Posts Tagged ‘nuclear threat’

Understanding the Logic of Dismissing Facts Regarding a Potential Missile Threat

June 24, 2009

Why is the U.S. government “downplaying” the North Korean missile threat?

The Japanese believe that North Korea plans to fire a missile at Hawaii on July 4th. They probably did have plans to do this, but according to the U.S. Intelligence Committee, there is no threat of such missile attacks. This is probable for several reasons.

  • The U.S. is aware of a possible attack
  • N. Korea knows that the U.S. is aware, as this intelligence has been published to theĀ internet [1]
  • The U.S. is preparing to defend potential attacks [3]
  • This is also available on the internet [1]

So, what would be the advantage of an attack? Should N. Korea try to clear the Pacific of Hawaii, they’d be badly embarassed by our missile defense systems. N. Korea knows this, so an attack is unlikely.

However, this is not the only extent of the Korean missile threat. The North Korean government announced that it would be testing more missiles near the Sea of Japan between June 24th and July 9th [1]. What is also interesting about this is that N. Korea announced today that it plans to eliminate the United States [2].

Another interesting fact about the situation in Korea is that the U.N. Security Counsel has asked to search North Korean ships and that North Korea responded by saying that it would consider such an inspection to be an act of war [2].

War seems eminant, but the United States is prepared to repel any potential attack. All that remains is for the publicĀ to remain calm, and it seems that the best way to do this is to downplay it.

[1] http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/06/24/us.north.korea/index.html
[2] http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,528880,00.html
[3] http://www.cnn.com/2009/US/06/19/us.nkorea/index.html
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We’ve Been Duped: Iranians Test Launch Longest Range Missile Yet

May 21, 2009
The Iranians now have missiles capable of traveling 1200 to 1500 miles.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates reports that the missile was successfully tested. He says that the missile fired was a relatively short range missile, when compared with other missiles that Israel is said to have.

Secretary of State Clinton claims that Iran’s nuclear capabilities are a serious threat. But more importantly, what does this mean? It means we’ve been duped. For several years, we bough the lies that Iran was developing nuclear warheads for nuclear energy. We’ve been tricked into believing that Iran is some harmless ally. And for some reason, we believed it.

Perhaps the press manipulated this story to keep the population calm. I haven’t seen the press claiming that they are a serious threat at all. This event wasn’t really headline news…

Iran continues to be lethal, and it seems that no amount of negotiation will get them to change their minds.