North Korea threatens to nuke the US

North Korea’s rhetoric has escalated from the threat to resume hostilities in the Korean war, mentioned on Tuesday, to threatening a nuclear strike on the US:

“Since the United States is about to ignite a nuclear war, we will be exercising our right to pre-emptive nuclear attack against the headquarters of the aggressor in order to protect our supreme interest,” the North’s foreign ministry spokesman said in a statement carried by the official KCNA news agency.

It is not known if the statement was made with official sanction, or if so at what level the sanction came. But this does not make much difference. The statement has raised tensions to the point where the smallest miss-step by either side could be the spark that starts the fire.

There is considerable doubt as to North Korea’s ability to launch such an attack. The nuclear tests performed by North Korea were not entirely successful, and there is no evidence that North Korea has developed a weapon that is small enough to be used as a missile warhead. But the situation is clearly escalating. Having ‘gone nuclear’ in the war of words, North Korea does not have any further room to escalate without actually making an attack.

Nuclear blast via Shutterstock

Nuclear blast via Shutterstock

This situation has not developed overnight, but the establishment media seem to be acting as if it has. For the past four years we have been seeing almost daily reports of the ‘need’ to take action against Iran, which does not actually have a nuclear weapon and might not even intend to. Rather too little attention has been paid to the increasingly eccentric behavior of North Korea, which has declared nuclear ambitions and has performed actual tests.

My classics teacher once made a dry comment about the Roman senate debating plans for the invasion and re-occupation of Britannica, while the Visigoths were marching to sack the city. At the time I dismissed it as unsourced and rather unlikely. Yet here we are, with the entire nation focused on the latest GOP plot to blackmail the President and the country into accepting their latest budget-cutting extravaganza.  And all the while, while Republicans dither, North Korea burns.

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37 Responses to “North Korea threatens to nuke the US”

  1. Blogvader says:

    Oh, we’re exceptional all right, but not in any positive way as far as war is concerned. :)

  2. unrepentant_expat says:

    Surfers bleach their hair, baggers bleach their brains.

  3. Why not just send ’em Donald Trump?

  4. “I have a bad felling that this is not going to end happily.”

    Especially when ya pit them against their American counterparts… The Baggers!

  5. But, but… ain’t there something called… don’t we possess American exceptionalism?

    After all, why else would Sean wear a flag-pin on his lapel?

  6. htfd says:

    Well North Korea I wouldn’t bother. You see we have this president who stated he wouldn’t drone people citizens of the US within the US. But, he also stated he wouldn’t cut Social Security, Medicare/Medicaid and yet he going all out to get the Republicans to go along with it by giving the ok to very small tax increases on the 1%. So North Korea save your nukes Obama is doing a fine job of destroying the US.

  7. Ninong says:

    It would end a lot quicker if the Chinese stopped doing business with them, literally using North Korea the same way the rest of the world uses China — as a source of very cheap labor. The only problem is that the North Korean elite (the military and their dumpy little puppet) would be perfectly willing to watch millions of their people die of starvation.

    Anyway, I don’t think anything will happen there until the Chinese elite decide to make something happen. Right now the Chinese see no reason to step in and change things.

  8. Ninong says:

    I know that but she doesn’t. She thought it was made in Japan until I told her it was really Korean. As far as all the other makes are concerned, you can’t blame people for not being able to keep up with all the former European brands that are now owned by the Chinese or the Indians. Try telling a Volvo owner that it’s now a Chinese brand and the only reason the Chinese wanted it was so Volvo would build plants in China to make them there. It used to be a Ford brand but most owners still think of it as a Swedish car.

    The big shock is when you tell them that Jaguar and Range Rover are now owned by the Indians. Then you have to explain to them that it’s not the same Indians who are getting rich off the Indian casinos, it’s the real Indians, like in India. They don’t even know that Range Rover was, for a few years, part of BMW Group before BMW Group threw in the towel and dumped them, after wasting more than a billion euros trying to fix their broken down manufacturing facilities.

    The same people who think Volvo is a Swedish brand think Saab is still a Swedish brand. Then I have to tell them that no, Saab is a Dutch brand. It was an American brand for 10 years or so but then GM went broke and had to unload them, so Spyker owns them now. Unfortunately, GM couldn’t find a buyer for Saturn. They thought they had a buyer for Hummer, the Chinese, but then the Chinese government stepped in and killed the deal, much to the dismay of Arnold Schwarzenegger, who is the biggest Hummer fan on the planet — not Planet Hollywood, that’s a different Terminator venture.

    My favorite car story of all time is what happened when VW thought they were stealing Rolls-Royce away from BMW. I’m sure you remember that one. It was hilarious. You see, BMW had been supplying the engines for all Rolls-Royce cars since about 1993 and then in 1998 BMW and Vickers had a deal in place that was due to be signed the next morning, but VW show up the night before and offered about $130 million more. The Limey bastards sold out to VW and announced it the following morning.

    Surprise, surprise! BMW held the option on the rights to the marque: Rolls-Royce and the Spirit of Ectasy that mounts on the hood of every Rolls-Royce! Haha! Stupid VW actually expected BMW to continue supplying engines for Rolls-Royce cars while they figured out how to do it themselves. The bickering went back and forth for months until the German chancellor called the heads of both of these German companies to Berlin for a meeting. He literally locked them in a room and told them to work out a deal before they could leave. The deal was that BMW would continue to supply engines for the Phantom line until such time as BMW could finish building their own state-of-the-art facility (Greenwood), at which time BMW would take over building all Rolls-Royce cars.

