Kabuki Dance

Friday, on the way home from work, I figured the U.S. would try to shoot down the North Korean missile test. The NPR story mentioned that possible outcome, and they wouldn’t do so unless one of their sources mentioned it. Further, since the sources for this story would come from the foreign policy establishment, AKA the Pentagon, it’s likely this is meant as a fair warning to try and dissuade the North Koreans from testing their missile.

John Isaacs, executive director of the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, added, “This is a perfect international Kabuki dance. The North Koreans may test a missile that they will have no idea will work in the real world and the United States has a missile defense which we have no notion whether it will defend against the North Koreans. It is perfect symmetry.” Reuters, US Activates Missile Defense Amid N.Korea Dispute

Funny how most Kabuki dances cannot possibly end up with Seoul a lake of fire and Pyongyang a sea of glass.

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