North-Korea-Missile-Satellite-04 Well, the North Koreans are at it again.  This time it is reported that they may be planning to fire a missile over Japan toward Hawaii.  Granted, it will fall far short, but it is symbolic nonetheless.

According to the AP:

North Korea may fire a long-range ballistic missile toward Hawaii in early July, a Japanese news report said Thursday, as Russia and China urged the regime to return to international disarmament talks on its rogue nuclear program.

The missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles (6,500 kilometers), would be launched from North Korea’s Dongchang-ni site on the northwestern coast, said the Yomiuri daily, Japan’s top-selling newspaper. It cited an analysis by the Japanese Defense Ministry and intelligence gathered by U.S. reconnaissance satellites.

The missile launch could come between July 4 and 8, the paper said.

While the newspaper speculated the Taepodong-2 could fly over Japan and toward Hawaii, it said the missile would not be able to hit Hawaii’s main islands, which are about 4,500 miles (7,200 kilometers) from the Korean peninsula.

It seems to me that whatever the Obama administration does, North Korea is intent on sticking their finger in his eye.  They test nukes, he expresses grave concern, they sentence two journalists to hard labor.  It is like they know we won’t do anything about it.  Oh, I know, we’ve got a UN resolution now.  We will now ask North Korean ships suspected of carrying arms or nuclear technology “can we inspect you, pretty please?”

That has got them shaking in their boots I’m sure as we at the same time cut our missile defense.  With these missiles they are firing, a nuclear warhead isn’t all that we have to be worried about.  We’re reminded today not to forget about their chemical arms.

North Korea’s massive stockpile of chemical weapons is as threatening as its nuclear program, analysts said Thursday, highlighting an aspect of the secretive regime’s pursuit of weapons of mass destruction that is rarely talked about.

How does the thought of a missile armed with a nerve agent hitting Anchorage, Fairbanks, or Honolulu strike you?  Or even a likelier scenario, Seoul or Tokyo?

It’s time for the Obama Administration and Democrats in Congress to realize, rhetoric and empty threats won’t cut it.  Now is not the time to cut missile defense, and to respond with meaningless U.N. resolutions.  We need some backbone here.  Backbone in the form of a sturdy missile defense shield, naval blockade, oil embargo, and possibly even a nuclear Japan

Our words need teeth.  That is the only thing North Korea will understand.

Update: Even Russia and China are starting to worry.  This is good news in that perhaps an embargo/blockade would actually be enforced by land.

8 comments
  1. When you present yourself as sorrowful for past mistakes and weak to the world their natural reaction is to stick their finger in your eye. Obama asked for it and now he is getting it. Bah.

  2. I do not think it is that simple. I do not think China is actually backing us up. I have been reading the chinese yahoo news and according to them we are being the annoyance not north Korea. I don't think the chinese like us being in there back yard in South Korea. None of the articles I read says they are even upset. Why would they be? If the North does launch a missle it is not like it is going over chinese soil it will be going over the north Pacific If something bad happens it will more than likely hit the Ocean. The north wants the unification of Korea. We attack I can garantee you China and maybe Russia will take advantage and kimmy knows this.

  3. Why do we need a '$tar War$' missle defense against N. Korea when: a) They still can't hit the US and b) An offensive air strike will take care of the threat? There is continued work on some defensive systems but after billions spent with barely any success, many of the failed systems are finally being shelved. (Even with funding, none of the advanced systems will take out a missile for quite some time to come).

    My opinion: Inspections: good (Not that the we did this despite the sabre rattling previous administration). Sanctions: good (Bush dropped them in his second term).

    Prediction: N. Korea will continue jerking the West's chains for some time to come. It's whack-a-mole: 1) N. Korea gets belligerent and has sanctions imposed. 2) They calm down a bit and the sanctions disappear. 3) China grumbles a bit but keeps the regime from both complete collapse and completely getting out of hand (They like the buffer). 4) Repeat.

    Ultimately, I think it's really up to China (or the future Great Leader) to decide when to finally call it quits. Fortunately, China is now economically tied to the West.

    As for 'teeth', perhaps someone could list what sane* options we have.

    * sane in the sense that a lot of North and South Koreans don't end up dead.

  4. I think you understand the nature of the missile defense, it was a program already developed that was getting cutbacks. It isn't a “star wars” program. Would you rather wait until they have the capability to hit the U.S. Alaska and Hawaii are not that far away. You are also assuming that Obama has the gumption to make an offensive strike, I don't believe he does.

    I don't think the options listed would end up in North and South Koreans dead, but the opposite.

  5. Most of the missile defense systems facing the brunt of the cutbacks aren't going to stop missiles anytime soon (e.g. the boost phase and mid-course correction systems – perhaps decades out from deplotment in any case). These are the ones least likely to work and have not been demonstrated.

    We can hit N. Korea now. We don't need missile defense against them if their long-range missiles are eliminated before they're produced or deployed. You may believe that Obama doesn't have the gumption to attack before N. Korea could fling a long range missile at the US but I doubt that. Obama is currently making offensive strikes in Pakistan.

    What I'd suspect would happen is that China would 'remove' that threat themselves before things escalated that far. At least then they could retain control of that territory.

    I agree that sanctions and embargoes can potentially dissuade N. Korea from pursuing future development but we can only push that as far as China allows. I hope to see a proportional escalating response from this administration as N. Korea keeps thrashing. We'll see. Meanwhile, remember that freaking out is exactly what N. Korea wants us to do (FUD: Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt).

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