Late in last fall’s Presidential campaign, Joe Biden predicted that if elected, Barack Obama would be tested by foreign powers within the first six months of his administration:
Mark my words, it will not be six months before the world tests Barack Obama like they did John Kennedy. … Remember I said it standing here if you don’t remember anything else I said. Watch, we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy.
It’s starting to look as though we may have several, and it may not take six months. The latest is North Korea’s threat of war against the South:
North Korea warned Sunday that South Korea’s confrontational policies may trigger a war on the divided peninsula, a message coming two days after the communist country vowed to abandon all peace agreements with its southern neighbor.
… Tension heightened Friday when the North said it was ditching a nonaggression pact and all other peace accords with South Korea.
The tension may lead to “an unavoidable military conflict and a war,” North Korea’s main Rodong Sinmun newspaper said in a commentary carried Sunday by the country’s official Korean Central News Agency.
Obviously, it’s unfair to blame everything that happens in the world on Barack Obama, just as it was unfair for the Democrats to blame everything on President Bush. But, as Biden implicitly recognized, our new President is regarded around the world as inexperienced and weak, and that could make the next few months a critical period on a number of international fronts. So far, Obama’s missteps have done nothing to dissuade our enemies from that assessment.
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