On the one hand, North Korea with presumed nuclear weapons and a rocket delivery system to the West Coast (which includes that Blue bastion Seattle) is "ratchet(ing) up the rhetoric..." This is a serious threat, no matter if we want to pretend that it is comic opera. When clown dictators had funny armies, it was not a serious threat. A nuclear weapon is a serious threat.
At the same time, that absentee landlord Senator Santorum (he of man on dog fame) is crowing about the "found" WMD in Iraq.
I am not asking that the World be perfect, just that it be understandable.