U.S. official: North Korea likely deceived U.S., allies before launching rocket
This picture received from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 12, 2012 shows the rocket Unha-3, carrying the satellite Kwangmyongsong-3, being monitored on a large screen at a satellite control center in North Korea.
December 27th, 2012
05:28 PM ET

U.S. official: North Korea likely deceived U.S., allies before launching rocket

By Barbara Starr

North Korea likely engaged in a deliberate campaign of deception before a December 12 long-range missile launch, catching the United States and its Asian allies "off guard," according to a U.S. official with direct knowledge of analysis of the incident conducted by U.S. military and intelligence agencies.

The official told CNN that American and Japanese military ships and missile defenses were fully operational and protecting land, sea and airspace on December 12, but that the launch was a surprise when it actually happened.

"We had our dukes up, operationally, but we were caught off guard," the official said.

"The clues point to a concerted effort to deceive us," the official said. The analysis was ordered in the wake of the launch to determine what exactly happened and how much the U.S. intelligence knew at the time.

The official said one conclusion was that while missile defenses can fully protect against a North Korean attack, the North Koreans have shown they can counter U.S. measures to gather intelligence about what they are up to.

"Look, they know when our satellites are passing overhead," the official said. It's believed the North Koreans essentially manipulated the launch so U.S. intelligence satellites simply would not be overhead and able to see what was happening.

The most likely scenario, the official said, was that North Korea wasn't telling the truth when it announced several days before the launch that there were technical problems with the missile.

According to the official, the intelligence analysis found that:

- The United States observed the North Koreans beginning to take apart the three-stage rocket and move parts of it away from the launch pad, then observed what were believed to be so-called replacement parts being moved in.

- In retrospect, those parts appear to have been from a second, older-generation long-range missile that were in storage. Those parts most likely were never used in the December 12 launch.

During this time, when the United States did not have total visibility of the launch site, it's believed the North Koreans either quickly reassembled the original rocket and fired it.

- It's also possible the U.S. miscalculated and the North Koreans never took it apart at all.

Earlier this week, South Korean defense officials warned that the latest North Korean missile had the capability to travel more than 6,000 miles, meaning this type of rocket could strike the United States. However, experts do not believe Pyongyang has a nuclear warhead small enough to fly on the kind of missile.

North Korean officials claimed that the rocket launch succeeded in putting a satellite in orbit.

CNN's Paula Hancocks and Greg Botelho contributed to this report.

soundoff (658 Responses)
  1. w5cdt

    I guess they know the Keplerian element sets for our spy satellites. I wonder who gave them that? πŸ˜‰

    December 28, 2012 at 10:49 am | Reply
    • Khan Servative

      WAKE UP AMERICA! It was Obama of course. He and his muslim friends are handing everything over to the commies and Islamofascists! Remember the "Bin Laden Raid?" Everyone thinks he "ordered" "it" as "part" of the "War on Terror" (really America's "surrender to terrorism") but it was done so he could replace OBL as the head of the Marxist-socialist-fascist world-wide Islam movement. Look how he gave the Chinese the stealth helicopter! Wake up America!!!!!!! I am certain if we put more exclamation marks behind our remarks it will get people to pay attention!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      December 28, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
  2. claude

    And Biden laughed at Paul Ryan in their debate about the posibility of Iran having the ability to produce nuclear weapons. I wonder what Biden would have said if N.Korea was mentioned instead?

    December 28, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
    • Bostontola

      Captain Renault: "I'm shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here."
      Emile: "Your winnings, sir."
      Captain Renault: "Thank you very much."

      December 28, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
    • Mike

      Biden is a jack a**. Anything he says is complete rubbish anyway. He doesn't know intelligence any more than Rosie O'Donnell knows how to stay away from an all you can eat buffet.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • jack

      Biden is an incompetent idiot. You can not use him in the ability of this administration which is known to be in the left field. Look at the Clinton fiasco with Libya.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:02 am | Reply
    • HincEtInde

      Or maybe we want them to think we don't know what they are doing?

      December 28, 2012 at 11:08 am | Reply
  3. Rick

    North Korea deceived the US? And??

    Same thing happened with Russia and the US during the cold war.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
  4. Brian

    Does anyone know if that thing is up there- or the spaceplane? I'd love to know.. This is gonna sound nuts (I can see the snarky comments being made as I type) But Dec 23rd, I and my g/f saw what looked like for all the world- a nuke detonation in space. The flash, the giant ball of energy, and it fading to a starlike object the size of venus before it went poof. It was around 4:45-5 pm, western sky, we live in Orlando. Reason we agree on a nuke in space: Youtube vieos showing the same type of explosion from some military stuff from the 60's.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • John

      It was seen in North Florida also.

      December 28, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
  5. wjmccartan

    It's Chaos up to its old tricks, they must of been using the cones of silence, Mawxwell Smart has to come out of retirement.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:16 am | Reply
    • Rick

      Good morning laugh, thanks.

      December 28, 2012 at 10:25 am | Reply
    • Grumpymedicmrcemtp

      You probably mean K.A.O.S.

      December 28, 2012 at 10:27 am | Reply
    • ToddM

      KAOS is what you were aiming for

      December 28, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
  6. Chuk

    So what? I think the West is being hypocritical. Either leave North Korea to do as many countries by owning nuclear. Or the West can lead to way to total disarmament. For the West to keep its inventory of weapons and then have hissy fits whenever other countries try to acquire the same thing is stupid!
    My preference is for everyone to totally disarm. And since the West has the most weapons, it should lead this effort.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:15 am | Reply
    • jane

      so naive...

      December 28, 2012 at 10:21 am | Reply
    • Rick

      Disarm is the worst thing we could do. North Korea and their ally China both have incredible large armies. They may not have the technology we do but we don't have the number of ground forces (armies) they have.

      Did we not learn anything from Pearl Harbor?

      December 28, 2012 at 10:28 am | Reply
    • Joe Riddick

      I agree. The North Koreans and Iranians should be allowed to have nuclear weapons to protect their own sovereignty. If they have the science, technology, intelligence and funds to do it, I say go ahead and do it. It's called progress. I really don't believe these countries are so bad and evil as the media and our leaders make them out to be. I personally think the United States is the worlds biggest bully and not as holy and blameless as we think it to be.

      December 28, 2012 at 10:38 am | Reply
      • Alan S

        The problem, Joe, is that all the evience suggests the North Koreans and Iranians will use their nuclear weapons and long-range delivery systems for something other than protecting their sovreignty.

        December 28, 2012 at 10:53 am |
      • David

        The issue isn't that we aren't allowing then to have nukes. We just tell them if they want our food and aid, they can't try to get them. N. Korea bold faced told us they were trying to get them. Now their people starve. And that is at the fault of the people running N. Korea, not us. They could easily afford to feed their people is they didn't spend all their money on toys that they can't even get right.

        December 28, 2012 at 11:04 am |
      • mommyagogo

        Joe, I think you need to do a little research. Google "Escape From Camp 14" and then tell me that they aren't as bad as we make them out to be. Or this. http://www.northkoreanow.org/the-crisis/north-koreas-gulags/

        December 28, 2012 at 11:13 am |
    • Richard

      The cat is already out of the bag, Chuk. The world can't "unlearn" nuclear technology. There are no conditions under which North Korea or Iran will "disarm". I am not worried about the rest of the world.

      December 28, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • Scott

      I completely agree. As long as one giant aggressive country is capable of blowing up everyone on earth, then the world has to accept that other countries have an obligation to their own population to find ways to defend them. Otherwise they are subjugated nations. You want Iran and the DPRK to disarm and stop all nuclear effort? Get the Pentagon to lead the way!

      December 28, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  7. Mudshark

    Well it didn't take a rocket scientist to figure that out.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:13 am | Reply
  8. James PDX

    may40, what a terrible loser you are. I've rarely seen such bitterness. It's fun to watch you blame Obama for the fiscal cliff and not even mention your beloved GOP who still refuse to give the people what they voted in favor of. This is coming from someone who didn't vote for Obama either time and remains able to think objectively. Both sides suck. Your side just sucks more.

    December 28, 2012 at 10:07 am | Reply
    • RapidOne

      Well said.

      December 28, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  9. dstroebel

    North Korea is boring the hell out of me with their constant need for attention. They will never attack anyone except their own people. Please focus on something else.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:56 am | Reply
    • Alan S

      DStroebel: You wrote that North Korea would never attack anyone. Tell that to the 46 dead South Korean sailors, or the two dead ROK Marines and two dead South Korean civilians killed in the North's artillery bombardment of Yonpyeong Island, both events in 2010. Or do you believe that North Korea has changed in the last year or so? That the new dictator is kinder and gentler?

      December 28, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
  10. Mark

    the North Koreans weren't telling the truth... the NK deceived the world and us... so where is the new news here??

