North Korea may be capable of hitting West Coast cities with its missiles within three years, a top defense official warned today, but is unlikely to be able to deliver a nuclear warhead in that time frame.I've spent much of my life in the gunsights of North Korean weaponry. In Seoul, of course, and now in Honolulu, which is apparently within range of DPRK missiles. And soon they'll be able to find me in Orange County, too.
The U.S. assessment came as North Korea's rulers show signs of preparing for additional weapons tests in the face of international condemnation and new United Nations sanctions.
The estimate of three to five years, given in congressional testimony by Marine Gen. James Cartwright, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, is somewhat longer than previous ones from the U.S. military.
It follows North Korea's most recent weapons tests, including a nuclear detonation last month and a multi-stage missile launch in April that indicated progress but also highlighted flaws in the country's missile technology.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Kim Jong-il is stalking me.
Fear-mongering or cold hard analysis? In today's Los Angeles Times:
Frankly, I'm sick of this. The Dear Leader is like a frickin' stalker. Next he'll be hacking into my email and reading my messages, trying to figure out who I'm talking to and what I'm saying. Bastard.