To preface... I supported the Iraq War.
I... was... wrong.
(It simply never occurred to me that Bush and his administration could be SO incompetent regarding post-victory "management" of Iraq!)
That said... I recall as if it were yesterday ranting and raving about the propaganda concerning how "dangerous" Saddam's Iraq was.
(*ROLLING MY EYES*)
I'd reply... "Er... ever hear of... uh... North Korea?"
And folks... the stupidity... the willingness of Sheeple to simply accept whatever they're told... still floors me!
(*ROLLING MY EYES*)
"ISIS is gonna get us..."
"Oh... Putin... the Russians..." (Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah...)
Folks... you know who is a REAL friggin' threat to us? THE FRIGGIN' NORTH KOREANS...!!!
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North Korea claimed it detonated a hydrogen bomb in a test Wednesday...
* GEEZUS... FRIGGIN'... CHRISTMAS...
Experts said the claim that the test involved a hydrogen bomb, which is more powerful than an atomic bomb, could not be confirmed. Determining what kind of device North Korea tested would take several days, U.S. government sources told Reuters.
The report on the state KCNA website came within hours of reports from various agencies that a large earthquake had been detected near a known North Korean nuclear test site.
According to KCNA, North Korea tested a miniaturized hydrogen nuclear bomb "in the most perfect manner," putting it in possession of hydrogen bomb capability, which it described as "the most powerful nuclear deterrent."
North Korea wanted what it called "The H-bomb of Justice" as protection from the "ever-growing nuclear threat and blackmail by the U.S.-led hostile forces," according to KCNA.
It would use the weapons only if its sovereignty were encroached upon, the statement on KCNA said, but would not roll back its nuclear development until the U.S. had dropped its "vicious, hostile" policy toward the isolated Communist state.
It was North Korea's first nuclear test since February 2013 and the fourth overall.
* WASN'T OBAMA PRESIDENT IN 2013...???
* FOR WHAT IT'S WORTH... FROM CLINTON THROUGH BUSH THROUGH OBAMA OUR POLICY TOWARDS NORTH KOREA HAS BEEN... FUBAR... SNAFU...
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe quickly condemned the test as a threat to Japan's security, and he vowed a firm response. Japan "absolutely cannot tolerate" a North Korean nuclear test, he said.
* Er... BUT... Er... THEY'VE BEEN "TOLERATING" NORTH KOREAN NUCLEAR TESTS...
Shortly after, South Korean President Park Geun-hye said Pyongyang would "pay the price" for the test, and that it would seek additional United Nation sanctions against its neighbor.
* THE LUNATICS RUNNING NORTH KOREA COULDN'T CARE LESS ABOUT SANCTIONS...
At the same time, according to South Korean news agency Yonhap, government officials noted that they needed to perform additional tests to ascertain that North Korea had actually tested a hydrogen nuclear device.
Intelligence sources told Yonhap that the device may not have been an H-bomb, while other Korean media cited defense sources as saying that North Korea may have added a small amount of hydrogen to the device tested.
Reuters reported that the Korean Meteorological Administration had detected no radiation from the apparent test.
China, which is one of North Korea's few allies, also criticized the test.
* CHINA IS OUR ENEMY. AND BOTH THE DEMOCRAT AND REPUBLICAN ESTABLISHMENTS ARE FIRMLY ALIGNED WITH THE CHINESE COMMUNISTS. AMERICAN POLITICIANS, BANKERS, AND BUSINESS EXECUTIVES HAVE BEEN SELLING OUT AMERICA AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR DECADES WHEN IT COMES TO CHINA. BILL CLINTON SOLD US OUT TO CHINA - AND THINGS WEREN'T MUCH BETTER DURING THE BUSH YEARS.
Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the government in Beijing "strongly opposes" it and urged North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to "stop any action which could worsen the situation," according to NBC News.
China's state news agency, Xinhua, wrote that the test was at odds with the goal of de-nuclearization, adding that any action that disrupted the stability of Northeast Asia was "undesirable and unwise."
* CHINA HAS LONG SUPPORTED NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION - NOT "DE-NUCLEARIZATION."
In Washington, the State Department condemned the apparent breach of U.N. sanctions.
Russia's U.N. envoy called for "cool heads" and a "proportionate response," according to Reuters.
* FRANKLY... I'VE LONG FELT WE SHOULD "TAKE NORTH KOREA OUT." THEY'RE SIMPLY TOO DANGEROUS.
Britain's Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond said that such a test would be a "grave breach" of U.N. resolutions; North Korea is already under U.N. sanctions for having conducted previous nuclear tests, the first as early as 2006.
Reuters reported that the U.N. Security Council would hold an emergency meeting at 11 a.m. ET (4 p.m. GMT) to discuss the test, at the request of the U.S. and Japan. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon condemned the apparent test, calling it "deeply troubling" and "profoundly destabilizing for regional security.
* THAT'LL SHOW THOSE NORTH KOREANS, HUH?!
(*SPITTING ON THE GROUND*)
The apparent test shows that North Korea "is more than prepared to pay the price of getting its wrist slapped" by additional U.N. sanctions or resolutions, said Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations. North Korea may not scale back its nuclear ambitions until it faces significant retribution from China, he told CNBC.
"Only China, I think has the latent leverage to get the North Koreans to change their behavior. And China, at least up to now, hasn't been willing to do that because they're worried, among other things, about causing instability on the peninsula," Haass told CNBC's "Squawk on the Street."
Word of the nuclear test emerged shortly after 9 a.m. SIN/HK, when the U.S. Geological Survey said it had detected a magnitude 5.1 earthquake about 49 kilometers (30 miles) a known North Korean nuclear test site, according to its coordinates. The USGS said that the earthquake, near the site called Punggye-ri, was about 10 km below the Earth's surface.
The Korean Meteorological Administration said that it detected the epicenter of the quake at a depth of "0 kilometers." It put the magnitude at 4.2.