Posts Tagged ‘United States’

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 the 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 public 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

“Atlas Shrugged”

April 15, 2009

I attended a local teaparty, one of apparently thousands across the United States. The newspaper estimated that 500 people would attend our protest; 5,000 people attended.

The atmosphere was wonderful. People all around me, all frustrated at the continuous growth of government and the direct and indirect taxation of our people. They were frustrated at the growth of the public debt. They were frustrated with government waste.

Kevin Brady, our congressman, spoke at our teaparty. He told us  of the greatness of lowering taxes and of limited government. Ironically, he had voted for TARP last year. Many of us were yelling at him, “Why’d you vote for TARP?”, or “Why’d you vote for the bailouts?” Justice was served, and our voice was heard.

As this ripples throughout the country, we shall see what effect this will have in the long run. Many networks have given this protest little or no time, even though it is the largest single-day protest in the history of the United States. CNN and MSNBC in particular have shown bias with their apathy towards these protests. FNC, on the other hand, had featured this nationwide protest.

TOverall, the teaparties were a necessary step in the direction of revolution, or atleast the change we need.