June 19th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

If N. Korea fires missile toward Hawaii, is time for talking over?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

U.S relations with North Korea seem to get more tense with each passing day. Defense Secretary Robert Gates says the U.S. could defend itself if North Korea launches a missile toward Hawaii.

S. Korean activists carry a mock missile at a rally in Seoul.

Gates says there are missile interceptors and radar equipment deployed, and "we are in a good position should it become necessary to protect American territory."

This comes after a Japanese newspaper reported that North Korea might fire its most advanced ballistic missile toward Hawaii sometime around July 4. Although the missile isn't expected to reach U.S. territory - it would be a real slap in the face to the U.S. and the international community.

And there's more... the U.S. is also tracking a North Korean ship in the Pacific; it's believed to be carrying illegal weapons or technology.

North Korea has been making waves since May - when it conducted a nuclear test, fired test rockets and threatened U.S. and South Korean ships near its waters. Also last month, U.S. satellites spotted vehicle activity at a North Korean ballistic missile facility.

The UN has since slapped new sanctions on the country... to which North Korea responded with threats of war and promises to expand its nuclear bomb-making program.

Meanwhile, a new Gallup poll shows more Americans view North Korea as a direct threat to U.S. security than any other country in this survey. President Obama says the country's nuclear program is a grave threat to the world.

Here’s my question to you: If North Korea fires a missile toward Hawaii, is the time for talking over?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Alan from Jonesboro, Georgia writes:
Perhaps we should demonstrate our military capabilities to North Korea by shooting their missile out of the sky, whether it comes near Hawaii or not. As this would occur over international waters, China and Russia can't say or do anything about it. Secretly, I think they would applaud, as keeping North Korea in its place benefits them as well.

Aaron writes:
No, the time for talking would not be automatically over. North Korea has one of the largest militaries in the world, and their closest ally is China. Any military action could cause WWIII to break out. Diplomacy has got to go the extra mile on this issue, but the time would definitely be justified for some serious saber-rattling.

Tom from Philadelphia writes:
I'm a liberal pacifist, but I think if the trajectory is toward Hawaii, then it needs to be shot down and every power plant bridge and broadcasting station needs to be destroyed. We also need a U.N.-imposed government to bridge to a democracy.

Terry writes:
Absolutely! My wife is Chinese and was an officer in the Chinese Army for 10 years. She is astounded that the U.S. and the West haven't figured out that the North Koreans lie about most everything just to get concessions from the West and then do what they want. Her view point, get out of Iraq now, quit talking to North Korea and slap them down.

Al from Hawaii writes:
Jack, I'm from Hawaii, and I don't worry that the backward technology of the North Koreans can do us any harm. What I do worry about is that we maintain our calm, and respond to these childish provocations with dignified negotiation.

Paul writes:
I believe Japan tried that back in 1941. It didn't work out too well for them.

Filed under: North Korea
soundoff (319 Responses)
  1. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    We need to be very concerned about N. Korea. Bush 43 took his eyes off N.Korea and focused on Iraq (mistakenly naturally) and look where we are. N. Korea is more of a threat than even Iran because of their leadership, and it has been that way ever since the end of the Second World War when we let the Russians take the northern half of the Korean peninsula.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  2. pat in michigan


    June 19, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  3. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    Absolutely!!!!!!!!! The United States cannot let that little tyrant from North Korea call the shots and do whatever he damn well pleases. He's thumbed his nose at us for too long and if he has the --to actually fire a missle towards Hawaii, then we have to retaliate. He's laughed at sanctions and threats, so we need to stand up for ourselves with a show of strength against his tantrums!

    June 19, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  4. Anthony Gomes


    What more can we possibly do besides talk? What are we going to do, ship over all the soldiers in Iraq for a war in North Korea? Maybe we should have considered our real enemies before declaring wars on make believe ones...

    Anthony Gomes
    Miami, Florida

    June 19, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  5. Charles, Lansing, MI

    After wasting all our manpower and treasure on Iraq, which never posed a threat, if we want to invade North Korea we will have to plead with China to use its army.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  6. Al, Lawrence KS

    Most missiles, or bottle rockets, launched by North Korea are launched "toward" Hawaii. But can they "hit" anything. So far North Korea has only demonstrated that they can hit the Pacific ocean. Kim Jong Il is like a spoiled child, trying to get attention, and the Neo-Cons are just playing into his hands. I ceased letting the Republicans scare me with their rhetoric long ago.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  7. David

    Mr. Cafferty;

    The time for talking with North Korea has already long passed. They're like the screaming toddler having a temper tantrum as they try to get their own way.

    However, we and our allies are in a tight spot because, like the toddler, they will not listen to reason. They know we don't have anything to really threaten them with short of military action. If Americans thought Iraq was a mistake and costly, that would be nothing compared to what the it would cost to deal with North Korea.

    If they do launch a missile toward Hawaii, the US must to take some kind of military action, such as a complete naval blockade, or even taking out their nuclear complex with a our own missiles.

    Unfortunately, dealing with North Korea is like dealing with the toddler, and we don't have many options for dealing with irrational regimes in countries where citizens have no say.

    Lowell, MA

    June 19, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  8. Bob in Georgia

    Yes, Jack; they have been sufficiently warned. If a missile heads toward Hawaii, it is clearly an act of War and the U.S. Congress and President should treat it as such. And this is from someone who was vehemently against us going into Iraq, a sovereign non-aggressive country.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  9. Mark, Bradenton,FL

    If the Koreans do that then this is an act of war and we should take out N. Koreas missile launch facilities. Time to get tough with them.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  10. Tom, Avon, Me, The Heart of Democracy

    Our middle name is collateral damage. If they give us $5,000 for every Hawaiian killed and say it was an accident, we have to accept it, or get laughed off the planet.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  11. jenny

    Well yeah. Assuming that said missle would actually reach Hawaii or some US territory in the area I would think so.

    June 19, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  12. Jenna

    If North Korea fires a missile toward Hawaii, is the time for talking over?

    NO. If they fire a missile over their water and international waters it is none of our business. Just like it is none of their business if we do the same.

    Roseville CA

    June 19, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  13. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    If someone throws a brick at you would you continue trying to reason or would you duck? Personally I wouldn’t have let that little twit get this far in the first place. Duh!

    June 19, 2009 at 12:57 pm |
  14. Sandi , Oklahoma

    You bet! Do they have a learning disability? If memory serves, we beat their butts in the early 50's. Do they really want to go there again?

    June 19, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  15. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Of course it is. To those who say it isn't: if a nation is actively trying to kill American citizens, how many of us must die before you believe it is acceptable for us to take action?

    June 19, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  16. Paul Austin, Texas

    At that point why talk anymore. They are always boosting about one thing or another that we do would be considered an act of war. Well we should put them on notice that any such missile toward Hawaii or Guam or Japan for that matter would be considered and act of war and would be followed with a sever response and in no way be tolerated.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  17. Ralph

    Ralph- Corpus Christi, Texas

    June 19, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  18. AndyZ Lynn, MA

    The time for talking would be most definetely over. The new phase is a lesson in technology: stealth aircraft reigning destruction on your miserable butt – find them if you can; smart bombs coming in through your living room window – why do you think we call them smart? The B-52, you know that they are up there because the ground around you keeps exploding; and last but now least – meet the Abrahms; the worlds finest main battle tank.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:10 pm |
  19. Jim El Paso Tx

    IF Jack that should happen we should retaliate an completely eliminate North Korea from the face of the earth. No more problems from those nut cakes!

    June 19, 2009 at 1:16 pm |
  20. George from Florida


    If they do launch, then they're asking for suicide by cop. That would be a tough decision for any US Administration to make. One thing for sure is that President Obama won't hastily react – he'll take his time, think things through before taking action....

    June 19, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  21. Kerry Diehl

    The time to stop talking and take action has long since passed us by.

    Considering the fact that N. Korea now has enough plutoneum for 6 atomic bombs (that we know of) shows how well the UN and talking works.

    I fear more who N. Korea sells all of this to rather than "Mighty Midget" Kim Jong Il and his regime.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  22. Scott from Texas

    No. It didn't work with our embargo to cuba, why would it work now? We should keep up the talking, in fact we should be yelling in their faces for a peaceful solution... if that fails, only then dialog should cease.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  23. Kirven Dunham

    Yes, but only if they act first. The Bush way has proven to be dumb, wrong and dangerous. We need to show the world that we did all we could do to reach out. If they are dumb enough to strike we will have our friends behind us.

    Kirven Dunham
    Rancho Cordova, CA

    June 19, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  24. Ray in Nashville

    The Republicans will gloat and lay the blame directly on President Obama, but yes, a launch of a missile towards U.S. territory should put an end to talk. It might mean war, but unlike the one in Iran, this one will be justified.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  25. Sandra - San Diego

    Ya think!! If Korea does that, it is all over. So far the words of wisdom from Obama are falling on deaf ears. They are just pushing his buttons, daring him to do something. Next move Obamas!!

    June 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  26. Nuria

    I think that's a sign they are no longer interested in talking, yes.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  27. john ... marlton, nj

    No, talking shouldn't end. North Korea is just looking for attention. Does anyone (including those Gallop poll respondants) really believe that North Korea isn't aware we would blow them off the planet if a missle reached hawaii....

    June 19, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  28. Greg Mechanicsburg, PA

    The time for talking is never over. What the world needs is a much bigger stick. China and Russia need to step in and fully back U.N. sanctions, not just pay lip service to it. When China recognizes North Korea’s threat to its own national interest, then we may see some cooling of rhetoric. If not, we who stand united against this threat must call Jong-il’s hand and be prepared for whatever his reaction. His policy of Juche must be addressed and North Korea somehow subdued into accepting its role as one nation in a world wanting to embrace them as brothers but unwilling to allow threats against world peace.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  29. Mark From dallas

    Clinton and Bush talked with absolutely no results. Obama is a talker so I would expect more of the same. It is time to start pressuring China to close its border with No Korea. Stop giving these guy's anything.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  30. Paul from Parry Sound, Ontario

    I believe Japan tried that back in 1941. It didn't work out too well for them.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  31. seeksense

    Trying to reason with a violent, rebelious man-child is futile.
    It is so obvious that N Korea is looking for a fight. Just like small children, they are itching to play with their war toys. Should we play along? Give them what they want? Enter yet Another War??? NO.
    Palm Bay, Florida

    June 19, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  32. Joe CE

    Never good to rrule out talk. Next communication should be an ultimatium, but be ready for invasion of South Korea.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  33. David, MS

    The time for talking is over before the launch.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  34. connor

    If they have any sort of survival instinct, they wouldn't fire the missile our way. Unfortunately, like most people living in a bubble, they have a warped sense of reality.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  35. Bill Davis

    This sounds like the biggest pile of scare-tactic-hype-manure I've ever heard. Where's North Korea going to get a Hamster that can keep the missile engine going for 4,500 miles? Then, when the missile gets to Hawaii, who's going to light the fuse? They probably made this thing out of spare parts from a 63 Rambler, some baling wire, and duct tape. I suggest the people at the "Department of Bed-wetting" keep us focused on fixing our broken government and economy. Geez...North Korea...who really cares anymore?