    December 28, 2012 at 9:55 am | Reply
    • jane

      Exactly !

      December 28, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
  11. Rosslaw

    Damn. A pseudo-country with a non-existent economy and a starving population pulled a fast one on us! And what exactly did they accomplish? And the mental giants of the right are once again manufacturing a "failure" that never occurred, has absolutely no affect on anything, at least on this planet, and changes nothing. Al Queda misses you teatards more than you can ever imagine.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:38 am | Reply
    • Alan S

      Calm down, Rosslaw. It is in the U.S.'s best interests to be able to predict North Korean missile launches. When we fail to do that it indicates a flaw that we need to correct. You don't have to start calling people "teatards" just because some folks are uncomfortable with an isolated anti-American dictatorship developing nuclear weapons and the capability of hitting Seattle with them.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:01 am | Reply
  12. Cinderellaman

    Actually the best time for NK to have launched was right when the new Black Ops 2 game was released. The entire DoD would have been online playing free for all and would have totally forget about anything else.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
  13. FedUpwithLA

    North Korea trying to deceive the U.S. and its Allies? What in the world gave you that idea? During the reign of peace under Obama? Unspeakable! Don't you know that Kin Jong Un was educated in Switzerland? Those people wouldn't deceive anyone, would they?

    December 28, 2012 at 9:22 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      What threat is NK to us? None, zero! Ignore this country, all they want is attention. Give them the attention they seek then suffer the consequences. NK can't do anything without the support of China. China is our problem. Increasingly Russia is a growing problem to all of Europe and Western civilizaton! Putin's Russia is today no different from the "Cold War" with the Soviets. Putin controls Russia, The Chinese government controls China, We are still in a real "Cold War" with both. Europe gives Putin his power, the US gives China its power. We can stop this maddness!

      December 28, 2012 at 9:27 am | Reply
      • Mark

        what threat? One nuke in a madman's hands is bad enough. He can get some mindless baffoons to bring it into the US. Now, a madman who can lob ONE nuke via a rocket? Do you think ONE nuke hitting US soil isn't a threat? Would you like it to land where you live? Or upwind of it (see, nukes hitting the ground as they burst cause a lot of radiation. It flows with the wind. It kills, and causes cancer, and devestates the water and land it contaminates. Radioactive fallout last for tens of thousands of years. So, what threat?
        He has nothing to lose. They are starving, and if you look at a night satellite image of NK you see nothing. It's dark. There is little to no electricity there. So hit the Americans, get taken out... nothing to lose.
        Silly, naive Americans. We have so many!

        December 28, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • Macroman

      What exactly are you trying to say? Delusional much?

      December 28, 2012 at 9:29 am | Reply
      • FedUpwithLA

        Maybe StanCalif says it better, but NK is going to be a lot of fun in the years to come. Ignore them? Great idea . . . I wish we could.

        December 28, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • may40

      Couldn't have said it better. And I was told that everyone would love us under Obama. Come on, he was voted in for a second term and all. FOOLS!!!! Hey, btw, enjoy eating the taxes you'll be getting slammed with in 2013. I thought he loved the middle class? Ha!!!!! He sucker punched all of you liberals into thinking he's for the people. He's for himself and his own rich folk. Also, why won't he curb the federal spending and stop growing the government? What a complete disaster he is!!!!

      December 28, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
      • Seraphim01

        Bitter much? Taxes we're getting 'slammed with' eh? Are you someone who seriously thought the TEMPORARY cuts from the Bush era would be permanent? A country CANNOT sustain growth and expense increases without increasing income levels. It's simple economics. But, for all the talk of small government, talk about reducing military size or levels of control and people on the right blanch.

        Hypocrisy on both sides. Welcome to politics. But, then again, admitting there's actually fault in your own party stops you from always pointing the finger at the other guy. Must be hard being you.

        December 28, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • StanCalif

      When will American citizens wake up to the fact that we have no allies??? All of our "friends" simply disappear at their disgression!

      December 28, 2012 at 9:49 am | Reply
      • Drew

        American Citizens, pay no heed to gloomy StanCalif. Your allies are in plain site; however, don't expect your allies to blindly follow imbeciles like George W in campaigns of personal vendetta like Iraq on the pretext of imaginary WMDs.

        December 28, 2012 at 10:11 am |
  14. citizenUSA

    Let's consider all the times we've told North Korea we would not attack them as the deception and send over a couple of ICBM's anyway. Hey, they've made their intentions clear. So what are we to do? Sit around until they DO have nuclear warheads small enough for their missles? If we missed this, I'm not real confident in our missle defense system. I just hope we have something no one knows about.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:17 am | Reply
  15. Basher

    Duh.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:06 am | Reply
  16. jim

    I think it's funny how the same people blame Obama for the all our problems, but say he had nothing to do with killing Osama. Do you see how stupid that sounds?

    December 28, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • tonyw

      It is probably because Seal Team 6 deserves the credit. It happened on Obama's watch, but any setting president would have given the orders with enough assurance that his location was known. Oh and I also don't just blame him for our problems. I blame all of Washington. I only blame Obama for using popular opinion or the media to guide his presidency!

      December 28, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
      • frontgate

        tonyw, you have your head so far up your anal canal you wouldn't know where you are for two weeks if you ever managed to get your head free. But, then again you probably like it there.

        December 28, 2012 at 9:30 am |
      • Macroman

        Yeah just like any sitting president would have sent US troops into Tora Bora to end a war in under 6 months instead of relenting and causing the longest war in US history. It was his decision, live with it.

        December 28, 2012 at 9:32 am |
      • RapidOne

        Just because you want to believe all that you've said doesn't make it true. Limbaugh, Fox News, Beck, O'Reilly, and Hannity have done you a great disservice in making you so asinine that you believe in the 'if you say it, then it's true' mentality. They all, and you as well for your ignorance and stupid1ty, owe this country an apology for what you've done to it.

        December 28, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  17. Brian

    Who in their right mind thinks North Korea would ever attack the US? Seriously.

    December 28, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
    • PaganObservation

      It's really not that absurd. Would they attack us first, probably not. The best time to strike us would be when we go over the fiscal cliff and we lose funding to the DoD, Homeland Security, and TSA. Interestingly enough, we are expected to hit the debt ceiling around the end of the year, as well, which means we will default on our loans. Hitting us during a financial breakdown would be an ideal time. However, if an attack didn't happen then, I could see a "Homefront" type scenario happening where we wouldn't be expecting it. Clearly North Korea has timed our satellite movement, so catching us off guard is not impossible.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
      • may40

        Obama's plan all along. My gosh you liberals are so foolish to believe this community organizer ever gave a rats butt for this country. His background and his group of "friends" says quite another. He is just loving this whole fiscal cliff garbage. I say we impeach him now!!! Also, who in their right mind has two inaugurations and during a recession no less? One public and one private...wake up America!!!!!!!

        December 28, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • tonyw

      I think this is one of those times when it is not a direct strike we are concerned about but an attack on South Korea and the rest of our allies. Remember, they did set off a Nuclear bomb. It wasn't near as big as expected but seismographs did pick up the explosion. Is this a time to sit back and say, ah, they won't use it? I am not saying go to war, but don't turn your back to them either!

      December 28, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
    • FedUpwithLA

      It's a bargaining chip. It will eventually be called "nuclear blackmail" when the right time comes for Kim Jong Un. Right now, we are just letting him build up his offensive nuclear capabilities, so that we can have a "showdown" with him at a later date – kind of like the Cuban Missile Crisis. As for now, the West tends to ignore him and worry about our own problems, which are many. But, he will be back again one day – with the size of a rocket that only his new wife can dream of . . .

      December 28, 2012 at 9:25 am | Reply
      • trekkerfinch

        You folks don't understand Electro-Magnetic Pulse's. The North will probably never ever launch what to them would be a "full-scale" nuclear strike. But a couple of nuclear warheads placed into orbit as sateliites that then detonate 200-300 miles up would send most of "everyday" United States back into the stone age. The new Red Dawn plot really wasn't all that funny, and is probably more real than people would care to admit.

        December 28, 2012 at 9:37 am |
  18. Julio

    This just confirmed what I have suspected for so long. Any intelligent analysis will shows that the US with other Asian allies were always responsible for the previous launch failures. The North Korean understood that and secretly conducted this launch so now everyone is crying foul. If you don't get it it is just because you can't be a judge or even hold a neutral position.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • Julio

      Errata
      "will show"

      December 28, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
  19. George

    I'm curious how they know when a US satellite is passing overhead? How can they tell its American?

    December 28, 2012 at 8:51 am | Reply
    • jim

      Doign so is relatively easy if that is your area of speciality.

      One way of knowing is to check out the release of photos from our sats, compare the times they passed over and check the orbital schedule of the sats.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • DISCUS

      Just like Pearl Harbor, AMERICA failed in its surveillance and response to a REAL threat.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • thomas

      Well, you see, there was this guy named Keppler...

