Tuesday, July 04, 2006

I Need a Bunker

Today, North Korea conducted a test of long-range missiles that American officials say could hit the Western United States. The missile failed in midflight, but the test achieved its desired result -- North Korea sent the message to America that they are not fucking around. They want to be taken seriously. I'm seriously shaking in my lil' booties. Honestly, it's a good time to be North Korea. America has largely ignored the mounting armament of North Korea, stalling for time until they can figure out what to do about a country that has proven itself nearly nuclear-ready. And, if I were Kim Jong-Il, the best time to start poking Ameirca with a very big stick would be when America has already stuck its thumbs into some other very big pies. Even if we started thinking about retaliating with an invasion of North Korea in the near or distant future (and that's of course ignoring all the politics and history of the region), we can't right now; we barely have enough troops to sustain our current military endeavours. I'm not sure what America can or will do in response to North Korea throwing the gauntlet down, but Bush certainly has dropped the ball on this one. We needed to have started addressing the situation more seriously the minute that talks between North Korea and surrounding countries stalled. Hell, Bush needed to have been dealing with North Korea (in an effective fashion) years ago, not just biding his time and hoping his successor in the White House could pick up the pieces while he gallavanted off to shoot the evildoer who "tried to kill his daddy". At this rate, would it be too much doomsday prophecying to suggest that by 2008, America may not have enough pieces left to fill a beaker? That's it; my piggybank is now being renamed "Jenn's Nuclear Fallout Shelter Fund". It's got $3.41 and two Namco video game tokens in it. Shit.


Anonymous Mac said...

Their missles are are pretty old compared to ours and the ones they launched today all failed. I wouldn't worry too much. A more likely scenerio is they were to use one it would be on S. Korea or Japan, but even then I doubt much would come from it.

7/04/2006 08:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Ed said...

Another CNN article clarifies the missile range:
"...a Taepodong-2 missile with an estimated range of 2,175 to 2,670 miles (3,500 to 4,300 kilometers). At that range, parts of Alaska in the United States would be within reach..."
Methinks ye old American officials are overhyping the danger here. North Korea's not going to nuke Alaska.

7/04/2006 09:46:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Nuking Alaska would still be an act of war. Symbolically, it could be a big deal.

Plus, Hawaii's well in range of that.

7/05/2006 01:23:00 AM  
Blogger Dei Wong said...

I could be reading this wrong but, I don't think Kim Jong il is not an idiot. No matter how crazy he acts I just think he has the good sense not to attack America. Any country when fired upon by a nuke will fire numerous back. The country being fired upon will know the nuke is on its way and where it came from. America has far more nukes than anyone else.

I really think this is something to get people back to the table for talks. Kim Jong il does not want to fight America he knows he can't win. America's Air force is the strongest on the planet. The Navy alone could wipe Kim Jong il out. NK needs help but he wants it in a way that he doesn't have to bend to another's will. I honestly think he wants to have relationship with the US. But for someone who is always in control its hard to make compromises.

7/06/2006 05:49:00 PM  

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