's equipment when we see his reaction. The UN does not and never has had American safety and security as a meaningful pillar of their agenda. The ONLY one who can protect America is America and we can only do that to the degree that the President affirms that.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:15 pm |
  196. Jerry--in California

    Shoot the dam thing down and every other third world country rocket they try to stir the pot with... Enough is enough !!!!
    We need to play for all the marbles, not quake in the hour of the proper thing to do for this fourth world dictatorship that can't even feed its people as the dictator stumbles over expensive Scotch bottles.....DO WHATS RIGHT !!!!!!!!!!!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  197. Daniel

    Whatever the US does, shooting down the N. Korean satellite is not an option.

    But lets not forget that all this excitement is based on interpretation of satellite images by US intelligence agencies. Are we sure the quality of intelligence is any better than the one that drove the US to war in Iraq?

    Lets be very carefully. The world hardly needs a war right now. I see this as just some sabre-rattling by North Korea.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  198. Mike from Little Rock

    Congratulate them on their technological accomplishment and ask them to help pay for the space station.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  199. Donna Williams

    Once again, the US is taking a "wait and see" attitude and we could get a HUGE reality check down the road. Haven't we had enough of those? I say, shoot the damn thing out of the air and let the Korean Freakieman know we are serious now, not later! The US has gone soft and that is our biggest problem as a people. We've turned into a bunch of soft bellies that our Great Grandfathers would be ashamed of! God help us!


    March 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  200. Frank

    Short of shooting down the missile, the U.S. can't do anything about this situation. More sanctions will only further hurt the people of N. Korea, not the elite leadership. Why should he (Kim Jung Il) care about sanctions or make promises that he has shown before that he won't keep? N. Korea has walked out of the six-party talks before and has always come back, sooner or later. I say we shouldn't worry about the missile launch unless it "fails" and strikes some other country.

    Like your commentary a lot. Keep up the good work.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  201. Patience , Cottbus, Germany

    Jack , the USA being the world´s super power and a country in which the world looks up to, shouldn´t allow this launch to happen. The Obama administration must do something about it ,(including shooting it down), so that those other "axiles of evil" shouldn´t emulate it.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  202. Ebot

    President Obama should listen carefully to his inner self, for it is that part of him which is going to render the most smart decision [for him to take] on NK. Blowing down the rocket will be a weakness but an opposite decision will be his strength.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  203. Popsx2 from Las Vegas, Nevada

    Hey Jack, what a great opportunity for us to test our "Missile" System to see if we can shoot down "incoming" missiles! As soon as they launch, we fire one of our defensive missiles at their missile and test the capability we have that allows us to shoot down "offensive" missiles aimed at the U.S. If it works, we claim it was all a mistake, the same as the mistakes that will happen if they fire any more missiles

    March 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  204. John O'Hora

    The North Koreans are really launching a satellite to help them find food to feed their starving people. Kim logic.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  205. Paul Martin

    Hurst, Texas

    If S Korea & Japan or China want to intervene then so be it.
    The USA-UN is no longer needed as a military presence in S Korea.

    N. Korea threatens all the time. The ruling party wants someone to feed them since they can not feed themselves.
    A THREAT is the only way they can cajole their neighbors
    in to satisfying their demands.
    They have been acting like the diva beauty queen for too long.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |

    the US Navy should be authorized to shoot any luaunched North Korean missile/rocket, out fo the air when ot is over a safe location. Qe should not let that communist ruled small country think it can run "herd" on the free countries of the world.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  207. gerald

    We wouldn't have to make decisions about North Korea if the Bush administration was on the ball starting eight years ago. But as usual we are stuck with another part of Bush's so-called "legacy". What should we do about North Korea? The last launch fizzled. It could happen again. No need for further trepidation.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  208. Ben in Guam

    Hello Jack this is Ben in Guam.
    They say this Taepodong-2 missile could strike Hawaii or Alaska. Well if it can strike those places they can sure strike Guam where I am and Guam is alot closer to North Korea than Hawaii or Alaska. Please don't forget the U.S. Territories in the Pacific and North Korea can always strike Guam if it wanted. So please shoot down the missile if it's launched!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  209. Austin

    Well simple why don't we get a few h-bombs and bomb korea if they even touch us. Why well because if they do that to us pay back. I don't know if there are any nuke's left in iraq but if there is why don't we use those?

