Were they going for political value, I'd be inclined to go with October. I don't think they are, though. I think these are now real tests, not political stunts to win cash and concessions. They will likely continue on a much faster timetable than before because they're looking to improve as rapidly as possible.
In other words, I think they're past the stage where the nuclear weapons program was primarily a tool to get attention and blackmail. Now it's primarily a tool to get nuclear weapons.
In the end, it's all about money and stability. Blackmail worked for a while, but the regime simply needs more income. Being the nuclear weapons Wal-Mart of the world will fix the income issue for decades.
But first, they need a working product.
posted on 06/12/2009 4:14:21 AM PDT
by Steel Wolf
(Oh, well. Back to the drawing board....)
To: Steel Wolf
Don’t they need time to tweak the device to make it smaller and more reliable? Can they do it in a couple of months?
posted on 06/12/2009 5:33:41 AM PDT
(LUV DIC -- L,U,V-shaped recession, Depression, Inflation, Collapse)
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