I was, naturally, alarmed, and rushed back down to the school and requested an audience with the principal. He called me in and asked how he might help.
"Mr. Bateman," I said, "my said came home from school, and told me that another boy was on the playground today brandishing a pocket knife, threatening to hurt anyone who refused to relinquish their lunch."
"Oh my!" the principal exclaimed, jumping from his desk chair. "Which boy was it," he asked my son, as he strode across the room.
"It was Joey," my son said quietly.
The principal picked up a dry erase marker and began to write on a whiteboard hanging on his office wall.
I waited until he moved away, then read:
"The Principal and administration of Horace J. Morgan Elementary School condemn Joey's use of a knife and threats against other students."
"There you go," he said, as he put down the marker. "Don't you feel better?"
President Obama would like us to believe that convincing the principal, the UN Security Council, to issue a statement condemning the school yard bully, North Korea, for rattling its nuclear saber, is leadership. And he'd have us believe that making a statement condemning the action is sufficient to cause that bully to stand down.
The bully has never cared before; he's not likely to care this time just because his name was written on the board.
Our President has demonstrated Chamberlain-like, bury-your-head-in-the-sand diplomacy on this one. And that should worry you.