US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the international community must respond in the growing crisis over the sinking of a South Korean warship.Perhaps the heroic Secretary should have checked with our fine government's largest creditor before speaking:
She said there was "overwhelming" evidence that North Korea was to blame, and urged Pyongyang to halt its "policy of belligerence".
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"I believe that the Chinese understand the seriousness of this issue and are willing to listen to the concerns expressed by both South Korea and the United States," Mrs Clinton said on Wednesday.
"We expect to be working with China as we move forward in fashioning a response."
Chinese Vice-Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun earlier said his country was still evaluating information on the sinking of the Cheonan.I don't know about the rest of you, but my personal outrage over the sinking of the mighty Cheonan is nearly unlimited. I don't care how broke we are; I don't care how many more billions in borrowing might be required. We must avenge the proudest corvette in the South Korean navy!
"We have always believed that dialogue is better than confrontation," he added.
Otherwise, we'll lose face. Otherwise, the world will doubt our ability to project power and impose our will anywhere and everywhere on the globe. Otherwise, we might just as well withdraw all our soldiers from South Korea.
Now, there's an idea.