      December 28, 2012 at 9:01 am | Reply
    • tonyw

      Seriously, I agree! It probably says made in China!

      December 28, 2012 at 9:10 am | Reply
  20. NNN

    DoD making up excuses for failing to be in a position to protect our other allies in southeast Asia and failing to acquire any useful data with their overpriced but unreliable equipment and incompetent personnel...They can't protect this country, their main job is ripping off the taxpayer.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:50 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Thank you, NNN. I couldn't have said it better!

      December 28, 2012 at 8:55 am | Reply
    • ironman59

      You can thank the gop for those problems. They are the ones that insist on continually buying new gadgets for defense and intelligence even if we don't need them. So, if you are going to spend the money accept the blame.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply
  21. theorlandoblog

    What does NK owe the US or any other nation? Reverse the roles and the US wouldn't be sharing much either. Does the US share all now? No. When it comes to defense, how could anyone blame any nation for being deceptive?

    December 28, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
    • dorkelhead

      Disagree...US is no holder of secrets...just about every piece of information that is to be kept on the QT in the US gets let out of the bag by blowhards! US is usually the laughing stock of every coiuntry in the world nowadays!

      December 28, 2012 at 9:40 am | Reply
  22. jason

    Boowoo.. What the heck do they care if they"deceived" US. What does North Korea owe US? Absolutely nothing! They will and can do whatever they want and there isn't a damn thing US will do about it.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
    • George Patton

      Quite true jason, quite true!

      December 28, 2012 at 8:58 am | Reply
    • ODessA

      Well, first off, we give them tons of aid in the form of food and logistics. We're asking them to disarm and relax their dictatorial laws.

      And by deceive the DoD is referring to the fact that NK claimed they were disengaging from their satellite and nuclear plans. Was it naive? Sure, but I bet the information the DoD had didn't point to a satellite launch on that day. Also, NK is freaking intelligence black hole. Do you all understand how hard it is to gather intelligence on this country? Would YOU like to be a spy in NK? Would YOU like to be the one responsible for initiating a war with a psychotic regime because a drone was spotted over NK territory? You all need to stop acting like you could run the DoD or CIA better than how it's being run.

      December 28, 2012 at 9:02 am | Reply
  23. dorkelhead

    So America sits around on its fat, corpulent, lazy, and Obese AZZ and wonders why other countries lie to it? Get REAL...Amierca is full of idiots waiting to get NUKED by a pipsqueak country at that! Goerge Patton where are you???

    December 28, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
    • NNN

      There you go...most of the US technological capability is developed by foreigners. All the homegrown hickbillies know how to do is stuff their fat faces with fast foods...

      December 28, 2012 at 9:08 am | Reply
  24. heliocracy

    "Look, they know when our satellites are passing overhead,"

    Apparently the military has never heard of a geosynchronous orbit.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:34 am | Reply
    • oldami

      And apparently, someone doesn't understand that geosynch orbits are way too high to be used for spy sats....yet.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • jim

      Been watching too many Star Trek episode you have... Try studying the satelite tech field instead of Deanna Troi.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
    • Brian Moriarty

      photo recon satellites are never in a geosynchronous orbit which is 22,326 miles away from earth. They can't get good pics that far away. Communication sats are in geosync orbit.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  25. Bugmetoo

    We get deceived by a lot of countries with Obama in charge.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:33 am | Reply
    • LOL!

      You're stupidity is showing....

      December 28, 2012 at 8:35 am | Reply
      • LOL!

        and yes...I posted it that way so you'd get it.

        December 28, 2012 at 8:36 am |
    • this guy

      bugmetoo gets deceived when he/she starts to try and think. πŸ™‚

      December 28, 2012 at 8:54 am | Reply
  26. shovel ready jobs

    Wasn't Obama suppose to sit down with our enemies so they will like us?

    December 28, 2012 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • rizzo

      They're not our enemies, they're just sad and crazy. There is no reason, however, that they shouldn't be allowed to launch satellites into space. Their people are starving but if they want to be nuts and launch satellites we have no moral high ground whatsoever to tell them not to.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • jmsent

      Wasn't GW supposed to really hurt NK by putting them and a couple other villains on his super secret probation; i.e., "The Axis of Evil!!!"?

      December 28, 2012 at 9:04 am | Reply
  27. real rob

    well, asking again!,, why would NK want! to launch on the US?,, for what reason?[there isnt one, is there?]..it is a political move, and it may not be NK alone[likely isnt in fact],..do read up on the Korean war, the history, the players, the so called "reasons" etc,..as the song says, at times "paranoia strikes deep, into your! heart it will creep, it starts when your always afraid, step outta line? the man comes and he take you away, its time to stop! children whats that sound, everybody!! look whats going down"..

    December 28, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
  28. Here's your sign

    "The most likely scenario, the official said, was that North Korea wasn't telling the truth... " So the U.S. was deceived by NK? Ya think? That's what happens when you believe a liar.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:28 am | Reply
  29. are122

    I believe Obama is wise not to send these paranoid nuts more food (and I don't think Obama is wise about much). Let China and Russia support them. Also if the people are starving hopefully they would migrate in mass to China which is China's biggest fear. This might change things.

    December 28, 2012 at 8:22 am | Reply
    • brad

      Why should I care if north koreans are starving? You deserve what you get. If they want change, let them fight for it. They had their chance and they faught for the wrong side during the korean war.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
    • RAFIQ AHMED KHAN SUDUZAI

      Pakistan is a nuclear terrorist country and people of pakistan intelligence agencies are nuclear terrorist because they get born after #$%$ their own mothers be ware of them and tell this to the whole world if you want to save the world .that is why i "love" pakistan

      December 28, 2012 at 8:29 am | Reply
  30. Alphonso T. Watt

    North Korea deceiving US? Why don't we just retask a satellite into a stationary orbit directly over these areas so this won't happen again. I'm pretty sure the NRO has the available funds to do it!..hmmmm

    December 28, 2012 at 7:57 am | Reply
    • Dan

      Because a "stationary" (geosynchronous) orbit is too far away for a spy satellite to see anything in detail.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:57 am | Reply
    • move_on

      Re-tasking a low orbit satellite into a geo stationary position? Did not know they did this. Wouldn't that consume an incredible amount of fuel?

      December 28, 2012 at 8:59 am | Reply
  31. Sandy Scott

    How absolutely RIDICULOUS! I'm guessing this is just a way to make all stupid Americans be ok when we attack them? Dumb article and even dumber writers. WE ARE NOT SHEEP AND WE ARE NOT STUPID. Stop fueling aggression. It's killing children. STOP IT ALREADY YOU SHELLS OF HUMAN BEINGS. And people, don't be so dumb to fall for this crap. It is just that: CRAP and untrue. THIS is a perfect example of WHY AMERICANS ARE SO FREAKING GUN CRAZY AND SCARED. Stop promoting this. Stop believing this BS. BE SMART AND JUDGE SANELY PEOPLE. That is all. xoxoxo

    December 28, 2012 at 6:47 am | Reply
    • warsteiner

      I do not believe the US was deceived at all. I believe it is better to say they were deceived to make NK look bad and to justify future aggression.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:06 am | Reply
    • Don

      Yes, they are protecting us so people like you can write dumb comments.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:18 am | Reply
    • danny

      Sandy, please back up your theories, otherwise, they are rants that are just your opinion. This is very serious. North Korea and Iran cant have nuclear weapons. Its as simple as that. More than 5 countries believe that and know this cannot happen to have peace in that region. botton line. Now if you want to talk about conspiracy theories, lets talk fake moon landing or the possible untold truth about 911. Those might be right up your alley......thx

      December 28, 2012 at 8:27 am | Reply
    • Here's your sign

      " I'm guessing" You should have stopped there. It was the only relevant comment of your whole rant.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:30 am | Reply
    • sbm

      Sandy, relax exhale and remember the HOLOCAUST did happen, STALIN did KILL 20 Million of his own people bodies are still being found in COMBODIA and there are people out there that JUST WANT TO KILL us because OUR LEFT is "OUR" LEFT........ NK needs to create drama in order to justify its existence to its starving people......

      December 28, 2012 at 8:31 am | Reply
    • Mark

      I am "freaking" gun crazy because I like shooting and hunting and I like to annoy people like you.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:39 am | Reply
    • StanCalif

      How true you are Sandy!
      What threat is NK to us? None, zero! Ignore this country, all they want is attention. Give them the attention they seek then suffer the consequences. NK can't do anything without the support of China. China is our problem. Increasingly Russia is a growing problem to all of Europe and Western civilizaton! Putin's Russia is today no different from the "Cold War" with the Soviets. Putin controls Russia, The Chinese government controls China, We are still in a real "Cold War" with both. Europe gives Putin his power, the US gives China its power. We can stop this maddness!

