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Boardman writes: "Some people say Representative Doug Lamborn, Republican of Colorado, is a reckless, warmongering fool, but others say he's not that reckless. His loose lips episode in a Congressional hearing had the Obama administration in a spin for the rest of the day trying to tamp down what mainstream media are now calling the 'North Korea missile crisis.'"

Is North Korea a real threat? (photo: Getty Images)
Is North Korea a real threat? (photo: Getty Images)

Nuke Korea?

By William Boardman, Reader Supported News

13 April 13


Congressman acts warlike toward North Korea and Iran.

ome people say Representative Doug Lamborn, Republican of Colorado, is a reckless, warmongering fool, but others say he's not that reckless.

His loose lips episode in a Congressional hearing had the Obama administration in a spin for the rest of the day trying to tamp down what mainstream media are now calling the "North Korea missile crisis." Exposing previously classified information even got the congressman a page one story in the New York Times on April 12, with what turned out to be a misleading headline:

Pentagon Finds Nuclear Strides by North Korea

By mid-day, right-wing web sites were hyping the story with headlines like these from Red Flag News:

BREAKING: US Raises Nuclear Alert to DEFCON 3

China Mobilizes, Masses Troops on North Korean Border

[The initial report in DEBKAfile was picked up, often verbatim, by other web sites, including Infowars, PrisonPlanet, BeforeItsNews, Daily Paul and YouTube, which has a report that begins: "South Korean officials are telling the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS) that B-2 stealth bombers are currently dropping leaflets over the city of Pyongyang warning its citizens of an impending attack." The report quotes a purported eyewitness who describes the leaflet drop and also says, "The girls here are super hot."]

If the U.S. Alert Level Is Raised, U.S. Not Saying

Calls to the Pentagon and NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) to confirm the heightened alert level elicited responses that included "I have no idea," and "Really?" The alert level was neither confirmed nor denied. Emails to the Pentagon and the White House were unanswered.

Giving some immediacy to the situation is North Korea's presumed plan to test another long range ballistic missile in a launch expected in mid-April. Both China and the U.S. have warned North Korea to cancel the test, but it's not clear what either country, or Japan, or South Korea, would do in the event of a launch.

Addressing that question on Fox News on April 10, Rep. Lamborn ducked somewhat, saying that if a North Korean missile were going to land in the ocean, there would be no point in using one of our expensive missiles to take it down. He was not asked what he thought the odds were that we'd have a successful anti-missile missile launch.

He did suggest that North Korean missiles could hit the U.S. mainland or Hawaii or Guam, none of which is true. And he reiterated his longstanding call for spending more billions of dollars on missile defense, including anti-missile missiles deployed on the U.S. East Coast to defend against missiles Iran might get some day.

Rep. Lamborn Has Chronic Pattern of Inaccuracy

Along those lines, he called it "dangerously na•ve" to seek a world free of nuclear weapons. Defending that view, he said falsely that every nuclear-armed country except the U.S. is improving its weapons. He added falsely that the U.S. is the only country to have reduced its number of nuclear weapons.

Even with some reductions in recent years, the U.S. still has about 5,000 nuclear weapons. Only Russia has more, although fewer are operational. The rest of the world combined has fewer than 1,000 nuclear weapons.

Rep. Lamborn grabbed public attention April 11 when he misleadingly claimed that North Korea had developed a nuclear warhead that it could deliver to its target by missile. He based his comments on an unclassified part of a classified Pentagon report that the Pentagon later said should have been wholly classified.

Rep. Lamborn, a member of Congress since 2007, had not read the full report.

The congressman apparently made no effort to discover from the Pentagon, the White House, the intelligence community, or any other presumably knowledgeable source, whether what he was reading was meaningful, or even correct.

Officials Warn Not to Inflate North Korean Threat

Testifying at the same hearing, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey, said that he too had not read the report, telling Rep. Lamborn: "Well, I haven't seen it. And you said it's not publicly released, so I choose not to comment on it."

The Director of National Intelligence, General James Clapper, warned that the report by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), even in its very tentative conclusion, did not represent the opinion of other intelligence agencies:

"I would add that the statement read by the Member is not an Intelligence Community assessment. Moreover, North Korea has not yet demonstrated the full range of capabilities necessary for a nuclear armed missile."

