'As I said in my inauguration speech, if countries like Iran are willing to unclench their fist, they will find an extended hand from us.'
Response to the offer of an extended hand from the dangerous radicals:
- Nuclear explosion by N. Korea, with no notice given to the world, followed a day later with two successive missile test firings;
- Iran's Nuclear Program continues apace, Iranians send warships into Gulf of Aden "flexing their muscle" a day following the N. Korean nuclear test;
- The Taliban exhibit a "perceptible shift in momentum" inflicting serious American losses, according to Defense Secretary Gates.