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Failure to Launch
The National Review ^ | 07/06/2006 | National Review Ediortial Board

Posted on 07/06/2006 10:26:08 PM PDT by garbageseeker

When it became clear that the Taepodong 2 missile North Korea test-launched early on July 4 had broken up less than a minute into flight and plunged into the Sea of Japan, many Americans felt a sense of relief. After all, the missile — belonging to a class that is thought capable of reaching the U.S. mainland — had failed, and Kim Jong Il had been embarrassed in the eyes of the world, if not those of the North Koreans who were told nothing of the test’s outcome. But an embarrassed menace is a menace nonetheless. Despite North Korea’s failure this week — and regardless of whether it launches another long-range missile, as some reports indicate it is preparing to do — Kim’s regime is a greater threat now than it has ever been.

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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; Government; Japan; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: atomic; china; clintonlegacy; iaea; icbm; iran; iranianmissiles; japan; kimiljong; kimjongil; koreanpeninsula; missile; mushroomcloud; nationalreview; northkorea; nuclearwar; proliferation; rodong; scud; scudmissile; southkorea; taepodong; taepodong1; taepodong2; wwiii
This is a great title. The National Review Editorial Board described the North Korean missile test perfectly.
1 posted on 07/06/2006 10:26:12 PM PDT by garbageseeker
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To: sukhoi-30mki; Oztrich Boy; Tommyjo; dervish; familyop; Gengis Khan; CarrotAndStick

Ping


2 posted on 07/06/2006 10:29:13 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker

Send him over the edge. The more hysterical he gets, the more stupid and un-tactical he'll be. And the more stupid...less threat.


3 posted on 07/06/2006 10:38:25 PM PDT by familyop ("Either you're with us, or you're with the terrorists." --President Bush)
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To: familyop

I would like to pay good money to see the 'Dear Leader' go over the egde.


4 posted on 07/06/2006 10:39:30 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker
Since the Taepodong-2 missile failed horribly, and Kim Jong II may think he has lost face, will he become angry and pull a 'I'll show them' and do something stupid?
5 posted on 07/06/2006 10:43:17 PM PDT by Greystoke
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To: Greystoke

Anything is capable with a mentally unstable man.


6 posted on 07/06/2006 10:44:06 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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But with every blunder the North Koreans make, Iran is taking notes making sure they will not repeat the mistakes.


7 posted on 07/06/2006 10:45:08 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker
awwww,... does widdle Kimmy have MD (Missile Dysfunction), PD (Premature Detonation)????
8 posted on 07/06/2006 10:47:26 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

LOL-Is there some sort of medication for that?


9 posted on 07/06/2006 10:50:36 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker
Ummmm ....wait, fellas:

I was a bad boy...listening to NPR...and they had a couple "experts" on...from the usual list of commie think tanks....and their universal reaction is, "the threat from NK missiles has been HYPED to sell SDI. Time to CUT CUT CUT the program to SPEND SPEND SPEND on the poor", etc.

It'll be a Dem plank fer sherrrr.

Kim might be a step ahead, demonstrating ostensible failure, to ratchet up opposition to anti missile defense, etc. Dialecticus Maximus.

10 posted on 07/06/2006 10:55:59 PM PDT by dasboot
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To: garbageseeker

Appllied 20KT instant Radiation from Doc Sam in his Red White and Blue Suit.


11 posted on 07/06/2006 11:02:42 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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To: SandRat

LOL-Giving a Tomahawk enema.


12 posted on 07/06/2006 11:07:18 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: dasboot
It'll be a Dem plank fer sherrrr.

I hope so. Ripping on Yankee ingenuity is electoral suicide.

13 posted on 07/06/2006 11:24:17 PM PDT by rogue yam
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To: rogue yam

LOL


14 posted on 07/06/2006 11:50:04 PM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: garbageseeker

I don't see how this isn't a gigantic embarrassment for Kim. Its 2006, not 1936. Missle technology is well known and has been for decades. Its not like North Korea was trying to do something that had never been done before.


15 posted on 07/07/2006 12:55:49 AM PDT by Democratshavenobrains
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Kim Jong Il is using his rockets and nuclear bombs to blackmail his neighbors and the world to providing him with the energy and the food he desperately needs.He is also using the same technology to arm Iran in their bid to blackmail their part of the world. If you stop North Korea and their rocket program you will stop Iran and curtail their nuclear ambitions.
16 posted on 07/07/2006 1:36:29 AM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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Iran's Shehab-3 missile is based on the Nodong missile built by the North Koreans. The North Koreans and the Iranians have a long history together which began in 1988.
In 1993, an Iranian delegation traveled to North Korea to sign an agreement to begin cooperation on long range missiles. The Iranians have a huge stake on how these tests go. They are taking notes as the North Koreans are stumbling in the dark on both the diplomatic front and the military front The Iranians will not make the same mistakes the North Korans are making.
17 posted on 07/07/2006 1:45:51 AM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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Link:



http://cns.miis.edu/pubs/opapers/op2/op2.pdf#search=


18 posted on 07/07/2006 1:54:20 AM PDT by garbageseeker (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the fight in the dog.”Samuel Clemmens)
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To: Greystoke
N. Korea has not "lost face" just because a missile failed. All other countries who began a missile program had test failures again and again. Each failure teaches how to correct for the next shot.

At the end of the day it will be apparent that the U.S. should have zapped N. Korea right away and not wait until after LA is taken out by an erratic missile that didn't fail..

Have we learned nothing?
19 posted on 07/07/2006 5:39:41 AM PDT by R.W.Ratikal
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To: garbageseeker

20 posted on 07/07/2006 5:55:22 AM PDT by BaBaStooey (I heart Emma Caulfield.)
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To: BaBaStooey
Hans Blix enters the palace

Kim Jong Il: Hans Brix? Oh no! Oh, herro. Great to see you again, Hans!
Hans Blix: Mr. Il, I was supposed to be allowed to inspect your palace today, but your guards won't let me enter certain areas.
Kim Jong Il: Hans, Hans, Hans! We've been frew this a dozen times. I don't have any weapons of mass destwuction, OK Hans?
Hans Blix: Then let me look around, so I can ease the UN's collective mind. I'm sorry, but the UN must be firm with you. Let me in, or else.
Kim Jong Il: Or else....what?
Hans Blix: Or else we will be very angry with you... and we will write you a letter, telling you how angry we are!!
21 posted on 07/07/2006 6:04:26 AM PDT by BaBaStooey (I heart Emma Caulfield.)
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