From our "What, ME Worry?/Careful Bureaucrat-Speak Subcategory" -files:
"So we do not operate on the assumption that they have that fully tested, developed capacity."
"We are all united in the fact that North Korea will not be accepted as a nuclear power."
—U.S. Secretary Of State John Kerry, "rejecting" a report by the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency, one of the 17 bodies that make up the U.S. intelligence community, as saying it had "moderate confidence" that North Korea had developed a nuclear bomb that could be fitted on a ballistic missile.
Pollyanna had, I believe, a similar philosophy. I'm sure Thoughtful Minds concur that "fully tested" and "demonstrated" are essential components in considering diplomatic strategy, say, or lunatics shooting off untested and/or previously undemonstrated capabilities in war-making technologies.
Certainly, "not accepting" things --a nuclear status, let's say, or "moderately confident" DIA intel reports-- flatly ends the discussion anyway.
And hey-- Kerry may be right. No WMD were found in Iraq, y'know.
Still, I harken to that marvelous Gabriel Byrne quote from the excellent film "Miller's Crossing," where Byrne's Tom Reagan says:
"I'd feel less concerned if I knew you felt MORE concerned."
— Earl Merkel
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