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Ilsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 10:46 AM
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MSNBC reported that N. Korea has begun loading fuel into missiles.
Will this be Obama's first big test of foreign policy strength?
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bdamomma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 10:47 AM
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1. South Korea can't be too happy about this.
WTF, like we don't have enough on our plates.
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 10:52 AM
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2. I think the timing is interesting in terms of the G20 going on as this news story is unfolding.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 11:04 AM
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3. NKorea has had the launch date set for April 4-8 for quite a while.
They chose that time frame for a reason.
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 11:14 AM
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5. It seems like North Korea always has troubling news when the US experiences troubling times.
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 11:05 AM
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4. Satellite images show it does appear to be a satellite on the tip.
But, it can still ignite something, if it goes off course, or if Japan reacts.
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 11:22 AM
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6. I am skeptical because of how we have been tricked by our own goverment before.
In war, some facts less factual
Some US assertions from the last war on Iraq still appear dubious

Citing top-secret satellite images, Pentagon officials estimated in midSeptember that up to 250,000 Iraqi troops and 1,500 tanks stood on the border, threatening the key US oil supplier.

But when the St. Petersburg Times in Florida acquired two commercial Soviet satellite images of the same area, taken at the same time, no Iraqi troops were visible near the Saudi border just empty desert.

http://www.csmonitor.com/2002/0906/p01s02-wosc.html



You see what I mean.
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cwcwmack Donating Member (369 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 02:14 PM
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8. lol
and if it were a nuke it'd have the big red RADIOACTIVE symbol like in the Austin Powers movie?
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tekisui Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 03:39 PM
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12. You think they have a nuke on it?
I don't think anyone thinks that. The point is it looks consistent with how a satellite launch would look. If it didn't have the satellite object on it, then the cause for concern would be greater.
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cwcwmack Donating Member (369 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 02:12 PM
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7. just a thought...
If NK ever sends 1 million soldiers south into the DMZ... the US pretty much can't do crap because they're stuck in teh ME quagmire.
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avaistheone1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 02:14 PM
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9. That's a fact.
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 03:30 PM
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11. Kim Jong Il doesn't have any reason to send 1 million soldiers south of the DMZ
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Hippo_Tron Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-02-09 03:18 PM
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10. No, it won't be, North Korea is always doing something minor to piss us off
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