    Bill D.
    Champaign, IL

    June 19, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  36. Theresa

    Ask Obama. Why the sudden interest in Hawaii? Why not Alaska?

    I think Kim Jong Il is jealous. More than a 'little bit off' after having that stroke.

    He is pushing his luck, but I would not retaliate against a missile fired at Hawaii.

    June 19, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  37. Jerry

    I served in the Army in Korea in the early 60s and wouldn't mind
    removing that little dictator from the north off the map.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  38. wayne leng

    Yes Jack, if they fire the missile, perhaps at this point the talking should be put on the back burner.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  39. Tina Tx

    No. We should talk until we are blue in the face. We cannot afford another stinking war, Jack. We should be prepared to stop them but another war and you can call America history. We is broke.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:09 pm |
  40. Larry, Ohio

    Jack.you can not negoiate with a madman,the time for talking was overwith along time ago!!

    June 19, 2009 at 2:10 pm |
  41. Daniel Sneed

    I think if N. Korea fires a missle at or near Hawaii, they are digging their own grave. I feel sorry for the N. Koreans that do not have a voice in their government's actions. The U.S. needs to be sure before attacking N. Korea that we have allied forces willing to respond with equal action and force.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  42. Lanny

    If N. Korea hits Hawaii I believe it is time for a new garden (in N. Korea)and it should be tilled with our own Nulear weaponary. That is the step that calls for ultimate consequences!

    June 19, 2009 at 2:11 pm |
  43. Denny from Tacoma, WA

    If the leaders of North Korea are going to act like loose cannons, the rest of the world needs to protect itself and show them how small and insignificant they really are in comparison. War may be the only option.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:12 pm |
  44. Dennis in Grand Rapids, MI

    Yeah, they like to posture for threats... I'd park a few nuclear attack subs nearby... make sure North Korea knows they're there, and stress, if they launch against us, we will retaliate, and make their country into glass.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  45. Dan In Vegas

    It is very hard to say aloud but North Korea is absolutely convinced that the United States does not have the “Stuff” to defend itself. I am not into killing millions of human beings, but I am sure not into letting North Korea kill Americans in Hawaii. Knock down the missile(s) if launched and if they are nuclear armed, then eliminate Pyongyang, Hamhung, Chongjin, in North Korea. Any Nation that attempts an attack on The United States with Nuclear weapons deserves no less than a full on nuclear bombardment. Iran pay attention

    June 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  46. Richard Sternagel

    No,But this might entail a USA response i.e. seizing one of their ships at sea, bombing their ballastic missle sites, freezing their financial assets. And while we're at it, Don't forget that Japan and South Korea have vital interests in keeping the peace and protecting their security.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  47. Godse, India

    N. Korea can test as many rockets and missiles as they want but they know very well that they cannot afford a direct military confrontation with the U.S. Use the force only when the crime is committed, you cannot punish somebody for fantasizing a crime, can you? Then one might say do you expect us to wait until somebody nukes us? No, that is not what I mean, use the force only when they invade the South or sell their nukes to Iran but until then stop worrying unless you want situations like Iraq.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:19 pm |
  48. Pete, Fla.

    I hope so. But the most aggressive thing I've seen Obama do since taking office was swat a fly, which isn't very comforting.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:21 pm |
  49. Chad from Los Angeles

    Shooting a missile into the ocean is not exactly an act of agression against anyone except the fish. Let Japan deal with them, we have enough problems at home!

    June 19, 2009 at 2:23 pm |
  50. Don (Ottawa)

    If North Korea fires a missle towards Hawaii, or even Guam (a US Territory) we should act and act fast. They are provoking us in a way that Iraq never did. If anyone deserves to be pounded, it's North Korea.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:24 pm |
  51. Terry from North Carolina

    Time for talking was over a long time ago, we should have taken care of this during the Korean war and we would not be in the position we are in today.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:25 pm |
  52. James Scranton

    Yes very much so, I didn't believe Iraq was much of a threat at all, and we should not have gone to war with them at all. But if North Korea did something like firing missiles at Hawaii then that is a cause to go to war with North Korea.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:28 pm |
  53. Emerson in Mass.

    If we shoot it down, then pressure is reduced because North Korea has just lost one of their bargaining chips.

    If we try to shoot it down but fail, then we had better come up with a viable Plan B yesterday.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:34 pm |
  54. Whats the difference ???

    Time for talking is never over. It's just that sometimes there's sporadic fighting and killing in combat between talks...........as shown throughout history........The time for action will probably begin if a missle is launched toward Hawaii.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  55. Steve Ford

    The time for talking is over. President Obama has made it clear we will not continue an unproductive pattern of rewarding North Korea with incentives after witnessing bad behavior. The candy is being taken from the baby now. What sort of temper tantrums will we have to endure? Yes, we will shoot down any missile, but retaliation, that's another totally different scenario.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  56. John Martin

    The time for talking has been over for a long time but what can we do? Our military is already spread so thin. What would we stop to be able to take any action against North Korea? An immediate pull out from Iraq?

    New Orleans, LA

    June 19, 2009 at 2:37 pm |
  57. Dennis, Columbus, Ohio

    If the flight tracks of the missiles are in direct line with Hawaii, Alaska, any of our territories or allies the time for talking should be over.
    The only exception would be if prior notice is given on the expected splash down area AND it is half the distance or less to any land mass.

    The real question is: What, if anything, will the UN do?

    June 19, 2009 at 2:38 pm |
  58. John (Dallas, Texas)

    Can we be sure they are firing it toward Hawaii, or at Hawaii.

    I would say if they fired a missile in the direction of the United States, then no more talking, launch a retaliatory strike, and do it in such a fashion that North Korea would no longer be a threat to anyone.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:39 pm |
  59. Alex

    Time for talking to N. Korea is done now. The key to controlling N. Korea is China. China is who we need to be talking to. Even as we speak, China and Russia, past supporters of N. Korea's regime, are looking at them with a cautious eye as a result of their latest provocation of the United States and other countries adjacent to N. Korea. I think it is woefully apparent that N. Korea is going to understand only one of two responses. A military one... or China finally doing the right thing and choking them off like they should have done already. China's concern of destabilizing N. Korea's government and the fear of a mass exodus of refugees is understandable... but at this point... eminent military conflict may trump these concerns.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  60. Trueman, Toronto, Ontario

    Hi Jack,
    How do I know this will end with the UN backing down and Kim Jong Il receiving 100 million barrels of fuel oil?
    As long as he can level Japan and South Korea with ease nobody wants to provoke the "Great Leader", not even with China and Russia condemning him. What's wrong with this situation?
    We might as well send in Doctor Phil....

    June 19, 2009 at 2:41 pm |
  61. David Alexandria, VA

    Time for talking is pretty much over now. Pyong Yang is trying to provoke a fight. As long as they stay in their own little country, we can swat their missiles out of the sky and should do so. We should abide by the UN resolution regarding ship inspections and we should guard the 39th parallel closely.

    I think that the only people who can talk to the North Koreans are the Chinese. And the North Koreans know that the Chinese could crush their million man army without even going to their reserrves - and just might do it.if they think their little neghbor has just gone too far.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  62. ed from chicago

    Jack, it sure seems like North Korea is determined to pick a fight. At the risk of a U.S. testosterone backup, we need to show enough restraint to gain some measure of Chinese cooperation before we start shooting things. Without that, expect a large-scale invasion of South Korea, and whatever else they can throw at us. We're going to need Obama-style diplomacy on this one!!

    June 19, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  63. Terry in Virginia

    Some speculate the missile will fall far short, BUT if North Korea aims it at Hawaii, it shows intent. Do we return fire for intent or do we wait for another Pearl Harbor? The wild card will be will China join us in war against North Korea, side with North Korea, or stay neutral? Will Russia help North Korea? It's going to get awfully ugly in this world if North Korea takes aim at the U.S. regardless of how the missile performs, armed or not.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:45 pm |
  64. Ken M . Millington MI

    Hello,Jack. The end of N Korea will soon be at hand. N Korea no longer has the unconditional support of the Russians or Chinese. They are quickly becoming an island unto themselves. If they persist in firing missles they will be destroyed by an determined united world.Like a rotten spoiled child who does bad things to get attention so is N Korea. Maybe soon they will be a revolt by their oppressed people.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:52 pm |
  65. Aaron

    No, the time for talking would not be automatically over. North Korea has the 4th largest military in the world, and their closest ally is China. Any military action could cause WW3 to break out. Diplomacy has got to go the extra mile on this issue – but the time would definately be justified for some serious sabre-rattling. If a missile were fired toward Hawaii it would by necessity have to be intercepted. I'd give the North Koreans a stern warning after that – make no effort to hide the deployment of nuclear Submarines to the Sea of Japan, then tell the Chinese to get control of their "little brother" once and for all or look forward to a permanent glow on thier eastern horizon. Watch the North Koreans be in a more talkative mood thereafter. If they aren't smart enough to realize who they are messing with, the Chinese will get the message and finally get control of their own neighborhood.

    June 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  66. jim Toronto

    You bet it is time to stop the talk if they do that!... They don't get it and they don't listen. They play their own tune. it would be nice if, countries like China in particular, Russia, Japan, and the E.U. basically told the N Koreans to 'can it or lose it'.
    Why is it always the U.S.that has to wield the big stick, and be the "Big Bad Bully"?

    June 19, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  67. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    Absolutely. The US lost lives and many were injured during the Korean War. To protect what we have already secured,I think it would be wise to drop a small nuclear bomb on the capital of North Korea and have done with it.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  68. William Kenndy

    I would say it would then be time to duck and cover before striking.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  69. Pablo in Tejas

    Nope. These Yahoos of the PRNK are always pulling this kind of petulant tantrum. It's about as threatening as a 2 year old throwing his oatmeal. The thing to do is ignore the little twits and clamp down tighter on the sanctions.

    Arlington Texas

    June 19, 2009 at 3:01 pm |
  70. Jim

    We always wondered if our "star wars stuff worked". What better chance to find out. Or do we want to risk a miss and suffer the humilation. Wow put up or shut up.
    Jim Los Angeles

    June 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  71. Jeff in Glen Carbon IL

    Although we need not be afraid of the ramblings of a paper tiger, we have every right to intercept any missle of sufficient strength, that if it were to misalign and its trajectory be considered unsafe, blow it up! If everyone goes along with the sanctions, the entire population will have to survive on fish and rice and only operate in daylight hours.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  72. Mike Boyett

    Of course it will be time for action against the North Koreans, but how many Americans realize the casualty figures from Iraq and Afganhistan will be nothing compared to what we'll see in a war with Korea?

    June 19, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
  73. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: If North Korea fires a missile at Hawaii, I would conclude that the "talks have ended,"--–with no options of turning the other cheek.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  74. Daniel Nelson Lafayette,IN

    The time for talking with N.Korea has been long gone. Kim has been harassing the free world to get bribes for food and oil too many times. It is time to show him how a nuclear bomb works and obliterate their million man army along with him and his government before he sells any of his nukes to terrorists!

