On the Radar: Koreas tension, 'don't ask' repealed, rain causing SoCal emergency
December 22nd, 2010
10:43 AM ET

On the Radar: Koreas tension, 'don't ask' repealed, rain causing SoCal emergency

Concern on Korean peninsula - Tensions rippled across the Korean peninsula as South Korea geared up for its largest land and air winter drills Wednesday. The maneuvers, which are planned for Thursday, are being choreographed in the shadow of the South's reclusive, tough-talking communist neighbor. (Above: South Korean marines patrol on the island of Yeonpyeong near disputed waters of the Yellow Sea on Wednesday.)

The South Korean army said Wednesday that the long-planned live-fire drills will be held just 15 miles from its longtime adversary North Korea, whose nuclear aspirations strike worry in Seoul and in capitals across the world. Meanwhile, North Korea is retaliating for a November artillery attack by launching a "fax attack" on South Korea, an official said Wednesday.

And CNN's Wolf Blitzer reports on his six-day trip to North Korea: "This is a tinderbox. One miscalculation can quickly lead to all-out war and hundreds of thousands of ... casualties."

"Don't ask, don't tell" - President Obama signed the Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repeal Act of 2010 into law Wednesday, ending a policy enacted in 1993 that banned openly gay and lesbian soldiers from military service. The changes won't be immediate, possibly taking several months to implement, the White House has said.

The Pentagon has an 87-page implementation plan for the repeal of "don't ask, don't tell." Over the next several weeks, military officials need to examine and rewrite a series of policies, regulations and directives related to the current law.

In fact, it will take a series of actions to make the repeal happen, and no one at the Pentagon seems to know when the policy's actual end date might be. CNN takes a look at - headlines aside - what the signing means in regards to "don't ask, don't tell" staying in place.

Rain pummeling SoCal - Half a dozen Southern California counties are under an emergency declaration Wednesday as another powerful storm from the Pacific pummels the region.

The declaration, from Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, warns of a forecast that calls for "extraordinary and continuing rainfall" that is likely to cause more flooding and landslides in the region, and it authorizes state assistance for local authorities.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Cesar

    87 pages for DADT, ok. Gays have rights, and I wish you all would stop picking on the gay/lesbian community. They have every right to serve. And Korea should allow gays in their army too. Finally, no, I am not gay. Thank you.

    December 22, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
    • the TRUE STORY of the BP oil spill ... http://ireport.cnn.com/docs/DOC-472981

      the NK affair seems very risky ... http://x.co/EGXP

      December 22, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. phil @ the entire world's population

    Please if you would be so kind, go to "The Day's Most Popular Stories" thread and glance at my post(s). It's important to me, and you I hope/trust. ty

    December 22, 2010 at 11:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Richard in Texas

    I am pretty sure the world is fed up with the Korea situation. I just wish the Koreas would just get it over with and duke it out. Winner take all. The rest of the world will sit back and watch.
    As for DADT. Good stepping stone to allowing gays in the military. It proved that gays can serve with no affect on unit cohesion.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar

    Phil: Years ago watching National Geographic, I saw the shape of a flatworm against the torso of a young man and it looked bad! Your post is informative and will re-read it.

    December 22, 2010 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. wendy

    Hey – Richard From Texas,

    My child is 11 miles south of the North Korean boarder at Camp Casey. What the bleep is wrong with you? Duke it out? Winner takes all? How about collateral damage or children on BOTH sides of the boarder lying dead in the streets with snow drifting down upon their corpses?

    I do not understand you. I will never understand people like you.

    December 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Tim

    Uh Wendy you do realize that your son joined the MILITARY don't you? What do you think they're supposed to do? Sit around and eat donuts all day?

    December 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  7. wendy

    They believe their mission is to protect peace and the people of South Korea.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Clem K'diddlehopper

    I pray that the Lord Jesus would forgive me for all of my sins.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Bonnie

    The Seoul area is facing very rare kind of rainfall disasters. Every nation needs repentance, not just Clem here. Churches are helping people as usual. Hope the rain will sweep away the 38 borderline as well. More North Koreans must have been miserable... Praying for God's mercy.

    July 27, 2011 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |