When reading the below, replace "North Korea" with "Iraq" and imagine yourself a few months before the Iraq invasion:
WASHINGTON Jul 6, 2006 (AP)— President Bush said Thursday it is hard to read North Korea's motives in firing a missile with the potential to hit the United States or Canada, but said the U.S. cannot afford to misjudge the situation.Diplomacy? Be patient? The U.N.?? Funny how GW's take on North Korea differs so drastically from his rhetoric pre-Iraq invasion. It's outrageous. Is the American public that stupid to not see the obvious double standard?
"I think we've got to plan for the worst and hope for the best," Bush said.
Bush stressed that the United States is seeking a diplomatic solution to the nuclear standoff with North Korea. He cautioned that diplomacy will take time.
"My message was that we want to solve this problem diplomatically, and the best way to solve this problem diplomatically is for all of us to be working in concert," Bush said.
"And it's just really important for, for the American president to see the world the way it is, not the way we would hope it would be."
....the White House stressed the need for a unified response to North Korea in the U.N. and elsewhere.
As I wrote yesterday, "Can you imagine if Saddam had done this in Iraq a few years ago?! Bush/Cheney would've LOVED it -- no need for cooked up intel, bogus Iraq sources, blatant lying, etc. We would've been bombs-away the next day." Don't you think our soldiers in Iraq are wondering why the double standard??
UPDATE: TOKYO (AP) - North Korea targeted waters near Hawaii when it fired a long-range missile this week.