Associated Press
FILE - In this Sunday, April 15, 2012 file photo, a North Korean vehicle carrying what appears to be a new missile passes by during a mass military parade in Pyongyang's Kim Il Sung Square to celebrate the centenary of the birth of the late North Korean founder Kim Il Sung. North Korea has moved a missile with "considerable range" to its east coast, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said Thursday, April 4, 2013 but he added that there are no signs that Pyongyang is preparing for a full-scale conflict. The report came hours after North Korea's military warned that it has been authorized to attack the U.S. using "smaller, lighter and diversified" nuclear weapons. It was the North's latest war cry against America in recent weeks, with the added suggestion that it had improved its nuclear technology. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

Our nation's leadership once imagined that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction and that they might use them on us or our friends. So we bombed Iraq's cities into rubble and helped put some new crooks in power. (Never mind that it turned out that Iraq never had weapons of mass destruction and the new people in power hate us — can't win 'em all.)

But wait, I feel confused. North Korea has been very public about its possession of weapons of mass destruction — no imagination required. And they've made it very clear that they intend to use them on us. Why aren't we carpet-bombing already?

Denise Pluhnk

Salt Lake City