So what's the big fuss?

Yesterday, North Korea fired about half a dozen missiles, including one or two of their most ambitious project, a planned intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) that could, conceivably, reach as far as Chicago. And all of them plunged into the Sea of Japan.

Let’s see… North Korea is working on nuclear weapons, but hasn’t tested one yet (to the best of my knowledge). And their prized delivery system is a flop — the Taepodong-2 missile didn’t even last a minute off the launchpad. So what’s the problem here?

After all, it’s just been pretty much conclusively proven that North Korea poses no imminent threat to the United States directly. There are a bunch of Americans (both military and civilian) in South Korea who live under the gun, but that’s nothing new. That situation’s been around for about 50 years.

That, you see, is the new standard for dealing with international threats. One must wait until the threat is imminent (as in “almost ready to cause us a serious hurting”) before one can legitimately respond. In Iraq, for example, Saddam posed no real threat to the US, so we had no business invading and removing him based on his past actions and future intentions. The only thing that matters is how much of a threat he was at that very moment, and that was negligible.

You know, this policy could also be the answer to our health care financing crisis. Let’s stop a lot of the medical tests we do now, the ones aimed at early detection of diseases and other health problems. Let’s just wait until they made themselves known on their own, and treat them at that point.

Some would argue that this will be more expensive in the long run, as treatment will be far more expensive and complicated, but that’s tomorrow’s problem. And if some conditions progress too far before presenting themselves frankly, well, that’s just the price of saving all that time and money on early prevention.

(Update: “Satire” tag added.)

Wasted potential
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