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If the missiles expire, you must retire

Editor’s note: This article is written in Mr. Klayman’s personal capacity and does not reflect the views of Judicial Watch, Inc.

Last weekend brought “good news” that perhaps the first high-level al-Qaida operative, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, had finally been captured. Undoubtedly, given the recent spate of bad news for the Bush administration, officials promoted this success to the hilt, releasing accounts of the event days before intelligence operatives would have liked. Generally, time is required to interrogate (i.e., legally torture) the captive to give up names of other terrorists – perhaps even Osama himself – who could then be arrested without warning. But let’s be thankful nevertheless for any success, however compromised for political reasons.

What remains most troubling is the Laurel and Hardy relationship between the president and his secretary of state. After the State Department pushed the president to dare Saddam Hussein to destroy his illegal missiles, or else, predictably the dictator agreed to same, throwing the year old, monotonous U.S. threats, and alleged plans, to invade Iraq into further turmoil.

Now, given Saddam’s compliance, how can the administration sway France and other “allies” – save Great Britain – to back its war plans at the United Nations. Not since my friend Christopher Darden, then Los Angeles assistant district attorney, dared O.J. Simpson to try on the bloody glove, had so brilliant a tactical maneuver been tried. Having pushed G.W. to go to the United Nations in the first place, the President must now be telling Colin Powell, “A fine mess you’ve gotten us into now.”

With North Korean provocations mounting – the latest was the communist nation’s near shootdown of an American reconnaissance plane in international waters – it’s time for Colin Powell to go, or at least be relegated to his State Department office, where he can ponder his newest defeats – the humiliating rejection by the Turkish parliament of an agreement to allow U.S. troops to use its military bases to invade Iraq, and the apparent commitment of France, Germany and Russia to veto any joint military action before the United Nations Security Council.

Thankfully, the age of appeasement appears to be coming to a close. But in the process, our nation has been disgraced at the United Nations, with its NATO allies, and elsewhere. I get a sense that the president finally realizes this and is prepared to strike. And strike he must, even if it means going it alone. Only then can American credibility be restored. Surely, North Korea would not be so bold otherwise.

And, we should not let our preoccupation with Saddam Hussein to allow the North Koreans to continue to make a mockery of our strategic interests in Asia. Now that the president has reacted to the near shootdown by stationing scores of bombers on Guam, we should be prepared to use them the next time the communists in Pyongpang try a similar gambit. Much like the Israelis took out a French-built nuclear reactor in Iraq in 1981, the United States should be prepared to wage a quick preemptive strike to destroy North Korean nuclear facilities, before further atom bombs are produced. Whether the increasingly pacifist South Koreans – who have become fat and happy driving their Hyundais and watching their Samsung televisions – like it or not, they will have to stiffen their spines and be prepared to defend their nation if necessary.

If the administration does not put its foot down, what next? Will China – which is undoubtedly orchestrating North Korean belligerence to see how far the United States can be pushed – be tempted to finally invade Taiwan? Why not, with America so paralyzed by its preoccupation with trying to appease its “friends” at the United Nations, is now not the time to strike?

All this underscores why decisive action against Iraq – and now North Korea – is long overdue. If we don’t act fast and effectively, more North Koreas are on the horizon, and I am referring not only to China, but Iran. And what do we do then? Fight a simultaneous four front war!

Colin Powell is the Christopher Darden of the administration. The verdict on the nation’s well-being will remain in doubt as long as he retains influence with the president. As someone who has also been widely quoted as lauding the “bloody glove” virtues of Fidel Castro, the grandaddy of all terrorists, for having done “good things for his people,” the secretary of state qualifies for the Jimmy Carter Nobel Peace prize, but little else.

With his eventual exit, Powell could go back to doing what he used to do best in private practice, taking huge speaking fees from Syrian government-connected interests. Perhaps not coincidentally, Syria is also a certified terrorist state on the U.S. watchlist. It is believed by many – including Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon – to be the hiding place for the “missing” weapons of mass destruction of Saddam Hussein.