Federalist No. 63

North Korea attacked South Korea, killing two soldiers through an artillery bombardment that was one of the worst acts of aggression since the 1953 ceasefire ended major combat operations in the Korean War.

In addition to a report that North Korea has installed thousands of centrifuges for suspected development of nuclear weapons, the violence coincides with a struggle in which the North’s dictator is trying to transfer power of the criminal regime to his 27-year-old son, Kim Jong Eun, who many believe is competing with long-time communist insiders.

Barack Obama is further exposing the danger of one who has never served within the ranks of the military becoming the commander-in-chief of more than 28,000 American volunteers in Korea and around the world.  A toothless statement was released by the White House that revealed a mentally paralyzed Obama.

Earlier today North Korea conducted an artillery attack against the South Korean island of Yeonpyeong.  We are in close and continuing contact with our Korean allies.

The United States strongly condemns this attack and calls on North Korea to halt its belligerent action and to fully abide by the terms of the Armistice Agreement.

The United States is firmly committed to the defense of our ally, the Republic of Korea, and to the maintenance of regional peace and stability.

An American with knowledge gained through the experience of serving in enlisted and non-commissioned officer ranks of the United States military would do best to serve as commander-in-chief.  Similar to that gained among the lowest of socioeconomic brackets in American society, the experience translates into knowledge with an unrivaled perspective of human events.  Such a commander’s value to society and government is greater than the partisan battles claimed as experience by political insiders and elites, not unlike those struggling between one another in North Korea.

In the absence of energetic leadership from Obama, the United States Senate should reinforce America’s respect and confidence by foreign powers, as stated in Federalist No. 63, with the following priorities for rules of engagement, to defend the American people against increasingly frequent provocations to resume major combat operations in the Korean War:

  1. Plans – The highest realization in warfare is to attack the enemy’s plans.  Disarray with succession plans could explain North Korea’s violence as an ongoing attempt to conceal internal struggle.  The United States must work for the immediate political reunification of the Korean peninsula.  “Change typically brings uncertainty,” said John McLaughlin, former director of Central Intelligence.
  2. Alliances – The North Korean dictator’s family succession appears to be suffering from a struggle preventing an internal alliance.  Externally, it’s unconscionable for Obama to scold China about its currency while hesitating to push North Korea’s closest ally to take a more active role to stop the violence.  One of President John Kennedy’s favorite quotes is relevant: “The hottest places in hell are reserved for those who in times of great moral crises maintain their neutrality.”
  3. Military – An autumn military exercise with a U.S. aircraft carrier and the South Korean military, cancelled by Obama, should be rescheduled immediately with the additional participation of Russia, Japan, and China .
  4. The People – Most importantly, the United States needs to work harder at winning the applause and affection of the isolated and oppressed population trapped in North Korea.  Additional boosting of Voice of America broadcasts into North Korea should be considered a priority, as reported by Shortwave Central.

“Radio can play a big role in changing people,” said Kim Dae-sung, who fled the North in 2000 and is now a reporter at Free North Korea Radio, a shortwave radio broadcaster in Seoul. “Even if it’s simply news, it’s something that North Koreans have never heard of.”

The North Korean dictator is willing to use any means necessary to consolidate power in the criminal organization run by successive generations of his family.  After the terrorist attacks of September 11, it would be foolish to continue with Obama’s lack of a strategy to offset potential danger to the United States.

The President of the United States would seem most likely to effect safety and happiness for Americans through the above recommendations to Congress, as priorities for rules of engagement against the violent acts of aggression increasingly pursued by the unstable tyranny in North Korea.


Robert Kennedy, foreword to Profiles in Courage, by John F. Kennedy (New York: HarperCollins, 2003).

Office of the Press Secretary, “Statement by the Press Secretary on North Korean Shelling of South Korean island,” The White House, November 23, 2010.

“Sun-Tzu’s Art of War,” in The Seven Military Classics of Ancient China, trans. Ralph D. Sawyer (Boulder: Westview Press, 1993).