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First, no Naval Commander worth his weight in salt and no Naval Strategic Planning Session would EVER place ANY of our vessels in the naked position of being so easily decimated by a singular missile strike from anywhere on the face of the globe. You've got to give our Naval Commanders far more credit than that. They war game this kind of stuff all the time. They know the potential adversaries capabilities and any maneuver made at sea is done with protective (defensive) posture, so as not to overly expose the fleet, or any part thereof.
Second, North Korea, had lived under the terrifying weight each and every day, of have having 900+ nuclear weapons belonging to the United States of America, located directly across the 38th parallel in South Korea. It was not until the early 1990's, that the United States removed its more than 900 nukes from South Korean soil.
Third, North Korea, first initiated a Nuclear Test in 2006, during the George W. Bush Administration, not the Barak Obama Administration. Furthermore, NK's nuclear question, some estimate, began as early as the 1970's, depending on which intelligence entity you believe.
Lastly, it was George W. Bush, that labeled North Korea, before its Nuclear Test, one of the components of the "Axis of Evil." Not something you want to do when your potential adversary is loading up on a new Nuke diet!
Still, I'm a no-account Joe, with little experience of knowledge of these issues.
From that point forward, down throughout the history of Western foreign policy with respect to the Middle East, and policy blunder after policy blunder, war and strife, the Anti-West Hate that we now see permeating throughout the Middle East, was born. That anti-west hate from the ME was not born on November 8th, 2008. Anti-Obama Hate, was born on that date, but not the anti-west hate we see coming from the ME.
Lastly, what's going on in Northern and North Eastern Africa right now, is considered a good thing, by most Neoconservatives - let alone those who wish to see "democracy" spread across the entire world. The People are seeking their own freedom in North and North Eastern Africa, which is in stark contrast to what we saw in Iraq. The People of Iraq, did not revolt on their own. And, they did not ask for any help from the West. We launched attacks on THEM. Without just cause and based on crock-pot of lies and deceit about WMD that did not exist - even when we knew darn well that it did not exist. BTW: North and North East Africa, is not the Middle East. But, I fully understand your point.
Having said all of that, I'm still just a simple minded Joe, who can easily be rebutted - if you try.
A note about Barak Obama:
This man took on an amazingly difficult challenge. Effectively deal with two (2) wars. End official combat operations in one and redeploy troops home safely and responsibly. Deliver on a 28+ year old failed promise to the government of Afghanistan and the Afghan People, to finally help them get to a point where they can defend themselves against the perpetual tyranny coming from now both the Taliban and Al Qaeda. Deal with either TB or AQ if and when the leak into Pakistan and, if the Pakistani Government fails to handle the matter on their own. Re-start a severely stalled economic engine that underwent the most devastating set-back in U.S. history, since 1929/32. Stop the bleeding caused by massive job loss and systemic foreclosure across the country. Rebuild a broken and dysfunctional Public Educational System. And, finally restore the lost credibility around the world, in the United States of America, that had been smashed in the dirty over the previous eight (8) long years of abject terror and crisis.
I've got to be honest with you. Only a total Mad Man would even come close to touching that job -OR- a totally committed and dedicated human being who loved his country to the point of adoration, wanted nothing more than to see his country prosper again, not merely in dollars and cents, but in character, integrity, trustworthiness, moral backbone and credibility, and a human being with the intelligence and capability to actually believe that he can get the job done. That's what the People elected on November 8th, 2008 and that is precisely what the people got. Regardless, of how many Anti-Obama Haters there are in the United States of America, who have been extremely busy Re-Writing History at ever turn and at ever single step of the way - even before the vapors dry from the mouth of the President after he speaks.
I have never seen such obvious, glaring, transparent HATE for the a sitting President having done absolutely nothing but what was right, courageous and prudent for the American People. From the outright racist comments from people like Rush Limbaugh to Newt Gingrich, to the more subtle commentary from members of Congress with respect to President Obama's "birth certificate" which clearly comes from the State of Hawaii. To the daily drum beat in the media by talking head "experts" who constantly question President Obama, like he was some kind of 12 year old, still wet behind the ear little boy who knew no better.
All the while, this President smiles, and continues to offer the American People his intellect before his fist. That takes Class, Integrity, Moral Fiber, Intelligence and Good Judgment. After eight (8) long years of total neglect here at home, I for one am glad that we finally have a President who actually gets it - no matter how much the media wants to portray him as "not getting it."
But, like I've been saying through out this reply, I'm just a simple minded Joe, who really doesn't know his butt from a small hole in the ground.