    March 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  210. Albert Johnson

    Jack, i believe that North Korea will launch the missle weather or not we agree. Am i happy about it no, but being in the JNROTC and knowing people who are on the 38th parallel. Should N. Korea get wise i believe we are ready.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  211. Dave from the north

    why not just leave it to the UN? contrary to popular beleive, the USA does not control the world, why can the USA have nuclear weapons and nobody else can have them. team america worlk police? why does any country have WMD's?????

    March 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  212. Ethan

    We should make sure we know we're doing before we take action. There's a number of factors involved here, such as knowing if the rocket can even make it to space to begin with, how fast we can react if it proves to be a threat, etc. If they even shoot it in our general direction, though, someone is probably going to snap and pull the trigger. If the rocket does prove to be a threat, I hope North Korea knows its going to have a drastic effect on world appeal.

    Vandalia, IL

    March 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  213. kevin fr jamaica

    i don't think the U.S should do anything because a war will help deepen the crisis on the world

    March 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  214. Tom in Desoto Texas

    George W Bush said North Korea was now our buddy. I guess Bush got duped into believing he wouldn't go ahead with their project. Who would have thought the great George W Bush would have gotten duped.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  215. Ebot

    President Obama should listen carefully to his inner self, for it is that part of him which is going to render the most smart decision [for him to take] on NK. Blowing down the rocket will be a weakness but an opposite decision will be his strength.


    March 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  216. Jason-St. Catharines-ON-Canada


    The answer is nothing! If the United states wants to change it's image, they have to stop trying to police the world. The U.S. tests it's own weapons all of the time and if they want change they have to lead by example. Besides the North Koreans will probably accidentally shoot themselves with it and we can all have a good chuckle about it!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  217. Bruce from Salt Lake City

    Jack lets give them a little assistance here, send them these coordinates 35*40' 19N Latitude and 51* 25' 28 E Longitude, these would give a target to North Korea to test the accuracy of their new found toy. Now, I don't know how Tehran would feel about this.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  218. Kim from PA

    President Obama needn't grant them the dignity of a response, simply put he does not have to. Japanese have said they would like nothing better than to eliminate this threat for us and themselves. A wise leader, which hopefully our President is. Initially he should watch and learn to anticipate his enemy, then should the time come take quick decisive action to eliminate this tiresome nuisance.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  219. Guy Fortier

    the U.S should shoot the missile down. Launching of the missile is a breach of the UN agreement. The leader of N. Korea is another evil dooer who should be eliminated just as Sadam Husane was.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  220. Ben in Guam

    Hello Jack this is Ben in Guam.
    They say this Taepodong-2 missile could strike Hawaii or Alaska. Well if it can strike those places they can sure strike Guam where I am and Guam is alot closer to North Korea than Hawaii or Alaska. Please don't forget us in the U.S. Territories of Guam, Saipan in the Pacific and North Korea can always strike Guam if it wanted. So please shoot down the missile if it's launched!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  221. Brandon Franz - Olympia, WA

    In all likelihood Kim Jong-Il is just testing the new president to see how much he can get away with. The man is crazy, but I don't think he's crazy enough to doubt in the slightest that the U.S. could take out his tiny country and his huge collection of laser discs in a second.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:20 pm |
  222. Peter C.

