In terms of threats to the United States in the latter part of 2017, there is none more pressing and worrisome than the war of words developing between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
Kim, a blustery man child with no real concept of reality, has been born and bred to absolutely loathe the United States, like his father before him, and so on and so forth. The North Korean people are equally as hateful toward the United States; a reality due to the government’s incessant propaganda campaigns aimed at swaying the public into subservient servitude.
While normally we would be inclined to completely ignore the minuscule, misguided Asian nation on account of their poverty and serial ineptitude, Kim Jong Un and his military leaders have made seriously concerning strides in their nuclear arms programs over the course of the last year – a move that they believe is their only hope of staving off an American invasion.
This summer has seen a number of wildly surprising developments within the hermit kingdom’s arsenal, including the dual deployment of ICBM’s that could reach the United States’ mainland, and the deafening test of a possible hydrogen bomb deep within a North Korean mountain range.
The latest concerns coming from within the defense community point to a frightening possibility: Kim Jong Un may be able to get a missile past our defense systems, effectively sealing his own fate and possibly starting World War III.
“According to an article by Joe Cirincione of Defense One, the reason we don’t shoot down North Korea’s missiles when they fire them over Japan is because…“We don’t have the capability.
“Joe Cirincione is the president of Ploughshares Fund and the author of several books about nuclear weapons, including Nuclear Nightmares: Securing the World Before It Is Too Late.
“According to Cirincione, when Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said, ‘We didn’t intercept it because no damage to Japanese territory was expected,’ this was only partially true. It wasn’t a threat, but they didn’t have the capability to shoot it down due to the altitude.“‘ Neither Japan nor the United States could have intercepted the missile. None of the theater ballistic missile defense weapons in existence can reach that high. It is hundreds of kilometers too high for the Aegis interceptors deployed on Navy ships off Japan. Even higher for the THAAD systems in South Korea and Guam. Way too high for the Patriot systems in Japan, which engage largely within the atmosphere.’
“‘All of these are basically designed to hit a missile in the post-mid-course or terminal phase, when it is on its way down, coming more or less straight at the defending system. Patriot is meant to protect relatively small areas such as ports or air bases; THAADdefends a larger area; the advanced Aegis system theoretically could defend thousands of square kilometers. (source)’
“Well, that’s unsettling.”
This worrisome new reality has likely been in the back of many Americans’ minds, as test after test screamed over the heads of our Japanese allies without so much one iota of direct military response.
The situation in North Korea is developing, or rather, deteriorating, at an incredibly rapid rate. Unfortunately, this means that the answer to the question of whether or not the U.S. can successfully incapacitate a North Korean ICBM will likely be discovered sooner rather than later.