    June 19, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  75. Jay in Texas

    No, simply firing a rocket without a warhead of any kind "toward" Hawaii, or any other place for that matter, is not a reason to stop negotiating. No matter what direction the North Koreans direct their test rocket, it will be headed "toward" someplace but that doesn't make it a threat to that location. What needs to be stopped are our own nuclear tests inside this country.
    Brownwood, Texas

    June 19, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  76. Janice from Collingswood NJ

    I hate to sound like Palin but "YOU BETCHA" !

    June 19, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  77. Chester from jackson Ms


    North Korea is like that spoiled baby that wants to get attention when everybody in the room knows well the baby needs a diaper change!!

    June 19, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  78. Martin in Shoreline, WA

    The time for talking is not over. But the time for sitting on our hands is. It is time to respond to the saber rattling by North Korea. It is time to demonstrate that their pursuit of nuclear weapons will give them no advantage.

    Whenever they fire off a missile, we need to shoot it down. We have the technology. It is time to use it. If they come to realize any nuclear warhead would be shot down and therefore rendered useless, they will abandon this road they have chosen.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  79. Lance Schumacher

    Yes! The talk should have ended the last time they fired a missile towards Hawaii. We should take this one out before it flies. Unfortunately we are being led by a "talk'em to death" President with little understanding of the danger N. Korea represents. If this missile fails during launch, it could drop right into South Korea or Japan and then what do we do? Another unenforceable U.N. resolution? Wait for the next one to succeed in hitting Hawaii, Alaska, or arrive with a nuclear weapon onboard?
    Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    June 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  80. Rick Medina,OH


    This one is a 'head-scratcher.' What do these people want? 56 years after the cessation of warfare, North Korea is a nation where the top job description is 'soldier,' and one of the key causes of death is 'starvation.' And they continue to rattle their sabers? If there was ever a time for the world community to put their heads together, it is now, before these sociopaths actually follow through.

    Rick, Medina, OH

    June 19, 2009 at 3:22 pm |
  81. Sharon,Daniel Island, South Carolina

    What are we worried about can't Palin see all those hostiles from her backyard

    June 19, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  82. jack frost in vermont

    Of course. NK is a problem best dealt with now and not later.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:26 pm |
  83. Svein from Oregon

    Game over. Guess we're going to be re-building ANOTHER country now...

    June 19, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  84. elizabeth Sacramento

    Remember that fly Obama swatted that people are obsessing over? Intercept that ship. N. Korea's missles don't fly right, anyway. So if they do something stupid–swat 'em! If they're going to act like thugs they should be treated as such.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  85. Michael - Boulder, CO

    Normally, yes, action must be taken. Thanks to the unnecessary war in Iraq, though, our troops are exhausted and spread too thin.

    The reaction in "normal" times would be to shoot down any missile that heads toward Hawaii and flatten the launch site. B-2s from Missouri could take it out in under 18 hours.

    Unlike most other countries, though, we should expect Pres. Kim to react irrationally and invade S. Korea in response. If he does, do we have the forces available to stop him?

    Probably not. That's why talk may be our only option.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  86. Alex, Florida

    Time for talking to N. Korea is done now. The key to controlling N. Korea is China. China is who we need to be talking to. Even as we speak, China and Russia, past supporters of N. Korea’s regime, are looking at them with a cautious eye as a result of their latest provocation of the United States and other countries adjacent to N. Korea. I think it is woefully apparent that N. Korea is going to understand only one of two responses. A military one… or China finally doing the right thing and choking them off like they should have done already. China’s concern of destabilizing N. Korea’s government and the fear of a mass exodus of refugees is understandable… but at this point… eminent military conflict may trump these concerns.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  87. Mark Callahan

    Do we really do not know where this missle is pointed? Thank God for our Missile defense system the U.S. has in our arsenal. Our state of the art military men and women along with what we give them as weapons to protect the greatest country on Earth, should have no problem on shooting it down where ever it is pointed. That is unless the the current administration already has cut the funding for this program!

    Largo, Florida

    June 19, 2009 at 3:38 pm |
  88. Alan - Buxton, Maine

    Do you really think North Korea is a threat to the US? Their last several attempts to fire missiles have failed. They are only wannabees shaking their fist at the world.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  89. Donald in CA

    Yes, north korea really feel that no matter what they do there will be no serious consequences. If they fire that missle toward Hawaii we should fire something back.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:40 pm |
  90. Dominic Gardunio

    Jack, we must deal with the N. Koreans now or never. I believe and the American people wants something done with the N. Koreans now.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  91. Tom Mytoocents Fort Lauderdale Florida


    Records indicate the US has been at war since 1950 with North Korea. Considering no peace treaty was ever signed would explain North Koreas behavior.
    North Korea behaves as a child with a loaded 45 caliber pistol while big brother China watches. Since China is the Sugar Daddy for the USA it appears we are distant relatives with North Korea.
    The question therfore is not what to do about North Korea . The question is when will the USA put on their long pants and deal with this issue diectly with China..

    June 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  92. Doug F. from Montana

    Time for talking with this regime is already over. There has been talking and talking and look where we are. And enough already with meaningless UN resolutions. The only thing Kim Jung Il can understand is action. We need to hit them as hard as we can with sanctions, and should they fire a missile toward Hawaii, we need to swiftly respond in kind...or maybe more than in kind.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  93. Patricia - Pine Plains NY

    If a missle were fired at Hawaii, wouldn't that be an "Act Of War". We can't get ourselves mixed up in another war, but this one would really be hitting home.

    Maybe it's time to punch their collective ticket, for good.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  94. CJ in Atlanta

    I'm more supportive of attacking a nation that attacks us than I am attacking a nation based upon WMD's that don't exist.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:46 pm |

    Yes, talking time should have been over when he tested the first Nuke.
    Kim Jong-ILL is an ailing man who just wants to go down in what he percieves as a blaze of glory before he leaves this planet.
    He certainally cannot be remembered as being a leader of civil rights,economic growth or simply feeding his own people.
    We must not and cannot take any more crap from this man. He is dangerous and he is leading us on while the world watches.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  96. Cody nj

    Imagine North Korea as a small child. They will cry, hold their breath and throw fits in order to get what they want. If their parents (International Community) just ignore them then they will eventually grow tired and forget about it. If the parents give them attention, then it shows that crying, holding their breath, and throwing fits gets at least some attention and might eventually persuade them to give into to demands. Moral of the story, Let North Korea hold their breath and pass out.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  97. Tom in Dubuque Iowa

    Jack; sooner or later the Japanese will be forced to act if we or the Chinese don't; and the last time that was sort of a mess. We should not ever discount the Japanese when it comes down to their survival. They have the technology and the will to use it; despite their constitution against re-arming. They are sitting back in the preverbial weeds; waiting to see what the rest of the world is going to do.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:52 pm |
  98. Remo .............. Austin, Texas

    27 Jul 1953 – Cease fire signed with North Korea and we still have troops at the 38th Parallel. So exactly when have we stopped talking with them?
    If they fire a missile towards Hawaii, what is there left to do? Unless they've watched the movie "The Mouse that Roared". Perhaps they want to start a war with us and surrender so that they can get aide to help them out of their economic woes.
    The U.N. is useless and I doubt that another resolution is going to have any effect, like all the other resolutions. The U.N. has drawn a line in the sand with them so many times it's hard to tell where the last one was drawn.
    Let's get the bombers warmed up and ready in the bull pen. Have the Navy send a couple carriers in that direction and get the Marines amphibs headed tht way as well. I'm sure Japan has a few ideas as well.
    I doubt Kim Jong-il will do anything except hand over the mess to his 27 year old son. I doubt we'll do anything as well........the usual.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  99. Alan, Jonesboro, GA

    Perhaps we should demonstrate our military capabilities to North Korea by shooting their missile out of the sky, whether it comes near Hawaii or not. As this would occur over international waters, China and Russia can't say or do anything about it. Secretly, I think they would applaud, as keeping North Korea in its place benefits them as well.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  100. Deborah in Blue Springs MO

    If they launch a MISSILE at our country, that's the same as what Al Qaeda did on 9/11, okay?! Just because we have the wherewithal to shoot down the missile doesn't excuse their attempt to kill us. It's no less aggressive or inflammatory. If we do not retaliate, we send the global message that we will not allow a terrorist attack on our country without our voices getting "firmer". Big whoop. America: superpower or supersoft?

    June 19, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  101. Bill from pa

    I don't care where they aim it. as soon as it leaves their air space, it should be shot down, with the promise that the next one they try will be returned several fold. They seem to think they are dealing with a country too weakened by the irresponsible deployment in Iraq to respond to their threats. Are they right?

    June 19, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  102. Alex in Seattle

    If the alternative to talking is war, then I say no, Jack!!! Yes, we can defend OUR territory with the Navy and Air Force but the Army and Marine Corps are too engaged in the Middle East and south Asia to defend South Korea. Don't forget that Soul is within artillery range of North Korea and they have a LOT of artillery. We could go nuclear to stop the invasion of South Korea but I don't think we want to do that so it will be Pusan Perimeter time again.

    June 19, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  103. Melissa

    Yes. I don't think any country would stand for it, not even Russia and China. Such things need to be stamped out as soon as they begin. It risks a third world war.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  104. Jordan from California

    Lets put it this way, if the United Sates fired a missile toward North Korea would they be okay with it? The answer is no, the time for talking would be over. If they fire a missile at us, I would hope the U.S. makes it the last mistake that North Korea would ever make.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  105. Susan in Kona, Hawaii

    Does anyone remember 50 years ago June 25th was the KOREAN WAR with America. Well the North Korean's do. They know this Anniversary all to well.
    We are hopefull they can't reach Hawaii. We don't want another Pearl Harbor. But we don't want any more wars.
    Susan, Concerned on the Big Island of Hawaii.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  106. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    My family and I just returned from vacationing on the beautiful island of Hawaii on a 5 hour flight to Los Angeles, Ca before returning to Houston, Tx. North Korean's government has threatened the U.S. and now their threats are turning into action, there are no talking points left and the U.S. most respond with action.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  107. John, Fort Collins, CO

    If a North Korean missle hits Hawaii it means war. If it is anything less than that we should keep the door open for more talks to avoid war. Unfortunately, since their leader is a deranged crackpot, dealing with him is like making love to a porcupine - very painful.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  108. John in Illinois

    Jack of course we should retaliate. I wish there was a way we could reverse its direction and really humiliate themselves. " Like the roadrunner cartoons do ."

    June 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  109. Ken in NC

    Hawaii is a state. It is a state within the United States. A Missile fired from any country on a State in our country constitutes an act of war. There should be no talking about what we will do if it happens again or talking about what we will do in 2 days. We should respond with massive overwhelming force to eliminate the existence of the source of the missile fired into our country.

