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Sunday, February 13, 2005

Another Dispatch From The Duh File

The Kid knows this is late, but he's been busy with a real job lately and distraught over the death of Arthur Miller. So sue him.

North Korea announced on Thursday that it posesses nuclear weapons.

This stunning non-announcement merits a resounding Idiom "Duh!"

In fact, that's just what the President should have responded as his press conference, "Duh! Tell me something I don't know Freak Boy..."

Well that's just great. Nuclear weapons in the hands of a paranoid megalomaniac, who's actual personality is not that far off from the portrayal in Team America: World Police.

"Take dat Hans Brix! Do you have any f**king idea of how busy I am???"

The problem with this is that the ship sailed on this job more than 15 years ago. The time to take care of North Korea was during Bush the Elder's administration. Now we are faced with a nuclear armed NK, and even our best options end with Seoul or Tokyo in ashes.

This is what pisses the Kid off about all the second guessers and critics of missing WMD in Iraq. One must remember that intelligence failures go both ways. Oh don't worry, NK is five years from getting the bomb.


They have the bomb.

Oh don't worry, Pakistan is a decade away from getting the bomb.


Pakistan has the bomb.

Iran? Oh they are 5 to 7 years away from getting the bomb! No need to do anything rash! We can wait until 6 months before they get the bomb to do something! (Why any estimate of Iran's posession of the bomb that is short of NEVER is supposed to be comforting, I have no idea.)

In any case, the only positive thing to come out of the NK statement was this:

"We ... have manufactured nukes for self-defense to cope with the Bush administration's ever-more undisguised policy to isolate and stifle the (North)," the North Korean Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the state-run Korean Central News Agency. The agency's report used the word "nukes" in its English-language dispatch.

Yes, the North Koreans are using the English slang term "nukes" instead of the more accepted "nuclear weapons" in their official statements. A diplomatic faux pas surpassed only by referring to the 15kt yield, projectile-trigger fission devices as "nu-kyew-lar weapons."


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