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An Earth-Shattering Kaboom?

Monday, Oct. 09, 2006 12:08 AM

Good Morning. This is your wake-up call.

North Korea has apparently joined the Nuclear Club.

While the USGS confirms a seismic event of magnitude 4.2, it has not been confirmed that the cause was a weapons test.

Of course, now we get to watch the presidential poltroon fumble and spin over his declaration in 2003 that the United States will never tolerate a nuclear North Korea.

Instead, Mr. Bush will likely find himself in the position of having to ask China and Japan to show forbearance and possibly enact sanctions on the trade which North Korea is heavily dependent upon.

But, hey, maybe it'll distract the media from the Foley scandal.

Well, it might if the Republicans weren't still trying to spin this as being the Democrats' fault.

Update: 08:41 AM

Officials in one account are describing the blast as small ��less than a kiloton. And South Korean scientists estimate the blast at only 550 tons. However, Russian scientists, who have also affirmed that the source was a nuclear test detonation, estimate the blast at 5,000 to 15,000 kilotons.

The bomb we dropped on Hiroshima was approximately 15,000 KT.

There's no such thing as 'small' when it comes to nuclear weapons. That's like describing thousands of dead Iraqis as a comma.

Instead of toppling a dictator in Iraq on trumped-up charges that he might have nuclear capability in as little as ten years, maybe we should have been paying attention to North Korea.

And does anyone want to bring up Condoleezza Rice's mushroom cloud scare line? Remember, we didn't want proof to come in the form of a mushroom cloud?

The Bush Administration not only has a failed policy, as Sen. John Kerry remarked (sounding like he was running for office) earlier today, but their threat assessment skills have been entirely off-the-mark.

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