US warns of 'consequences' after launch of North Korea's unidentified tumbling object

The reported launch of something by North Korea late yesterday inspired some caution and a great deal of snark from Western observers. Even today, some reports are calling the satellite simply an “object,” and though there’s no way of identifying its purpose, it seems to be doing little more than tumbling out of control as it orbits the earth.

Is it a threat? Possibly, if for no other reason than the collision danger it poses to other satellites.

Of course, was launching a “weather satellite” the point, or did North Korea simply need a reason to test the launch of a multi-stage rocket — the sort that would be necessary to reach the West Coast of the United States?

The United Nations Security Council has condemned the missile launch, and the White House promised “consequences,” with spokesman Jay Carney telling the press, “I don’t have a preview of next steps, but we take this matter very seriously … and we are not alone.”

Yet another threat of unnamed consequences isn’t inspiring confidence.

Sorry. We are very concerned that PRESIDENT Obama remains on the sidelines on North Korea and Iran. Better?

  • Josephine (D)

    They should have launched PSY. Wait, they probably love him in Pyongyang.

  • Danny Wheeler

    Yeah, be specific, O!

  • CombatDiver

    Consequences = Strongly worded letter

    • Bill Henry

      … with highlighting. Next time Obama will underline certain words. That’ll make them tremble in their boots

  • Zane Henry

    Consequences? Let’s see…..Morsi declares himself pharaoh and gets a double fist-full of F-16’s I’m guessing Un will get a gift wrapped margarita machine, at the very least.

    • SpinMeNot

      More likely the maps to the defenses on the RoK side of the DMZ …

  • Steve_J

    Consequences? Is Obama going to try to make Kim il Un go to bed without dinner? It’s too late to be threatening consequences.

  • detroit19

    I’ll bet they’re shaking in their boots?! Just like the murderers in Benghazi, Syria and ‘Fast & Furious’ Mexico or the suicide bombers in Afghanistan/Iraq… hell, the union thugs in Michigan. Sorry if I don’t hold my breath…

  • Lord Foggybottom

    Translation: the world gets another lecture from Professor Obama.

  • SineWaveII

    That’s right North Korea deal leader isn’t fooling….what’s that? oh yeah I mean OUR dear leader not yours.. anyway he’s not fooling around. If you don’t stop this long range rocket business right now ..he’ll make a firmly worded speech and give you ..’that look’ yeah you know the one I mean. And believe me you don’t want to be on the receiving end of that.
    And if the look doesn’t work he’ll send Jimmy Carter over to your country and you’ll have to sit through 72 hours of “negotiations” Yeah? “Fate worse than death”? Yeah you got that right. He’s our secret weapon, If he doesn’t bore you to death (what do you think happened to your father). He’ll take all the way to the 71st hour before he finally tells you how much we’ll pay you to stop with the rockets already.
    So knock it off pal if you know what’s good for you!

  • BeeKaaay

    North Korea, if you do not stop, Obama will wag his finger at you.

    If you still don’t stop, it will be the middle one this time.

    If you still don’t stop, he will wag two fingers at you.

  • gracepmc

    Obama’s one word foreign policy “consequences”. Iran, N. Korea, Syria — watch out boys, there will be “consequences”. Soon. Some day. Benghazi, Fast and Furious — resulting in the death of Americans, no consequences.

  • Danny Meeker

    LOL @ consequences…..”STOP….OR WE’LL SAY ‘STOP’ AGAIN!!!”

  • GW

    What’s Zero going to do? Look up Kim Jong Un’s divorce records? Like most dictators, Zero is only good at beating up his own citizens.

  • WheresPatton

    So…I have a big speculation from a friend of mine… #NorthKoreanSpySat is nothing more than 1970’s Yugo filled with golf car batteries and a few 1990s Sony Handicams attached to the roof.

  • People Corporation

    Consequences for who? I don’t trust our communist president in the White House. He needs to elaborate on anything that could have a double meaning.

  • dwsmokin

    OK Kim Jong, we’re serious. NO FREE PHONES FOR YOU! That ought to do it.