As Reuters, Rob Kall, the Times, and others have noted, the DIA was sure that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction, an opinion that contributed to a long, expensive, and disastrous war. And the DIA's opinion was completely wrong.

In the report on North Korean missiles, even the DIA didn't believe the threat, saying it reached its conclusion with only "moderate confidence," only one notch above "no confidence." The executive summary reads:

D.I.A. assesses with moderate confidence the North currently has nuclear weapons capable of delivery by ballistic missiles; however the reliability will be low.

Rep. Lanborn posted his five and half minutes of questioning during the April 11 meeting of the House Armed Services Committee on his Facebook page, writing, misleadingly, "Here is the full video exchange I had with Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Martin Dempsey today about the true nature of the North Korean threat."

Not everyone was impressed, as Brian Napolitano commented: "You didn't even read the whole report before you started flapping your jaws. You knew you had a hot report and just couldn't wait to blab. Loose lips sink ships, jerk. That's why you got the reaction you did, and you know it."

China's Oblique Response, Implicit Slapdown for Rep. Lamborn

Rep. Lamborn's other major effort was to lobby for the U.S. to have a second nuclear-strike aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf to "project American power." Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said he didn't think a second carrier was necessary for that purpose.

Rep. Lamborn, 59, is an attorney with no military service who has been a state and federal legislator since 1994. In 2010, the National Journal named him the most conservative member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Secretary of State John Kerry was in the midst of a visit to Japan, South Korea, and China as Rep. Lamborn was making news and making waves in Washington. Secretary Kerry remained calm while answering reporters' questions, making the point that "Our hope is we can get back to talks."

And the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said, perhaps signaling that North Korean bellicosity was getting tiresome: "We do not want to see chaos and conflict on China's doorstep."

William M. Boardman has over 40 years experience in theatre, radio, TV, print journalism, and non-fiction, including 20 years in the Vermont judiciary. He has received honors from Writers Guild of America, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Vermont Life magazine, and an Emmy Award nomination from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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+86 # phrixus 2013-04-13 20:25
I lived in Lamborn's district for a number of years. I can state with complete confidence that he is 100% douchebag. An oxygen thief of the highest order. At times I wondered if he were insane. Then I became convinced of it.
+30 # vicnada 2013-04-14 06:16
Time for a recall election. Perhaps the good people of CO-05 can set a record for the fastest collection of signatures in US political history. Things are way too unhinged in our delicate world to play games like this. CO-05, start NOW!
+12 # phrixus 2013-04-14 16:03
The challenge you face is that his base is very similar to Dumb Doug himself. Typically old, white, moneyed, racist, bigoted, right-wing, ignorant, evangelical, male, Republican looney-tunes.

Seriously, imagine the type of person that would cast a ballot for this bozo.
-9 # Mannstein 2013-04-14 17:55
Were you born a bigot or did you become one later in life?
+6 # HowardMH 2013-04-15 09:05
Phrixus, you nailed it, but the really, really, scary part is there are millions and millions in the US that are the same way.
+4 # phrixus 2013-04-15 10:53
Excellent point. Vicnada suggested a recall election but the difficulty there lies in the fact that Lamborn's base is pretty comfortable with his particular brand of craziness (see "Tar baby" remarks). To confirm your statement one needs only to take notice of Rush Limbaugh and Fox New's popularity among many Americans. Pretty frightening stuff, I agree.
+1 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-04-17 06:08
Lamebrain certainly deserves to be recalled. Only problem is, we here have a local and state Dem. party now taken over by anything but real McCoy, ethical, people serving Dems.. Egregious but true details re. the Dem. party controllers abound (I, an active Dem. for years, have witnessed, firsthand, some of the worst).

And, good, honest, environment protecting, people servers like former Vice Mayor of Colo. Springs, Richard Skorman, an Independent candidate, who lost to the Kochsucker, current mayor (whose campaign for mayor was, not long before election day, goosed by close to a million dollar election buy off by, you guessed it, the Koch Bros. "Prosperity" gang), try hard but don't make it here in the super fusion center of our nation's now more that seventy fusion centers.

Colo. Spgs./El Paso County, CO-05, is heaven for the evil military, industrial, terrorism complex, and test site for how much torture/brutali zing is possible in this, today's 'Police State Ain't Great' country. Good cops, firefighters, govt. operatives, military, judges, etc. are aghast at all that goes on here in Vote Death by Diebold land. For example, Google: Colorado Springs Independent, Jan. 21, 2010, "No Peace or Justice".

