Bush said he thought the North Korean leader "wants us to either fear him or pay attention to him."So, Axis of Evil #3 wants us to either fear him or pay attention to him. Sounds as if our childlike Despot-in-Chief is projecting his own motivations on others.
"And I view it as an opportunity ... to get the Chinese and the South Koreans and the Japanese and Russians to work with us and send a clear message that this is unacceptable behavior," Bush said.
Meanwhile, it's very, very bad if the North Koreans have ICBMs (which they don't, yet). Testing missiles is a very bad thing, unless the U.S. is doing the testing, in which case it's a matter of obvious and uncontroversial routine. The U.S., the only state ever to nuke anyone, can be trusted to possess nukes and their delivery systems. No one else qualifies.
I suppose it's understandable if the Japanese are concerned about a fully-nuclear North Korea. But I'm not Japanese. And, last time I checked, that clown that -- regrettably -- I help pay to be president isn't President of Japan, either. I daresay the Japanese are perfectly capable of defending themselves. Especially if they have to do so.
Pull the U.S. armed forces out of South Korea. Bring them home and demobilize them. Aren't we bankrupt enough already? Do we have to seek out yet another crisis to manage (i.e., screw up)?