Global politics are just a bit tense these days, and with that in mind, the Pentagon is preparing to test a new defense system for the continental U.S.
Particularly distressing is the constant chatter being stuttered from the mouth of dainty North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, who has long loathed the United States thanks to habitual propaganda indoctrinating him from an early age. The young “supreme” leader of the hermit kingdom has been extremely aggressive in recent months with the development of his military might, often attempting to demonstrate successful missile launches, while seldom actually being successful.
With the possibilities, not probabilities, in mind, the Pentagon is preparing to test an updated version of our nation’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile defense program next week.
“Preparing for North Korea’s growing threat, the Pentagon will try to shoot down an intercontinental-range missile for the first time in a test next week. The goal is to more closely simulate a North Korean ICBM aimed at the U.S. homeland, officials said Friday
“The American interceptor has a spotty track record, succeeding in nine of 17 attempts against missiles of less-then-intercontinental range since 1999. The most recent test, in June 2014, was a success, but that followed three straight failures. The system has evolved from the multibillion-dollar effort triggered by President Ronald Reagan’s 1983 push for a ‘Star Wars’ solution to ballistic missile threats during the Cold War – when the Soviet Union was the only major worry.
“North Korea is now the focus of U.S. efforts because its leader, Kim Jong Un, has vowed to field a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching American territory. He has yet to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, or ICBM, but Pentagon officials believe he is speeding in that direction.
“Marine Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, said this week that ‘left unchecked,’ Kim will eventually succeed.”
The test will surely create quite the show for some lucky spectators, wherever it may occur. Footage of the test will surely somehow make it to Kim Jong Un as a reminder that years of work to finally create a missile that can cross the Pacific will quickly find its way, in pieces, to the ocean floor.
We must remember that this war against North Korea relies heavy on propaganda, as that is seemingly all that Kim Jong Un can get off the ground.