Tuesday, July 16, 2019
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Thursday, March 05, 2009
N Korean missile could reach Hawaii, Alaska
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:31 PM :: 6717 Views :: Energy, National News, Ethics, World News

by Heritage Foundation

The range of North Korean ballistic missiles has increased five-fold since 1990.  The two-stage Taepodong-2 missile, if successfully developed, could travel thousands of miles to strike Alaska, Hawaii and "parts of the continental United States," intelligence experts estimate.  By testing and perfecting a third stage, the North Koreans could reach anywhere in North America with a nuclear warhead.

FLASHBACK: 2006 N Korean missile reportedly aimed at Hawaii

In spite of this, the Obama administration questioned again this week the workability of America’s still-developing defenses against intercontinental ballistic missiles.  A few days earlier, though, the U.S. commander in the Pacific said that if North Korea tests a new long-range missile, the military not only would track it but could well blow it out of the sky if President Barack Obama gave the order. “And [if] we hit what we're aiming at, that should be a source of great confidence and reassurance to our allies and partners,” Adm. Timothy Keating, who heads Hawaii-based Pacific Command, told ABC News.

Not to mention ordinary Americans. After all, if North Korea, Iran or another foe someday were to fire a long-range, nuclear-tipped missile at the United States, it could reach and obliterate a targeted city in 33 minutes or less.   That’s no more time than it takes for those ordinary Americans to get a pizza delivered, notes Kim Holmes, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at The Heritage Foundation.

image

“In less time, if [the missile] detonated high above the homeland, its electromagnetic pulse would incapacitate everything from ATMs and hospital equipment to traffic lights and computers for thousands of miles,” Holmes writes. “Life would never be the same.”

Heritage recently premiered “33 Minutes: Protecting America in the New Missile Age,” the think tank’s plain-talking, nonpartisan documentary film on the need to counter the growing threat of missile attack. As Holmes says, many Americans don’t realize what technology exists -- or that large sections of the country, as well as our allies, remain unprotected.

North Korea’s communist regime has insisted it’s merely preparing to send a satellite into space. As the experts know, though, a nation that can fire a rocket to put a satellite into orbit -- as Iran did a few weeks ago -- is on the way to hitting a target anywhere on Earth with a warhead.  U.S. and South Korea officials, an Agence France-Presse dispatch underscores, say North Korea’s “real purpose is to test a missile which could theoretically reach the state of Alaska.”

White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs wasn’t as reassuring as Adm. Keating sounded. President Obama, Gibbs said March 3, is going to weigh various factors in deciding whether to keep developing a missile-defense system, “including whether or not the system worked.” 

In fact, Heritage missile-defense expert Baker Spring says, the Missile Defense Agency’s field tests put the success rate for “hit-to-kill” technology at roughly 80 percent.  MDA interceptors shot down target missiles in 38 of 47 attempts since 2001.

The more discouraging word from the White House followed news reports that Obama delivered a secret letter to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev three weeks ago. In the letter, Obama suggests America would have no reason to build the European portion of our missile-defense system if Russia -- which vehemently opposes such a missile shield -- were to convince Iran to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Iran continues efforts to make nuclear weapons, as well as missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads to the United States. Iran isn’t likely to say “yes” to pressure from its Russian ally to scrap those programs, blogs Heritage national security expert James Jay Carafano. North Korea, another rogue state, already has nukes. It shares technical know-how with Iran while developing its own long-range delivery systems.

In separate trips abroad before disclosure of Obama’s secret letter to Moscow, Vice President Joseph Biden and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton both repeated Obama’s contention, while a presidential candidate, that missile defenses are unproven or unworkable or too expensive.

In the latest U.S. military exercise on Dec. 5, a "kill vehicle" hurtled over the Pacific Ocean to intercept and blow up a missile 1,800 miles into its flight from Alaska to California.  Adm. Keating, for one, appears encouraged as he prepares for a new North Korean missile test. The head of Pacific Command said U.S. ships carrying interceptors are ready "on a moment's notice," ABC reported Feb. 26.  “We will be fully prepared to respond as the president directs," Keating said.

Bruce Klingner, a former CIA analyst who is Heritage’s expert on Korea, writes: “A successful launch of a missile theoretically capable of reaching the United States with a nuclear warhead would reverse perceptions of a diminishing North Korean military threat.”   As Klingner notes, though, a launch looms as a “high-risk gambit” for Pyongyang because of the failure of its two previous tests, in 1998 and 2006, of Taepodong-class missiles. America, however, has so much more at stake.

“The surest way for the administration to set itself up for a colossal crisis is to abandon missile defense,” Carafano warns. “To do so in the face of provocative actions by tinhorn tyrants in Iran and North Korea -- or in response to mere complaints from Russia -- is to look weak and inept. And that would invite disaster.” 

Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

808 State Update AM940

ABCDEFG Blog

ACA Signups Hawaii

ACCE

Affordable Hawaii Coalition

ALEC

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Conservative Alliance

Aloha Life Advocates

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

American Mothers of Hawaii

AMVETS-Hawaii

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Audit The Rail

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii 

Blaisdell Memorial Project

Broken Trust

CAFR Hawaii

Castaway Conservative

Children's Alliance Hawaii

Children's Rights Institute

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Citizens for Recall

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

Coffee Break

Conservative Forum for Hawaii

CSIS Pacific Forum

DAR Hawaii

DeedySupport.com

DVids Hawaii

E Hana Kakou Kelii Akina

E Māua Ola i Moku o Keawe

Farmers For Choice Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Follow the Money Hawaii

Frank in Hawaii

Front Page Magazine

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Get Off Your Butts!

God, Freedom, America

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aganst Assisted Suicide

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crime Victims' Rights

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defending Marriage

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Families for Educational Choice

Hawaii Family Advocates

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Firearm Community

Hawaii Fishermen's Alliance

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii March for Life

Hawaii Meth Project

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Right to Life -- Big Island

Hawaii Right to Life -- Oahu

Hawaii Shield Law Coalition

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

Heritage Foundation

HI Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

HIEC.Coop 

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Homeless Crisis

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

Horns of Jericho Blog

House Minority Blog

House Republican Caucus YouTube

HPACC

Hump Day Report

I Vote Hawaii

If Hawaii News

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

Iowa Meets Maui

Jackson v Abercrombie

Jihad Watch

Judgepedia Hawaii

July 4 in Hawaii

Kahle v New Hope

Kakaako Cares

Kau TEA Party

Kauai Co GOP

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

KeyWiki

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Middle East Forum--The Legal Project

Mililani Conservatives for Change

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

Muslim Brotherhood in America

NAMI Hawaii

NARTH

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

National Wind Watch

New Zeal

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Northwest Economic Policy Seminar

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

Now What I Really Think

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

ObamaCare Abortion Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Pacific Aviation Museum

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons 

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Republican Party -- Hawaii State

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Salvage The Rail

Save the Plastic Bag

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

SIFE Remington

SIFE W. Oahu 

Sink the Jones Act

Smart About Marijuana--Hawaii

St Marianne Cope

State Budget Solutions Hawaii

State Policy Network

Statehood for Guam

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Harriet Tubman Agenda

The Long War Journal

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Truth About Trade & Technology - Hawaii

UCC Truths

Union Members Know Your Rights

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

Valor in the Pacific

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT