This is beyond ridiculous. Do they really think North Korea is going to attack the West Coast? Really?
So let me get this straight. Obama had to close the White House to public tours because of budget cuts but we can afford to place 14 additional anti-missile systems on the West Coast to protect against a 3rd world nation that couldn’t hit the side of a barn with a missile from 50 yards away. This country gets more surreal by the day. Have you been surviving those devastating sequestration cuts? The horror!!!!
Run for cover. The North Korean missiles are about to be launched.
Korea tensions push U.S. to up missile defenses
By Don Nissenbaum and Julian Barnes
North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un salutes as he watches a military parade in 2012.
WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) — The Pentagon is preparing to strengthen its missile-defense systems on the West Coast in response to increased threats from North Korea and rising tensions on the Korean peninsula.
The U.S. plans to boost its ground-based missile interceptors in Alaska and California by one-third, adding 14 additional systems to the 30 in place on the West Coast, a senior defense official said Friday. Interceptors are vehicles that are launched to intercept intercontinental missiles in flight.
The expansion in the system was due to be announced by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel at a news conference Friday.
Earlier this month, North Korea threatened to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the U.S. and South Korea. While American officials don’t believe North Korea is capable of launching a long-range attack, the threat is seen as a concerning sign of the nation’s state of mind.
Pentagon officials signaled the possible expansion days earlier. “North Korea’s shrill public pronouncements underscore the need for the U.S. to continue to take prudent steps to defeat any future North Korean ICBM,” James Miller, undersecretary of defense for policy, said in a speech last week at the Atlantic Council.
The administration decision comes four years after President Barack Obama put a hold on the deployment plan soon after he took office. Republican lawmakers said Friday they agreed with the enhancement, but said the administration was wrong to freeze the system in 2009.