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N. Korea Is Seen as Wanting to Grab Nuclear Spotlight From Iran

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Posted on Jul 5, 2006

Stephen Hadley, Bush’s national security advisor, told reporters about North Korea’s missile launch, “Obviously, it is a bit of an effort to get attention, perhaps because so much attention has been focused on the Iranians.”

  • This reminds us of a classic Andy Borowitz article a few years back that said something to the effect of “Kim Jong Il Wants to Know What It Will Take for America to Bomb His Country and Put It on the Map.” Can anyone find that link?


    Reuters:

    North Korea’s test-firing of a long-range missile in defiance of world pressure may have been aimed at stealing the nuclear spotlight away from Iran, U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said on Tuesday.

    “Obviously, it is a bit of an effort to get attention, perhaps because so much attention has been focused on the Iranians,” Hadley told reporters.

    But like many U.S. officials, he said it was impossible to be sure about the secretive communist state’s motives.

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    By Hilding Lindquist, July 5, 2006 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment
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    Y’know ... after dealing with Saddam for so long ... and others of the dictarorial stripe (bring anybody WE know to mind?) ... including Kim and his father efore him ... it doesn’t take a exceptionally bright person to make a good guess on what’s going on in North Korea:

    KIM JONG II WANTS TO STAY IN POWER! And will do whatever it takes to do so. He rules by the cult of unimpeded authority rather than by law in accordance with core values.

    And it is not as important that we think he’s invincible (‘cuz we obviously don’t) but that his enemies in North Korea think he is ... those who stick a knife in him if they thought they could get away with it ... and one way of doing THAT is tweaking the whiskers of the biggest cat on the planet.

    One thing Kim has most likely figured out is that having him around sure helps the missile defense program over here which means a whole lot of money for some people in THIS country ... not that I am suggesting that would be a motive for us “playing” with him ... but he just knows that’s out there.

    With all that swirling around in my head ... I would ask, “Tell me again why we haven’t captured or killed Osama bin Laden?”

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    By mitzi boyle, July 5, 2006 at 9:20 pm Link to this comment
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    The reason N. Korea shot off missiles July 4 was that Kim was po’d that Bush feted Japan’s PM at the White House last week and even, took him to Graceland! Kim has every Academy Award winning movie and loves all things Hollywood, but can’t get the time of day from our illustrious leader.

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