Friday, July 07, 2006

Bush suggests North Korean nukes could hit Canada

Froomkin picks up on part of the /mini-Bush press conference that was indeed strange. Bush seeming to threaten Canada with the prospect of a nuke from North Korea that could fly our way by accident. As if this will galvanize Canadian support for participation in a missile-shield system. Guess again.

In any event, Froomkin corrects Bush's dangerous meandering musings:
"And although news reports didn't convey it, there were a few moments when Bush went bizarrely off script.

At one point, the president reassured everyone about 'how safe Canada is' -- not typically a concern.

And then, this questionable and unsupported bit of speculation about North Korean missiles: 'We don't know, for a fact, where it was headed. But, for example, one thing that Stephen and I talked about is he could be seemingly firing a missile at the United States, say, at -- I don't know, this is all speculation -- but could be headed toward the Northwest of our country, and it wouldn't take much for it to get off course, and end somewhere where he may not have intended.'

The outer range of North Korea's longest-range missile is generally said to be 3,700 miles, barely enough to reach Alaska, and not enough to reach either the continental United States -- or Canada."