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June 22, 2006

Is this really going to happen?

There is an important and alarming article in the Washington Post today by two former Clinton era cabinet officials. Basically it states that if the North Koreans really have this missile ready to go, that we should take it out. This is scary stuff:

"Should the United States allow a country openly hostile to it and armed with nuclear weapons to perfect an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of delivering nuclear weapons to U.S. soil? We believe not. The Bush administration has unwisely ballyhooed the doctrine of "preemption," which all previous presidents have sustained as an option rather than a dogma. It has applied the doctrine to Iraq, where the intelligence pointed to a threat from weapons of mass destruction that was much smaller than the risk North Korea poses. (The actual threat from Saddam Hussein was, we now know, even smaller than believed at the time of the invasion.) But intervening before mortal threats to U.S. security can develop is surely a prudent policy."

Josh Marshall points out the credibility of the authors, which makes the article even more troubling.

Posted by afinta at June 22, 2006 09:47 AM

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