    I do not want to go to war again but I will not stand by even at 61 and not fight to preserve my country.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  110. Michael McKown

    Simple. They toss one at us, we toss one at them. Only ours has a live nuclear warhead. Game over.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  111. Ron from SF

    Get real. They are using technology that's 50 years old, that we can easily deal with. How absurd do they look, if they shoot something, we knock it down and the U.S. says "is that all you got?". How many countries or terrorists will be lining up to buy their crap? Meanwhile, we get South Korea and the Chinese to cut off the last of their trade and the country goes into rebellion, as another million starve to death. As brutal as that sounds, it's better than 4 million dead in another needless war of choice.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  112. Shawnee

    Well, since I live in Honolulu, I say YES.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  113. James Lenon - Chuckey TN

    Any missile launch directed at our soil should be interpreted as an act of war. In that event, we should see the first legitimate use of presidential war powers since Kosovo.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  114. Nancy, Tennessee

    North Korea seems to be getting just a little to feisty. It's time for some serious talking. It would be equivalent to when your father says let's take a trip to the woodshed. You know that there is going to be less talk than action.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  115. Kevin Callahan

    If they shoot a missile towards U.S. territory on the Fourth of July we should shoot it down. Would make for some really great fireworks!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  116. Robin, Northern Michigan

    You know, if they launch that missile and we are able to shoot it down, I think that would be a good time to send a covert ops unit in to assassinate Kim Jong-Il. He's got a screw loose. His own people have been suffering under his tyranny for too long, and blasting the downtrodden to smitherines in an effort to end his reign seems overkill.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  117. Chris Zimny

    Japan attacked Pearl Harbor, and we declared war on them, so what makes North Korea any different?

    June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  118. Ryan

    We have talked enough. The time for talk is over. If they launch at us, we must and should fire at them.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  119. Jerry from Spokane, WA

    Jack, if they so much as fire a BB gun towards Hawaii, it's an act of war. If they're that insane, well...put it this way, we didn't take crap from the Japanese in 1941, now did we? Are you telling me that 58 years later, we'll take crap from a paranoid little dictator with ambitions of armageddon? Sorry, I think not.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  120. Damien Bower

    I'm just a kid, but I'm also a history buff. I've never seen a world leader so completely insane since people like Hitler or Stalin. The time for talk was over a long time ago, if he fires that missile, I believe what he wants is clear.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  121. Jon from Tempe, Az

    Jack, I am nornally a liberal pacifist but this time I think you are right. North Korea has shown that they have no intention of bargaining. We can not reason with them. I hope Obama chooses to blow that missile right out of the sky!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  122. Derek Young

    The talking should have ended a long time ago. We've gave them to much slack, why should we give them anymore?

    June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  123. Chris from Grand Rapids, MI

    If North Korea truly does fire a missile towards Hawaii they should expect the strongest response they've received since the end of the Korean War. To have the gall to threaten us like that definitely will be a game breaker between them and the rest of the world. Let us hope that it will never come down to war though.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  124. Pat Stewart from Pennsylvania

    My Dad was in South Korea fighting for it's freedom. North Korea's Communist Rulers were trying to take the South over and we fought for their freedom. My father died from the sickness he suffered from his time there. What is South Korea doing about their part in this? As for us; if they try and fail to hit us it's time for them to learn a lesson.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  125. Jeff

    but the time to talk ends only when they attack us or one of our allies.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  126. John

    I think it is time to end conversations.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  127. Noel in Nashville, TN


    What would be the alternative to talking? Nuclear war? A ground invasion? That's the problem in North Korea. Their leaders have no interest in our carrots and we have no plausible stick.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  128. Gregg

    Lets not forget that the US is nuclear. We attack and occupy other countries for control. So why is it that we won't allow others to protect themselves??? hmmmmm............

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  129. Chris Colabrese


    North Korea was done talking in 2007 when they tested their first nuclear weapon. The ultimate question to ask ourselves as Americans is: Are we done talking to the North Koreans if they launch another missile


    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  130. Mid-South Philosopher (Gary D. Lemmons)

    So, the N. Koreans are going to test-fire a missile toward Hawaii in July. President Obama should announce that it will be the policy of the U.S. Government that any attack (accidental or otherwise) by N.Korean missiles on any American or Allied territories shall be met with a "total" thermonuclear destruction of that cesspool known as Democratic People's Republic of Korea. It is time for them to go!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  131. Ann from Charleston, S.C.

    Why would North Korea fire a missile toward Hawaii instead of going for a direct hit? Sounds to me like they are toying with us. If so time for talk is over – they are testing Obama to see if he has what it takes for the big league. If they were to hit Hawaii, we should annihilate them. A missile sent in the direction of Hawaii needs a less devastating response, but it should involve action, not words. Shoot the missile out of the sky.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  132. June

    The time for talking was over a long time ago. This is exactly like World War II when Chambelain was trying to appease Hitler with talks in order to prevent a military conflict. It didn't work then and its nt going to work now.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  133. Bea

    Not sure we can take on another war. Surely, this is the point where China should step up if they want to be a party to peace and friendship with the rest of Asia? Bea, Tucson.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  134. J. Timmons

    Yes! They haven't responded to anything else, so maybe it's time for some action. It's clear that they don't want to hold hands and sing "Kumbaya".

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  135. Joseph Dufour, Ma

    We do have the technology to blow that missile out of the sky and I believe we do need to do that even if it is clear that it will not come close to Hawaii. We need to send them a message that WE are in charge and to respect the power of the United Nations.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  136. Leon in California

    Absolutely! If N. Korea fires one missle towards American territory, then they must pay the ultimate penalty. We've tried over and over again to reach out to N. Korea even under the Bush Admin. So if they want to act up like little children, then they must be spanked no questions asked!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  137. Carla Chadick

    It's a terrifying thought that we could go to war on still ANOTHER front but...if the North Koreans are crazy enough to actually fire a missile at our territory, we have no choice but to retaliate.
    Carla Chadick, Delray Beach, FL

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  138. Autumn

    I think that the time for talking should certainly be over. In the event that this takes place and the Obama administration does not act accordingly, the U.S. will lose all credibility.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  139. James Steuding

    Yes! Yes! Yes! It is 'high time' for the worlds most powerful nation (the USA of course) to virtually and actually 'slap down' North Korea. It may be true that they have 'the world largest dtanding army' etc...but I seriously doubt N. Koreas 'leadership' would seriously risk an out and out 'war' with the USA!
    They (their leadership) may be 'madmen'...but hey are not stupid men!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  140. Lyle Gant

    I think we should intercept every missle lauched after it reaches international waters.... They do not need to demonstrate thier capabilitieis to all thier prospecitve buyers of mass destruction.... We should alos cut off any aid other than food.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  141. Marcus Shane Morris

    Jack, the time for talking will be over. No country has ever directly attacked the US without devastating consequences. What North Korean citizens have to understand is this is thier last chance to get rid of Mr Ill (ironic name since I am sure he is mentally ill)). If they fail to revolt and they let this little monster attack us.. we will wipe out every man, woman , and child in North Korea forever ending thier threat to the world. If they choose to not fight thier goverment on thier own, it says they support thier goverment. If a missle is fired, there will be no more North Korea.. there will just be Korea. A newly defined Island with half the mass it currently occupies. My only fear and worry would be for South Koreans dealing with the fallout.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  142. Chris Colabrese


    North Korea was done talking in 2006 when they tested their first nuclear weapon. The ultimate question to ask ourselves as Americans is: Are we done talking to the North Koreans if they launch another missile


    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  143. Dominick

    The only option, under those circumstances, is to declare war on North Korea and start it by destroying all its nuclear facilities and delivery systems, followed by inflicting devastating damage to its armed forces before they invade South Korea and decimate our troops in that country.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  144. Scott M. Danville VA

    Ever since I heard about this latest threat from the demented dictator I've thought – If they fire a missle anywhere near the direction of Hawaii then we need to knock it out of the sky. I am as far on the left as you can get but enough is enough there comes a time when you have to stand up to the bully on the block.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  145. Carson

    If a missile is fired thats a declaration of war as much as we have declarations of war these days, considering we haven't declared "war" since the second world war.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  146. Jenn Mahoney

    When I was a little kid & wanted attention, I used to stand in the doorway of my brother's room and bug him until he would finally get so annoyed he would wrestle me to the ground... North Korea reminds me of me when I was a little kid... begging for attention.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  147. Allen - Illinois

    Doubtful the North Koreans could hit the broadside of a barn with a missle, but should they be so stupid it is time for China to step up and slap Kim Jong Il down... afterall, as America's largest creditor, they have an awful lot to lose.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  148. Thom Richer

    I suppose it must be. However, I do not support an attack or invasion of North Korea or another winless war. It has been the people who have no say in the politics of their "leaders" who ALWAYS suffer and the leaders just keep their positions and hide safely behind and beyond the battles and death of their citizens and military. In this case, I believe it is Korea's mentally unstable, insane if you will, leader, Kim Jong Il and his equally whacko sons, who should be disposed of and targeted. Times of war they are a changin" and it is time to attack those who seek war not those who are forced to fight their leaders wars. Let the leaders fight and die for their greed and hunger for power. Let them sacrifice their lives and families before another innocent life is given for their evil ends.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  149. Nasai Khalil

    Ask me that question once again jack. I wonder why we insist on talking to those never once and will never want to talk peace with us... but on the other hand refuse to talk to those who are trying to talk reasonabily with us...
    If they do so, I beleive we should blow them to kingdom come!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  150. Barry Williams

    If North Korea fires a missile towards Hawaii the time for talking still exists but anything beyond talking will depend upon China. Since we, the US, have sold our souls as well as a lot of our jobs and wealth to China, we will have to get Chinese permission before we do anything close to their border. Do you really believe the Chinese will agree to any punitive action against North Korea.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  151. Jane (Minnesota)

    I would say Talk time is over except the US still still digging out of the foreign policy nightmare the Bush Admin created. Can't the United Nations actually get a spine & start getting involved in the Worlds trouble issues instead of everyone expecting the US to do it? If they can't I don't think we need to have a United Nations either.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  152. Sean Dixon

    We have to take care of this situation now. It's not a bluff, they have shown aggression and the nuclear thing is just crazy. Don't forget we have MIA and American boy's missing and buried over there. Time take back what was earned.... RESPECT and FREEDOM !

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  153. Stephen R. Collier

    The time for North Korea itself is over. It's a blight on the face of the world. We need to stop China from propping it up, force it to collapse and finally reunite the Koreas.

    Virginia Beach

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  154. Jean Garcia

    If we are faced with the threat of a missile being fired at Hawaii then I believe the time for talking is already over.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  155. Bill in Kirkland, IL

    If North Korea launches a missile toward Hawaii, any other U.S. territory or ally, we should blow the missile out of the sky, then assure North Korea that from no on any missile leaving it's air space in ANY direction will likewise be vaporized. We will also board any North Korean vessel we suspect as carrying missile or other military equipment.


