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North Korea sends a wake-up call to Obama

By Washington Times

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The White House can put aside global warming hysteria. Nuclear proliferation among rogue nations is the real worry, but President Obama isn't persuaded. He has been making sleepy-time choices.

Not long after assuming office he shelved the Bush administration's plans to boost the number of ground-based midcourse defense interceptors at Fort Greeley, Alaska, from 26 to 40, apparently concluding the North Korean threats were exaggerated. Only now, after the hooliganism by that country's young leader, has the Obama administration been jolted awake to confront the reality that Mr. Bush was right (again).

Mr. Obama canceled plans for interceptor systems in Poland and the Czech Republic that could have shot down U.S.-bound intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs. In their place, the administration offered an unproven and not even fully developed technology called SM-3 IIB. Then, last month, the administration abandoned even this idea.

"When the Obama administration canceled the Bush plan they did so claiming that there were two things that I believe were inaccurate at the time," Rep. Mike Turner, Ohio Republican, tells The Washington Times. "One, that the threat was slow to emerge, that we had the luxury of time to respond to the emerging threat. And secondly, that the non-existent SM-3 IIB would be superior technology and would provide greater protection of the United States. Well, the reports have clearly shown that there are technical problems with that non-existent missile interceptor, and we still have ground-based missile technology that works and would secure the United States."

That technology should be part of a "shoot, look, shoot" strategy consisting of forward-based interceptors in Poland taking the first shot. If they miss, secondary interceptors in the United States could take a second shot. In addition to the existing missile- defense sites in Alaska and California, Mr. Turner urges construction of new interceptor sites in the northeastern United States.

That strategy is backed by a key finding published last fall by the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences. It recommends continuing with the "evolved" interceptor program installation in upstate New York or Maine. The report committee is wary of a site in Poland that would "exacerbate political tensions" with Russia. The system wouldnt be capable of blocking a full-scale missile barrage of the type Russia could deliver, but would be ideal for the sort of small-scale attacks the would come from rogue states like North Korea. Mr. Obama should be less flexible on this point with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

It takes years to prepare and test a missile-defense installation, so we can't wait until North Korea or Iran have full capability to position missiles to reach the United States. Given recent provocations, the need for a reliable missile-defense strategy has never been more important. It means deploying more Aegis-equipped ships to the affected regions while working with allies such as Japan and South Korea to install additional ground- based interceptors.

Protecting America and its allies from nuclear-missile attack takes leadership, something this White House has been willing to trade away. If Mr. Obama is awake at last, he must stay awake.

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  1. pistol packing mamaComment by txgoatlady
    April 5, 2013 @ 8:30 am

    If a missile hits, hopefully it will hit Washington, DC first.

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    • lindarmComment by lindarm
      April 5, 2013 @ 9:26 am

      Wouldn’t bother me none. If the big O doesn’t get his act together, we’ll have global warming all right…. radiation galore.

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    • whitComment by whit
      April 5, 2013 @ 10:01 am

      No worries ! If a missile hits Washington D.C., I’m sure B.O. will be just fine. He’ll be playing golf in Hawaii.

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    • mcrankComment by mcrank
      April 7, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

      Here’s something to consider: let’s determine the exact location of Kim Jon Un—then let’s strap Obama onto one of our defense missles. When North Korea launches an attack, we will fire our missle with Obama attached direct to Un’s location. We eliminate two idiots—we go in on mop-up and straighten out North Korea.

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  2. arwenusaComment by arwenusa
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:44 am

    A nuclear strike against the US might help with the Agenda 21 goal of eliminating about 13 of every 14 people. Obama signed an Executive Order to begin implementation of Agenda 21.

    Connect the dots.

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    • tomtComment by tomt
      April 5, 2013 @ 10:15 am

      Kim will not hit the West Coast since the majority of the population are the Liberal Lefties that put Obama in office.
      Do you think they had a phone conversation (compliments of Rodman). The other theory is, this is great smoke to distract from implementing that Agenda with disarmament first on the Agenda.

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  3. knanComment by knan
    April 5, 2013 @ 9:47 am

    why a defense system? Obama can just talk those nukes right out of the sky.

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  4. glenntComment by glennt
    April 5, 2013 @ 10:40 am

    Bush right again ! Obama he could care less about this country. He is trying to make us just like communist North
    Korea. Do what I say,when I say. That is why I am taking all
    of your guns so you can’t fight back. Obama better watch out for them REDNECKS.

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  5. capricorn1Comment by capricorn1
    April 5, 2013 @ 10:46 am

    could n.korea be wagging the dog for obamas sake,to give him a chance to prove himself on the world stage.
    after all they are 2 peas in a pod.

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  6. freebirdComment by freebird
    April 5, 2013 @ 11:17 am

    Are we so really weak that we don’t have the moral and political backbone to stop Iran in their tracks and step on NK like the bug it is (at least the regime in power)? With the threats NK has made, the obvious instability of the leaders, the inhuman treatment of the majority of the population, who could honestly blame us for taking out their military capability and decapitating their leadership? Iran should be sanctioned to their knees; flood their people (NK included) with pamphlets spelling out the situations and giving them a short time to turn it around – 30 days. After that, everything is in play and there will no more warnings. These two, plus Syria, need to be neutralized and the quicker the better for the entire world.

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  7. ltparComment by ltpar
    April 5, 2013 @ 12:21 pm

    Part of the problem with our limp wrist politicans in Washington D.C., Republicans and Demoocrats alike is, the United States no longer has the backbone to stand up to third world dictators like North Korea and Iran. The United States knowing the radical and violent past of North Korea should have intervened in the early days of Korea developing it’s nuclear weapons and shut them down before the bombs were built. But we didn’t and now are threatened by it. We will do exactly the same thing with Iran and by the time Obama and his gang wake up, Iran will have their first nuclear weapon already built and also be threatening us with it? One has to wonder what a man like Teddy Roosevelt with his Foreign Policy of “Speak softly and carry a big stick” would do in todays environment?

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    • bwtankerComment by bwtanker
      April 5, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

      i like Teddy’s policy best,should have been a model for all presidents

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  8. kestutisComment by kestutis
    April 5, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    Iran is just a few months from having a nuke. Korea needs money. Having been a strategic intel officer – I believe there is a connection. North Korea will continue to rattle the sabres while we do nothing – then suddenly we will have Iran with nukes – It will be too late to do anything! Another problem solved by Obama.

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  9. mach37Comment by mach37
    April 5, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

    The president MUST speak publicly on his administration’s policy towards North Korea. Congress should demand the president speak publicly. Just like hiding his school records and other personal background info, hiding his position on North Korean belligerence is just more secrecy and subterfuge from this president and his administration.

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  10. liesmaComment by liesma
    April 7, 2013 @ 3:02 pm

    Wake up call? He’d have to be paying attention first…

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