October 13, 2006


N. Korea Air Sample Has No Radioactivity (ROBERT BURNS, 10/13/06, The Associated Press)

Results from an initial air sampling after North Korea's announced nuclear test showed no evidence of radioactive particles that would be expected from a successful nuclear detonation, a U.S. government intelligence official said Friday.

Posted by Orrin Judd at October 13, 2006 1:26 PM

Clearly, North Korea is abiding by the terms set out for environmental cleanliness in the Kyoto Accords. Oh, shame, America, that we do not do the same!

(removes tongue from cheek)

Posted by: Just John at October 13, 2006 1:56 PM

Just think. We now have the names of all the defeatist traitors who advocated surrender just at the rumor that North Korea had an atomic bomb.

Posted by: Lou Gots at October 13, 2006 2:01 PM

As well as all the conservatives who fell again for the absurd notion that the commies can build stuff that works.

Posted by: oj at October 13, 2006 2:07 PM

OJ, history shows that Commies can build space and military stuff that works, or at least works well enough to get the job done, so long as it's not trying to be too sophisticated or you're not trying to get it to do too much. For example:

The R-7 (Semyorka) space booster -- it launched the Sputnik 49 years ago, and is still in use today
The Soyuz spacecraft -- nothing fancy, but rugged and reliable
The T-34 medium tank -- the Germans actually considered reverse-engineering their own copy
The Kalashnikhov assault rifle -- reliably goes "bang!" even if you don't clean or oil it
The MiG-15 -- the equal of its contemporaries

I'll give you this much: it's proof of North Korea's utter incompetence that it cannot get the Taepodong rocket to fly. The Taepodong is a derivative of the SS-1 Scud missile, which is a design so simple and rugged that even Saddam Hussein could get them to light off and go.

Posted by: Mike Morley at October 13, 2006 2:29 PM

Col David Hackworth

"One of the bulldozers uncovered the decomposing body of an enemy soldier, complete with AK47. I happened to be standing right there, looking down into the hole and pulled the AK out of the bog. "Watch this, guys," I said, "and I'll show you how a real infantry weapon works." I pulled the bolt back and fired 30 rounds - the AK could have been cleaned that day rather than buried in glug for a year or so. That was the kind of weapon our soldiers needed, not the confidence-sapping M-16."

Another link

Both have their points, but the AK47 definitely "works"

Posted by: h-man at October 13, 2006 2:44 PM

Where's the kaboom? I expected an earth-shattering kaboom!

Posted by: Marvin the Martian at October 13, 2006 3:40 PM

Mike F:

And the original Scud itself is a derivative of the German V2.

Posted by: Mike Earl at October 13, 2006 3:53 PM