      December 28, 2012 at 9:14 am | Reply
  32. Red Dog

    "... experts do not believe Pyongyang has a nuclear warhead small enough to fly on the kind of missile."

    Maybe not yet, but they will. And what is the US prepared to do about it?

    December 28, 2012 at 6:39 am | Reply
    • Sandy Scott

      Come on, don't fall for this BS. This country CAUSED any aggression towards us. WE are the violent, aggressive ones, hence other countries being violent towards us and hating us. We act like we rule the world when in fact our country is lower on MANY scales when compared to other countries. THIS IS MORE BS WRITTEN TO PROMOTE OUR AGGRESSION and also to feed the American sheep more fight mentality. DON'T BELIEVE IT!!

      December 28, 2012 at 6:51 am | Reply
      • deafndumb

        Sandy, for the record, Stalin started the Korean War in 1951 to test the resolve of Harry Truman. Had Truman not sent our ill prepared troops in, Stalin had plans to invade Western Europe. After our debacles in Iraq and Afghanistan, I doubt that Obama is inclined to deal with North Korea which has the support of China and Russia. Moreover, the likelihood of extensive damage to Seoul in case we attacked is another deterrent.

        December 28, 2012 at 8:05 am |
      • Here's your sign

        Take your meds, dear. Really!

        December 28, 2012 at 8:31 am |
      • danny

        Sandy, again, about this comment, who uses roadside bombs? Who uses suicide bombers? What countries are riddled with human trafficking, what countries make and ship the worst drugs in the world? You will never see those that say Made In USA.......wow

        December 28, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • FactChecker

      We lived for a long time with thousands of Soviet missiles aimed at us. I guess we can deal with North Korea as long as they understand that we can turn their country into charcoal.

      December 28, 2012 at 6:57 am | Reply
  33. mudane

    process of brainwashing
    Americans have been started!

    December 28, 2012 at 6:01 am | Reply
    • thedarkelf

      I know what you mean but I think it started back in the fifties. And American ideology is conditioned into thinking like super rich folks. All starts at the top and trickles down to the poor. Thats why we fight wars for them and their interest. We also are led into our everyday thinking,Logical thinking people see the world around them and make no effort to even try believing that there is a problem and when someone shows a logical answer they do nothing and call that person a nut. Try questioning ever quick response to anything.Then trace it to its roots. I think you find that its origins will benefit the super rich and powerful.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:00 am | Reply
  34. laughoutloud

    who ever is supposed to be on top of this in the u.s. needs to be fired.

    December 28, 2012 at 4:28 am | Reply
  35. jay

    hey if your naive enough to believe that a photo-recon satellite cannot be parked in a geo synchronous orbit, just like a gps satellite is... then hey, this is a good story. sounds more like a duping by our own agencies so as not to reveal crucial intelligence gathering methods.... just sayin.

    December 28, 2012 at 4:28 am | Reply
    • tffl

      GPS satellites are _not_ in geosynchronous orbits. Recon satellites in geosynchronous orbits would be too far out to be able to see at the level of detail needed, and even if they could, parking the satellite would greatly limit its field of view, so to adequately cover all the global "hot spots" would require enormous numbers of satellites. Believe it or not, the intelligence agencies have to deal with physical reality and technological capabilities, and they do the best they can, but they can't see everything.

      December 28, 2012 at 5:12 am | Reply
    • mike

      geosynchronous satellites have to be pretty far from earth, if i'm not mistaken. i imagine that could cause some difficulties in obtaining quality photos.

      December 28, 2012 at 5:21 am | Reply
    • Daniel

      Geosynchronous orbits of the earth occur at about 35,000km distance. Do you know what kind of pictures of the earth we could take at that range? Pretty useless ones for intelligence purposes. The reason a GPS satellite can function at that distance is that it only needs to transmit a radio signal in the general direction of earth (that signal must be corrected for time lag and the effects of relativity). To get useful resolution ground pictures, photo-recon satellites must occupy a much closer orbit. But to maintain such a small orbit, they must travel at speeds much faster than the rotation of the earth.

      So no, it is not feasible to maintain a photo-recon satellite in geosynchronous orbit. This is not really about technology (though one could imagine a far distant future with some unimaginably powerful and efficient engine where such a task could be possible) but more about basic laws of math, physics, and optics.

      December 28, 2012 at 5:25 am | Reply
    • Sciguy73

      You need to learn something about orbital mechanics.
      Visual spy satellites are in low orbits, only about 200 miles up so that they can get nice, close, pictures.
      GPS satellites orbit at about 12,000 miles and are not geosynchronous,
      Geostationary/geosynchronous satellites orbit at 22,300 miles.
      Your pictures won't be too good if you're taking them from 22,000 miles(100 times) farther out.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:20 am | Reply
    • jay

      like i said. keep on believing. πŸ™‚

      December 28, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Reply
  36. peterweicker

    Thank God we're informed about North Korea's dangerous plans for world domination. It's much more important than anything that isn't getting mentioned.

    December 28, 2012 at 4:05 am | Reply
    • g.r.r.

      And yet, when Iran, Burma, and venezuela all acquire nukes and missiles and are aiming at the western world, you will keep quiet. You will still ignore the fact that China is pulling the strings.

      December 28, 2012 at 4:36 am | Reply
    • sam

      well our country is the one who is striving or implementing world domination.. We are like modern Rome, but nonetheless North Korea is dangerous.. these other countries take offense to our position some reasons valid some aren't so the natural response is to strike back. But N. Korea is up to something.. What idk but they have been on my radar for a long time.. They surely would lose a War but maybe capable of doing some damage before its over.. They need a eye on them surely

      December 28, 2012 at 5:00 am | Reply
    • mcwsunshine

      North Korea couldn't dominate a donkey. The writer is of the opinion that the North Koreans may have lied? Really?? Another piece of literary genius. The North Koreans never have, never do and never will tell the truth on any matter.

      December 28, 2012 at 8:00 am | Reply
  37. Bart Fargo

    Those stinkers, how dare they not behave like sitting ducks. Everyone knows only the US military and intelligence agencies have the right to deceive the world, because we are the only country trying to save it.

    December 28, 2012 at 2:24 am | Reply
    • Veritas

      The US isn't trying "to save the world", but rather to serve our own interests. However, our interests are good both for America and the world.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:13 am | Reply
      • LoLing

        .....the U.S. doesn't speak for the rest of the world, in fact, I really wish they would stop making the West look like selfish crooks.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:23 am |
      • Doc

        Im no expert on sarcasm or anything.... but i think you missed his point upon replying

        December 28, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • o.m.

      Well, the fact that NK tried to deceive the US is no surprise.

      But that NK actually managed to deceive the US regarding a rather large missile at a known launch site should be worrying. One would think that the various intelligence agencies were watching intently, and if this is the best they could do ... um.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:36 am | Reply
    • rory

      Can you give me some pill to stop vomiting

      December 28, 2012 at 5:22 am | Reply
  38. Dilberth

    Everything is so secretive about N. Korea. We hardly know anything about their laws, culture and work ethics. For instance, we don't know if the police in N. Korea beat people or kill their citizens because they were holding an ice cream cone in their hands and were shot point blank because they didn't drop the cone. Last year, 767 people were killed by cops in the U.S. We don't know if priests molested thousands of children or that there are football coaches who molested other children. We just don't know these things. We need to know.

    December 28, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
    • Wigglymump

      We need to know? Uh...why?

      December 28, 2012 at 2:39 am | Reply
      • sam

        Maybe he is crying for help...lol He wants to be caught...

        December 28, 2012 at 5:02 am |
  39. James

    Why do we put up with such risky countries? They are disliked world wide, they throw their allies under the bus, play the us, the EU, and the UN as fools, the North Koreans have to long suffered under a corrupt government, Korea has to long been divided, we need to come to an agreement that enough is enough.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:54 am | Reply
    • Bart Fargo

      To be fair, the USA is also disliked world wide, throw their allies under the bus, play the world and its people for fools, and Americans have too long suffered under a corrupt government where bribery of government officials by the wealthy and corporations is legalized as "lobbying" and "campaign finance", and made a central aspect of our sham democracy.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:29 am | Reply
      • Wigglymump

        Yay! Someone else who can take a step back and look at stuff objectively! Bravo!

        December 28, 2012 at 2:40 am |
      • how convenient

        Move there why don't you. Maybe then you'll truly appreciate it.

        December 28, 2012 at 2:42 am |
      • James

        Don't get me wrong, I realise this, we have bullied the world for quite a while now, forced Europe to give up its colonial possessions in the sixties and seventies leaving Europe to economically suffer and decline, messed up the Middle East, and assassinated many officials in the Cold War, but North Korea is a mess that shouldn't be ignored.