    The situation smacks of a nouveau-Cuban missile crisis, with some notable exceptions, the biggest of which is Kim Jong Il's separatist role in southeast Asia; North Korea has no Soviet or other strong-armed international backing of any kind. However, lone despots rattling their weapons in an effort to assert a more dominant stance on the world stage should be just as seriously considered, if not more so, than those with "friends", and need to be corralled quickly. Diplomacy first, obviously, but a firm U.S. stance needs to be adopted immediately by the new administration to set the tone for any later assertions, and most importantly, to curb them. This is also an important chance for the Obama administration to effectively flex its diplomatic muscle, for both the world and its citizens to see.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  223. Kevin

    We should do nothing. This is just another way for North Korea to get aid from the world. North Korea is only interested in its own survival. The US should issue this statement "North Korea is its own nation and if they choose to use this weapon on us or any of our allies they will cease to exist". Problem solved either way.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  224. Steven Davidson

    Its time for a wake up call. If they are stupid enough to launch we have no alternative but to shoot it down. This will send a message to no only N Korea but Iran, and any other nation that thinks nukes pointed at the US is a good idea. With us looking like we are going bankrupt it will speak volumes to show the world bankrupt or not we will not tolerate nuclear proliferation.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  225. Dan Shiets

    I think that Korea is testing us to see what we will let them get away with. I believe we should shoot their test missile down as soon as it leaves the ground in Korea. Stop enabling them, and show them we are fully capable of dealing with parasites like them. Use what we have to neutralize the situation for good. We have enough problems at home at the states to have to deal with some shoefly like Korea on top of all these economic problems to. Shoot it down!!!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  226. Mari, Salt Lake City, Utah

    Wow.......... some of the conservative rhetoric on this blog is amusing!

    The CONservatives shout "SHOOT IT DOWN!" Because they are always the war mongers, does not matter that our Nation was bankrupted by Bush who started two wars!

    And then........ there are the rest of us, SANE, people who say let them launch their missile or the best way to deal with a bully is to ignore them!

    North Korea's leader is insane! Why give him press? That's what bullies want ....... attention. We have an Economic crisis to deal with, we have enough on our plates already!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  227. Kevin Gracey

    Along with Japan we should communicate strict restrictions regarding the missle test, creating a small area of land in which N Korea is allowed to test in. If their missle leaves the area the US should shoot it down – it would convey a zero tolerance policy with Kim Jong Il and show the dictator that he cannot continuosly threaten the safety of millions of people in that region for his need for attention.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  228. Alberto

    Duck & Cover?
    Whaterever this North Korean idiot launches at us will look like peanuts compared to the economic nuclear meltdown we are going to experience for the next 4 years if we don't get our house in order. With true unemployement hovering at 20% it's hard to see past your next meal more or less worry about some attack from North Korea. Why isn't Bush & his cronies in jail? Maddof did substantially less and is looking at 120 yrs in the can.

    Time to set our priorities.

    Love your commentaries.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  229. Steve from California

    The united states should do nothing about North Korea. Who cares what they do, we should stop meddling in other countries affairs. Lets move away from the Neo-con polices of the past.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  230. Bruce Marshall

    Nothing but if it comes at us I think we can nuke them 10 times over and why are we the only ones worried about it. Where is the rest of the World. It is time for them to step up to the plate. I'm for one tired of us going it alone.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  231. John

    This situation is like the criminal who points a gun at a police officer should the police officer wait until the criminal fires? North Korea is an unstable and hostile nation of people who have devoted themselves to the destruction of the United States. They have been warned several times that missile threats will not be tolerated and we must not allow the North to continue to carry out hostile acts against the U.S. and our allies. In my opinion we should do a real time test of our billion dollar Missile Defense System to show the North we mean business. If the North carries out their promise of all out war well they would be out of there mind because that regime would be out in matter of hours.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:23 pm |
  232. Dave from the north

    why not just leave it to the UN? contrary to popular beleive, the USA does not control the world, why can the USA have nuclear weapons and nobody else can have them. team america world police? why does any country have WMD’s?????

    March 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  233. Stan


    We should do as we always do. We will invade, destroy their government and infrastructure, rebuild them from the ground up and then leave making them stronger than we are. Oh and we will do it all on the backs of U.S. Tax Payers!!!!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  234. Stanley Atlanta,Ga

    The United States has always told the world what they can and cannot do. How can we tell other countries what to do if we cant even run our own country?

