North Korea Advances
Earlier this week, North Korea threatened to go to war if any country shot down its planned communications satellite launch. A South Korean source reports the launch would take place between April 4 and 8. It doesn’t matter whether North Korea has the means to back up the threat. The point is this: North Korea is hostile, assertive, and willing to defy the U.N., the United States, and the world.
Ken McIntyre at the Heritage Foundation blog reviews related news. He writes:
“North Korea claims it’s merely preparing to send a satellite into space. But U.S. and South Korea officials, an Agence France-Presse dispatch underscores, contend the ‘real purpose is to test a missile which could theoretically reach the state of Alaska.’
“On Tuesday, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs didn’t radiate Adm. Keating’s confidence. President Obama, Gibbs said, is going to weigh various factors in deciding whether to keep developing a missile-defense system, ‘including whether or not the system worked.’…In fact, Heritage missile-defense expert Baker Spring says, the Missile Defense Agency’s field tests put the success rate for ‘hit-to-kill’ technology at roughly 80 percent. MDA interceptors shot down target missiles in 38 of 47 attempts since 2001.”
Perhaps if North Korea successfully launches a missile capable of reaching the U.S., the Obama administration would make missile defense a top priority. As Heritage national security expert James Jay Carafano says, abandoning missile defense at this point would make us look weak and inept. Appearing weak in the face of a growing nuclear threat is no way to keep the homeland or the world safe.