During the past twenty five years American presidents have insisted our military should have the ability to knock down missiles coming from other nations. President Reagan began the process of allocating billions of dollars in his famous plan to create a vast anti-missile system defending the United States. Billions of dollars have been spent, but, so far, there is no air tight system to eliminate missiles headed for North America. However, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates told Congress our existing anti-missile systems are sufficiently effective to respond to any missiles coming from North Korea. “I have confidence that if North Korea launched a long range missile in the direction of the United States that we would have a high probability of being able to defend ourselves.”
I am glad the Secretary of Defense is confident. The only part that bothers me is the “high probability” part. Does that mean “some” or does it mean “all.” I sort of would like to know because if I’m living on the West Coast it might be time to head east young man.
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The recent outburst of aggressive behavior on the part of North Korea has created confusion in most parts of the world, but China is the nation that is most impacted by North Korean threats of nuclear or military confrontation. China has assumed a role as the policeman of eastern Asia, and has endeavored to work in a cooperative manner with the insular leaders of North Korea whose knowledge of the outside world is close to zero. China does not wish a nuclear race to emerge in Asia because at the center of Chinese foreign policy is a commitment to maintaining the status quo– in which China is at the center of power. China has been the leader of the six nations which have been attempting to work with North Korea and depending upon China to exert its influence.
Mot probably no one knows what is going on inside the mind of Kim Jong Il. Is there a power struggle? Is North Korea actually intending to initiate military aggression? Are its leaders filled with paranoid fantasies about being invaded? China, more than any nation, can not allow military action to occur on its border. At this point, hopefully China must assume leadership.
There is one thing to be said about North Korean leaders and that is their strong desire to be stubborn and ignorant about the world in which they reside. After a half century of intellectual as well as physical separation from the world, they are literally incapable to interacting with logical minded individuals. A defiant North Korea told the world it would “never” take part in any international nuclear talks and, furthermore, it was restarting its nuclear program. This statement of bravado came in response to a unanimous UN Security condemnation of the failed launch of rockets. “We have no choice but to further strengthen our nuclear deterrent to cope with additional military threats by hostile forces” thundered a North Korean spokesperson.
Logic will not compel North Koreans to examine reality. They are isolated and even their allies on the Security Council joined in the vote. The best solution in dealing with North Korea is to take a deep breath and ignore the verbiage while slowing working with anyone in their government who has an iota of calmness.