Why Wait? US Should take out North Korean Missile Now

Pictures now show the North Korean Taepodong 2 missile sitting on the launch pad, ready for fueling and launch within the next two weeks. Predictably, this has caused considerable concern from both Japan and South Korea – but also from the United States, who is also technically within range of the nuclear-capable missile. Though the West cost is just out of reach, both Alaska and Hawaii are within the extended range – as is Northern Australia, which makes you wonder why they’ve been so silent.

Japan has already positioned interceptors on both naval vessels and Japan’s west coast – even pulling missile defenses out of Tokyo to put them within better range of the latest threat. The US has also dispatched ships to the region, and the missile detection facility in Alaska is expected to assist in any attempted intercept.

Its encouraging to see the US taking this threat seriously, but I question the decision to wait for an actual test to occur. Though our intercept technology has improved significantly since the days of President Reagan’s “star wars” proposal, we’re still known to miss one every now and then – and that suggests that the best way to defend against this missile would be to take it out before it even gets off the ground.  Yes, it would be provocative – but so is butting the thing on the pad in the first place.

The United States has a wide military arsenal that could be used to take out the missile before it even got out of the ground – from its own missiles to planes to, well, whatever they DON’T tell us about. A night raid or attack launched from a ship would likely succeed without too much of a risk for Americans.

Probably better to blow that thing out of existence before they find out they finally got it right.


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One response to “Why Wait? US Should take out North Korean Missile Now

  1. Jerald

    Well, if you really want to take out the missile on the pad, a cruise missile will do just fine.

    But think about this. Especially after the US went against the UN to invade Iraq and then didn’t find any WMD.

    What do we have to gain by destroying the missile on the pad? (Even North Korea is not dumb enough to launch a missile strike. The leaders all know that most of them would be dead in a matter of days.)

    But what would we have lose?
    Think about China and Russia. How would they react?
    How about the Middle East?
    How about Europe?
    What would the global economic impact be?
    Would the US public support such an action?
    Would it change North Korea? (I think it would embolden them as they play the victim and China, Russia, Iran, Venezuela, etc., run to their support.)

    Taking out the missile is macho, but is it smart?

    In today’s world, you have to be both very strong and very smart to stay ahead.

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