Let's look at this another way.
We have 2 families that live at opposite ends of town, one is named China the other is named Us.
China has a son named North and Us has a son named South.
Both the sons, North and South go to the same school. North is a bully and he starts bulling South while hinting to South that he has a gun (aka nuclear weapon).
South goes home and tells his dad that North is bullying him, his dad knows that North has a gun. The gun from all indications is a rusty old single shot that would probably end up generating more smoke than fire.
Now Us and China are friends in business only. Dad Us calls Dad China and tells him about the bullying, dad China says that he has to look good in front of his son so he issues a statement to his son and the press so that he doesn't look like a wimp while telling him to cool it.
Meanwhile the MSM and nepacrossroads.com gets hold of this and because the only other stories available to publish are about Obama getting 12 stitches on his overworked lip they make a big deal out of it.
SUN TZU ON THE ART OF WAR we may know that there are five essentials for victory:
(1) He will win who knows when to fight and when
not to fight.
(2) He will win who knows how to handle both superior
and inferior forces.
(3) He will win whose army is animated by the same
spirit throughout all its ranks.
(4) He will win who, prepared himself, waits to take
the enemy unprepared.
(5) He will win who has military capacity and is
not interfered with by the sovereign.