Saturday, March 19, 2005

Just When You Started to Get Some Sleep

Pakistan Test-Fires Nuclear-Capable Missile
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan Saturday successfully test-fired a long-range, nuclear-capable ballistic missile, the latest in a series of tests in one of the world's flashpoints.
"Today, we carried out a successful test-firing of the indigenously developed Shaheen II missile," a military official told Reuters.
The missile could travel up to 2,000 km (1,200 miles) and carry all kinds of warheads, he said.

Rice: N. Korea Must Stop Stalling on Nukes
SEOUL, South Korea - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said an international coalition remains committed to negotiating an end to North Korea's nuclear weapons program, but warned Saturday that North Korea cannot stall forever. (emphasis added)
Remember when Kinda Sleazy said this?
To those who say, we want more evidence that there's a real threat, the Administration says, we can't wait for a smoking gun to turn up. "We don't want the smoking gun to be a mushroom cloud," National Security Advisor Condoleeza Rice said on CNN's Late Edition recently.

Nuclear Bunker Busters, Mini-Nukes, and the US Nuclear Stockpile
Congress is currently considering legislation that would authorize the US nuclear weapons laboratories to study new types of nuclear weapons: Earth-penetrating nuclear bunker busters designed to destroy hardened and deeply buried targets, and agent-defeat warheads intended to sterilize stockpiles of chemical or biological agents. In addition, the Bush administration has requested that Congress repeal a 1994 law, banning research that could lead to development of mini-nukes, low-yield nuclear warheads containing less than the power equivalent of a 5-kiloton chemical explosion, one-third that of the Hiroshima bomb. (emphasis added)
I don't know about you all, but I'm a firm believer in confluence of events.

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