    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  156. Tony Cruz

    Should missiles be fired at Hawaii, time for talk is definetly over. We should send 2 to Seoul.. Unarmed, That will shut him up.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:15 pm |
  157. Jonathan

    Did FDR talk to Japan after Pearl Harbor?
    I didn't think so

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  158. Brad

    I do believe the time for talking will be over. How could we (the USA) stand by and let this happen. North Korea must not be aloud to bully the world. No country scares me like North Korea.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  159. James Herrera

    Absolutely yes, the time for talking is over. Like an unruly child in a school yard who starts swinging his fists needs to be stopped, North Korea needs to be stopped. You try to stop the behaviour before a chaild gets hurt not after. If they do fire this missle the US needs to make a stern, strong and decisive statement an action....maybe we should show them some of our missles can do!!!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  160. Josh from Santa Monica

    Let's hope that time doesn't come... That will be a very bad day.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  161. Fritz Waldow

    Yes, Jack. Time will be over.
    However, it is not us (U.S.) that should act again, taking matters in our own hands going all the way unaccompanied. Let others of the UN folks start with according action.
    Since it will be obvious what is going to happen -as opposed to the Iraq pre-war scenario- the U.N. MUST act in all clarity, at least I have some (naive?) faith left for this.
    If not, well... we'd better have god on our side: we, the world population.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  162. Jake , Portland, OR

    It has to be. It's the most direct declaration of war there is. Even if the missile doesn't reach Hawai'i, the statement couldn't be more clear. The only things that should stop us at that point are threats of involvement from China or Russia; whom we don't want to provoke.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  163. Jamal Saint Petersburg, FL

    Of course Jack. You and I both know what a bunch of pissed off American naval ships can do. Let's remember the invasion of Iraq. "One of the wisest rules in war is to never drive your enemy into despair." – Anonymous. NK is in a tight spot, and I expect them to make a move. Once they attempt to draw first blood, let's give them an American 4th of July, Armed Forces style.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  164. Aaron H.

    North Korea is a schoolyard bully with a bad attitude. It has a habit of picking fights that it's not prepared to finish. If they keep on their current path, the U.S. will eventually tire of their taunts and shove them in the international trashcan, head first..

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  165. John F.

    If North Korea fires one missle in the direction of Hawaii this weekend, or anytime for that matter, yes, the time for talking is over. Then it becomes the time for us to fire one much smaller missle, from a Barrett .50 in the hands of one of our best, at the head of the cause of the problem. Remember how the Kadaffi problems all miraculously disappeared overnight, when a missle went thru his bedroom window?

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  166. Jasen Chicago, IL

    I would like to say no, but they just keep violating the UN sanctions and have been doing what they want.
    If this missile gets launched and is capable of reaching Hawaii.. Then this could be a big problem since we are in range of their missile.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  167. Percy White

    The time for talking has been over, Jack. Is it not clear to our leaders that the realest, most immediate threat to our national security is North Korea? Slaps on the hand and sanctions have not done anything but given them the time they need to develop their nuclear program and become a very serious threat.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  168. Brad

    The time for talking was over when N. Korea stopped respecting the agreement they signed with Clinton ten years ago. -Brad, Orange, CT

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  169. Jen F. in Raleigh, NC

    We've been "talking" for years, Jack, the time for that is over. If it makes us feel better to let them shoot at us first then wait, but personally I think we should take care of this situation before it escalates to that.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  170. Nasai Khalil

    I wonder why we insist on talking to those who never once and never will talk peace with us… but on the other hand refuse to talk to those who are trying to talk reasonabily with us…
    If they do so, I beleive we should blow them to kingdom come!
    N.Korea has always been the REAL threat to this Nation, it's about time we do something about it.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  171. Annie, Atlanta

    Of course. I don’t quite understand Kim Jong Il, though. Is he not getting enough attention, or what. His little hissy fits are going to be the end of him.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  172. Zach Huff

    What if we just quit threatening other countries with our global empire of over 700 bases in 130 countries, intimidating them so that they would want such weapons in the first place? What if we made sure we had a proper defense system, and left the Korean peninsula? We would not be so resented and we would be more respected if we followed the advice of the founders: "Trade with all nations, entangling alliances with none." We ought to just mind our own business.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  173. jason

    yes jack talking is over, time to show him how a real billistic missle works, meaning one of ours!!!!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  174. Robert

    A child who screams and yells, running around brandishing a weapon in an attempt to get their way, is only emboldened by the adult who gives in to the child's tantrum. The effective adult will respond in a way that immediately quells the child's behavior as well as teaching them that behavior like this will cost them more than the potential benefit. The parent should come down hard on the child.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  175. Scott

    Jack, The answer is simple. They fire at us, we fire at them. We should remove the threat, by nuclear means if necessary. It's time to quit messing around with this idiot.
    I think Iran would get the message too. Two birds, one bomb.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  176. Rick Aaron III

    It would be time to show NK what time it is. would be time to clean NK out, talk time is over.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  177. Richie (Guyana S.A)

    where's Hillary Clinton on this?... removing N.Korea from the terrorist list was such a good idea afterall! yeah right!... if N.Korea attacks time for baby chitchatting is definitely over and time to take immediate actions.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  178. linda in Columbus, Indiana

    If we are lucky, maybe it will misfire and land in China. That is the only thing that will wake that region up and put an end to N. Korea.
    Linda in Columbus

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  179. Wayne in Phenix City, AL

    I feel like the time for talking to North Korea has been over...but who and what are we going to fight them with? If the American Military and it's recources weren't already spread out over the middle east, I bet we would have done something a little bolder about the situation in North Korea before now.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  180. Jeff

    Yes, that would be an act of war,and talking should be over. (Attack)

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  181. Jack G.

    North Korea seems to want war no matter which way we go. They continue to threaten us and our people. I think if they want a war, the only thing that is going to stop them is losing that war.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  182. Gustave Exama( Massachusetts)

    If this happens Jack, there will be no more negociation or six party talk whatsoever with N.Korea. The pentagon will be given a new opportunity to deploy our democratic arsenal.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  183. al from hawaii

    Jack, I'm FROM Hawaii, and I don't worry that the backward technology of the North Koreans can do us any harm. What I DO worry about is that we maintain our calm, and respond to these childish provocations with dignified negotiation.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  184. JIM S

    It is well known that talks and sanctions haven't worked since 1953. The only option is force. The best solution is to blocakade North Korea and let Kim Jung Il declare war. Then the US would have justification to wipe North Korea off the face of the earth and also see who China and Russia would support. . That is unlikely to happen while Obama is president.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  185. Max Minneapolis, MN

    Jack, I think it all really depends on whether they fire a missile AT Hawaii or just towards it. One is a clear act of aggression, the other is just chest beating. Still, I feel it will come down to military conflict sooner or later anyways. Lil Kim is comitted to it.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  186. Rich Onorevole

    Well, what else will it take for us to respond to a hostile "attention getter" like this? There have been warnings, sanctions, talks, etc and this country just doesn't seem to want to cooperate. This is an extremely hostile nation, with a struggling economy and lot of hungry people. The possible motive here could be a hostile action to jump start their struggling economy.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  187. Sherry Gallegos

    We should take out N. Korea's nuclear and missile sites now. The N. Korean dictator has strung us along for too long, breaking all agreements with us. BOMB NOW.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  188. Steve

    If N. Korea fires a missile towards Hawaii, it has to fly over Japan. What are they planning to do, watch it sail over their heads?
    It seems like Kim Jong Il tries to purposely egg us into doing something stupid. Regardless, if the missile goes up, we should take it down. Even as a militant pacifist, I think that we should take the missile down before it leaves N. Korea.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  189. James Carli

    What NK is doing is like a small child screaming for a chocolate bar at the grocery store. It thinks it has to have the attention and aid, but when we, the mom, say no, and spank them, they just scream louder. NK has a large army, but it's technology is outdated and we (and SK) would steamroll right over them.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  190. Chris D., NYC

    That goes w/o saying.....I believe and know that President Obama is ready for war w/ N. Korea......that's why he hasn't tried to buy them off yet, like the last two administrations.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  191. Ash

    No, we shouldn't stop talking to them. Just because they fire a missile at us doesn't mean we have to give up on them. Hope. Whatever happened to Hope? We have to think positively and hope that we can still negotiate with them.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  192. Scott Stodden

    Yes Jack the time for talking in my opinion should definitly be over, the time for talking should have been over when the North Koreans threatned the United States with war. What we should do is take the approach that Ronald Reagan took in the 80's when Libya was threating the United States, go to North Korea in the middle of the night and bomb the country and make sure they have no means of illegal weapons or nuclear weapons, this is getting to scary for me Jack and Im a Democrat.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, IL)

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  193. Bill Golden

    Jack, Old Kim has a million man standing army. An army in waiting is a army falling apart. Kim would love to use them.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  194. sheila mills

    Yes, stop talking long enough to send a squadron to knock out all of their nuclear sites. According to the Commander of the U.S. Marines, we are not adequately equipped to go into a ground war with N. Korea because our troops have been trained for counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency which is very different from conventional war. He states they will need several months to get re-trained for conventional warfare. Nevertheless, should N. Korea dare to shoot a missile our way, its time to hit back and hit back hard.

    N. Korea has about ten nuclear weapons none of them which can be delivered, we have thousands, most of which can be delivered. N. Korea is boxing itself into a corner.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  195. Jeff in Ohio

    Yes, that would be an act of war,and talking should be over. (Attack)

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  196. Robert Elmer

    Yes, that would be an act of war. It would show they are an active threat against the international community at that point.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  197. Bob Northern IL

    Scott from Texas . . . No, I would not RUSH to war but, on the other hand do you want to own the first property in Hawaii that catches a nuke from NK? You have to draw a "The talk stops HERE" line somewhere and hopefully you do so BEFORE they actually harm someone.

    Look at WW II. We are more often a "Reactive" country, reacting to a threat AFTER we count the bodies. Myself, I don't want to be in a war OR one of the body counts.

    Tough decision here . . . .

    June 19, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  198. David

    Jack, you know as well as the majority of the public that the time for talking is over. Kim Jong Il has proven too many times that whatever he says, good or bad, he is going to do what he feels is best for his dictatorship. He may bow down on the public stage but behind the scenes the nuclear material production and weapons test will not stop.

    I personally feel that the planning for an altercation has already started. Hopefully the Chinese leadership realize that their support for the Korean regime will cause them nothing but trouble.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  199. Carlton

    We ought to send Cruise missile into his living room like we did to Khadafy. He's been a believer ever since.
    If you have the "might" sometimes you really need to use it.
    That's it's purpose.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  200. Blake R. from Greensboro, NC


    The time for talking has just begun! Countries all over the world need to meet with each other to figure out the best way to deal with North Korea. War is not the best option because then we'll be perceived as bullies, and no one likes working with a bully!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  201. Joe, From South Dakota

    Is the time for talking over? Well Jack, personally I think that it's been over for a long time i mean come ON, we've given them so many chances to get with the program and in return, a funky haired tyrant threatens to blow up Hawaii on OUR Independence Day? Wow.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  202. David from SC

    For years, North Korea has been testing the patience of the US. We should be dropping bombs on all suspected Nuclear test sites and North Korean military installations. A good time to hit them is during one of those ellaborate military parades. We have these nice expensive aircraft that haven't seen actions, why don't we fly a few sorties and show them we mean business.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  203. Dave in Arizona

    If NK actually wants a war with us then this isn't a first strike by any means – it's bait. If we were to take this as an act of war and invade them, we'll be attacking them on their soil when they haven't so much as stepped foot on ours. Ours would be the first actual strike.

    After Iraq, can we survive being made to look like the aggressors again?

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  204. Jessica

    Being that my husband is military and we just moved to Hawaii last week, I would have to say that the time for talking has already passed. They have made a threat toward's America's interests, and everytime we do something that they view as a "threat", they are ready to "declare war". I think it is obvious that they are wanting us to take some action as they have this ship floating around in the ocean and have made this threat, so lets protect our citizens and deal with this guy once and for all.

