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October 08, 2006

Axis of Evil goes Nuclear [Jack M.]

As the Norks detonate their nuke.

At the moment, this story is just breaking on Fox so details are sketchy.

I'm sure glad that the Foley IM's are dominating the news and are the featured talking point on the Democrat's agenda though. After all, why worry about a potential nuked American city when there is a disgraced, resigned, repudiated Republican to kick around?

It's important to have your priorities straight. Right Mrs. Nancy "Let's Talk about the Existential Evil of Instant Messaging" Pelosi?

UPDATE: Allah has more.

UPDATE 2: As does Mary Katharine Ham.

UPDATE 3: Remember when the Norks aimed a few of their Taepodong-2 missiles at Hawaii earlier this summer? It sort of puts today's news in a little more perspective, doesn't it Chomsky?

UPDATE 4: But don't the Dems claim to be "tougher", "smarter" and "stronger" than President Bush and the GOP on defense issues now? Let's see how they do on missile defense, which is suddenly more relevant than e-mails again:

All of which makes the U.S. political debate over missile defenses worth revisiting, not least because some Democrats are still trying to strangle the program. In the House, John Tierney of Massachusetts this year proposed cutting the Pentagon's missile-defense budget by more than half. His amendment was defeated on the House floor, but it won the support of more than half of his Democratic colleagues, including would-be Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Meanwhile in the Senate, Carl Levin (D., Mich.) offered in June to cut off funds for the ground-based interceptor program that Mr. Bush recently activated in Alaska in anticipation of the North Korean launch. Mr. Levin wants to stop new interceptors from being built, but Senate Republicans wouldn't bring his proposal up for a vote. Mr. Levin has been waging his own private war against missile defenses for a generation, to the point of outflanking Russian objections on the political left...

Virtually none of this would exist had Democrats succeeded over the years in their many attempts to kill missile defenses. Going back to 1983, Senator Ted Kennedy dismissed Ronald Reagan's Strategic Defense Initiative as a fanciful "Star Wars" program. Ten years later, with President Clinton in office, Democrats starved the program of funds. Republicans made funding defenses part of their Contract with America and spent most of the 1990s battling the Clinton Administration to keep the program alive.

Democrats also made a fetish out of the ABM Treaty, even after the end of the Cold War. Al Gore campaigned to keep it in 2000, promising only to build defenses that would abide by its tight limitations. Senator Biden predicted that dropping out of the treaty to build missile defenses would turn the U.S. into "a kind of bully nation." And Senator John Kerry cautioned that "we must not set aside the logic of deterrence that has kept us safe for 40 years." Neither logic nor deterrence are the first words that come to mind when we think of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Today's Democrats: Strong. Tough. Layered. Nuanced. Global Tested.


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