        December 28, 2012 at 2:45 am |
      • Schmedley

        yeah, but we write big checks to them while we're throwing them under the bus... Money always cushions the blow...

        December 28, 2012 at 3:10 am |
      • Pwnasaurus

        To: "How Convenient" (Government Shill)

        Anyone who tells another American to leave just because they call out our corrupted, criminal government is a traitor. They should be strung up in the trees. I'm tired of the "love it or leave it" cop out. How about you and your government leave. You can also take your fiat currency, fiat debt, and war-mongering bankers with you.

        December 28, 2012 at 4:04 am |
      • Alfred Hussein Neuman

        And when you leave, take the moochers who produce nothing of value with you. Too many parasites sitting around demanding other people's money and too many politicians willing to seize it and give it to them.

        December 28, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Schmedley

      No one is blind to what N Korea is, but what do you propose we do about it?

      If we try to force their collapse, they'll have nothing to lose by lobbing a couple hundred artillery shells into downtown Seoul. They'll have no qualms about killing a couple hundred thousand S Koreans on their way down the drain.

      China will do nothing because even though they think N Korea is a pain in the a$$, they are a buffer against having a staunch US ally that has US troops on station right on their borders. How would you feel if Mexico had 20,000 Chinese troops stationed right over the border?

      N Korea will be around for a long time because they are in the ultimate stalemate position. No one wants to do anything because a war would be extremely destructive to the region even though everyone knows N Korea would never win. They don't have to win, they just have to kill a lot of people and destroy a lot of factories on their way down.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:17 am | Reply
      • sam

        you speak the truth....

        December 28, 2012 at 5:04 am |
    • Lee

      Frankly, it's up the N.Koreans to something about it, not us. We've done enough damage in the world we really don't need another war.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:38 am | Reply
  40. blah

    Diplomacy should always be first but stop wasting time with this country. They will never change, and we can't afford to get nukes into the wrong hand so we need to take some clandestine operations to take out these crooks.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:53 am | Reply
    • Bart Fargo

      It won't be as simple as sending Navy Death Squad Six in to execute Kim Jong Un and anyone who happen to be in his vicinity at the time of the raid. Don't confuse the realities of international relations with the ultraviolent wet dream you had last night.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:31 am | Reply
  41. marcusthejulian

    Okaaaayy....So this article tells us that the U.S. got deceived, that our intelligence was completely wrong, but then the article ends by telling us not to worry, even though the missile can hit the mainland U.S., they don't have a small enough nuclear weapon to load onto it. Not very reassuring.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:37 am | Reply
    • Wigglymump

      Yeah, because *everybody* _knows_ that North Korea is just itchen to nuke the US. I'm pretty sure that has been their number one priority since the bronze age. Hell, just last week they went on international television and said "Death to America! Soon, we will turn your cities to glass with our thousands of intercontinental balistic nuclear missiles!" We have gotta stop 'em now!

      ...er...ok...I may have made that last part up...but I'm sure there are a surprising number of Americans who would totally believe that... *sigh*... sad, really. 😦

      December 28, 2012 at 2:45 am | Reply
      • marcusthejulian

        I'm not worried too much about them, I was mostly just commenting on how poorly our intelligence failed to see that this launch was going to happen when it did and as successfully as it did, that, and the irony of the article reassuring us that they know they don't possess any nuclear warheads small enough to mount on the rocket. Still, North Korea bears watching, even if they are mostly just supreme saber rattlers.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:00 am |
      • cactus

        I wonder if N Korea would sell a nuke to some terrorist country like Iran or even to Al Queda? They could then put it on some ship that was coming to America, maybe NYC and set it off in the harbor. Would N. Korea do it if a lot of money was involved? Naw, they wouldn't do something like that, would they?

        December 28, 2012 at 3:01 am |
  42. the_dude

    They decived us and our allies??? What a bunch of jerks.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:35 am | Reply
    • Frank

      Hey, dope, the intention of the article was not express shock and outrage at the deception but simply to inform us what they did.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:14 am | Reply
      • ButterFace

        C'mon man. If that wasn't tongue-in-cheek sarcasm I dunno what is.

        December 28, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • cactus

      Shame on them for deceiving us. For shame, for shame. They treated us like the saps we are. I think we should have some congressional hearing on the matter and call in all the top brass in the CIA and rake them over the coals. Think of all the camera time congress could get.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:04 am | Reply
  43. Bostontola

    And the Iranian nuclear program is only for civilian energy. They wouldn't lie.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:24 am | Reply
    • cactus

      Obama believes them and that is good enough for me.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:05 am | Reply
    • Lee

      Doesn't matter really does it? Iran is a signature to the NPT and we have zero evidence that it is in violation of that treaty. Iran has total rights to develop nuclear energy include the enrichment. Perhaps the world should be more worried about Israel who does have nuclear weapons and is has not signed the NPT.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:41 am | Reply
      • Bostontola

        HAHAHAHA, you are hilarious.

        December 28, 2012 at 10:48 am |
  44. copyme

    process of brainwashing Americans have been started!!

    December 28, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
  45. HanValen5150

    Given our useless and failed slack-jawed president, it ain't hard to pull the wool over america today.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
    • Not Iran

      Don't compare Iran to NK. Iran is nowhere near NK in sophistication and military success.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:29 am | Reply
    • SEM

      Yea same pres who pulled the trigger to get Omasa. So pathetic and nimble minded to take an event and spin it into a political debate. FAIL!

      December 28, 2012 at 1:38 am | Reply
    • Frank

      At least our president (yes, he's yours, too,) knows how to punctuate a simple sentence.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:16 am | Reply
      • cactus

        I don't know that. I have never read anything he wrote, but I would assume he could.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:07 am |
  46. jadefalcon

    Isn't this the same crap Russia & the US pulled on one another and the world during the cold war days, and isn't this very same deception going on every day and night at Area 51 by the US military and the very same coverup concerning the UFO crash at Roswell New Mexico. Jump off the Moral High ground US, you got no more right to be up there than any other country.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:03 am | Reply
    • cactus

      I am sure you are unaware that the UN(drum roll and flourish) Has determined they do not.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:09 am | Reply
      • Lee

        The UN? Now that's a laugh. An organization essentially run by the west in the interests of the west. It wasn't hard to get a resolution against NKorea, we simply had to bribe enough countries. Oh, and why should NKorea pay any attention to UN resolutios when it's ok for Israel to ignore them with impunity.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:44 am |
  47. Winston Wolf

    damn......even I knew that could be coming. Great Leader day the 17th(?) and I figured they might
    set the bottle rocket off early.

    December 28, 2012 at 1:02 am | Reply
  48. jonathan

    They have a few missiles that could hit us we have 100000 really are we scared?

    December 28, 2012 at 12:50 am | Reply
    • cactus

      I'm not, but then I live in the heartland. If I lived on the west coast I might just be a little.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:13 am | Reply
  49. musician1

    Of course they are a credible threat! Anyway who thinks otherwise is a fool.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:49 am | Reply
    • Griffith

      That credible threat grows a lot as the years and decades pass. They have will the will of great destruction, just not the full means, yet.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:48 am | Reply
    • Wigglymump

      Credable threat? Really? The only thing happening is that the threat of US + Allies attacking NK will (has?) gone down...you know, that whole "mutually assured destruction" thing. North Korea may be ruled by egomaniacs, but at least they aren't *religious* egomaniacs. NK without nukes that can reach the US = a "viable target if needed"...NK *with* nukes that can reach the US = "a country we need to deal with diplomatically".

      December 28, 2012 at 2:52 am | Reply
  50. Shirou Zhiwu

    Meh, missiles are old technologies for launching nukes. It too easy the trace the damage back to the source. Everyone knows you use a U-haul truck and say nothing when it goes off.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:44 am | Reply
    • U-terrorist?

      Sounds like you're experienced. U-haul? - giving ideas?

      Trace damage back to source? There'd be no one left to do the investigation. I think any nuke launched on a missile will almost certainly spark the THIRD one and no one will be happy to survive that one.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:59 am | Reply
  51. jon

    South Korea took our jerbs.....after Mexico with Nafta, then China...your government is your enemy.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:44 am | Reply
    • cactus

      Why do you keep telling me stuff that I already know.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:16 am | Reply
  52. Your Boss

    Let me educate you guys a bit about NK. They are NOT a threat to the US. Get this absurd idea out of your heads. The US government wants you to believe that it, like Iran, is truly a threat to the US. Even Iran is merely a slight threat to Israel, NOT in any way to the US. So it's entirely in the interest of Israel that the US keeps showing her fangs to Iran. NK is NOT a threat to Israel either. So, why all the hullabaloo about NK, then, you might ask. The West and Israel (JudaeoChristian world government system) don't want to be seen as anti-Muslim bigots, which they ARE, so they have to have another imagined foe to sound fair to the lay goy public. Imagine if this NK action had been done by Iran or an Arab country. Actions sometimes speak a bit louder than words.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:33 am | Reply
    • Your employee

      Well, you may be right about Iran, but the involvement with NK could be because scaring people of the peril of NK justifies keeping troops in South Korea and hence, any funding associated with it. The opportunity to have troops and a base right next to China is priceless.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:40 am | Reply
    • John S

      So, what you are saying is that NK fooled the U.S. and its allies on the launch, but could not possibly soon have a nuke small enough to deliver? Oh, and we'd never wonder why 4 planes somehow disappeared from our skies 11 years ago and not be completely bewildered as 3 of them crash into buildings? You must be a military analyst.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:00 am | Reply
      • Wigglymump

        So what if they end up having a couple nukes that could hit the US? So what if they had 100...or 1,000. It doesn't matter. Do you *honestly* think China would 'let' NK nuke the US? Do you really think NK would even consider a 'first strike' against an OBVIOUSLY superior foe? Especially when their closest ally (China) would disown them in a heartbeat?

