Monday, October 09, 2006

Wish comes true

If there was one thing that could have bumped the Foley scandal off the main headlines, it would be the nascent threat of nuclear armageddon. Indeed, now that North Korea appears to have tested an underground nuclear device, which no one seems to be disputing, the "dangerous world only Bush can save us from" storyline is sure to reimerge as a dominant theme over the next fews days. North Korea's official outlet, Korean Central News Agency, claims that the test made "our people happy." While I rather doubt that a population living in near starvation is the slightest bit happy about the nuclear test, I can guess who this test did make happy: I can almost see Rove and the boys slapping themselves silly in White House right now.

Once again, North Korea's "provacative" move is likely a direct result of the Bush administration's blasé inattention toward Pyonyang and, of course, its strident aggression against the other evil axis members. The "Rogue State" the Bushies have been harping about for so long has finally made itself manifest. Terrorism and rogue states are life blood to this White House and while rogue states were hard to come by, through a few years of posturing and threats, why, now we have one.

As they say, sometimes you do get what you wish for.


Blogger The Misanthrope said...

I am not sure I agree with you on this one. This might have played into the Dems hands. Bush has had six years to make us safe from North Korea and Iran and has not done so. The Dems should be able to make hay out of this. Of course, the Republicans will blame Clinton and the media no doubt.

4:03 PM  
Blogger theBhc said...


To normal, rational folks, of course, this should be played by the Dems to their own advantage. Democrats, too, should be able to see this to their advantage. This move by Kim is proof that the Bush administration is, once again, incompetent on the world diplomatic stage. Any semi-competent administration could have probably prevented this.

But we are not existing in normative times. Remember when the bin Laden video came out just before the 2004 election? This should have been seen as a boon to Kerry -- prima facie evidence that Bush had failed and failed badly to get bin Laden; that Bush's deflection to Iraq had been, to put it generously, misguided. But there he was, taunting America again. The media immediately talked of how this was actually going to help Bush! I baffled at the logic but, indeed, this was how the bin Laden video was perceived by the "pundits" and the White House and this dutifully bullhorned across the land.

Don't forget, security threats are the life blood of the Bush administration, whether they are responsible for them or not. This is the same bunch who tells the country that they are the vanguard of national security, while evidence pours out about how they ignored a five-alarm security threat before 9/11.

I agree that the Dems should be at an advantage with the North Korea issue but the White House bullhorn will once again be hauled to talk about how the GOP are the only "serious" party when it comes to security and the puppy dog media will dutifully trot along beside them.

8:09 PM  
Anonymous robb said...

The Dems should have been at an advantage the first time that W opened his mouth.

9:45 PM  
Blogger The Misanthrope said...

You were right. I watched the press conference this morning plus read what McCain is saying and they are ratcheting up the ol' "we are the only ones to keep you secure."

I'd like to say that if the people elect another Republican they deserve what they get, but I live here and I don't deserve such a lousy, lying white house gang.

2:13 PM  

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