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(Global Post)   North Korea may have restarted its nuclear reactor thanks to Congress showing weakness on Syria   (globalpost.com ) divider line
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2013-09-11 03:48:13 PM  
Don't worry, Putin got this.
 
2013-09-11 03:49:02 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Don't worry, Putin got this.


Naw... Rodman will take this one
 
2013-09-11 03:49:06 PM  
Or they may not have?
 
2013-09-11 03:51:51 PM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: Don't worry

, Putin Rodman got this.
 
2013-09-11 03:52:03 PM  
Congress showing weakness on Syria? But have those North Koreans seen how congress has been going after Obamacare? That'll show them strength!
 
2013-09-11 04:04:17 PM  
Shut the fark up, North Korea, you're totally out of your element, here!
 
2013-09-11 04:14:41 PM  
Oh ffs. This isn't going to be about Congress. They'll blame Obama. If we attacked Syria with Congress approval then he's a war monger. If he waits for Congress, he's responsible for every country getting to work on their own WMD and chemical weapons. Why does anyone want to be President?
 
2013-09-11 04:16:08 PM  
Probably less because of Congress' stance on Syria and more just because the world wasn't paying enough attention to them because of Syria.  They're like that three-year-old kid everyone knows.
 
2013-09-11 04:21:02 PM  
North Korea *foot stamp* may have restarted its nuclear reactor thanks to Congress showing weakness on Syria
 
2013-09-11 04:24:49 PM  

Mugato: Why does anyone want to be President?


A naive sense of wanting to make the world a better place

/at least that's my reasoning for wanting to run for office
 
2013-09-11 04:26:45 PM  

Jake Havechek: Shut the fark up, North Korea, you're totally out of your element, here!


This.  Go home best Korea, you're drunk.
 
2013-09-11 04:29:26 PM  

timujin: Probably less because of Congress' stance on Syria and more just because the world wasn't paying enough attention to them because of Syria.  They're like that three-year-old kid everyone knows.


Wait, are we talking about North Korea or the GOP?
 
2013-09-11 04:32:07 PM  

timujin: Probably less because of Congress' stance on Syria and more just because the world wasn't paying enough attention to them because of Syria.  They're like that three-year-old kid everyone knows.


It's most likely because they want to re-start six party negotiations, and this is a bargaining chip to get everyone back to the table. It has little to nothing to do with who's swinging their dicks around on Syria.
 
2013-09-11 04:32:17 PM  

somedude210: Mugato: Why does anyone want to be President?

A naive sense of wanting to make the world a better place

/at least that's my reasoning for wanting to run for office


Then that goes out the window on day one when they find out how everything really works with Congress constantly busting their balls. Then they find out about Roswell, the moon landing, CIA covert operations, Elvis and our lizard overlords and that's why every President looks like they aged 30 years by the end of their tenure.
 
2013-09-11 04:32:47 PM  
So, now that Obama has diplomatically maneuvered Russia into leaning hard on Syria, he need to diplomatically maneuver China into leaning hard on Best Korea.

Good luck with that, Mister President.
 
2013-09-11 04:33:55 PM  
I don't imagine China is going to be very excited about this either.  The last time NK started getting extra belligerent they thankfully applied some pressure and told them to cut it out, hopefully they do the same here.
 
2013-09-11 04:44:08 PM  

abb3w: So, now that Obama has diplomatically maneuvered Russia into leaning hard on Syria, he need to diplomatically maneuver China into leaning hard on Best Korea.

Good luck with that, Mister President.


Wouldn't that be lovely.  Problem is, China doesn't WANT best Korea.  I'm not sure worst Korea really does.  If you were a neighboring nation, would you really want to annex that hot mess?
 
2013-09-11 05:08:32 PM  

nekom: Wouldn't that be lovely. Problem is, China doesn't WANT best Korea. I'm not sure worst Korea really does. If you were a neighboring nation, would you really want to annex that hot mess?


I think everyone's hoping NK just sinks into the ocean at some point.
 
2013-09-11 05:26:00 PM  

nekom: abb3w: So, now that Obama has diplomatically maneuvered Russia into leaning hard on Syria, he need to diplomatically maneuver China into leaning hard on Best Korea.

Good luck with that, Mister President.