        As I said in an earlier post; the only thing that NK getting 'usable nukes' is that it gives them a more level playing field with the countries that have nukes. Y'know, that whole "Walk softly and carry a big stick" kinda thing.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:06 am |
    • copyme

      well said BOSS!

      December 28, 2012 at 1:04 am | Reply
    • Mike from Seattle

      No...let me educate you. NK is a threat to U.S. allies and world peace in general. They actively support terrorism and continue to fund a military threat while millions starve to death throughout the country. And this comes from several peace organizations, including Amnesty International and the international Red Cross. But keep sticking your head in the sand while drinking the kool-aid of the ignorant.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:11 am | Reply
    • Griffith

      Iran and North Korea are mostly threats to their neighbors, for now, but we always get dragged in kicking and screaming to these wars after they get out of control. If they would kill their own people and neighbors, they would not hesitate to kill us too.

      December 28, 2012 at 2:52 am | Reply
    • Veritas

      Yeah, just like Nazi Germany in 1938 was no threat to Poland, the Low Countries, Britain, France, or Russia, simply because they said they weren't?

      December 28, 2012 at 3:19 am | Reply
      • DEcember 2012

        DID YOU JUST SERIOUSLY COMPARED NORTH KOREA TO NAZI GERMANY? NORTH KOREA CAN'T EVEN CONQUER SOUTH KOREA!

        December 28, 2012 at 3:39 am |
  53. FayKname

    "The official said one conclusion was that while missile defenses can fully protect against a North Korean attack, ..."

    Fully? As in a 100% success rate? That's a big Negative anonymous 'U.S. official with direct knowledge'.

    No missile defense system is 100% effective, most are nowhere close. Most are a huge waste of money starting way back in 1984 with Star Wars which in it's 29 years has gone through many renames, had billions after billions pumped into it and still has relatively nothing to show for it.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:23 am | Reply
    • ScottCA

      Falacious reasoning. The fact that morst developed democracies are strongly against the militarization of space and have politically moved to prevent the starwars program, has nothing to do with its technical effectiveness.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:29 am | Reply
  54. Scott

    And we spend how much on intelligence to know what's going on around the world? Anytime the U.S. Government touches something it turns to SH_T.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:17 am | Reply
    • ScottCA

      your comment says more about your own lack of intellect then it stqaates anything about the US

      December 28, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
  55. southbayscott

    I'm stunned! North Korea deceptive?!!!

    December 28, 2012 at 12:15 am | Reply
  56. David

    The old technical difficulties trick. Darn those North Koreans!

    December 28, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
    • wjmccartan

      I know this wouldn't have happened if Maxwell Smart had been on the job.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:53 am | Reply
  57. ikegeo

    What NK did was not deception rather a smart move! Theoritically, NK is at war with SK plus USA so in a war every trickery is allowed in order to win the war. I am sure US and other countries will do the same in a similar war-like situations. I believe the US is quite embarrassed by not knowing what NK did......so there is a lesson for every one even to a super power like USA...."Never undersetimate your enemy"

    December 28, 2012 at 12:04 am | Reply
    • Fair Game

      Agree. It's called psy-ops. At least for once, you've got to give this one to NK. Maybe the expression "evil genius" isn't quite an oxymoron. And, actually, maybe Kim isn't that much of a moron πŸ™‚

      December 28, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
    • Nestor Portuguez

      May I say that there's no any greater in war.. Let's try to go back what Hitlers did..What happened to him to the last? Its is not obvious if one country hit the other and destroyed about ten percent.. of course it will retaliate to destroy more than that.. and so on...so this is just a foolishness.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:36 am | Reply
    • Nestor Portuguez

      May I say that there's no any greater in war.. Let's try to go back what Hitlers did..What happened to him to the last? Its is not obvious if one country hit the other and destroyed about ten percent.. of course it will retaliate to destroy more than that.. and so on...so this is just a foolishness. may I continue, the North Korea must think a hundred times before they continue what they're dong, because to me they can hurt but they can not win.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:46 am | Reply
    • cactus

      Obama is not embarrased, he is never embarrassed. All of this crap is Bush's fault. He is the one who should be embarrassed

      December 28, 2012 at 3:29 am | Reply
      • Justsayin

        Tell me your joking........good grief.

        December 28, 2012 at 6:08 am |
  58. SayanIndia

    That North Korean β€œmammoth” can even be blasted out in the boost phase (took at least five minutes in that phase). No need to worry what went prior that.

    Sayan.

    December 28, 2012 at 12:01 am | Reply
  59. Napolean Dolomite

    ...and then Kim Jong-Un asked for a water cup BUT ACTUALLY used the Coke spigot. Dirty rotten scoundrel...

    Also, what's with those North Korean leaders and their female first names. Do you get that? I sure don't.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • James

      Kim is family name also known as last name to the uninformed.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:13 am | Reply
      • KevF

        Kim is the family name also known as the last name to the uninformed as well as the informed.

        December 28, 2012 at 12:24 am |
  60. Rogue351

    Speculation, nothing more. What exactly is United States intel suppose to say. Should they explain in detail what they knew, when they knew it and how they knew it just because the "people" want to know. Don't be ridiculous. Not every single detail of how the USA intelligent community works, what they know or don't know should be on the internet. Like it or not there are some things that still need to be kept secret.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:54 pm | Reply
    • The Greater Good.....

      Such a good little Clover you are!

      December 28, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
  61. ...

    Maybe we should just have the satellites in geosynchronous orbit over NK...

    December 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • Sciguy73

      Can't do it.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply
  62. Sam

    "Decieved us", its that very political ideology that correlates to a totalitarian authoritative system which is why the United States is the most hated Country in the world.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:47 pm | Reply
    • Rogue351

      And exactly how many governments around the world telegraph there every move prior to making it ? How many let people know exactly what is going on, while it is going on. Tell me the Republicans did so much better while they held the office of president. Yes, the world loved the USA while the GOP had power. Ha Ha Remind me again who was president when 911 happened ? If anything, the opinion of the USA has improved dramatically over the last 4 years.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:03 am | Reply
      • Servile Sheep

        Please sell me what you're smoking.

        December 28, 2012 at 12:07 am |
    • qbdaman

      I've had the opportunity to live all over the world and I must say that there is no better place in the world than the US of A. Furthermore if we are so hated than why has visa requests doubled each year for the past 10 years. Think about that the next time you line-up to pay your TV tax and your 12 dollar per gallon gas. I'd rather be poor in America than rich any where else in the world.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:39 am | Reply
      • mollo

        I don't believe your last statement.

        December 28, 2012 at 1:12 am |
    • cactus

      Do you have a need to feel loved?

      December 28, 2012 at 3:33 am | Reply
  63. joe

    US should get out of Korea now. We have no friends in that part of the world.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
    • bobert163

      B-2's dammitt

      December 27, 2012 at 11:48 pm | Reply
    • Friendly

      The US has only one "friend" in the world - Israel, which probably planned and executed the 9/11/01 attacks.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:04 am | Reply
      • netanyahu

        this guy gets it!

        December 28, 2012 at 12:28 am |
    • ScottCA

      Imbecilic comment. To say this right after the relection of Abe in Ja pan is just asanine. The US has many a friend in that part of the world.

      December 28, 2012 at 12:35 am | Reply
    • cactus

      Do you have any idea why we have a military presence there?

      December 28, 2012 at 3:35 am | Reply
  64. nab

    NK fooled the U.S. so they could not use "Star Wars" to knock down their missile again. Do you guys ever think for yourselves or cnn the only "programming" you view? Why would NK go through this elaborate deception to launch a missile?

    December 27, 2012 at 11:42 pm | Reply
  65. UnFred

    I don't know why we can't get along with North Korea, Hell..,l California is starting to resemble it.
    washington = hypocrites

    December 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • oBozo

      SOOOOh, it looks like the North Korean prepare the KimChi for the US intellegence said it is hamburger???? Shmae on Penetta and Obama .

