As the United States inches closer to an armed conflict with North Korean madman Kim Jong un, we have demonstrated how exactly we plan on eliminating any ICBM threat form the reclusive nation.
On May 30th, 2017, the United States was in the midst of an intentional row with the leadership in Pyongyang after a series of medium range ballistic missile tests by North Korea. While these tests were set back by a number of failed launches, once North Korea has finally sent a projectile skyward, the United States was ready to respond by showcasing our ability to knock one of these bad boys out of the sky.
And that’s exactly what the Pentagon did.
High above the Pacific Ocean nearly six weeks ago, America successfully intercepted a long-range missile, effectively squashing North Korea’s dream of a thermonuclear strike on the United States. But now, there is doubt to just how effective this missile defense system will be in reality, leading many to wonder if Kim Jong Un’s heinous hopes are still possible.
“The decoys used during the May 30 test, however, did not resemble the target missile’s mock warhead, making it easier for the system to disregard them, the experts said.
“In addition, the test was conducted during daylight hours, enhancing the system’s ability to find and track the target, and the personnel who conducted the exercise knew the target missile would be launched during a fixed time frame of several hours — another advantage that could not be expected in a real attack.
“Finally, the target traveled at lower speeds than a North Korea-launched missile would need to reach the U.S. mainland.
“’To claim that this is a realistic test of the ability to handle sophisticated threats is ridiculous,’said David K. Barton, a physicist and radar engineer who reviewed details of the May 30 exercise at The Times’ request.
“Barton served on a National Academy of Sciences panel that studied the GMD system, and he has advised U.S. intelligence agencies.
“Laura Grego, a physicist who examined the May 30 test as part of her research on U.S. missile defense capabilities for the Union of Concerned Scientists, said the advantageous conditions reduced the significance of the successful intercept.
“’How does this test make you more confident that the system would perform against the North Korean threat?’’ Grego said. ‘It’s not a realistic attack scenario for Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles or any of the continental U.S.'”
While this is certainly not the best news for those living on America’s west coast, it does effectively refocus the United States on the need for a preemptive strike against Kim Jong Un.
President Donald Trump has admitted publicly that the time for diplomacy with North Korea is over, given the rapid rise of the rogue nation’s rhetoric and military posturing. Now, with Kim Jong Un closer than ever to his fantastical hope of striking the U.S., our nation will likely be called to action by the Commander in Chief.