Thursday :: Sep 11, 2003

The Next Redirection Ploy: The North Korean Missile Crisis


by Steve

Given past practice, we could have seen this one coming. On the anniversary of 9/11, with the poll numbers plummeting, and mounting job losses and rising unemployment numbers, Rove ratchets up a new crisis. After nearly three years of failing to engage North Korea, it is time for the Bush White House to misdirect towards a North Korean missile crisis in time for next year’s election.

Officials in the Bush administration have evidence that North Korea has been using Russian technology to develop a new intercontinental ballistic missile capable of reaching targets in the continental United States, an administration official said Thursday.

The official, asking not to be publicly identified, estimated the potential range at 9,400 miles. The distance from the North Korean capital of Pyongyang to San Francisco is about 5,500 miles.

How convenient. An unnamed Administration official said on the second anniversary of 9/11 that Pyongyang can possibly strike the continental US. Aside from the weakness of the reporter for not identifying who the official was, we see two things here: the North Koreans, using nuclear material they have gotten from our new buddy Pakistan, have been allowed by Bush to rebuild their nuclear program because we don’t want to reward them with a negotiated settlement that would dismantle their program and subject it to inspections. Worse yet, Pyongyang is on the verge of having missiles developed with Russian help that can deliver nuclear weapons to the mainland US. This of course is the same Russia headed by a man whose soul Bush can look into.

Yet our other good buddy China is also being accused of helping Pyongyang, and the North is suspending its work at its leading nuclear facility. So its obvious that the official who is putting the scare out there about the missile crisis is not the same one who is saying that the North is taking steps to encourage future negotiations. In other words, we’re back to Rummy/Rice/Cheney against the sane ones.

Terrorism is more of a concern for voters now that it was the night of September 11, 2001, and more and more are afraid and feeling that we are less safe. What better way to make them forget about the rising unemployment and Bush’s failed campaign against terror and lies about how overthrowing Hussein would make us safer than to create a missile crisis for next year’s campaign?

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