Magazine article The American Conservative

Rocket's Red Scare

Magazine article The American Conservative

Rocket's Red Scare

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[SECURITY]

On Sunday, April 5, the glorious North Korean space program, marvel of the modern world, launched its first satel- lite into the ocean 1,300 miles off the coast of Japan. Susan Rice, U.S. ambassador to the UN, said this feat "merits a clear and strong response." Yet the Security Council refused to act- just as it had earlier refused to act against the "grave and gathering danger" that President Bush warned about in 2002. Such cowardice disgusted Newt Gingrich, who dreams of one day becoming America's own Dear Leader. Before the launch he said the U.S. "should take whatever preemptive actions are necessary" to prevent North Korea's great leap forward into 1950s-era rocketry.

Newt was not the only pol rattled by Kim's Taepodong and other unruly projectiles. A "bipartisan" clatch of four Republican senators, Joseph Lieberman, and Democrat Mark Begich -whose Alaskan caribou might just about be in range of the Nork rocket -took the occasion to demand more money for Star Wars. …

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