Tuesday, October 10, 2006
Their own worst enemy.........
But besides me, there are a few others out there who are expert at shooting themselves in the foot.
Lets start with Dear Leader. You know, the dorky looking guy with huge glasses who according to Colbert: "Likes James Bond, Good Scotch and Daffy Duck cartoons". Always great things to have in the mind of a leader who controls nuclear weapons.
Or does he?
According to Defense Tech, the NORKS may have screwed the pooch again:
According to Jeffrey Lewis:
You're thinking, 3.6, 4.2, in that neighborhood. Seismic scales, like the Richter, are logarithmic, so that neighborhood can be pretty big.
But even at 4.2, the test was probably a dud.
Estimating the yield is tricky business, because it depends on the geology of the test site. The South Koreans called the yield half a kiloton (550 tons), which is more or less -- a factor of two -- consistent with the relationship for tests in that yield range at the Soviet Shagan test site:
Mb = 4.262 + .973LogW
Where Mb is the magnitude of the body wave, and W is the yield.
3.58-3.7 gives you a couple hundred tons (not kilotons), which is pretty close in this business unless you're really math positive. The same equation, given the US estimate of 4.2, yields (pun intended) around a kiloton.
A plutonium device should produce a yield in the range of the 20 kilotons, like the one we dropped on Nagasaki. No one has ever dudded their first test of a simple fission device. North Korean nuclear scientists are now officially the worst ever.
Guess the beatings did not produce the desired results eh? Maybe they should go to Iran and we can all sleep easier-or not, since they still blew something up when they should be not doing so. However it does say something for "100% indigenous North Korean technology". I'll wait a while before pricing one of their cars.
Then there are the Democrats-who never met an election they could not lose. They are given a HUGE opportunity in the case of the Foley mess, which coupled with that other little mess in Iraq gives them something to really put the President and the do nothing Congress on the defensive about. So what do they choose to talk about today? The one thing that scares the American people right back into the Republican camp-North Korea. A prudent democrat would have echoed the noise of the rest of the world, decried the test, swore that they were really going to get it, and that we support our country all the way. No, not my boys from the party of Fags and Feminists. They let John Kerry go out and shove them in front of an oncoming bus:
Democratic Sen. John Kerry, the president's rival in 2004 and a potential 2008 candidate, assailed Bush's policy as a "shocking failure," and said, "While we've been bogged down in Iraq where there were no weapons of mass destruction, a madman has apparently tested the ultimate weapon of mass destruction."
That may be true, but there is a question of timing-which as they say is everything-because making this kind of pronouncement this early does them no favors. Like was pointed out by another Senator: "Listening to some Democrats, you'd think the enemy was George Bush, not Kim Jong Il". Especially since when one opens that Pandora's box, one will find both Democrats and Republicans are equally dirty handed.
Good job guys! Who taught you guys how to think?
Because the point is, with the US tied down in Iraq, a smart Democrat could hammer on that, and the administration's real dirty little secret, namely that the armed forces are not resourced well enough for all the challenges facing it, and never mention North Korea once. The voter could make the connection between being distracted by Iraq and not being able to make a credible deterrent to the NORKS all by himself.
But, as I said earlier, that's what makes those wacky Democrats just so much fun to watch. They always, and I do mean always, know how to take a good deal and f**k it up.
And on that note I'm not even going to point out how self defeating this statement is:
Scarlett Johansson: 'I'm Not Promiscous'
Give me another beer! And check out the updates on the NORK test over at The Marmot's Hole!