While the Bush Administration has taken an increasingly aggressive stance against Iran and their belief that Iran is developing nuclear weapon technology (which is at odds with not only Iran's statements , but our own intelligence reports, granted, not without some question as to its veracity), they have said little to nothing over North Korea's (remember the other Axis of Evil country?) open and unapologetic pursuit of a nuclear weapons program.
For much of the nuclear age, nations that sought the ultimate weapon kept their intentions and test sites veiled in secrecy, hidden from public view and foreign governments. The first detonations by the United States and the Soviet Union were top secrets and India's test in 1998 caught U.S. intelligence agencies by surprise.
No more, or so it seems. North Korea all but yelled "look at me" in announcing that it planned to conduct its first nuclear test, which experts say might come at any time or perhaps never.
What lies behind this outbreak of atomic exhibitionism? While deciphering the intentions of one of the world's most cryptic regimes seems next to impossible, analysts say likely factors include North Korea's taste for bold propaganda as well as its awareness that new classes of satellite technology are making it increasingly hard to hide nuclear sites anyway. Read on...
Remind me again, how is it that the Republican majority is supposedly keeping us safer?