Hard to comprehend, but reality is that Rep. 'Lamebrain' could actually be replaced with another bought off pol. puppet whore who is even worse than 'Lamebrain'.
0 # phrixus 2013-04-18 12:21
You failed to mention all the delusional religious crazies. CS is magnet for those nut cases.
+4 # David Allen 2013-04-14 07:16
Stupidity and ignorance in the defense of Liberty and unfettered capitalism is no vice.
+13 # MainStreetMentor 2013-04-14 08:05
I've never lived in a district represented by Lamborn ... but, in reading multiple articles of his comments, I have to believe your assessment of him, "phrixus", as an elected official HAS to be accurate.
+32 # stoher9 2013-04-14 08:24
Where are the impeachment proceedings on this traitor. I thought divulging classified information was treason! Or is that only applied to the Bradley Manning's of the world?
+1 # Rita Walpole Ague 2013-04-17 04:45
Absolutely, phrixus. I also now live in that pol. puppet whore's district. I've renamed him "Lamebrain", just as I've renamed the current pres. I had such hopes for (gone bye bye now), "Oh Bomb Ah".

We the naive sheeple must wake up re. what we have become - One nation, under the devil, of no liberty or justice for any (except the evil villainaires) and their pol. puppet whore minions.
+11 # grouchy 2013-04-13 22:13
Rep. Lamborn, or Rep. Lamebrain?
+11 # m... 2013-04-13 22:42
I wonder which Corporate Contractors and Corporate Retailers and PACS, Lobbyists and others aligned with and/or connected to the Defense 'INDUSTRY' donate the most to 'Representative 's' campaign needs...
+10 # ishmael 2013-04-14 00:50
Will the GOPee just please shut up and move back to whatever cave it came from?
0 # wantrealdemocracy 2013-04-14 12:17
Oh, like the total corruption in our government is the GOPee. Get real!! The whole federal government is owned and operated by the banksters. War is so good for business!! The business of the United States is war. This is the goal of the plutocracy--end less war. We, the people, are only cannon fodder.
+5 # ishmael 2013-04-14 20:05
Corruption on both sides-yes of course. That's politics. Nothing new there.

One sees blatant hatred of peoples' voting rights and of science, and an embrace of state religions, in the GOPee and its master puppeteer, the TP. They have a monopoly on advocacy of illiteracy and denial of womens' rights.
0 # phrixus 2013-04-18 12:26
Agreed. I've been speculating lately over the following: Is it possible the government wants to keep unemployment high in order to fill the military ranks with folks whom would otherwise take civilian positions if they were available?
+17 # hd70642 2013-04-14 05:03
Any body remembers the athletic accomplishments of Charlie Brown ? Expecting North Korea to have a viable threat from their attempted missile program is like expecting Charlie Brown to hit a grand Slam. Their missile program is as unsuccessful as our anti missile program!
Wouldn't it be nice if they paid attention to real life problems instead of improbable threats . We have lost our edge in scientific research to Europe years ago and do not have any manufacturing base and a third world level in infra structure and education and . we have unjustifiable gap between rich and poor!
-17 # humanmancalvin 2013-04-14 07:19
Shutup Asshole before your idiotic unknowledgable words cause negative repercussions.
+7 # hillwright 2013-04-14 07:24
The superpowers are very touchy about the security of their borders. China will be the one who must settle this issue. They certainly don't want U.S. taking military action on their southern flank.

It was U.S. nuclear missiles in Turkey on the Soviet Union's border that led to the "Cuban Missile Crisis". When Kennedy secretly removed the missiles the "crisis" was over. And, even during the "crisis", Cuba's missiles were described as "Political Range Ballistic Missiles" by many experts.
+3 # dascher 2013-04-14 18:17
Actually, we now KNOW it was Operation Mongoose - the US Government (St. Bobby Kennedy in collusion with the C.I.A. and the Mafia) trying repeatedly to kill Castro and to create chaos in Cuba through funding of anti-Castro thugs and attempts to induce failure in Cuba's sugar crop (what?! Americans would do such a thing?!!) that led Castro to ask Russia for some serious defense... those missiles. Kruschev, chess player that he was, saw an opportunity eventually to remove missiles from Cuba in return for the US removing missiles threatening the USSR from Turkey.

