NK is making news because of their participation in the Winter Olympics this month…..but there is other aspects that have gone under-reported….
For awhile we were told that their missiles would be coming down Main Street very soon…..but then we were told that we had a state of the art missile defense system that would safeguard the homeland…..maybe not so much….
US officials have confirmed that a test of the advanced SM-3 Block IIA missile defense system in Hawaii on Wednesday has failed, proving unable to intercept test intermediate-range missiles out of the air.
The second straight failure of the system is particularly embarrassing as the US has been working hard to try to sell more such defensive systems abroad. That’s a tough sell for costly systems that have proven little success.
Even the success rate of such tests by the Pentagon is misleadingly high, as the interceptors are given all flight data on the targeted missiles, something they wouldn’t have in a real-life situation, making a square interception much harder.
Then there are those ICBMs from NK that Trump has said will bring death and destruction to the US….well maybe not so much right now…..
Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva echoed Defense Secretary James Mattis’ attempts to downplay North Korea’s ability to strike US sites with their ICBMs, saying that North Korea hasn’t directly demonstrated every single component of a functional ICBM, and thus the US can’t conclude that they necessarily have one.
This is true, of course, as North Korea hasn’t physically targeted anyplace with a nuclear warhead, which means we don’t know for sure they could reliably hit such a target, nor that the warhead would necessarily survive reentry.
Selva expressed confidence that the US can destroy “most” of North Korea’s infrastructure in a preemptive attack, though that clearly is distinct from “all,” and North Korea’s ability to retaliate against a US attack remains very much a substantial risk. Efforts by officials to downplay North Korea’s capabilities have been raising concerns the US is continuing to plot such an attack.
As usual most everything Trump has said is bullshit! I am not saying that NK will never have the capability just that not right now….spreading fear does not solve a problem….something Trump would understand if had some foreign policy chops…..but he sold water and steaks and not very successfully.