The United States’ vast military superiority over rogue nation North Korea has never been in question, but a failed test this week is cause for concern among Hawaiians and Californians.
Kim Jong Un, the dainty dictatorial dunce at the helm of North Korea, has kept busy in recent months continuously threatening to annihilate the United States using his purported thermonuclear weaponry. Many in the intelligence community are weary of Kim’s claims, especially given the hermit kingdom’s inability to demonstrate consistent technological progress during a battery of missile tests. While some projectiles did make it off of the launchpad, traveling 500 to 600 miles before crashing into the ocean, some projectiles simply exploded within seconds of liftoff, not only calling into question Kim Jong Un’s threats, but embarrassing the posturing nation repeatedly.
Now, however, it seems that the United States has a bit of egg on their face as well, in the wake of a failed missile-intercept test occurring over the Pacific Ocean.
“The destroyer John Paul Jones, running the Navy’s top-of-the-line Aegis Baseline 9.C2 combat system, failed to intercept a medium-range ballistic missile launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii.
“The destroyer detected and tracked the target on the AN/SPY-1 phased array radar but was unable to intercept it. It was the second test of this latest iteration of the SM-3. The John Paul Jones successfully shot down a target in February with it. That test was the first intercept using Baseline 9.2C. “
Of course, one is left wondering how accurate these results truly are, given the international game of chess that is being played by the United States in recent months.
Should the news of a failed missile test reach Kim Jong Un, which it surely has, the inexplicably brash “supreme” leader may be inclined to strike while the iron is hot, so to speak, launching a premature attack on his sworn enemy, the U.S. This act of war would certainly warrant a massive international response, all but ensuring a military pummeling of the rogue nation, and a liberation of their unknowingly entrapped populace. A strategically timed acknowledgement of this “failed test” would move up Kim’s attack timeline, almost guaranteeing that the dictator would be coerced into launching a non-nuclear option in the direction of the U.S., as opposed to continuing to work on his atomic capabilities, thus ensnaring the lunatic leader in a trap with the least amount of potential casualties, while still allowing the United States to swoop in and depose the depot.
In either case, the conflict between the U.S. and North Korea is certainly coming to a head, and the sooner that the conundrum with Kim coalesces, the sooner we can be rid of one of the world’s most infamous dictators.