    March 26, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  235. Hank MIlls III

    There needs to be a united front against N. Korea and they need to be
    told and shown in no uncertain terms that it they launch a missile aimed at the United States, Japan or South Korea there will be more Hell unleashed against their country than anybody has seen in our generation. We need and probably already have contingency plans
    in case of an attack against South Korea and Japan. A country that
    has millions of starving people including children needs to stop worrying
    about launching missiles and learn to feed its people .

    March 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  236. Pertti Lindroos

    Admit Boulton lied about uraniam, finish the plants that were agreed upon before Bush canceled them and agree to launch Nk com sats.that they asked for ten years ago before they had the bomb.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  237. laura

    I realize once this missle is launched that there is just a short amount of time to decide whether or not to shoot it down . I am just curious to know why it sounds as if this is just USA"s decision to make. Have we actually discussed this with Japan and S. Korea and the rest of the six party council? What would the reprecussions be if US did shoot it down(besides N Korea pulling out of further six party talks)?

    March 26, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  238. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hey...wait a minute.:>)..maybe some...but a lot of people do not smoke something and actually look at asking themselves real questions for real solutions to this problem!

    March 26, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  239. Sid...Texas


    When the North Koreans launch their missle, we should simply moniter all the results of test. If it is deemed absolutely to prevent a successful launch, just give a 16 year old a laptop, tell him to jam their control system, and make it look like failure on lift off......

    March 26, 2009 at 6:26 pm |
  240. Dan and Cody in New York

    We should try to stop it. and we need to act to strongly,. The hard queston is if North Korea responds by doing something silly, how do we react, andaAre we willing to go war to stop this?

    March 26, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  241. Kim from PA

    President Obama needn't grant them the dignity of a response, simply put he does not have to. The Japanese have said they would like nothing more than to eliminate this threat for us and themselves. A wise leader, which hopefully our President is; Initially should watch and learn to anticipate his enemy, then should the time come, take quick decisive action to eliminate this tiresome nuisance.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  242. Matt Yoder

    Why not use our airborn laser 747 based anti-missile technology to destroy the missile in its boost phase? We currently have several that are undergoing tests, and they could use this as a way to test their abilities. The world would thank us, our technology would advance, and the nuttier world leaders would get a strong message. Obama couldn't do much better than to use this new technology to take out N. Korea's missile.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  243. nallsie

    i think the Obama team should name their response, Predicament observational missle program outside United StaTes or "Pompous"

    March 26, 2009 at 6:32 pm |
  244. Mark

    Can we do anything? What leverage do we have over a country that has no economy, no freedom, no trade to speak of – in reality absolutely nothing to lose. Our only option is for the world community to offer incentives to change without precondition. It's up to them to then choose.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:34 pm |
  245. Layne Alleman

    Jack, By all means, let's PANIC, RUN AROUND LIKE CHICKENS WITH THEIR HEADS RIPPED OFF, NUKE'M, START ANOTHER TRILLION DOLLAR WAR. Maybe we should just see what it really is. They only have one,(as CNN has reported). I just have a hard time believing this is some "planet-killing", "mankind-ending" type of missile. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  246. Al

    Jack this is really simple. We can just follow the Bush doctrine and attack South Korea or China. I'm sure we can stop the missile launch if we attack a neighboring country for no apparent reason. I know this might be very confusing to most American's so maybe you can get Wolf to bring Sarah Palin on to explain this to everyone.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  247. john christopher

    Watch Them! With all the technology able, how hard is that. Looking at the world and unilaterally deciding who is evil and when we should be at war with some foreign country makes me ask, "Are we doing this to forward the ideals of democratic freedom or are we doing this because we are the biggest bully on the block? Are we so sure of our noble cause that we will stop at nothing...not even nuclear attack to foist our military complex and moral authority on all, friend or foe. We can watch them... and stop being so paranoid.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  248. j/NJ

    What should the U.S. do about North Korea’s planned missile launch?

