Friday, August 11

WaPo claims Norks just now built an A-bomb to fit on missile; Obama admin knew it 4 years ago

Whenever conservatives look back at an abysmal misjudgment or miscalculation by Democrats, Leftists complain that there's no sense in analyzing past events--they won't use the term "mistakes" for obvious reasons--because it can't be changed.

But the real reason the Left doesn't want you to examine past performance because it exposes what dumb policies the Left pushes, what stupid decisions they make, and how they lie about...everything they can get away with.

If you let them get away with decreeing that we can't examine past decisions and policies for soundness (or lack thereof), you guarantee a repeat of the same failing the next time they gain power.

So...three days ago the Obama-loving Washington Post reported that North Korea has succeeded in making an atomic bomb small enough to fit on their long-range missiles. Here's the takeaway paragraph:
[M]any analysts thought it would be years before the country’s weapons scientists could design a compact warhead that could be delivered by missile to distant targets.  But the new assessment, a summary document dated July 28, concludes that this critical milestone has been reached.
Notice the phrase "the new assessment, a...document dated June 28..."  This clearly implies this conclusion is brand new--hot off the presses.  Implication is that this is an unforeseeable event which has happened far earlier than anyone could have known about.  So it would just be wrong to blame anyone, eh?  In particular, don't blame the former emperor and his Democrat supporters!  Cuz, like, no one could possibly have foreseen this.

Unfortunately for the Left there's this thing called the Internet, which records every word they write.  And would ya look at this:  It's an article in the leading Dem/Leftist paper, the NY Times that says the Defense Intelligence Agency concluded that the Norks had achieved this ability earlier than five weeks ago--the date that what the WaPo calls "the new assessment" was released.

Um...how much earlier? 

Four years earlier.

Ah.  And why does this matter?

Because it shows that the Obama administration knew this, but chose to debunk it.  Here's how the Times reported Obozo's response:
President Obama said...he did not believe that North Korea yet had the ability to make a nuclear weapon small enough to fit atop a missile.
Obozo also got his "Director of National Intelligence" James Clapper to support this brilliant "belief:"
Mr. Clapper issued a statement playing down the assessment of the D.I.A., which tends to take a more hawkish view on North Korea, adding that “North Korea has not yet demonstrated the full range of capabilities necessary for a nuclear armed missile.”
Note Clapper's careful weasel-wording:  the Norks "have not yet demonstrated the full range of capabilities necessary for a nuclear-armed missile."  But of course that's not what the DIA report claimed, just that they'd managed to solve the problem of making a bomb small enough to fit.  Clapper's clintonesque wording was intended to give the impression that the D.I.A. assessment was no big deal.

Why would Obama and company want to debunk an intel agency's claim that the Norks had just upped their nuclear threat?  Because Obama didn't want to have to do anything about it.  He astutely recognized that taking effective action would anger his base, while admitting the Nork breakthrough, would cause independent voters to realize the Dems weren't willing to counter substantive threats.

Obama seems to always have had a very well-developed sense of self-protection.

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