North Korean Missile Hype

I keep seeing North Korean missile fear-mongering all over the cable news channels.  Now I'm not going to pretend that North Korea isn't dangerous, but the fear-mongering seems to be just that.  It's the same retreads of the fat Republican/pundit lazy cowards who are too insular and stupid to understand the difference between risk and certain doom.  Normally I'd put this in breaking blue, but this story seems to be huge (though not really discussed in the liberal blogs).

Defensetech offers a long post with lots of experts chiming in.  It's worth reading.  The gist is that there's lots we don't know, the intelligence is incomplete, and it's quite possible that the threat is much smaller than the Dick Cheney's of the world presume based on North Korea's use of military hoaxes to achieve negotiating leverage.

At any rate, I'm glad that sane and sober people are in charge of our government and media right now.  Ugh.

UPDATE: Redstate seems to think that the words of former Clinton hacks as well as the words of uberloser Walter Mondale are sufficient proof that military strikes against North Korea would be swell, or something along those lines. I prefer to rely on the US inelligence agencies we didn't listen to prior to invading Iraq before destroying the world economy with another lazily conceived war:

U.S. satellites have observed liquid fuel canisters being placed near the missile, but officials said there was no confirmation that fueling took place. "We can't say anything for sure," said one top official with access to the intelligence.

Loading fuel into the rocket boosters for the Taepodong-2 missile would almost certainly suggest a launch will take place, because it is difficult to siphon out the fuel. But North Korea has a long history of doing things simply for the benefit of American satellites -- and to bring the world's attention back to the Stalinist state.

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Re: North Korean Missile Hype

This thing is all hype to get Congress to spend billions more on defense. Missiles would never be used against the U.S., excepting an accidental M.A.D. event involving Russia. Why give away the one thing you could seriously use: deniability?

Want to be scared? Look:

here.

by blues 2006-06-25 04:19PM | 0 recs
Re: North Korean Missile Hype

If it's not fueled, then there is little out of the ordinary happening, other than a few cans around the missile for awhile. If it is fueled, then I would assume, the only fuel that could be difficult to release would be fuming red nitric acid, and to blow up a rocket full of that material, a drop of which would burn into a person and then quickly poison them, would create a very nasty environmental disaster. I guess no one told those Democrats who seem so enthusiastic about blowing it up.

by blues 2006-06-25 05:41PM | 0 recs
Re: North Korean Missile Hype

Well, if they hit it before it's loaded with fuel, the only repercussion would probably be that 10 more countries would go nuclear.

by blues 2006-06-25 07:18PM | 0 recs
You're either a hawk or a dove

In a democracy, its ok to be either a hawk , or a dove. I'm a hawk. You're a dove.

What I will stand for, here, is the fact that democracy no longer works in America. We are no longer a democracy. We just don't have a name for it, because thats what seems to fit best. But we need names.

We need names for the threat north korea poses: selling their nukes to anyone who will buy them, lobbing them across the pacific into the heart of the midwest - a country so cruel it is beyond imagining.

We also need names for people who abandon rational thought and governance in favor of an evangelical bender

by turnerBroadcaste 2006-06-25 07:35PM | 0 recs
Re: North Korean Missile Hype

I am certainly no supporter of Kim Gong-Il. But I do see an array of problems with bombing the missile. There will be another missile tomorrow, etc. It's just dumb for these Democrats to start in this direction if the missile doesn't get bombed. Or if it does get bombed. Cut off one limb of the "Axis of Evil," and another will grow. Because we will plant it!

by blues 2006-06-25 09:37PM | 0 recs

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