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The United States is readying a "shield" to protect itself from "low-level" threats from North Korea, which has conducted multiple nuclear and ballistic missile tests this year, according to President Obama. "One of the things that we have been doing is spending a lot more time positioning our missile development systems, so that even as we try to resolve the underlying problem of nuclear development inside of North Korea, we're also setting up a shield that can at least block the relatively low-level threats that they're posing now," Obama said in an interview with CBS News that aired Tuesday.
originally posted by: samkent
a reply to: odzeandennz
While I agree that the US should leave other countries alone NK is different.
They have directly threatened us recently.
And their leader is none too stable.
SK is a huge trading partner with the US. If they suffer the US economy will go into recession.
We can't take these threats lying down.
NK's missile program is not on par with ours but they can and do have accidents.
One of theirs could fail to reach orbit and impact on the US. Then what do you tell the public ?
Do you know how many submarines NK has ? 70+
That's more than any other country excluding the US.
A few can launch missiles while submerged.
Granted they are old and don't pose much of a threat one on one.
But based on shear numbers they could take out one of our carriers and several others ships.
A preemptive strike by NK would be a bigger shock to the US than 911.
We are taking 7000-10,000 US dead in just a few days. Assuming one of their ICBM don't hit a US city.
originally posted by: MisterSpock
Don't we already have these systems? I'd think that whatever defensive systems we have in place for Russia and China would be able to be repurposed or utilized for NK.
The only thing the above scenario wouldn't allow for unnecessary spending of millions of dollars for the benefit of the MIC.
originally posted by: MrSpad
You never know what North Korea will do. Do they think they could win a war with the US and allies? I am sure they think they could put enough military pressure on South Korea and Japan to get them to surrender and force the US out. Or that by directly threatening the US they could keep the US out. Or a variety of other reasons people who want to please their dear can come with to promise a great victory. We have seen it happen in other conflicts before. Including the North invading the South the first time. The world is full of threats their is not need to make any up. Nobody had to in the past and nobody will in the future.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: Rocker2013
You're assuming that after nearly 3/4's of a century, the people of North Korea aren't so brainwashed/beaten down that they won't, in droves, die for their Little Kimmie.
I hope they won't, but...the chances that many will aren't zero.
If this happens...so many who shouldn't die, will. On both sides of this.
That many subs desending on a CAG would be seen from MILES AWAY(heard by radar/sonar)