North Korea

Yesterday, July 4th, North Korea successfully conducted a ICBM missile test indicating the country can now reach Alaska with missiles capable of carrying nuclear weapons.

By every indication, the threat the United States faces from North Korea is getting worse. President Trump has pressured China to provide influence on North Korea’s actions because of North Korea’s reliance on China for food and energy. So far, this has shown no evidence of accomplishment.

So what do we do now? Let’s review the options:

Do nothing – This puts faith in a North Korea bluff. We know they have successfully tested nuclear weapons and are developing the missile systems capable of delivering a nuke to Alaska. Can we afford to call their bluff?

What about the other extreme? A nuclear or non-nuclear preemptive strike. It can be reasonably assumed that it is too early for either of these options. The consequences of a retaliatory strike by North Korea or its allies far outweigh the benefits. The United States is a peaceful nation. We will respond if provoked, but that provocation must be more defined than the mere possession of technology.

So where does that leave us? Diplomacy. The U.N. Security Council conducted an emergency meeting today about the crisis. China has U.N. Security veto power.

Do we encourage the world to sanction North Korea? Sanction China? Sanction Chinese banks? Keep an eye on the upcoming G20 summit for interesting developments on this.

This is the job of the President: making wise decisions based on the best available information. Which way will Trump go?

What can we do right now? Fast track improvements in missile defense development!

-John Anchor
@JohnAnchorBLOG

Missile Defense

On March 23, 1983, President Reagan spoke to the nation from the Oval Office regarding the threat of nuclear weapons:

“What if free people could live secure in the knowledge that their security did not rest upon the threat of instant U.S. retaliation to deter a Soviet attack, that we could intercept and destroy strategic ballistic missiles before they reached our own soil or that of our allies?”

“Tonight…I am directing a comprehensive and intensive effort to define a long-term research and development program to begin to achieve our ultimate goal of eliminating the threat posed by strategic nuclear missiles.”

The President’s ultimate vision of missile defense was protection for the entire world against nuclear weapons. 

“Isn’t it worth every investment necessary to free the world from the threat of nuclear war? We know it is…We seek neither military superiority nor political advantage. Our only purpose — one all people share — is to search for ways to reduce the danger of nuclear war.”

President Reagan wrote that he would share the technology with others willing to give up their nuclear missiles. 

President Reagan acknowledged it would take years, maybe even decades, to fully develop his vision. As the years have passed, and various Presidents have inhabited the White House, the scope of the program has varied. Even the name of the development program has changed a few times. 

Support has fluctuated over the years as well. President Obama initially slashed funding, promising not to “weaponize space”, only to backtrack after North Korea’s 2013 nuclear test. 

The United States currently has certain versions of functioning missile defense interceptors available to our allies, but these are land based regional missile interceptors about which improvements can still be made.

The question we should be asking is: Are we working as hard on our missile defense technology as other countries are working to develop nuclear weapons?

The Heritage Foundation notes: 

“President Obama’s missile defense policy shifts cost the nation precious time and capabilities at a time when adversaries are succeeding in advancing their own ballistic missile programs.”

We are in a race against time with North Korea and Iran. It’s time to refocus on the mission of protecting ourselves and our allies against the threat of nuclear war. 

We are the country, through democratic capitalism, that mass produced the automobile and penicillin, gave the world commercial aircraft, and affordable personal computers and smart phones.  We have a history as a protector of freedom and promoter of peace. We can make the world safe from nuclear weapons. 

But it needs to be a priority…

-John Anchor

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References:

Reagan Speech

https://reaganlibrary.archives.gov/archives/speeches/1983/32383d.htm

Heritage

http://www.heritage.org/defense/report/president-obamas-missile-defense-policy-misguided-legacy#_ftn1