    Wahiawa, HI

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  205. Joe Petri

    Most definately! If the missile is launched from a ship, then blow the ship out of the water. If it is launched from the No. Korean mainland, then we should blow up their launching facilities. We should try to avoid targeting highly populated areas. The Korean people should not have to suffer for what one maniac does.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  206. Jerry Weston

    Mums the word.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  207. John Babinec

    My Father is a Korean War vet, and it's unbelievable to him that this Father's Day weekend over 50 years later the world is still having to deal with North Korea.

    Everybody better get ready Jack. A lot of people could be about to die.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |

    N.K. has to be dealt with but, we are stretched pretty thin with the Iraq, pakistani, and afghan, wars. It was so unnessary of Bush and Cheney to go to Iraq, just to act like they were keeping us safe. Maybe we better get out of the three wars that they started first.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  209. Chris M

    Yes. There have enough warnings to a nation constantly saying "la la la." Action, not talk, is required to be taken toward nation led lunatics. If Obama wants to be viewed as having a "big stick," this is a great opportunity.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  210. drew henderson

    I hope the U.S never gets in a nuclear war but if North Korea fires a missile toward Hawaii I feel that’s the last chance they deserve. They are a great threat to the U.S and deserve to be dealt with. It would be a great mistake if the Obama Administration did nothing about this

    June 19, 2009 at 4:19 pm |

    This is a sovereign country who is only accoutable to itself unless war is declared against it to stop its threatening actions. Are we prepared to go to war over this? Are its neighbors agreeing to go to war? No, the time for talking must never be over.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  212. tim lalonde

    We should never stop talking to any of the international nations.However china & russia play a big card in dealing with north korea,let them deal with this problem!! why does the usa get involved in all the worlds problems!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  213. michael armstrong sr.

    michael sherman tx . dear jack this guys a nut why wait for him to attack us we should take him at his word and strike him first waiting is about as smart as staring down a cobra .

    June 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  214. Ann

    There was never a time for talking to the crazies in North Korea. If the Obama administration continues to "talk" to them; the U.S. is going to be hit by their more progressive nuclear devices. It is time for to shut up and act!!!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  215. Shannon

    I am someone that lives in Hawaii. Just knowing that any kind of "test" missile is heading my direction makes me feel uneasy and threatened... I would certainly hope that the government would step up and do something about it!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  216. B.K. Latrobe Pa.

    I say wait and see if the international community would act faster than we would send a response. This way we have the internationals in helping us take measures to deal with North Korea and it wont be a George Bush policy by jumping into the mix of things like we did with Iraq, and possibly an Iran incident.

    Latrobe, PA

    June 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  217. Robert H. Ladd

    If North Korea is so good remind the Great Leader that we used two atom bombs over 60 years ago , so stop bragging! We could wipe them out 100%.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  218. Bryan Heble

    Let them know that any missle launch will be an act of war. If they fire a missle at Hawaii launch one back, Right on ol' kim junk's doorstep. Then send them a bill for reperations.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  219. Jim Amstutz Boulder City, NV

    Does the date December 7, 1941 ring a bell?

    Any missile launched towards Hawaii or any allied country should be shot out of the air. I wouldn't put it past North Korea to do anything.

    Twice fooled…

    June 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  220. Trace

    The time for talking with North Korea was over years ago. They have repeatedly proven that even when they enter into agreements with other nations they walk away from the table and completely ignore their agreements. They posses nuclear weapons and also sell them to regimes who are aiming to wipe out the US. The evidence shows they do not respond at all to talking. The UN has also been completely ineffective with regards to N. Korea. Many of us fear that if MUCH stronger ACTIONS are not taken in the very near future, N. Korea, or one of their nuclear customers, will take seriously damaging actions against us. They must not be allowed to do this. They are a grave danger.

    Trace, Washington State

    June 19, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  221. George Currin

    What would the US do if Britain fired a missile at New York? The answer should be the same. An act of war against the US should be met with an appropriate (equally devastating) military response.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  222. Anthony....Swedesboro, NJ

    I remember the Cuban missile crises when president Kennedy took the bold step to put up a blockade on all incoming and out going ships to Cuba.
    Kruschev, with thousands of nuclear weapons blinked and went home.
    We can do the same and obliterate their army if they play nuclear brinkmanship. They have one or a few more, we have thousands.
    Let the games begin!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  223. terry j o'shea

    wait till this insane midget dies, then try again with his son.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  224. Tyler in San Francisco


    How could a missile fired in the direction of Hawaii be considered as anything other than an attack on the United States? The Obama administration should consider this an act of war, and respond accordingly to protect our people.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  225. Brian

    If NK launches a missile intended for US soil (whether it reaches or not) should be considered an act of war and should be responded to by firing missiles back as a sign NK can no longer do hostile things and get away with it.

    Then deal with the consequences, good or bad.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  226. Patti Bennett

    I've been a peace activist all my life but this situation has hit too close to home. Surely we won't wait till they actually BOMB

    June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  227. Jesse from Lakeland, Florida

    I think we will need a draft if the talking ends. A Second Korean War will put just under 30,000 US soldiers in South Korea in immediate danger and our forces are still bogged down in Iraq and Afghanistan. We better think this through; Jim-Jong "ill" is quite bizarre enough to launch a first strike in the South if he feels a real U.S. attack is under way. Hawaii is a concern but Seoul and the South are the key. We need a concrete plan that can minimalize the North's rherotic but provide for an international defense of South Korea if the little man really edges his famished country to war. God help everyone on the pennisula; months ago I thought North Korea was easing down. All that has been torn asunder it seems.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  228. Audrey

    I am all for Barak Obama and diplomacy but the answer to the question is Yes. We can not tolerate a missle headed in our direction!!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  229. Marjorie, Santa Fe, NM

    The time for mere talks is absolutely over. North Korea is a huge threat to freedom, they are a country in which the citizens are brainwashed, and any government that holds that amount of countrol over its citizens is extremely dangerous. War is not the best alternative, and it is not clear what that best alternative is. What is definite is that a show of force from the United States and the UN is necessary in order to gain respect from North Korea.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  230. Marty in Kansas City

    If they fire a missile at Hawaii then we should nuke them untill they glow green.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  231. Gigi

    Let's NOT! Why don't we let China have that job also. Just like we have given away so many other jobs to China. Let them profit off that war. Then we could concentrate on healing "The United broken States" of the America's Thanks to the lack of cooperation from the Republicans we can't seem to clean up the mess we have.
    And we dare to want to tell/show N. Korea how to run a country. Our government leaders need to look in the mirror and get a clear picture of what's going on in our country and see who the problem is.. They can't seem to remember we are in trouble.


    June 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  232. Curtis

    Jack, this is just thought and only a thought... Do you think maybe both regimes of Iran and N. Korea are working some-what together? Both governments are involved in nuclear programs. Wouldn't that just shock the world to know something like that was going on?

    Highly unlikely, but the world has to think all these types of possibilities.

    Toronto, Canada

    June 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  233. jean

    The time for talking is over. They've already threatened one of our states.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  234. Brian Lewis

    On the menu for the month of July. For the guest of honor Kim Jong Il. Breakfast will be served at 3 am sharp. ICBM's and Bunker Buster's with a side order on Napalm. MMMM. Dinner will be served at 4 pm with the main course of Side Winder's and Hell Fires with searing 50 calibres coming from Apache Helicopter's and Warthog's. Millitary dress code in effect. Duck walk optional.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  235. John Hart

    The time has come. One missle towards US Territory should be delt with swiftly and severely. How long and how far can the US be pushed? This act(firing of a missle) by North Korea cannot go unacted upon, as any other nation with ill feelings towards the West will see what they can do to disrupt our government, and taunt our administration. Now is the time for a genuine display of force, not a police action, and let's make an example of one of these rogue nations. Diplomacy, Sanctions, and Reprimands have no meaning to those that just don't care, and are on power trips.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  236. Manny Torres

    I only wish they would make that mistake. First of all most likely the Missile would Never Make it to Hawaii, but most important it would give us the go ahead and erase that country from the face of the earth. And like any other country would do, we would only be defending our territory and our people. The North Koreans better wake up and smell the coffee or better yet get rid of that maniac that might take them to their complete and total ruin. Talk is over lets ACT!!!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  237. David A Whitaker

    Jack, I think it is time for President Obama shot that joker out of the sky. I don't believe in the interferring in the Iran election, but North Korea need a little light lesson and plus do not warn them blast it out of the air. Then ask them came you hear me now, we tried to negotiates with you and have a nice day.


    Martinsburg, WV

    June 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  238. Mark Jensen

    No, Jack, we should not cut off our nose to spite our face. As in Iran, we need some communication even with dictators to have a better chance of changing the situation. On the other hand, if their test missiles are an actual threat to a US territory, what's wrong with a demontstration of our own, as in shooting the suckers out of the sky?

    June 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  239. Dawson from Bloomington, MN

    Sure the time for talking has been long over. Unfortunately that doesn't mean anything. As a veteran having served 13 months in Korea this decade i will say tell you one thing... This is not a war we want to fight. I say leave em alone and let another country sort them out, the days of the U.S. policing the world are over. No one fights our battles for us, so let other countries fight their own as well.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  240. Bill Wilkins

    President Obama promised during the campaign that we should negotiate first. So far, we've been snubbing them which appears to make them somewhat angry. The new administration hasn't had real negotiations with North Korea. Even though we're dealing with a crazy dictator, why not start with talks instead of blowing North Korea off of the map? I think that's better than a nuclear war.

    Powder Springs, GA

    June 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  241. Josh, MI

    Jack, unfortunately, the real problem here is not the puppet, but the puppet master. China could easily reign in North Korea, but the hawkish desires of the Chinese government will eventually overtake their economic sensibilities, which are ultimately based on a stable American economy. Either way, the end result of all of these North Korean threats is a shift in the geopolitical status quo.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  242. Lucius Millinder Jr.

    If you're the Commander-in-Chief, charged with maintaining the security of the American people, such an action by N.Korea has to be regarded as act of war, and therefore we'd have to retaliate as an act of self-defense.