    Assess the damage while there is still time, collaborate in depth with allies and other countries whose interests are best served by a nuclear free Korean peninsula...on the other hand the Korean question will never be settled unless and until the country is unified, a long shot to be sure but very possible given the right circumstances, incentives, and determination by the Korean people in the democratic South...

    March 26, 2009 at 6:42 pm |
  249. kebba ps sanneh

    The U.S should nt take any action in this. what is their concern in N.Korea launching a missle, is N.Korea trying to land it on U.S soil or trying to kill U.S citizens? NO. then why shold they take action, this is what they do and create enemies let them think bout the economy n fix that thin. its their #1 priority


    March 26, 2009 at 6:43 pm |
  250. Tony in Montana

    Let them launch and maybe other parts of the world will do some thing to help out. We have enough problems in the U.S. Our budget is too thin already to be getting involved .Lets use the moneys that would go to the U.N. for the investigation of N. Korea to our boarders. Let the sleeping giant go back to bed,and get back on track.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:45 pm |
  251. Thom Richer

    Nada. I am far more concerned about the drug trafficking and murders in Mexico and its entering into our country than any missile in North Korea that may or may not be actual. Mexico is a far greater threat to America's safety and economy than North Korea will ever be and it is actual, immediate and right next door. Yet we do nothing effectual to eliminate the problem. Mexico is endangering American's lives, livelihoods and government while we continue to support their failed government and country. Shut the border down completely. Stop trade. Destroy their drug crops. Cut off aide. Stop playing political footsie with thugs. Then worry about North Korea's supposed missiles. We support Mexico's threat against us by our pretense of dealing with it. Why pretend North Korea is a bigger threat?

    Negaunee, MI

    March 26, 2009 at 6:46 pm |
  252. wayne

    nothing, because thats what you'll end up doing anyway . you never go after a country that has a army of any size . so just hope its for good and not evil .

    March 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  253. Tom

    Hello Jack

    It is my humble opinion that, "If North Korea launches a missle that has the ability to strike a United States Territory or State, then the United States military should shoot it down". This addresses two areas: (1) Answers Korea's question "does the United States have the gumption to confront North Korea at its own game ( I believe the answer has been "NO" in the past) and (2) the accuracy of your weapons designed to destroy long range balistic missles.
    This would be good for any country in the potential strike zone of a nucleur attack and a plus for the U.S. military's missle defence stategy technicians.
    Tom Walker
    A good friend of the United States of America
    from Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada

    March 26, 2009 at 6:47 pm |
  254. Edwin Noorlander (The Netherlands)

    The US should not do anything. When North Korea launches a hostile missile to a US target, it takes a long time before it reaches its target. The US should have enough time to respond if necessary.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:49 pm |
  255. Robert

    If Kim sung il wants to strut a few feathers who cares. he and his staff know that we could blow north korea back so far that Afganistan would look modern in comparison with eeze, and china and russia would not likely get involved for fear of loosing US trade.

    so let the maniac ruin his country eventually the people will rise up and do the work for us.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  256. Jim, Honolulu

    As someone who would be among those Americans living under the North Korean's death threat should they develop a long-range missile, I would feel comfortable with any steps taken to prevent that event, including threatening immediate military retaliation against their populace. Let's not play games here, they are the bad guys, not us, and sometimes you have to stand up to evil.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:50 pm |
  257. Barrett Ray Madison

    I think that a nation that can't even feed its own citizens should really think about its priorities when considering entering the space race. I'm under the impression that you could buy a whole lot of foodstuffs for less than the equipment needed to send an object into space.

    March 26, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  258. gord

    nothing china is on there border if they do somthing stupid i think china would take them out its all apay me show

    March 26, 2009 at 6:52 pm |
  259. Chris

    I thank we should do nothing, like always, run and hide ,Were no longer the Big bad world police, we cant even stop or control the banks. Just another big joke on the U.S. .

    March 26, 2009 at 6:57 pm |
  260. Michael

    Shoot it down

    March 26, 2009 at 6:57 pm |