Some sonofabitch would die
-- Bruce Cockburn
Turns out that Kim Jong-Il is a Bruce Cockburn fan. While they don't often issue rocket launchers to leftist Canadian folkies, sometimes other people get them.
North Korea's official news agency had been warning about the launch from the moment that Obama had been wrapping up his business at the NATO meetings on Saturday. "Preparations for launching 'Kwangmyongsong-2,' an experimental communications satellite, by carrier rocket 'Unha-2' have been completed at the satellite launching ground in the east coastal area of the DPRK," the Korean Central News Agency reported.
But few believed that North Korea's long-range, multi-stage rocket test had anything to do with communications, other than sending a warning to its neighbors. While North Korea claimed Sunday that their satellite was successfully deployed to launch its space program, U.S. and South Korean watchers said no satellite or other object went into orbit as a result of the launch.
I watch it for a little while
I like to watch things on tv
Satellite of love
-- Lou Reed
Okay, so the North Koreans are getting closer to having a nuclear weapon and being able to deliver it someplace where it could hurt people. What does the Leader of the Free World say?
"North Korea broke the rules once more by testing a rocket that could be used for a long range missile," Obama said Sunday to a crowd of more than 20,000 in Prague, Czech Republic. "This provocation underscores the need for action — not just this afternoon at the UN Security Council, but in our determination to prevent the spread of these weapons."
Okay, but what action is that?
"The U.S. believes this is dealt with most appropriately through the United Nations," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice told George Stephanopoulos on "This Week."
Okay then. He's going to kick the can down the road like everyone else has. Good talk.