But we are taught that Castro was crazy and Kruschev a blustering bully who was just waiting until his massive Soviet Armies could overrun Western Europe. When The Wall came down, and we were able to see how poorly equipped that massive Army was that kept us huddled in our fallout shelters and spending fortunes on producing more and more powerful armaments, there were some moments of confusion. But then Saddam Hussein became 'the worst monster since Hitler' and so we had a new reason to 'defensively' arm ourselves to the teeth and threaten the invasion and overthrow of whoever seemed to be convenient.

Just to set the record straight.
+18 # Glen 2013-04-14 07:48
I don't much about Lamborn, but have heard the same from others. Consider the rabid support of constantly attacking the middle east, especially Iran, then China, now Korea. Folks supporting all this have no trouble killing thousands, millions, of people to prove their sense of power and control.

I remember the days when folks were working like mad to prevent nuclear war. Are the folks promoting war planning to leave the planet?
+11 # MindDoc 2013-04-14 11:21
Some would suggest that Lambron (and his ilk) have *already* left the planet Earth (or Planet rationality) for the warmer waters of Planet Plutocracy. Maybe they'll feel safe far from US targets and enjoying the fruits of our taxes along with their corporate people - in the Caymans (or underground bunkers). This is American 'leadership'? This is "representation "? Scary stuff!
+4 # Glen 2013-04-14 12:50
The Caymans is no place to hide from nuclear war. Perhaps they are fleeing to undersea life - joining fellow sharks and sea snakes.

Never think there are not still nukes in place, left over from ye olde cold war, that could set off the predicted chain reaction.
+4 # hd70642 2013-04-14 12:05
I remember the days when folks were working like mad to prevent nuclear war. Are the folks promoting war planning to leave the planet?
Unfortunatelt these currently live in their own twilight zone mainly on easy street .If they were not selling follks would find out how much problems in the real were left unattended
+5 # Selwick 2013-04-14 09:00
Everybody who has made her/himself knowledgeable, as well as possible, about the state of the country of North Korea will doubt that it has the capacity to develop anything that high in technology.

NK has no resources, intellectual or material. The population is impoverished and kept uninformed or better yet deceived. Supplies of any kind are scarce.
Where would they get the know-how, the technology to plan, develop and construct these kinds of weapons?
Oh, wait! I forgot, there are people in this world who would do anything for money, even betray their own country (whose anthem and pledges so proudly they sing) or even blow up the entire world.

That spoiled adolescent in NK is flexing the muscles and American men again are afraid that someone might have a bigger penis than they have and can get away with it.
+2 # X Dane 2013-04-14 13:50
Unfortunately I am afraid that Pakistan will be willing to supply N K with information. They have helped other countries before.
+1 # wise old owl 2013-04-15 19:15
Quoting Selwick:
The population is impoverished and kept uninformed or better yet deceived.

Let's see.... growing income disparity... denial of scientific facts... yes, I think I'm turning North Korean, I think I'm turning North Korean, I really think so...
0 # Pickwicky 2013-04-16 17:01
Good one, Wise Old Owl.
+9 # RMDC 2013-04-14 10:02
This is a perfect example of how the propaganda system works in the US. The Pentagon stages military games and flies nuclear capable B2s and B52 near Korea. Then they just let all the right wing nut jobs, the amplification machinery of Fox news and right wing radio, and even mass media do what they do naturally -- start flag waving and calling for war. The dis-information , lies, slander against Koreans, hysteria and all the rest grow rapidly out of control. Soon a large segment of the US population is ready for a war against N. Korea.

This is text book public relations as set up by Edward Bernays. PR experts stage events and then let everyone respond to them in their own natural ways. The Obama regime knows this. They planned it this way. the only ones who do not know it are the american people who are just too stupid to catch on. They've been played this way so many times that they simply cannot think critically about any issue.
+18 # hotlips 2013-04-14 10:11
Please pray for me -- I have lived in Lame-brain's district since he started in politics. He is surely one of worst -- if not the worst -- legislators this country has ever had to endure. Proof of this is his "most conservative in the House" title.