    If such a strike is launched, S.Korea and other countries in the region must consider their gambit, separately or collectively, as the permutations of this escalation appear to endless.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  243. David Bennett

    Absolutely its over. it should have been over a while ago. i can not believe you even pose this question. A direct attack on U.S soil (Hawaii) is an act of war, and although we try to avoid, it will require a definite military response. have we forgotten pearl harbor??. this appeasement way of thinking is disturbing!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  244. Sim Mitchell, NY

    Not according to the doomsday clock, Jack.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  245. Terry Meek

    Absolutely! My wife is Chinese and was an officer in the Chinese Army for 10 years. She is astounded that the U.S. and the West haven't figured out that the North Koreans lie about most everything just to get concessions from the West and then do what they want. Her view point, get out of Iraq now and quit talking to North Korea and slap them down. And, in the meantime, make a show of force in the South China Sea to China or China will continue to huff and puff and bluff the U.S. away!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  246. Chibs Oko

    North Korea is a big threat to United States and it's interest. North Korea should not under extimate US power to any level. US can be good, but not to the extent of watching North Korea distroy other nations.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  247. FRED M

    Oh Yes Jack! once a missile is fired towards Hawaii, "Kim JOKE YAH" should better look for a deal wit nike shoes because his country will need more than running shoes to run away from the United States.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  248. Aileen

    Talk IS over, and should have been for years. North korea should be pummeled if they send a missile to Hawaii or any U.S. territory. It would show the rest of the lunatic leaders around the world that we are not going to put up with terroristic behavior and threats and acts. You would have many U.S. citizens agree I'm sure....
    Huntington Beach, CA

    June 19, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  249. Carol from Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

    Talking was over during the Bush administration. Let's face it, the North Korean dictator must be insane saying that if we board their ships is an act of war! Hey, Kim Jong Ill, don't you think it's an act of war to fire a missle towards Hawaii? I think we should sink that ship that may have nuclear stuff on it. tell the Chinese and the Russians to tell North Korean they aren't going to be around long if they keep this up, and firing a missle toward Hawaii or anywhere else and continuing to build their nuclear arsenal is over. If China and Russia don't, then we should act.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  250. Justin Sherman

    I highly doubt that NKorea will fire a missile towards Hawaii, I think they are just bluffing and making empty threats like they always do, trying to squeeze concessions out of the world. But should NKorea fire a missile at Hawaii or any other US state, then yes, the time for talks is over. At that point, it's time to go to war with NKorea. Firing a missile at a US state is an act of war. It would be a short fight with NKorea as well, because our military is one of the biggest and the most technologically advanced military in the world, we would have
    South Korean support, and since NKorea attacked us, we would also have the support of NATO. Not to mention, NKorea is so poverty striken that they do not have enough food to feed their soldiers for a long, sustained war. After a few weeks, The NKorean army would be practically out of food, and their soldiers would be stealing from each other, and killing each other for what little food is left.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  251. Crystal From Alabama

    Yes. Why talk with someone who doesn't understand?

    June 19, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  252. Eliza

    Launch one towards Hawaii, then we intercept. If it hits Hawaii then it's time to do some serious bombing. Of course though we have a pesky problem of wasting most of our resources on phantom enemies. Maybe North Korea knows this and decided this was a great time to pick a fight.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  253. William NY

    Use smart bombs to take out all the rocket launchers...limit civilian causualties....enough is enough already.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  254. ralph smith

    If NK launch against Hawaii all bets are off, we should be decisive and swift in our retaliation.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  255. Jim

    If North Korea launches a missile towards Hawaii the time for talking is clearly over. The pen is only mightier than the sword when the other side is willing to read your message.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  256. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Obviously Jack!

    June 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  257. Gary in Lexington

    I cannot imagine a worse scenario, unless of course it would be North Korea firing nuclear armed missiles at South Korea and/or Japan. Given the huge U.S. and Chinese economic relationship, it is time we leverage our position with them and demand they take control of the situation before it becomes catastrophic for them, the region and ultimately the world. The Chinese MUST be "reasoned with" in a manner that is in THEIR best National interests, namley their, people, the economy and a potential military conflict with us, in which everybody would lose. Is it really not worth it to the Chinese, to put down the hammer on the mad man they created? The Chinese are the key, that is who we should, and probably are talking with as we "speak".

    June 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  258. David Bennett

    any missile fired by NK needs to be shut down. we need to start calling the BLUFF, and show this guy who is in charge, just like we did with Kadafi. where is Reagan when you need him?!?

    June 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  259. JimRye

    I have told people that care to listen that President Obama should not be undervalued. The president is more of a warrior than President Bush. If you doubt this, take look again at how the president killed the fly that perched on his hand few days ago. The end of North Korea is on the cards if they try to fire missiles directed at Hawaii under Obama's government. This is what Vice President Biden means by saying that the president is made of steel in his speech that generated debate last year.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  260. Ash

    We can't stop talking with them. We can't forget about those two journalists who are still stuck there. remember, one of them asked not to let us forget them.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  261. Fred Griswold, CT

    We have to confront this threat with caution and restraint. North Korea is trying to justify their nuclear program through confrontation. We need to allow the U.N security council the opportunity to handle this and not get ourselves into another war with another despot. As long as we stand together with the rest of the world we will show that the U.S has really taken a new direction.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  262. Paul from Charles Town, WV

    Of course it is. Perhaps the U.S. should respond to their idle threats with a real threat of our own..."iIf your military fires a missile towards Hawaii or any other part of the United States, and we will annihilate any chance that your regime will see the year 2010".

    June 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  263. Amadu

    Jack, Norh Korea as usual always find ways and means to survive, I think it missed the eight years of dumping free us dollars with fake promises at end he dump us without gettig rid off his Nuks.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  264. Geoff

    The Chinese and Russians need to let North Korea know that if they attempt to fire a missile toward Hawaii, they're on their own, and most likely it will be the last action they will take before Operation Glass Parking Lot commences.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  265. Brian Smith PhD

    Here is the reality. Kim Jong-ill is crazy enough to launch a missile toward American territory. Robert Gates is even crazier thinking America will be to protect itself from the missile. The Pentagon admits the missile defense system has never been tested in actual "under attack" circumstances. It is going to fail. It won't be the first time. Remember the total failure of the Patriot Missile Defense system Gulf war? The General Accounting office, GAO, reported the Patriot Missiles failed because the computer couldn't tell the time. Even peace time things don't work. The Hubble telescope failed because the lens cutters didn't know the difference between inches and centimeters. Ask yourself how many times your Windows computer blows up. So… .If Kim Jong-ill does fire the missile put your head between your legs and pray. The Pentagon is going to have a very red face. That is, if it has a face left.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  266. Christina

    No, we won't be done talking to N. Korea if they fire a missile at us. At some point we'll be discussing the terms of their surrender.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  267. Kristy from Texas

    Yes, talk will be over. It's hard to talk to someone who is punching you or in this case launching missiles at you. It's time to punch back.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  268. Trenton, 17, in Bushland TX

    Launching a missile, whether it be nuclear or not, with a target is an act of war. This missile in particular would have the intention of killing 1,288,198 (the population of Hawaii) Americans. At that point, talk is over and there should only be action. I don't believe the US should or would retaliate with our nuclear arsenal, as our ally South Korea would suffer from those effects, but definitely conventional warfare. I have taken a vote of my friends (High school students) on facebook, and we unanimously believe that the regime should be removed if they attack the US. North Korea is a dire threat to the US and to many other nations of the world. In my eyes, an attack should equal the end to the Regime of Kim John Il. They are crazy, they are hostile, and we will not be safe as long as they are a nuclear power.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  269. Robert, Louisiana

    Are we ready for all out WAR? I don't think so.

    What I want to know if we have had any contacts at all with North Korea since Obama became President. Have we told them that things could be better if they would play ball?

    June 19, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  270. Agnes from Scottsdale, AZ

    Jack: What is even more important is to preclude North Korea from firing their so-called long range missile. We should not wait until it happens, but disarm their capabilities before any launch, similiar to what Israel did with Iran some years ago. The sum of this: act, rather than react.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  271. Brian in Seattle

    I don't think North Korea is honestly stupid enough to try it, but if they did responding to such a scenario in a nuclear fashion would be disproportionate and irresponsible. It would represent a gruesomely cruel punishment for millions of already suffering people for a the actions of a government they did not choose and cannot control.

    Hopefully China will reign them in. A U.S. invasion or nuclear strike on North Korea would introduce a humanitarian nightmare of epic proportions on China's doorstep. I doubt they want that.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  272. Paul from Charles Town, WV

    North Korea is desperate for attention and assistance. All this noise we are hearing from the North Korean regime is akin to grabbing at straws. It is simple. They demonize the U.S. for it's power and wealth yet they, too, want power and wealth, and envy the U.S. for having it. Moreover, North Korea has basically consolidated all of it's limited wealth into one angry regime with a little bit of power. You know what they say, a little knowledge, or power, is a dangerous thing. Yes, the time for talk will be over.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  273. Lois Kellerman

    The time for talking is never over. The present North Korean dictatorship is paranoid and desperate. Many starving millions of their citizens may feel it's better to die in glory than to live in misery. And a land war would be costly for all. What's needed now is de-escalation gestures aimed at containing this dangerous situation.

    As in Iran, the USA provides a convenient foil to deflect from interior unrest in North Korea. Our country has to constantly resist being assigned that role.

    Oboma may need to occasionally set distinct limits to actual harm (as he demonstrated with the fly!). But only sparingly, and always out of a mindset that implies that our spirit is stronger than theirs.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  274. Glenda

    Well Yes! What a question. Hawaii is a US State. This does not require one moment of thought. Glenda, Redding ,CA.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  275. Dan Ray

    When the N Korean missile is launched and shows that its trajectory can carry it to Hawaii then that is sufficiently hostile that, indeed, talking is over. At that point, I would order non-nuclear attacks on the N korean nuclear weapon facilities. (I like the SRAM missiles for such an attack.)

    June 19, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  276. boxer girl in iowa

    Better break out that big stick President Obama. Talks are not an option .

    June 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  277. Rod

    I would first like to start off by saying that the 4th of July is such a special Holiday for this Country, because the Declaration of Independence was started to give American Colonists the freedom that Congress thought they needed. So, freedom should be the theme, for the 4th of July and not missiles. It is only fitted that this information was released around Father Day, because the World really needs every Country to do its part, and start acting like responsible Leaders, the same way a responsible Father would. Happy Father’s Day to you Jack, and wish the rest of the America’s Father’s Happy Father’s Day as well.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  278. Butch

    It is pretty clear Jack that Kim Jong ill is nothing but a big(ok small)
    bully. Just like in jr. high, there is no negotiating with the kid who wants
    your lunch money.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  279. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    I don't know, but I'm pretty sure they're not going to be successful, so why speculate?

    June 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  280. Rolando DePuy

    I would answer this question by saying "let's bomb them back tenfold, but after several wars under our belts I pray that they do not attack us

    June 19, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  281. Pugas-AZ

    If everyone is lucky ,and North Korea is not, maybe the missle will go off course and take out Iran's nuclear facilities.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:51 pm |
  282. James, Warner Robins, Ga

    Now hang on, Mr. Cafferty; lets not be so hasty. the last thing we need is another preventative strike on a small(er) country; we all know how tha last one turned out. Instead,if they do launch one toward us, we should go "desert sheild" style only without that large of a build up(not that we could afford it anyway). Deploy about a third of the troops being sent to Afganistan, most of our troops in Japan and SK, and just about all of the SK troops to the south Korean Border. That could be the first time in & yrs that A 'coalition of willing' could be a good Idea. While the build up is traking place, we should try to reason one last time. If he doesn't stand down and assuming he won't, strategic air strikes and blitzkrieg attacks should do tha job that talking just can't do.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:52 pm |
  283. Buzz in Solvang, CA

    Doesn't make any difference. When the threat of a REAL war against a heavily armed country our politicians, left and right will quiver. We have a lot of tough talking rightwingers but when push came to shove they would cave so fast it would make your head swim. So nothing will happen and words will get thrown at them. NK knows an actual attack will mean their demise.