      December 27, 2012 at 11:43 pm | Reply
  66. Thank you CNN!

    Why can't all your comment forums be like this one rather than have to post comments after registering and giving you so much info like practically stripping down to the underwear. Keep speech free. Down with censorship. Some of us are privacy freaks.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:27 pm | Reply
    • cactus

      I don't know about the privacy part but I agree with the rest.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:37 am | Reply
  67. Bernard Goetz

    North Korea went to extreme lengths to prevent its citizens from hearing about the Arab spring.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:23 pm | Reply
    • Rasheed

      Interesting. I wouldn't be surprised.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
    • China

      I heard that about China as well – that they were very uneasy with it.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:31 pm | Reply
      • cactus

        I don't know why, their people are disarmed. If they revolted it would be with hoes and pitchforks.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:40 am |
    • Servile Sheep

      And how is that different from anything that this country has ever done to its people?

      December 28, 2012 at 12:11 am | Reply
    • John S

      The Arab Spring? Replacing one dictator with another isn't exactly revolutionary. Hell in the U.S. almost half the nation tried to re-elect Romney as the new Bush. And that was after in 2010 a lot of voters ran back to their abusive daddy types and went full Tea Party. Hey, but many Russians longed for Stalin in the 90s too. Standing on one's hind legs for a moment may be brave, but often in the end it is just a fleeting bit of entertainment.

      December 28, 2012 at 1:11 am | Reply
    • Justsayin

      Thats because they (Arabs) had a sale on bomber jackets the North Koreans simply could't afford.

      December 28, 2012 at 6:19 am | Reply
  68. North vs. South Korea, ...

    ... which one is our real ally. Point to ponder. Don't count on the South. There's a sort of Arab Spring waiting to happen in South K, where the people HATE the US, but can't do anything because the US thru its secret world govt. doesn't let a people's leader emerge. But it could be a matter of time for the South to become a more formidable enemy far harder to deal with with all its techno knowhow.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:11 pm | Reply
    • Beef

      Just Youtube South Korean's historically large protests against importing US beef when Condy Rice went there asking them to lift the ban on US beef amid fears of the Mad Cow Disease germs.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
    • fandancy

      Another conspiracy nut. These guys keep popping up like toadstools. The main difference between conspiracy nuts and toadstools is that toadstools are smarter.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm | Reply
      • Freemason

        Find out more about Freemasonry and its chldren: Bohemian Club; Bilderberg; Skull and Bones and other "conspiracies". It is believed that the US and many Western European Governments are made by freemasons, which they denied b4 but some of them now proudly proclaim. They may be conspiracies, but some things said about them make sense. Check out chief conspirator Alex Jones' shows, which, even if not true, are entertaining, nevertheless.

        December 27, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • Psy

      They can also have a Gangnam Style.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  69. Lewy

    US requires 90 days written notice from any/all foes before a preemptive missile strike in order that anti-missile weapons may ready and available for launch. No faxes, please.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  70. Racism Cop

    It's a sort of racism to think that we can never be fooled. If we have made a living out of fooling others – CIA, NSA, MIA, FBI, etc., why can't others, at least once in a while. To think that they can't means you thinkothers/races are dumb.

    December 27, 2012 at 11:03 pm | Reply
    • jj

      Racism? That's a stretch.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
    • Goose

      Racism??? Arrogance maybe...

      December 28, 2012 at 12:48 am | Reply
    • Cry Me a River

      It's not 'racism'. It's hubris.

      December 28, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  71. Kevin Bowen

    We've fooled ourselves with them for well over 50 years.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:57 pm | Reply
  72. dd

    Everyone can fool Obama, the ultimate fool!

    December 27, 2012 at 10:38 pm | Reply
    • greekguy9999

      You OBVIOUSLY forgot it was the "fool" Obama that finally got Osama Bin Laden. Why the hell do idiots like you so quickly forget who did what? Or are you an Al Qaeda sympathizer. I bet that's what it is...you WANTED 9-11 to happen! What are you, a Muslim extremist? Yeah. you are.

      December 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm | Reply
      • News poster

        Your the fool buddy. You know nothing. It was Bush who put the means to find Usama not Obama. You really shouldn't be so ignorant and do your homework before you speak you dumb fool!!

        December 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
      • Tom

        @GreekGuy9999. Are you insane? Obama didn't "get" anyone. Our special forces did that dirty job while the Pres was sitting in a nice warm and safe White House. He and other Presidents are about as responsible for military outcomes as the White House Press Secretary, Give credit where it is due.

        By your logic, he would them be responsible for the Libyan Ambassador's death.

        December 27, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
      • Painful

        One Christian "extremist" bit the dust today – us under storms as he was stormin' his way into the dust..

        December 27, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
      • jj

        tom, I sure if W had given the order, you'd sing his praises...but our guy did so bite me.

        December 27, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
      • fandancy

        Tom

        He gave the order and don't tell me anyone else would have done. He went against the advise of many of his advisors and risked his presidency by giving that order. There was only a 50-50 chance that it was even bin Ladin in the compound. At least give credit where credits due.
        Personally, if I had been president I would have sent a few drones to do the job. Not much political risk doing it that way but his way worked out great.
        Obama – 1
        bin Ladin – 0

        December 27, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
      • Obamaite

        I like a lot of what obama did, but not so proud of him for "getting" an unarmed old man not relevant any more. He could have got him tried and maybe got more info as well, while being seen as a kinder person by even enemies, opening the possibility of a truce sooner than later. I wish Carter could be president instead of Reagan, where all this war-mongering stupidity changed gears.

        December 27, 2012 at 11:40 pm |
      • cactus

        Apparently none of you guys can read. It wasn't your man who gave the order to kill Osama, it was my wo man, Hillary. Cnn even posted it when it finally came out. Obama was on the gold course. Some wanted to call him and ask permission but he had said no for three months straight. Hillary strongarmed Panetta and gave the military the go. They didn't tell Obama until after the choppers were already in Pakistan air space. Hillary was the heroine, you do her an injustice by not giving her the credit she deserves.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:52 am |
    • Abe Lincoln

      Once I said, "You can fool some people all the time; you can fool all the people some of the times; but you cannot fool all the people all the time".

      December 27, 2012 at 11:05 pm | Reply
      • cactus

        But in your case you can certainly fool yourself.

        December 28, 2012 at 3:54 am |
    • jj

      As far as I know, there's a long string of presidents who try to deal with N Korea....but go ahead and blame Obama if it makes you feel good.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  73. jeff tartt

    Point to ponder America,If the Government works for the people? Why do we continue to let them run this country in the ground? If you own a hamburger business,someone doesn't do their job.You don't give them a pat on the back and tell them do better next time.Do you? We the people need to take control of our country.Quit letting these people run wild.Start from the top and hire some new people.President,Vice President,secretary of State,Congress,House,Etc.If you don't do your job.You're gone!

    December 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Reply
    • fandancy

      Next election: 2016

      December 27, 2012 at 11:28 pm | Reply
  74. Bernard Goetz

    South Korea could not have retrieved the first stage parts if they were not following the launch.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:34 pm | Reply
  75. Homer10

    So what. No big deal. We should have used it as a target. It would have been a win win.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  76. Ethan

    Aw yeah a little counter intelligence for ya

    December 27, 2012 at 10:29 pm | Reply
  77. Chris

    What the heck? Is Obama, Hillary, and everyone else asleep at the wheel again? He can't get a budget AGAIN and now he's had the wool pulled over his eyes by a shrimpy little dictator?

    December 27, 2012 at 10:25 pm | Reply
    • Darth Cynic

      Ohmigod, ohmigod, ohmigod..., 'Obama' didn't know exactly what was happening inside of a secretive, closed off dictatorship that's soooo shrimpy no one's been able to get rid of it in the last six decades!? Why wasn't he there watching em from the hills personally as he should have been, what kind of reckless leader depends on the long in place intelligence apparatus!?

      Cleaaarly 'Obama' and his rabble of barely functioning thralls – let's be honest only Republicans are fit to rule, clearly a Democrat being elected is a self-evident fraud – aren't fit to tie their own shoe laces never mind run a country. Such egregious negligence should see the whole shower of incompetents hurled into chokey for the rest of their lives eh? Bang em up and place some good, level headed bred for government Republicans amIright!?

      Have you been drinking or were you just not troubled by whole mess of schooling?

      December 27, 2012 at 11:13 pm | Reply
      • cactus

        Now that you mention it..........................

        December 28, 2012 at 3:56 am |
  78. Dennis

    Oh and I bet they have weapons of mass destruction as well!

    December 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
    • Darth Cynic

      Actually they do, they've set them off, twice.

      December 27, 2012 at 11:14 pm | Reply
  79. hrpufnstuf

    North Korea? Deceived us?

