Oh This Is Good Stuff
Its Molly Ivins, of course.
Y'all, this isn't gonna work.
North Korea is threatening to launch a long-range missile against us, and we're threatening to reply with an anti-missile missile.
Sorry to remind you, but our "missile defense system" does not work. Good old Star Wars flopped again when tested in 2004 -- in fact, it failed to launch. Since then, several tests have been delayed or cancelled due to technical problems. Just because we spend $130 billion on a bad idea doesn't mean we can ever get it to work. The latest Bush budget has $10.7 billion for Star Wars, almost twice as much as Homeland Security is spending on customs and border patrol.
The good news is that the North Korean rocket doesn't work, either. The last time they fired a long-range missile, it went 1,300 kilometers (807 miles) and could not put a payload into orbit.
It gets better.
I do have to correct one thing. OMG, I'm correcting Molly. NKorea isn't threatening to launch a long-range missile against us. They are threatening to launch a long-range missile "capable of reaching" US. Yeah, its a minor difference like the difference between testing and starting a war, but I'm a stickler for nuance.