Obama Should Have Shot Down North Korea's Missile
Michael Mazza thinks the US has been too timid in dealing with Pyongyang
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Dec 13, 2012 12:21 PM CST
This still frame made of video shows a display of the Unha-3 rocket launch at North Korea's space agency's General Launch Command Center on the outskirts of Pyongyang, Dec. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo via APTN)

(Newser) – North Korea has successfully tested what appears to be an intercontinental ballistic missile, "underscoring the failure of two decades of US policy," Michael Mazza writes for the Diplomat. "How Washington expected to halt Pyongyang's missile development program without taking serious steps to do so remains a mystery." The administration is sticking with a routine that "has all but failed," in which it issues warnings before a launch, and sanctions afterward. Mazza believes President Obama should have gone a step further, and shot the rocket down.

This launch, coming so soon after April's, indicates that the regime is actually serious about developing missiles, and not just using them to extort the West. Striking now would have shaken confidence in Kim Jong Un, and "undermined what is perhaps the regime's greatest myth—that it is powerful and feared abroad. Now that myth has been reinforced." Yes, shooting down the missile would have been provocative. "But no more so than North Korea's decision to launch. Indeed, it would have been the only proportional response." Click for Mazza's full column.

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Dec 14, 2012 7:25 AM CST
If there is anything as illegal under international law and a direct act of starting a war it is the stupid notion of shooting down another country's SPACE ROCKET! The wrong terminology --as usual for the news media in particular -- is "missile". This rocket crossed no other nation's AIR SPACE borders in its mostly-vertical ascent. I do agree that the previous North Korean MISSILE launches over the ocean MAY have crossed national border AIR SPACE of Japan, but I do not know that for sure, and those would be subject to being shot down.
Dec 13, 2012 9:45 PM CST
Our Dear Leader could not lead a thirsty horse to water.
Dec 13, 2012 6:54 PM CST
Mazza is crazy! The Administration is reacting correctly to North Korea. I am certainly not a fan of the President, a conservative Republican, but these guys go way to far on these ideas.