    Nothing to get worried about OR start a war over.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  284. Carlton, NY

    Time to get tough on N.Korea

    June 19, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  285. Patrick Adams

    Aloha from Waikiki Beach,
    Truthfully we trust America's military here in Hawaii so, we're not really worried. The real worry is that North Korea's nuclear "toy" will ker-plunk in our federally protected Northwest Hawaiian Islands, home to more than 7,000 species of marine plants and animals and within their "4000 mile range "
    That event would take us beyond rhetoric.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  286. Walt, KS

    Jack, Kim Jong ll should no longer be allowed to stand on his high
    heals and sell wolf tickets. It may be a time to take preemptive measures to make sure he doesn't blast Hawaii or any other state off
    the map.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  287. Fred Mt. Vernon

    Wait and see where it hits. Then we wait a couple of days. We tell them we are going to fire one toward them. Tell them exactly where it will land ( same distance as theirs did from Hawaii) then fire it. Point made.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  288. Edward from Henderson,NV

    The main reason North Korea is important to me is because if the Taliban plan on making good on their threat to destroy Washington D.C. They will probably do it with a bomb they purchased from the DPRK. Kim Jung Il doesn't need missiles to attack America. Remember, "The enemy of mine enemy is my friend." We have a lot of enemies in that part of the world and they could become fast friends.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  289. dave schipper Sun City, CA

    N. Korea is very dangerous. not only for U.S. but the world.
    an explination is not necessary what a threat firing a missle of any kind toward Hawaii or anywhere else for that matter.
    Direct action is the next step. God help us all.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  290. Ram Riva -- Calexico, CA

    North Korea will continue to make threats and fire missiles at anything that's in their near sighted scope
    All they want is for the US to punch them and break their face, so that they can yell ... FOUL !!
    Once bleeding, they will call upon all the non aligned countries, headed coincidently, by Iran
    Then collect all the money they can get their hands on, from oil enriched clowns like Venezuela's Hugo Chavez, (a self proclaimed USA hater) to help them protect their tiny country from Imperialist aggressions...

    June 19, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  291. Anna, Missouri

    Jack, North Korea is acting like a spoiled child throwing a temper tantrum. Talking does absolutely no good. I do not think that starting a war with them is the right thing to do. We need to take away all of their toys and sit them in the corner without any supper until they stop. By that, I mean continue to shoot down any misles and cut all access in and out of North Korea and do not allow humitarian aid to go into the country. It may be difficult for the people of North Korea, but bombs will be difficult for North Koreans also. As long as we send them aid, they will continue throwing tantrum.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:56 pm |
  292. Francis D. from Martha's Vineyard

    Todays sophisticated style of warfare requires much talking.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  293. carl

    we should take over them

    June 19, 2009 at 4:58 pm |
  294. Bob from Connecticut

    If N. Korea fires missile toward Hawaii, is time for talking over? Yes. The Pres better take out the big stick on this one. The Pres should make it very clear if this was to take place. Everyone of their nuke site would be taken out By our missles.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  295. Carol Richter

    "If North Korea fires a missile toward Hawaii, is the time for talking over?" Talking? We are talking with North Korea? Didn't anybody hear Secretary Clinton on this subject last Sunday?

    But if "talking" is over, then what? Start another war we can't finish? Alienate the rest of Asia?

    This is a very, very dangerous and precarious situation and one that might have prevented in several ways, not the least of which is refraining from stupid "wars," thus having both personnel and war chest for the times it really counts. I don't think there is a country on earth that does not recognize that the US is in a very weakened condition, which ought to have been a consideration before this reckless foreign policy was enacted. And while our eyes were on "wars" of choice, North Korea was emboldened to act on what would appear to be reckless insanity.

    No matter our emotional reaction to North Korea's madness, we really must think coolly and logically because there is a whole lot riding on it for the entire planet. Even at that, it may not be enough.

    June 19, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  296. KenB, Inkster, MI

    You pull bullies to the side knowing you have a bigger stick and if they still don't get it, well, a good punch in the gut will get the message across to chill out...dust them off and ask the question, "are we clear?"

    June 19, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  297. Ralph Spyer chicago Il

    North Korea has a total of 4 missiles and 2 nuclear bombs; the U.S has over 400000 missiles and 20000 nuclear bombs let us get real who is going to make money tell the American people we should go to war with North Korea? The same people who led us into Vietnam and Iraq

    June 19, 2009 at 5:07 pm |
  298. Ralph Nelson

    The General says we have a 90% chance of shooting them down. Time to tell them we well shoot them down if they do. Ralph, Yakima, Wa.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  299. Patrick Riley

    Yes, we should shoot the missle down as soon as it left there boundaries. It would show the world that we will not allow another nation to put the world wide community in peril. It would be good to test our capabilities.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  300. Maria

    Yes time for talking is over! I am all for diplomacy until that country takes a shot at you.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:18 pm |
  301. aNDY aNDRESEN

    Aloha Andy here in Hawaii. I think that the minute they launch the missle form North Korea we should shoot it dowm 100 feet off the ground and let it be know we won't stand for these acts of war from anyone. Hopefully the debre withh cove the launch pad and North Korea will have their hand full cleaning y=up the mess in their own back yard! Thus mission accomplished

    June 19, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  302. Jim, from Las Vegas

    Is it that far out of line to think that just maybe N.Korea is acting as an agent of China? Suppose our hand is forced and we take action against N.Korea, China already owns all our debt, that would be a great collection letter.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:23 pm |

    Am I wrong in thinking that there has always been a Declaration of War with N.Korea & America? Remember "The Mouse That Roared" movie. I truly believe that America will be brought to a Ruinious heap of rubble very soon, N.Korea & Iran could start the ball rolling against America followed by major terrior attacks.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  304. Jeff Davis

    This is clearly a problem for China. We in the U.S. have become to China what AIG was for us. We are to big to fail. It's a great irony that two countries that are so diametrically opposite have now become the two powers that can affect change. What all the politicians were unable to do the almighty chase for money has done, made us strange bedfellows. China, as the Dr. Frankenstien, has created this monster, it is now their responsibility to put the monster back in it's cage. Let them carry the load. They made the mess, let them clean it up. This little tyrant in North Korea is just a bad hangover from too much indulging during the cold war. If we have to spend more money that we need to borrow form the Chinese to control this useless country, I don't see how this is any advantage to the Chinese.
    We have been carrying the water for the whole world for too long. Let the Chinese handle this one. It's in their back yard.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  305. Missy M

    I think the time for talking was over a long time ago. Time to let them know in no uncertain terms not to mess with the US.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  306. Justin from Dallas, TX

    The U.S. will obviously have to make a move if indeed North Korea decides to fire at Hawai'i. Kim Jong-Il's people are in dire straights and they are scared; there is no other way to describe it. If North Korea was well off, they would not feel the need to start mixing it up with the U.S. He is trying to find a way to do one of two things: he either wants to distract his people from their own misery or he is hoping to strong arm the U.S. into conceding something that will allow him to feed his nation. These are the actions of someone that feels they have nothing to lose and everything to gain.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:33 pm |
  307. tim/phoenix

    North Korea
    Blow up the missile and cut off all ties Shut it down. This is more serious than Iran. We do need to deal with fanatics better than in the past to eliminate these kind of elements in the world.

    June 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  308. john martin

    the time for talking is never over especially when war is cocerned,but i am afraid that the antics that Kim the dictator keeps pulling may cause an inadvertant situation where war can easily breakout on the peninsula. make no doubt about it , the chinese need to rein him in they have the power. If China do not want to see their great economic advances dissipate with the west they need to take care of business and soon. I really hope they do not push us too far, and as far as the republicans are concerned they need to stop the petty politics and support the president in times of war. The threat to our country from our enemies foreign and domestic is severe we need everybody on board with the same messages to our enemies, long live thr greatest country on earth!!!!

    June 19, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  309. Richard-Arkansas

    If a missle is headed toward any US state or territory with assurance that it might each it it, it should be shot down and at the same time, that weapons ship should just disappear from the face of the earth (or in the case water) without any warning.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  310. Jim from Alabama

    Yes Jack, if that happens, the time has come to intercept the missle and shoot it down and them read North Korea the riot act. This little tin horn dictator has to be shown that he cannot intimidate the free world once and for all. He needs to be told that another such act will involve a full retaliation and just what that means to his country. I believe that those actions will make a difference. Then, we need to aggressively pursue national support for stopping his nuclear ambitions and weapons trading and stop it.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  311. Gail Barley

    In the past when American territory has been threatened to this degree, (Pearl Harbor), there was a declaration of war, not wondering and dallying over what to do with an insane, hostile regime. Our family lives in Hawaii and, as yet, has no assurances that the Obama administration is eager to protect us, even though this is his home, too, We see a president who will take a "wait and see attitude". and, unfortunately, for our islands, one strike that gets through is all it will take to obliterate a good part of our population. Should we trust Robert Gates that we are protected? If not, will diplomacy before and action after the fact help us or will it be too late? As a nation, please care about your 50th state more than anything else right now, including Iran. We need to have at least that much patriotism left.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  312. mary odom, haughton,la

    This President fits the image of a positive role model perfectly; with the high rate of absentee father in the African American, his example of a loving and doting father tells others that it's okay to take care of your kids; a father is not just a sperm donor, but one who takes responsibility for what may be produced, a child. Being a good father is just one of the many ways he shines.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  313. Scott

    We should just do the following.

    – Surround the country with our ships and subs.
    – Fly our Air Force jets over head 24 hours a day with bombs loaded.

    If they dare launch a missile we will launch ours from our ship and subs and drop bombs from our planes.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  314. DougR

    If they fire the missile towards any of our territory then I think the time for talk is over. N. Korea's rhetoric has already gone too far. China needs to be made to understand that if they don't reel in their dog's leash soon that it will be done for them. We wouldn't have to mount an Iraq style invasion since we have the air assets to cause massive damage to their missile, transportation, and electric power infrastructure.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:25 pm |
  315. John

    I agree with Gail. The Obama administration does not seem eager to protect Hawaii. Obama has addressed Iran more than national defence. If North Korea launches a missile near Hawaii it is probabally targeted towards Hawaii (what else would they target?). We have no choice but to prepare a military response. Negotiations don't seem to be working.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:36 pm |

    Aloha Andy here in Hawaii, I think the minute they launch the missle from North Korea we should shoot it down 100 feet from the launch pad.And let it be known that we won't stand for these acts of war from anyone. Hopefully the debre will cover the launch pad and North Korea will have their hands full cleaning up their own mess in their own back yard! Thus mission accomplished!

    June 19, 2009 at 6:40 pm |
  317. Cole

    Absolutely Jack! Sometimes you have to punch the bully right in the mouth!

    June 19, 2009 at 6:56 pm |
  318. Crissa Raphael-Okamura

    Born and raised here in Hawaii, on the Big Island, I feel that we are a very vulnerable state. I also feel that President Obama will do by us here in Hawaii the best he can. I feel safe with him as my President and know he will do all he can within his power to protect us.

    June 19, 2009 at 6:59 pm |
  319. Tony from Torrington

    I think President Obama will make an effort to talk the missle down.

    June 19, 2009 at 7:07 pm |