- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 23, 2009

Now we can feel good. U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice proclaims proudly that the statement issued by the U.N. Security Council condemning North Korea’s recent missile launch is a “binding” show of strength. Beyond being technically incorrect, it is quite the opposite. It is a nonbinding show of weakness.

Just like the limp reflex of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to the conviction and eight-year sentence given to American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi by an Iranian court; and the reaction to the firing of a missile by North Korea illustrates the raw naivete of an administration bent on embracing our enemies.

Embracing Cuba; President Obama bowing to King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia; apologizing to imams, clerics and the Turkish government - these are all one and the same: a denial of reality. It is clear from his actions that Mr. Obama is trying to substitute the world as he wishes it to be for the world as it is. As long as he heartily embraces minnow-like tyrants such as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, he serves only to highlight his ineptitude and deep arrogance.


Palm Beach, Fla.

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