“We have every capacity to deal with any action North Korea will take to protect this country and the interests of this country and our allies,” Hagel said. – North Korea nears ‘dangerous line,’ Hagel says

SECRETARY HAGEL made it clear this week that President Obama is no different than any other American president in how the Administration sees North Korea. But when it comes to real dangers, Kim Jong Un is no clear and present danger to the United States. The language we’re hearing from the Administration is the same as that of the motley crew who preceded him during the Bush administration era, which says a lot about what we still don’t know about the reclusive regime, this time being led by Kim Jong Un.

There are far graver dangers to American national security.

Former Vice Pres. Dick Cheney met with Republican on Wednesday and waxed rhapsodic about Saddam, reportedly folding Kim Jong Un into his monologue. After all, when it comes to leaders like them, “you never know what they’re thinking.”

“Here’s a young guy we don’t know very much about “” have very little intel on him, so we just need to make sure that we don’t assume why he’s doing what he’s doing because he could be doing what he’s doing for any number of reasons,” Southerland recalled Cheney saying. – Cheney to GOP leaders: “˜We’re in deep doo doo’ on North Korea

It all depends on how good our intelligence is, which on North Korea isn’t very good at all. An equal worry is that Dick Cheney can still garner respect inside the Republican Party after what was wrought on his watch under George W. Bush and is a graver danger to United States national security than Kim Jong Un could ever be.

No one should kid themselves about what the U.S. can do. We won’t do anything preemptively, because of obvious reasons, so we’re just going to have to wait, then react, to whatever the Kimmy the Kid in North Korea decides he wants to do. But that in no way means our country is in grave danger. Whatever Japan or South Korea face is a regional threat that everyone on planet earth knows we would engage militarily and very directly if we had to.

Here’s what has gotten our attention this time over other missile launch threats:

The Musudan is an untested weapon that South Korea says has a range as far as 3,500 kilometers (2,175 miles). That would mean it could reach as far as Guam, a Western Pacific territory that is home to U.S. naval and air bases and where the United States recently said it was placing missile defense systems.

Missile defense systems remain unimpressive for the most part, except where expense is involved.

In the second decade of the 21st century, after Iraq and Afghanistan debacles under Bush and Cheney, as well as Abu Ghraib and Gitmo, why anyone is covering Dick Cheney without mentioning that Administration’s horrible record, dare we describe it as criminal, on foreign policy reveals just how bad foreign policy coverage in the U.S. remains.

No national media outlet should ever cover Dick Cheney’s views on foreign policy with anything but derision. He’s earned it. That CNN and others are lapping up his every word reveals very short memories.