I really don't understand how anyone can be against missile defense. How on earth is it an act of nuclear proliforation to create a shield to protect yourself from such weapons. Iran will soon have the bomb (though not missiles that will carry a nuke as far as the United States) and Korea has finally admitted what the world has known for a long time now: They Have Nukes. They don't have the power to deliver them to the United States yet, but they will in the not too distant future.
The leadership of North Korea is nuts. One of my favorite sites on the web is North Korean News. It's the nation's official English language news source and always provides creepy entertainment. One of todays top stories is: "Japan Termed Wicked trickster." Today's issue also reports on a Pyongyang film festival showing a "documentary" called Holding Great Brilliant Commander in High Esteem. I'm sure it's a tear jerker; its title alone is enough to make me cry. The North Korean News site is a mix of Kim Jong Il worship and anti American/Japanese/South Korean bombast. (Speaking of the Japanese, I watched The Hidden Fortress last night. It's one of Akira Kurosawa's most entertaining movies. I heartily reccomend it.)
And let's not forget the fact that the Chinese are out there aching to attack Taiwan, and that they do have missiles that could reach our west coast. And, let's also not forget that they have made vague threats in the past that if we ever came to the defense of Taiwan they would lob a couple of nukes at Los Angeles (which would only improve the city that Ed Abbey called the "plastic asshole" of the world).