    So now you have Rolls-Royce cars being built by BMW (Phantom, Ghost and Wraith) and Bentley cars being built by VW in the old, old, old Vickers facility. Vickers was falling down badly the last several years anyway, even with BMW engines. All of their cars were a mess before they finally bailed out.

    If you think it’s bad telling a Chrysler owner that he’s driving a Fiat brand, try telling that to a Ferrari or Maserati owner. They’re all owned by Fiat but most of the owners don’t even know it.

  9. emjayay says:

    After the radiation calms down a bit.

  10. emjayay says:

    Have you explained to her that it’s really a Hyundai, and the Kia design chief -and now president (!)- is Peter Schreyer, a German who used to work for Audi? Welcome to the global village.

  11. John Pellham says:

    Why just point out Bush? Obama has continued all of those guidelines x 10. Bush got the ball rolling, and Obama is just continuing to make it roll. Lets not forget that Cheney and Bush dropped about 55 drone strikes, and Obama is well over 300 now. And lets not forget the NDAA bill that Obama so loves. Hes even worse than Bush and Cheney because of the citizens, the citizens now dont stand up and protest like they did with Bush and Cheney, instead they are just letting it all happen and the only excuse they have is that hes a democrat, not a republican. Its a really naive sentiment in light of what we can factually see that our own country is doing to other countries at this very moment.

  12. unrepentant_expat says:

    The paranoid/patriotic psychosis that is North Korea seems to be approaching critical mass. I taught English to a number of their diplomats at their Trade Conciliate in Bangkok for a year, and have rarely encountered a group of people so successfully brainwashed. they seemed to have the impression that the rapidly developing city of Bangkok was some kind of ‘Truman Show’ especially staged to deceive them. They just could not believe that the rest of the world was doing so much better than them.
    I have a bad felling that this is not going to end happily.

  13. Buford says:

    Who cares about silly NK nukes… obviously, the biggest threat to the US Way Of Life™ is bearded brown people with weird beliefs and garage-built pipe bombs reaching my local KFC-slash-Starbucks!

  14. Blogvader says:

    You read my mind, Nicho.

    What’s good for the goose is good for the gander. We in America really don’t have any moral leg to stand on in rebutting their assertion of rights to preemptively defending themselves.

  15. Wilson Maester says:

    The difference is that Iran is a nation with oil wealth, air power and a healthy population. Iran WITHOUT nukes is more of a threat to another nation than North Korea is with them.

  16. Ninong says:

    Well, since nicho said, “cripple our manufacturing base,” I assumed he was talking about China. If we’re talking about South Korea, then where will Dell get their widescreen monitors? And where will my neighbor get her next Kia, that she thinks is a Japanese car?

  17. Naja pallida says:

    Because wars is how we get of economic depressions, right?

  18. Sweetie says:

    “Rather too little attention has been paid to the increasingly eccentric behavior of North Korea,”

    Oh please. You really must start to watch the Nightly Propaganda (“News”).

  19. Sweetie says:

    Both.

  20. karmanot says:

    Drop the ‘h’ and you got it—-almost.

  21. Fifi says:

    Yes, if they shoot towards the north. If they shoot southbound, Samsung Semiconductor is a goner, no more Flash memories and it’s Apple who’s in big doodoo…

  22. BeccaM says:

    There are so many things fundamentally wrong with that statement, I don’t know where to begin.

  23. nicho says:

    No — just naive.

  24. A_nonymoose says:

    Am I dumb for wishing that Hillary was still Secretary of State? Or President?

  25. PeteWa says:

    24 million people. You are that which you hate.

  26. Indigo says:

    Good! Our economy needs another war. As if . . .

  27. Dave of the Jungle says:

    4 Letters for Mr Kim: SLBM

  28. karmanot says:

    I’ll bring the popcorn!

  29. karmanot says:

    Indeed, what’s not to love about N Korea. Maybe Supreme Toad for Life can get his own show and put Jerry Springer or Maury to shame.

  30. Ninong says:

    And put Wal-Mart out of business.

  31. nicho says:

    And that would cripple our manufacturing base.

  32. nicho says:

    Well, if they follow the Bush Doctrine, they would be justified in doing so. We have threatened them. Check. We have WMDs. Check. We torture political opponents. Check. We assassinate our own citizens without due process. Check. According to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, that’s all the justification they need.

  33. Kelvin Mace says:

    The U.S. has about as much chance of being hit by an NK nuke as it does being attacked by Klingons. The only concern is that the latest looney to run the country might toss one of his nuclear whoopie cushions over the border.

  34. UncleBucky says:

    I know! I know! Pick me teacher!

    A-hem. We should bomb the daylights out of NK so that we can have millions of newly minted cheap workers. Japan is now expensive senior citizens, Taiwan the same, China is getting uppity, and it’s not clear if we can keep kicking Vietnam, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia and other cheap labor countries around. NK will give us 50 more years of slave -ahh – I mean, good labor relations. Did I guess? Did I ever guess!!!

    {/sarkasmismo}

  35. dula says:

    Yeah then they can outgrow our dying form of Capitalism-trumps-Democracy government and export their jobs to a cheaper, third world labor force over here.

  36. monopole says:

    Reminds me of a Sir-Mix-a-Lot lyric from “Hip-Hop Soldier”

    “Down at Arnold’s on the Ave, I fight ’til the death
    I let you sock me in my chest, and then I break your damn neck”

  37. douglas01 says:

    Just nuke North Korea and get it over with. They are a pimple on the worlds butt. Then let South Korea take over and make it into a model capitalist country.

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