2017-09-03

S. Korea media: Seoul military says N. Korea appears to be readying launch of a ballistic missile, possibly an ICBM

S. Korea media: Seoul military says N. Korea appears to be readying launch of a ballistic missile...

During the Cold War, the initial strategy was to throw everything at the Soviets right away. The assumption was that Russia wouldn't risk annihilation just to grab West Berlin.

It took some time, but it finally dawned on NATO planners that this was an insanely bad strategy. They realized the Russians were surely asking themselves "Would the Americans trade Washington D.C, New York, Chicago and Los Angeles... for West Berlin?"

NATO assumed their presumed answer would be some version of "No fucking way". Which meant that NATO no longer had a credible deterrent. If the Russians didn't really believe that we'd pull the trigger, then there was little stopping them from launching an attack.

Threatening total annihilation in response to a comparatively small enemy action actually increased the risk of war.

With North Korea, the U.S. has repeatedly threatened to attack North Korea if it takes "threatening actions".

North Korea has already:

Tested nuclear devices Launched ICBMs / Prepared further ICBM launches Repeatedly threatened to launch nuclear strikes on the U.S. and its allies.

And that's just recently.

But there's still no strike, which means that the U.S's deterrent is not very credible. The mistake was - just like in the early Cold War - setting the bar for a total response too low. We all know North Korea would definitely, 100% get nuked off the face of the planet if they launched a nuclear attack on anybody anywhere. But saying we'd do the same for something far less damaging, concrete, and hard to precisely define leaves a dangerous amount of ambiguity.

North Korea is probably pretty sure that we're not going to risk the lives of hundreds of thousands of people because they did the same shit they've been doing. And there's no real meaningful way for them to one-up themselves short of testing a nuclear device in the Pacific.

Which leaves Kim with no way of knowing where the red line really is. He doesn't know exactly what would trigger a war, but knows everything he's been told will trigger a war doesn't trigger a war.

This is stupidly dangerous, and how you blunder into a nuclear exchange without realizing what you're doing until it's too late.

Would they be brash enough to go for an atmospheric test of a nuke on an icbm? To prove they have miniaturized a warhead. NK doesn't really have a 'safe' launch direction...

Iraq got invaded because they had tubes, that might be used to make missiles, that might be nukes.

North Korea literally has nukes and threatens to nuke people all day and we threaten to put them on the naughty step.

This is always the comment whenever NK is about to fire a missle. How many god dam holidays do the have

Aussies

Shots fired

She'll be right

Fun fact: A mild Australian accent is the one most often chosen for international airport loudspeaker announcements.

It was found to annoy the least amount of people (less Imperial overtones than the U.K./US).

Also annoys Kiwis, which is the primary reason it was chosen.

Teacher wore the same outfit for his picture for 40 years.

Teacher wore the same outfit for his picture for 40 years.

He looks so confident in the end, but a quiet confidence. He got a bit full of himself in the middle there.

Freshman year of college, my classical history professor wore the same blue pin stripe suit to class everyday. Last class of the semester, we watched slides of his graduate trip to Greece in the '60s. Halfway through, a slide of him standing in front of the Parthenon comes up, and there he is, forty years earlier, wearing the same blue pin stripe suit.

He finally got that collar down to a science. It wasn't always so easy.

Same mustache too.

Punks not dead

Punks not dead

Punk is everywhere there's a pissed off teenager.

Punk is everywhere there's a pissed off teenager.

Or a pissed off Russian 8 year old.

I wonder how old he'll be when he gets his first tattoo and piercing ? lol The kid needs some leather too.

That is a sweet blue Mohawk though.

Plot twist: he's a 20 year old that's been chain smoking since he was 8.

I work at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Los Angeles. My city is currently experiencing the largest fire in history. My coworker got this photo from work. (Name not mentioned for privacy reasons). I present to you guys, the Battle of Hogwarts.

I work at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Los Angeles. My city is currently experiencing the largest fire in history. My coworker got this photo from work. (Name not mentioned for privacy reasons). I present to you guys, the Battle of Hogwarts.

My city is underwater from Harvey and your city is on fire

If only there was some way to just give you some of the water.

Albus Severus Potter gets to school, not even a week has passed and shit already started to happen.

My city is underwater

Uh...you're the merfolk in the lake, then?

Yeah... largest wildfire in LA history. So scary. We can smell the smoke from our place.

A happy duckling.

I can't help but hear him say "yeaaaaah!"

Thanks for making me smile today. :)

Ducklings are much too pure for this world

Canadian geese balance them out.

Bucharest last night.

Bucharest last night.

No wonder the vampires decided to live there.

Yeah, but the dragons don't like it very much.

Is that a wee ghosty face in the sky near the top left?

I think it's long exposure. It overlaps multiple pictures/light over a long period of time. That effect is on the cars too.

Well said

Well said

There's a difference between ignorance and stupidity. The former is unfortunate but can be changed.

Someone once told me not to criticize people for asking questions because they thought you were the perfect person to answer that question.

Irony just died a thousand deaths.

The worst is willful ignorance

The end result for Dragon*Con. Time to start upgrading

The end result for Dragon*Con. Time to start upgrading

Damn man! This is the most dedicated cosplay I've ever seen! You even decided to be born looking like him! But seriously, looks awesome!

Yep! Planned this shit 29 years ago. lol

Holy crap this looks incredible!

Pretty misleading in my opinion, guy says he's _notpulse but I can clearly see he's the exact copy of the one from the game.

"I Just Can't Understand Why"

"I Just Can't Understand Why"

Why don't * assassinates leaders * they * installs CIA-backed puppet * love us?

From wikipedia:

Total terrorism deaths in the US all time: 3662 (3100 or so from Islam extremists, almost entirely in 9/11).

Total civilian deaths in the Iraq war: 60,000 - 200,000, depending on the source used.

If Americans are going to hate on middle easterners in general for 9/11, then middle easterners have at least 20x as much cause to hate on Americans in general for the Iraq war.

Edit: As pointed out below, if you move outside well-documented deaths, the civilian death toll of the Iraq war may be well in excess of 500,000

Let's look at the recent history of the US and Iraq.

The 80s: the US backed Saddam during some of his worst atrocities. He was using chemical weapons against the Kurds and killing his own people all while receiving support from the US.

1990: Saddam invades Kuwait and the US replaces support with sanctions. These sanctions destroyed iraqs economy and strengthened Saddam by making Iraqis more dependent on him. The sanctions killed half a million children through the 90s (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanctions_against_Iraq)

2003: George Bush lied about WMDs and invaded the country. Iraqi society was essentially destroyed. ISIS crawled out of the rubble and wrought untold harm to the people of Iraq and neighboring countries as well.

2017: Donald Trump tries to pass laws preventing Iraqis from tavellling to the US.

Honestly what has Iraqis done to the US?

They stopped selling oil in dollars.

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