Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Been avoiding this for a couple reasons

First, this kind of thing shouldn't be political. Second, I received a text from someone I care about while she thought a missile was inbound. Given that, I was disinclined to jump in on the false alarm about a missile attack on Hawaii. I think that story captures things quite well -- people were freaking out, and their government failed them, taking twice as long as the flight time of a missile from North Korea would take to reach Hawaii to inform residents that, in fact, the initial "This is not a drill" notice was not only not a drill, it was a dumbass mistake by someone who still has a job.

As crazy as things got during the missile alert -- understandably -- they go crazier shortly after the all-clear, as lefties tried to politicize the moment. How crazy? This crazy:
“This Hawaii missle (sic) scare is on YOU Mr. Trump. The real FEAR that mothers & fathers & children felt is on YOU. It is on YOUR ARROGANCE, HUBRIS, NARCISSISM, RAGE, EGO, IMMATURITY and your UNSTABLE IDIOCY. Shame on your hate filled self. YOU DID THIS!”
And this crazy:
“I woke up this morning in Hawaii with ten minutes to live. It was a false alarm, but a real psychic warning. If we allow this one-man Gomorrah and his corrupt Republican congress to continue alienating the world we are headed for suffering beyond all imagination. ;^\”
No blame for the nameless, faceless and -- given Hawaii's political demographics, almost undoubtedly faithful Democrat voter -- still-employed government employee who sent the state into a panic for almost 40 minutes. Nah. It's Trump's fault. Consider this:

I don't think anything that happens in Hawaii, at any time, can be blamed on Trump. And certainly not this. But that didn't stop at least one Hawaii politician -- need I mention that she's a Democrat? -- from blaming Trump:
“What makes me angry,” Tulsi Gabbard told CNN’s State of the Union, “is that, yes, this false alarm went out and we have to fix that in Hawaii but really we’ve got to get to the underlying issue here, of why are the people of Hawaii and the US facing a nuclear threat coming from North Korea?
“And what is this president doing, urgently, to eliminate that threat?”
My answer to that would be, um, more than the last worthless fucknuts who occupied the White House, who pretended that North Korea did not exist.

I don't take this threat lightly, but I don't take it overly seriously, either. There is no evidence the Norks have a nuke small enough to put on a missile. There is no evidence they have a missile with the range to carry such a payload to any U.S. territory. (The tests that indicate the Norks could reach the U.S. East Coast are no-payload tests. With an explosive payload, range drops considerably, depending upon the size and weight of the payload.)

Finally, there are no indications that North Korea can hit what it is aiming at with any precision. I doubt they could reliably hit, for instance, an island the size of Oahu. Range magnifies errors. If the Norks are getting help from Iran or China, we need to crack down on that. Trump is paying far more attention to North Korea and its nuclear ambitions than Obama ever did. You might not like his tone, but China is actually starting to take steps to rein North Korea in. That never happened before. You might not like how he's doing it, but at least this president is paying attention to the North Korean threat.

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