Brad Messer Commentary
8:15 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2003

Quite a tangled web here lately. USA and Friends, beset by North Korea— and in regard to Iraq, by Germany, France and Russia. It isn’t the-economy-stupid now, is it.

North Korea has us bluffed. They’re sitting up north of the border with 500 long-tube artillery guns aimed at Seoul. If Uncle Sam smartbombs something up north, Supreme Leader Kim sends 5-thousand artillery rounds per hour into the South Korean capitol and its ten-million people.

Before Uncle Sam could say 101st Airborne, South Korea would be smoked. With maybe a long range missile or two up Japan’s alley for good measure. Way too complicated to mess with that.

We can’t mess with North Korea, we can’t find Osama bin Laden, so Iraq it is— especially if Iraq’s arms suppliers will stand aside in the U.N.

Germany is singing “give the inspectors more time” because der Fatherland has made plenty of blood money selling its nuclear technology to Saddam. France opposes an invasion of its big nuclear reactor customer. Russia has its hands deep into Iraq’s oil money for every kind of weapon down to overpriced Kalashnikov rifles. You could argue that for France, Germany and Russia, opposing an Iraq invasion is mainly about their money.

Wouldn’t this be simpler and easier if we would just invade Cuba? It’s closer and they have very nice beaches there.

Brad Messer— commentary, KTSA.

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