Japan: North Korea Planning 4th Of July Missile Launch Towards Hawaii

You know, you could sketch a comedy routine about leftist liberals and the looks on their faces when reality comes up and punches them in the stomach. Such is the case now with Japan reporting that North Korea may attempt a missile launch towards Hawaii next month.

From the UK Daily Mail:

North Korea may launch a long-range ballistic missile towards Hawaii on American Independence Day, according to Japanese intelligence officials.

The missile, believed to be a Taepodong-2 with a range of up to 4,000 miles, would be launched in early July from the Dongchang-ni site on the north-western coast of the secretive country.

Now, that in and of itself is not very earth shattering. But this is:

It was announced today that the U.S. has deployed anti-missile defences around Hawaii in response to the threat.

For the past eight years, and almost every day during last year’s presidential campaign, the Dems and other leftists have been screaming that we do not need a missile defense system and that research into such a system is a waste of money. Obama himself pledged to end funding for such a defense system.

Now that reality has come home to roost, the Dems have a different view. If we do not need a missile defense shield, then why would a Democrat administration deploy one to Hawaii in response to a possible launch from DPRK?

It is one thing to run a campaign and debate on academic theory, but, as the Dems are now learning, it is quite a different thing to expereince reality.

North Korea appears to be taking advantage of the weak foreign policies of Barack Obama. We will see more provocative actions like this in the next three-and-a-half years.

You can access the complete article on-line here:

Japan Warns That North Korea May Fire Missile At U.S. On Independence Day
Mail Foreign Service
UK Mail Online
June 19th, 2009

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2 Responses

  1. I think you are misrepresenting the issue, “anti-missile defenses” refers to a number of military measures meant to deter missiles, the general term is used so as not to telegraph U.S. military intentions. This does not mean that we are busting out a missile defense shield. This would be impossible because the shield does not exist, and the prototypes we have tested are useless, expensive, and violate a number of international treaties. I tend to think that this is less about testing the missile and more about testing U.S. reaction to the launch in terms of our leadership, public sentiment and military defenses. I suggest this video about the launch it is pretty informative: http://www.newsy.com/videos/a_new_cold_war

    • Rosa,

      I used to work with the Ballistic Missle Defence Agancy and I can assure you those prototypes are far from useless and in fact, are very effective. If they were as useless as you claim, the Chinese and the Russians would be laughing at us for building them rather than demanding that we stop work on them.

      As for violating any internatinal treaties, we need to remember two things: 1) there is no international law whatsoever that forbids any nation to take steps towrds its own self-defense and 2) the old 1970’s ABM treaty was DOA since the Soviets were violating it before the ink was even dry.

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