A Bush Administration Success

The Bush administration acheived one of its goals today:

North Korea on Thursday declared itself a de facto nuclear power, claiming in its strongest terms to date that it had “manufactured nuclear weapons” to defend itself from the United States and saying it would withdraw indefinitely from international disarmament talks.

A self-proclaimed nuclear North Korea is the perfect reason to keep working on national missile defense, after all. Who on Capitol Hill will now dare to question the administration’s wisdom of throwing tens of billions of dollars at defense contractors in order to continue experimenting with a useless missile defense program?