Over the past few months, North Korea has tested missiles and nuclear weapons all in violation of various UN resolutions. The sanctions and other restrictions placed on North Korea have effectively done nothing to stop them from developing longer ranged weapons, which can now reach the United States.
When you have an insect problem outside your house, one might logically conclude that killing the bugs at their source would be the best way to stop them from entering your home. What Obama is effectively doing with the North Korea situation is waiting until the “bugs” enter the house, but arming himself with a fly swatter to control the situation.
The North Koreans seem like they are prepared to launch a missile capable of reaching Hawaii within the next few weeks. Obama has positioned US Naval ships in the Pacific to intercept a North Korean attack, however they’re acting as the figurative fly swatter from this example.
The boundaries have been tested over the last few months, and the North Koreans know what actions the world is willing to take against them. I just hope that the holes in the fly swatter are small enough to keep the pests from getting through.