Thursday, February 10, 2005

North Korea MIGHT HAVE Nukes

The world is a-twitter about the possibility that North Korea has a nuclear weapon. Keep in mind, they did not conduct a successful test, and no one has seen it. I'm not suggesting that it should be ignored, but I wouldn't take this at face value with out some more investigation.

Of course, the right-wing blogosphere blames Bill Clinton. Assuming the DPRK has a nuke, it is possible that they developed it since 2000. This goes to my "deterrence/accelerant" theory that says if a nation could be scared into capitulation by pre-emptive war in Iraq, it is just as likely to serve as a motivating factor in the development of a nuclear device.

Even still, there's not really a point in assigning blame because if a country wants a nuclear weapon, it's going to get one. The only way to stop a country is to buy it off, or blow it up.

With that being said, I have to question U.S. intelligence on this. Can they confirm it? Did they know and not tell the public? If they didn't know, why not?

Point is - they dropped the ball on 9/11, Iraq and potentially the DPRK. Are we supposed to trust the intelligence community about Iran? I guess we have to, but this isn't a very good track record. Does Iran, in fact, have nuclear weapons already? Are they really developing them? Where are the sites?

Second question - where the hell is China on this? They continue to financially back Kim, they put no pressure on him, and look at the outcome.

This is just reason #453 why we shouldn't be doing business with China. It's time to cut them off like the Soviets - tell U.S. companies you have to divest of Chinese assets and then refuse treasury bond payments to them.

People seem to think we're going to default on the bonds in the Social Security trust fund (yes, there is a trust fund full of government bonds). Why default on a loan Americans made to the government while paying off the Chinese, and letting them feed that money into the DPRK. With the money saved in not having to make debt interest payments to the PRC, we could pay U.S. companies for losses incurred in the divestiture.

Stop screwing around with Iran, move a pile of nuclear missiles into South Korea and Japan like we did in Western Europe during the Cold War and aim them at the DPRK and the PRC.

Sooner or later, this is going to happen anyways. We can choke the Chinese and North Korean economies like we did with the USSR and either we'll drive the communists into submission or we'll have M.A.D. The world lived in the shadow of potential nuclear holocaust for almost a half-century. We can do it again.

In the end, it will all be over in about 30 years or 15 minutes...but it will be over.


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