Last Sunday North Korea launched a two-stage Taepodong-2 missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. The New York Times called the North Korean missile launch a failure. The Times called it a failure because it didn’t actually blow up something somewhere with a nuclear warhead.
Defense and military analysts however cautioned against calling it a failure noting that the ballistic missile traveled twice as far as any missile the country has launched. The missile traveled over 2,000 miles which places it in striking range of Alaska, Hawaii, California and the West coast.
In one of Joe Biden’s more lucid moments during the last presidential campaign he warned us that “…we’re gonna have an international crisis, a generated crisis, to test the mettle of this guy. They’re going to want to test him, just like they did young John Kennedy. They’re going to want to test him. And they’re going to find out this guy’s got steel in his spine.”
President Obama’s steel-spine response to North Korea’s threatening ballistic missile launch was both swift and bold. He immediately promised begin talks with Russia on cutting back warheads and to seek Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty. Obama then urged the U. N. to pass a resolution condemning the Dear Leader’s irresponsible action. These daring retaliatory actions followed on the heels of slashing the Defense Department budget by over 10% and deep cuts in U.S. missile defense programs.
Kim Jong Il must be quaking in his kimchi.