Wouldn't that be lovely.  Problem is, China doesn't WANT best Korea.  I'm not sure worst Korea really does.  If you were a neighboring nation, would you really want to annex that hot mess?


I actually think the South Koreans would accept them back and take on the challenges of re-integrating the people (with plenty of support from the US and other allies).
 
2013-09-11 05:39:32 PM  
North Korea is trying to be the center of attention again after the Boston Bombings took them out of the spotlight?

Well I for one am shocked!
 
2013-09-11 05:41:54 PM  
So why are we allowed to have nuclear reactors but North Korea isn't?

They're a sovereign nation just like us. I don't get why we think we're so special.
 
2013-09-11 05:42:00 PM  
Every cops eventually retires. South Korea has more than enough resources to keep the North in check.

Unless its Canada or Mexico, we need to stay the fark out of it.
 
2013-09-11 05:42:36 PM  
This has nothing to do with Syria, they started the process of restarting that reactor months ago:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yongbyon_Nuclear_Scientific_Research_Ce nt er#2013_restart_of_operation
 
2013-09-11 05:43:06 PM  

Prophet of Loss: Every cops eventually retires. South Korea has more than enough resources to keep the North in check.

Unless its Canada or Mexico, we need to stay the fark out of it.


Come to think of it, if we stop playing World Cop, our huge military is completely unjustifiable.
 
2013-09-11 05:43:35 PM  
...So has anybody considered the possibility that this isn't about the United States at all and that they may have other reasons for wanting to restart their reactor?

No?

Okay then.
 
2013-09-11 05:45:56 PM  

Mugato: Oh ffs. This isn't going to be about Congress. They'll blame Obama. If we attacked Syria with Congress approval then he's a war monger. If he waits for Congress, he's responsible for every country getting to work on their own WMD and chemical weapons. Why does anyone want to be President?


An overbearing sense of entitlement and hubris.  At least since 1953.
 
2013-09-11 05:47:09 PM  

Dusk-You-n-Me: Or they may not have?


Bad things may have happened, and if they may have it may be because of something that may or may not have been done by someone.

So, in closing, may have furthermore, and, in faith: such as
 
2013-09-11 05:48:23 PM  

CmndrFish: ...So has anybody considered the possibility that this isn't about the United States at all and that they may have other reasons for wanting to restart their reactor?

No?

Okay then.


They're attention whores?
 
2013-09-11 05:50:31 PM  

LasersHurt: nekom: abb3w: So, now that Obama has diplomatically maneuvered Russia into leaning hard on Syria, he need to diplomatically maneuver China into leaning hard on Best Korea.

Good luck with that, Mister President.

Wouldn't that be lovely.  Problem is, China doesn't WANT best Korea.  I'm not sure worst Korea really does.  If you were a neighboring nation, would you really want to annex that hot mess?

I actually think the South Koreans would accept them back and take on the challenges of re-integrating the people (with plenty of support from the US and other allies).


That worked out so well for Germany too, in the long run. (not being sarcastic here) Although East Germany wasn't in QUITE the dire straits that the NORKS are in.
 
2013-09-11 05:53:00 PM  

LasersHurt: I actually think the South Koreans would accept them back and take on the challenges of re-integrating the people (with plenty of support from the US and other allies).


I was reading about north korean defectors in south korea and one thing that always stands out is how they are just unable to be proactive.  They are so used to being told what to do they are unable to take the initiative for the most part.
 
2013-09-11 05:54:46 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Don't worry, Putin got this.

Naw... Rodman will take this one


In Rod we trust.
 
2013-09-11 05:56:19 PM  

way south: MaudlinMutantMollusk: The Stealth Hippopotamus: Don't worry, Putin got this.

Naw... Rodman will take this one

In Rod we trust.


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2013-09-11 06:06:05 PM  

Mugato: Oh ffs. This isn't going to be about Congress. They'll blame Obama. If we attacked Syria with Congress approval then he's a war monger. If he waits for Congress, he's responsible for every country getting to work on their own WMD and chemical weapons. Why does anyone want to be President?


They wanted to get white hair faster than they normally would have.
 