    NO! Say it ain't so!

    December 27, 2012 at 10:22 pm | Reply
  80. Bernard Goetz

    South Korea responded quickly and got a lot of pieces from the first stage before they sank. Can't do much better than that.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:21 pm | Reply
  81. tony

    The NRA deceives millions all the time. A second to fire projectile weapon is for defense? Good Grief – It's already too late if the aggressor fires first.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:18 pm | Reply
    • Ethan

      Don't like guns? Move to North Korea, which ironically is the subject of this article, not guns

      December 27, 2012 at 10:30 pm | Reply
    • cactus

      Unless he misses and you don't.

      December 28, 2012 at 3:57 am | Reply
  82. RZA

    True, but we're talking private civilian satellites there. But, as PB keenly points out that GEO orbit is ~25k miles above earth, so I guess that probably is out of the military realm as well. However, one would think with all the multiple billion dollar heavy lift Atlas and Delta launches that the military puts up every year should be able to handle this issue. Maybe not...

    Go Dukes btw!

    December 27, 2012 at 10:17 pm | Reply
    • Sciguy73

      What?

      December 28, 2012 at 7:37 am | Reply
  83. Anonymous

    As Gomer Pyle used to say..."Fool us once, shame on you. Fool us twice, shame on us".

    December 27, 2012 at 10:06 pm | Reply
    • Deez

      Yet, Bush still got 2 terms.

      December 27, 2012 at 10:55 pm | Reply
  84. John Relon

    c'mon, how gullible are you all? As many people have pointed out, if google can see what you are wearing, the US military can continuously watch for a missile launch. The is obvious misinformation sent from the military for the benefit of the N Koreans. It's always best to shout as broadly as possible how little intelligence gathering capability you have.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:00 pm | Reply
    • Ethan

      I didn't think about that at first, could be true. But we're not infallible either

      December 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Reply
    • Sciguy73

      The US certainly knew the moment the missle was launched. We have missle launch detection satellites for this very purpose. The point of the article is that we didn't know *before* the missle was launched.

      December 28, 2012 at 7:46 am | Reply
  85. mork

    These tools here actualy blame Obama and his staff?? Right, because when a president is elected he then completely overhauls the entire military, intelligence and the CIA, and all the staff and all their equipment. Right. You fools ever listen to yourselves??

    December 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
    • Stokanator

      Oh then who's fault is it? Or is it no ones fault when it happens on the Obama Administration watch. Maybe you and your party of choice should take your own advice because you guys have spent the better part of a decade blaming Bush over the lack of WMD inside of Iraq, but according to you that really wasn't his fault because "The President doesn't completely overhaul the entire military, intelligence and the CIA, and all the staff and all their equipment"! Liberals are the biggest political hippocrates, its like you guys make the rules up as you go.

      December 27, 2012 at 10:35 pm | Reply
    • cactus

      Do you suppose that Obama would have taken credit if we had shot it down?

      December 28, 2012 at 3:59 am | Reply
  86. Mike from Illinois

    It isn't that difficult to fool us anymore. Look who we have in charge.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm | Reply
  87. Ed Pokorski

    NO!!!! Obama and his staff could not be deceived! The situation in Libya proved that!!

    December 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Reply
  88. dennis

    You mean like Iraq with Weapons of mass destruction! Or Bin Ladin not hiding in downtown Pakistan! Or more funny jokes the USA falls for?

    December 27, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Reply
    • WVU- Buck

      Not hard to believe, Hell bush deceived us for 8 years and we didnt learn anything from that.

      December 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm | Reply
      • cactus

        Makes you look pretty dumb doesn't it?

        December 28, 2012 at 4:00 am |
  89. Atul Chaudhary

    Our whole country is deceived by Obama and his government. You elected , now pay the price.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
    • Ed Pokorski

      ATUL: We Americans have been deceived for the last 4 years and after the FATHERLESS Nigerian leaves office with ALL HIS BENEFITS and our money, he will be laughing at us all the way to the bank – DAILY!!!

      December 27, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
      • jamesmadison

        You sound like a very sane, cool, calm and collected individual. Your astounding display of logic is truly remarkable. The creativity and original thought you convey in all your comments further illustrates you are a person who clearly knows what he is talking about. Everybody, listen to Ed. He is a very smart person.

        /s

        December 27, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
      • Amit

        Ed, good news for you: racism is now curable, and Obamacare covers it!

        December 27, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
      • brad

        Nigeria?? Ed is what we like to call an idiot....Its Kenya, you dumb racist.

        December 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Premal D.Shah

      Where does the Obama issue come in Atul? I am an Indian too and what you are saying will make Americans think that all Indians are crazy like you. Please see the topic properly and reply appropriately. There is no such thing as "slot-machine" mentality when it comes to putting a comment up on CNN!

      December 28, 2012 at 12:14 am | Reply
  90. PB

    Actually they do not have a geosynchonous bird for spying. They must orbit at over 25,000 miles high – too high for high resolution photos.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  91. Berk Demirbulakli

    Those chinks are devious!!!

    December 27, 2012 at 9:35 pm | Reply
    • franzdib

      Wow, both racist and stupid in one short sentence.

      December 27, 2012 at 10:08 pm | Reply
      • cactus

        Hey, what do you expect? He is an American isn't he?

        December 28, 2012 at 4:03 am |
  92. coalmen

    North Korea engaging in deception? Shocker.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
  93. Booseyboo

    No!!!! They deceived us????

    December 27, 2012 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  94. swavet

    It's ashame that Kim Jong Un can't understand that no matter how many rockets he fires, his 2 inch weiner will not get any bigger.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
    • ERic

      Lmao!

      December 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • Freddy Canuck

      2"!? You're referring, of course, to when he has a stiffie! It is inconceivable to me that anyone would take orders from this idiot (or from his father, or from his grandfather). Why doesn't some military guy knock him off and take control of the country?

      December 27, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
      • H. B.

        Because maybe THEY need their own stiffies? And maybe because they know their stiffest "stiffy" is substandard?

        They NEED to feel they're the toughest kid on the block, and we'd better acknowledge it, or ELSE. Or else what? More military chauvinism, of course. It's all they really have, after all.

        BTW, what nickname is "Un" going to label himself with? "Precious Leader"? Or more to the point, "Manly Leader"?

        I wonder how many women would scream and run if that dude's face ever appeared approaching her in bed.

        December 27, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
      • swavet

        HB said "Because maybe THEY need their own stiffies? And maybe because they know their stiffest "stiffy" is substandard?"

        This phenomenon is also known as the law of the stiffest stiffy. Most dictators adopt it.

        December 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • cactus

      I assume you speak from personal experience.

      December 28, 2012 at 4:05 am | Reply
  95. RZA

    "Look, they know when our satellites are passing overhead,"

    C'mon now, this "official" really doesn't think the US with the most technologically advanced space-based military reconnaissance systems doesn't have a geosynchronous satellite that can focus its hi-res camera on a rocket launch? If Google maps can see my dog in my driveway, I think the US military should be fully capable of spying on North Korea.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • jamesmadison

      Does google maps have a live feed option that I don't know about?! Last time I checked my driveway, it was a picture from at least 2 years ago.

      December 27, 2012 at 9:58 pm | Reply
  96. Shawn Poland

    i find it hard to believe this is now a surprise some how when cnn as running with the prelaunch stories several days before the launch. they have a right to have satellites in space, the only sad part is the number of people who go hungry and cold in NK while money is being spent on such things. but i suppose people go hungry and cold here while the president was spending 4 million on a vacation. people also go hungry and cold while we spend money of FAKE WARS!

    December 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  97. Al

    Say it's not so, another country deceiving the United States. How much more blind do our leaders need to be before they are called unpatriotic?

    December 27, 2012 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • rizzo

      I'm not sure why you're tossing around unpatriotic here...are you perhaps sore that a certain Kenyan Marxist Fascist Muslim won the election again? He wasn't even born here, was he. Ah well, he did a great job of deceiving me and everyone else who voted for him. I guess I should prepare for the plot to the new Red Dawn remake to happen any day now, eh?

      December 28, 2012 at 8:41 am | Reply
  98. Dan

    They are going to need a bigger sling shot.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:15 pm | Reply
  99. empresstrudy

    So basically President Lazy wasn't paying attention but it's cool because Asians are inscrutable. Thanks for clearing that up.

    December 27, 2012 at 9:09 pm | Reply
    • Diomedes

      Please leave it to the pros. Anna Hurst is an NK agent looking to spread uncertainty among Americans and you are feeding her with your idiocy. So shut the f*** up.

      December 27, 2012 at 9:14 pm | Reply
    • partisan hack

      It's Obama's fault we were decieved because he wasn't constantly watching NK's launch site with his own two eyes.

      December 27, 2012 at 9:24 pm | Reply
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