Poor Obama. He was told that other nations were just soooo excited he was elected and they couldn't wait to work with him after so many years of the "arrogant" and "dismissive" George Bush (video here).
So when North Korea defied the world and launched it's missile on Sunday, Obama decided to get tough. In a big test of his leadership abilities he gave a speech in Prague where he declared:
"North Korea broke the rules once again by testing a rocket that could be used for a long range missiles. This provocation underscores the need for action — not just this afternoon at the UN Security Council, but in our determination to prevent the spread of these weapons. Rules must be binding. Violations must be punished. Words must mean something. The world must stand together to prevent the spread of these weapons. Now is the time for a strong international response. And North Korea must know that the path to security and respect will never come through threats and illegal weapons. All nations must come together to build a stronger, global regime. That’s why we must stand shoulder to shoulder to pressure the North Koreans to change course.” --President Obama, Prague April 5,, 2009The response from the U.N. was immediate. The following is a short audio clip from UN headquarters with the statements of diplomats clamoring to follow Obama's lead:
Headlines tell the story:
- U.N. Security Council fails to agree on North Korea reaction. L.A. Times
- UN Security Council at impasse over North Korean rocket launch CBC News
A reporter on the scene described it this way:
KIM LANDERS: Well, after meeting for three hours in New York, the 15-member UN Security Council has finished those consultations without taking any action whatsoever.
They don't seem to have been able to agree on either a statement from the president of the UN Security Council, nor have they been able to agree on any new resolutions against North Korea.
So, Obama's big moment to show world leadership fizzled like a North Korean rocket! Let's just say I am not surprised. Whoever voted for Obama thinking he would change the way the world perceives us must be feeling pretty foolish right about now. Just remember: WE TOLD YOU SO!