The Vice President’s long opposition to missile defense meets the reality of North Korea.
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export of long-range missiles? For if there were no immediate possibility of North Korea having the capacity to launch a long-range missile to strike the United States, there would be no need to initiate a test program that in the minds of some experts is of questionable utility and costs billions of dollars…
North Korea should be dealt with by “a diplomatic solution” because the very idea of North Korea attacking the U.S. with a nuclear missile wasn’t “real.”
So it came as no surprise that in 2012 as Vice President Biden, the eternal Senate critic of SDI was presiding with President Obama over requested SDI budget cuts to the tune of $810 million in 2013 with projected cuts of $3.6 billion over the next five years.
Then… then… with all the predictability of the sun rising in the East, the North Korean threat Biden insisted wasn’t there suddenly appears.
So, of course, the Obama-Biden administration is now in a mad scramble.
The United States will deploy additional ground-based missile interceptors on the West Coast as part of efforts to enhance the nation’s ability to defend itself from attack by North Korea, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Friday.
Still relatively new in his post, the Pentagon chief told reporters that 14 additional interceptors to be installed by 2017 would bring the total to 44. It is part of a package of steps expected to cost $1 billion, officials said.
“The reason that we are doing what we are doing and the reason we are advancing our program here for homeland security is to not take any chances, is to stay ahead of the threat and to assure any contingency,” Hagel said.
… Part of the move announced by Hagel would involve reopening a missile field at Fort Greely, Alaska.
In 2011, the Pentagon mothballed Missile Field 1, acting on direction from the Obama administration. Instead of permanently decommissioning it, the Defense Missile Agency placed it in a non-operational state.”
So this defense will be in place “by 2017.” Which is to say four years from now.
And say again, Secretary Hagel, why is this suddenly urgent $1 billion infusion into missile defense needed? Why was the missile field in Alaska being reopened – after being “mothballed” by a Pentagon “acting on direction from the Obama administration”?
“The reason that we are doing what we are doing and the reason we are advancing our program here for homeland security is to not take any chances, is to stay ahead of the threat…”
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
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