I don't know how to do it but I will aggressively support any effort to get this bag of shit recalled.
+12 # jwb110 2013-04-14 10:20
Rep. Lamborn Has Chronic Pattern of Inaccuracy.

Talk about political correctness!!!! I my day we would have called him a boldfaced liar.
+6 # WBoardman 2013-04-14 17:07
As the writer, I still rather like the ironic understatement
in "chronic pattern of inaccuracy."

But that's a matter of taste.

As for lying, he certainly has filled the falsehood quotient
needed to qualify as a liar. But liars know they're lying, and nothing I've seen about Lamborn persuades me that
he knows much of anything, but just sort of makes it up
as he goes along to fit his unreality-based worldview.

I would be happy to be proven wrong and
learn that he truly lies.

I had no intent to be politically correct, honest!
+1 # Pickwicky 2013-04-16 17:05
WBoardman--you described how I think of Rush Limbaugh to a T. And I, too, "would be happy to be proven wrong and learn that he truly lies."
+14 # JSRaleigh 2013-04-14 10:48
The people who want a war between the U.S. and North Korea are the same ones who wanted the U.S. to invade Iraq.

It's just as stupid an idea now as it was then.
+11 # DakotaKid 2013-04-14 11:27
Did anybody notice the recent op-ed piece by Jeremi Suri in the NY Times? Suri is a Yale Ph.D. and Henry Kissinger avatar who serves up the same idiotic argument as Doug Lamborn - i.e., that the best way to deal with North Korea is to bomb them back to the Stone Age. Both are great patriots, as well as eminent military strategists and foreign-policy experts, of course. The wonder is that neither volunteered to fight in Iraq or Afghanistan. Google Doug Lamborn and (surprise!) you'll discover a one-word entry for military service: "none". And who isn't impressed with hawkish college professors for whom war is purely an academic exercise? Let's put the saber rattlers who have never experienced war up close and person in the prospective war zone and let the bombs fall where they may...
+3 # WBoardman 2013-04-14 17:28

Conceptually it needs but a tweak or two
to become effective satire....

Prof Suri fudges facts to raise the fear level ("clear and present danger"!) and argue for a pre-emptive strike of the North Korean missile thought to be near a test launch, which Prof Suri re-interprets as an approaching attack -- but his solution, just an airstrike on the missile, is something of
a modest proposal (in less than Swiftian hands).

Without a trace of irony (or embarassment), the good prof
quotes China's president saying in early April: :No one should be allowed to throw a region and even the whole world into chaos for selfish gains."

He said, Prof Suri avoided noting, "NO ONE."

Perhaps in Chinese, the symbol for "No one" is also the symbol for "opportunity for pre-emptive strike."

The piece is here:
+2 # phrixus 2013-04-15 09:32
I've listed a few of Suri's comments followed by my own:

"...striking the North Korean missile on the ground would be much easier than after it was launched."

~ True. But we're talking about a single missile. The USA has two missile destroyers positioned at sea to intercept such a launch as well as whatever assets South Korea (and the US) have pre-positioned on the ground. The chance of a single NK missile surviving a concerted attack of this sort is virtually nil.

"The North Korean government would certainly view the American strike as a provocation."

~ You're damn right they would. And by doing so we would be giving them EXACTLY what they want i.e. confirming their accusations.

"A war on the Korean Peninsula is unlikely after an American strike, but it is not inconceivable."

~ Suri seems pretty willing to throw dice with other peoples lives. Easy to do when you aren't one of those affected by the accuracy (or lack thereof)of a pundit's probability theory. It seems "war" is an abstract concept to far too many politicians, media types and others whom have never witnessed what the reality of war is: dead men, women and children.

"An unending crisis would merely postpone war to a later date..."

~ Rubbish. Suri has no way of knowing that or otherwise predicting the future. The US and the Soviet Union maintained high tension levels for years and we never went to war, nuclear or otherwise.
+8 # samsimo 2013-04-14 11:32
I´m down with ´stoher9´. What´s the deal-y-o??? Jail this man immediately before he does any(more) serious harm. If Bradley Manning is being punished why isn´t this loser??? Shut ´em down and shut ´em up!!!
0 # da gaf 2013-04-14 13:35
0 # Pickwicky 2013-04-16 18:45
In summation: Nobody seems to like Lamborn, Suri, and Little Kimmy Short Pants. Aw, gee.

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