North Korea is a small, isolated, starving country. The biggest military threat it poses is that it would lose any conflict with the west and implode in a mass of refugees and chaos. So naturally, it talks big:
North Korea warned Wednesday of a "thousand-fold" military retaliation against the U.S. and its allies if provoked, the latest threat in a drumbeat of rhetoric in defense of its rogue nuclear program.
North Korea would enviably lose any war, but war is bloody mess that all rational non-North Korean countries will avoid at all costs. North Korea needs the threat of war and an escalating crisis cause that's all they got. Lucky for us, we have an Administration that is the essence of calm and thoughtful. Just think about a President McCain, and how he wouldn't be able to resist getting into a dick-measuring contest with Kim Jong-Il. North Korea needs a crisis. Obama shouldn't give him one.