2013-09-11 06:06:35 PM  
This is what you get for voting in that simpering, ineffectual empty-suit with his tyrannical grip over the lives of the american people. If he would have just lobbed missiles the moment he heard about the gas none of this would be happening. His bloodlust is really getting in the way of foreign policy.
 
2013-09-11 06:07:09 PM  
Thanks, Congress!

No, just doesn't have the right ring to it.
 
2013-09-11 06:08:14 PM  
LasersHurt:  I actually think the South Koreans would accept them back and take on the challenges of re-integrating the people (with plenty of support from the US and other allies).

By policy and law, South Korea would have to accept them back and reintegrate them.  The Ministry of Unification was set up for this purpose.
 
2013-09-11 06:10:54 PM  
www.thelessonapplied.com

Reactor now reacting.
 
2013-09-11 06:11:54 PM  
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2013-09-11 06:12:54 PM  
This has nothing to do with Syria and everything to do with summer ending and them realizing they don't have enough food for everyone. This is the only bargaining chip they have.
 
2013-09-11 06:13:08 PM  
If you know anyone who voted for Obama, punch them in the face. If you voted for Obama, here's a fist. Use it wisely.
 
2013-09-11 06:15:28 PM  
Trollerific headline!
 
2013-09-11 06:16:47 PM  

Agneska: If you know anyone who voted for Obama, punch them in the face. If you voted for Obama, here's a fist. Use it wisely.


Why?
 
2013-09-11 06:23:06 PM  
Conservatives have turned into a bunch of commie peaceniks!
 
2013-09-11 06:24:08 PM  
FTA: The satellite image analysis showed white smoke, believed to be steam originated from the heat of the reactor, spewing intermittently from the 5-megawatt graphite-moderated reactor in late August, the sources said.

So yeah, that massive dragnet the NSA is running must really be working great if we're stuck squinting at photos and trying to figure out if what we're looking at is a cloud or if North Korea is making plutonium.
 
2013-09-11 06:24:50 PM  
Little Un wants a nuke to play with

I have images of opening the editor in Civ IV and giving a barbarian city an ICBM
 
2013-09-11 06:29:02 PM  
The perpetual fear I feel isn't enough. NEED MORE FEAR!
 
2013-09-11 06:29:07 PM  

Congress? Yeah, it was totally Congress showing weakness in all this.


i43.tinypic.com
 
2013-09-11 06:30:42 PM  

Prophet of Loss: Prophet of Loss: Every cops eventually retires. South Korea has more than enough resources to keep the North in check.

Unless its Canada or Mexico, we need to stay the fark out of it.

Come to think of it, if we stop playing World Cop, our huge military is completely unjustifiable.


The United States has an important strategic interest in a stable Asia. With the volume of trade flowing both directions between the US and each of several Asian nations, instability in Asia is a profound threat to our economy. North Korea is currently the most worrisome threat to stability in Asia, so our approach to North Korea's actions implicate matters of national security.
 
2013-09-11 06:36:49 PM  

MrEricSir: FTA: The satellite image analysis showed white smoke, believed to be steam originated from the heat of the reactor, spewing intermittently from the 5-megawatt graphite-moderated reactor in late August, the sources said.

So yeah, that massive dragnet the NSA is running must really be working great if we're stuck squinting at photos and trying to figure out if what we're looking at is a cloud or if North Korea is making plutonium.


Not to defend the NSA, but their dragnet surveillance relies on a level of telecommunications infrastructure that simply doesn't exist in North Korea.  It's not like you can listen to a phone call between two nuclear engineers in North Korea when only the ruling elite even have telephones.
 
2013-09-11 06:37:47 PM  

BMulligan: Prophet of Loss: Prophet of Loss: Every cops eventually retires. South Korea has more than enough resources to keep the North in check.

Unless its Canada or Mexico, we need to stay the fark out of it.

Come to think of it, if we stop playing World Cop, our huge military is completely unjustifiable.

The United States has an important strategic interest in a stable Asia. With the volume of trade flowing both directions between the US and each of several Asian nations, instability in Asia is a profound threat to our economy. North Korea is currently the most worrisome threat to stability in Asia, so our approach to North Korea's actions implicate matters of national security.


Bullshiat. China is the big dog in the region and is more than capable of reigning in NK. South Korea also has enough power to keep the North in check.
 
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