Results 1 to 7 of 7

Thread: McCain on possible N. Korean missile launch: 'Shoot it down'

  1. #1
    Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Michigan
    Last Seen
    01-28-15 @ 06:22 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian - Left
    Posts
    5,587
    Blog Entries
    1

    McCain on possible N. Korean missile launch: 'Shoot it down'

    As a belligerent North Korea gives mixed signals about its intentions, Sen. John McCain on Monday urged the U.S. to be prepared to shoot down any missile that leaves North Korean airspace.

    The hawkish Republican senator made the call in a brief statement Monday afternoon. So far, Pyongyang has not gone through with a missile launch, despite expectations among some that the regime could mark the anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth with such a launch.

    "As the world waits to see whether North Korea will act on its threat to test launch a medium-range ballistic missile, I maintain that the United States should treat any North Korean missile launch as a threat to our national security and our allies, and that we should shoot it down once it leaves North Korean airspace," McCain said in a statement. "North Korea's leaders should have no doubt that the United States of America has both the capability and the will to eliminate the threats they seek to pose to international peace and stability."

    U.S. defense officials have already said the United States has the capability to intercept any missile headed toward the homeland -- though it is seen as unlikely that North Korea would fire a missile toward the U.S.

    Asked Monday about the absence of any missile test so far, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said officials are still monitoring "very carefully."

    "We would not be surprised if that series of provocative actions and bellicose statements were to continue," he said. "We are taking the prudent steps that we've talked about, in terms of ensuring that our homeland is defended and our allies are defended."

    He added: "Any absence of provocative behavior or unhelpful rhetoric is a good thing in this case, but, again, I would not suggest that we believe the cycle of behavior has ended necessarily. We are -- as monitoring this as closely today as we were over the weekend and in previous days and weeks. And taking the necessary measures and working with our partners and allies to make clear to North Korea what the result of that kind of decision would be, in terms of condemnation and isolation and further sanction."

    Carney said the administration is engaging the Russians and Chinese in efforts to pressure North Korea to back down.

    Meanwhile, North Koreans celebrated the birthday of their first leader Monday by dancing in plazas and snacking on peanuts, with little hint of the fiery language that has kept the international community fearful that a missile launch may be imminent.

    Pyongyang fired off a rocket ahead of the last anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth -- the centennial -- but this time the day was simply the start of a two-day holiday for Pyongyang residents who spilled into the streets.

    Elsewhere in the region, however, the focus remained on the threat of a launch as U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry wrapped up a tour to coordinate Washington's response with Beijing, North Korea's most important ally, as well as with Seoul and Tokyo.

    In Seoul, South Korean Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin told a parliamentary committee Monday that North Korea still appeared poised to launch a missile from its east coast, though he declined to disclose the source of his information.

    Kerry warned North Korea not to conduct a missile test, saying it would be provocation that "will raise people's temperatures" and further isolate the country and its impoverished people. He said Sunday that the U.S. was "prepared to reach out," but that Pyongyang must first bring down tensions and honor previous agreements.

    Foreign governments have been trying to assess how seriously to take North Korea's recent torrent of rhetoric warning of war if the U.S. and South Korea do not stop holding joint military maneuvers just across the border.


    Read more: McCain on possible N. Korean missile launch: 'Shoot it down' | Fox News
    I agree with McCain. The UN has been condemning the launches. So has just about everyone else that is worth a damn. So if they do it again, shoot the ****er down. And if the North wants to get uppity about it, and do something about it, we'll kick their ass for them and unify Korea to our liking.

  2. #2
    Sage
    clownboy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Oregon
    Last Seen
    08-17-16 @ 10:31 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    26,087

    Re: McCain on possible N. Korean missile launch: 'Shoot it down'

    I think we should wait on that until absolutely necessary. Hate to jinx it, but what if we miss?

  3. #3
    Banned
    Join Date
    Feb 2012
    Location
    Michigan
    Last Seen
    01-28-15 @ 06:22 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Libertarian - Left
    Posts
    5,587
    Blog Entries
    1

    Re: McCain on possible N. Korean missile launch: 'Shoot it down'

    Quote Originally Posted by clownboy View Post
    I think we should wait on that until absolutely necessary. Hate to jinx it, but what if we miss?
    Always come prepared, I suppose. So at what point do we stop NK then? Wait until they're about to attack?

  4. #4
    Sage
    EnigmaO01's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2009
    Location
    Indiana
    Last Seen
    Today @ 11:32 AM
    Gender
    Lean
    Other
    Posts
    7,027

    Re: McCain on possible N. Korean missile launch: 'Shoot it down'

    If McCain was president we'd still be in Iraq, never leave Afghanistan, and be fighting in Syria and Korea. My God we'd have to start up the draft to keep enough bodies in the millitary!

    Is the death of millions of South Koreans that could die instantly worth being able to say you didn't take any **** from North Korea? I say we shoot them down if they're headed to Japan but otherwise let them fall in the ocean or blow up on the launch pad.

  5. #5
    Advisor
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Massachusetts
    Last Seen
    01-19-14 @ 04:11 PM
    Lean
    Undisclosed
    Posts
    459

    Re: McCain on possible N. Korean missile launch: 'Shoot it down'

    Quote Originally Posted by Jango View Post
    I agree with McCain. The UN has been condemning the launches. So has just about everyone else that is worth a damn. So if they do it again, shoot the ****er down. And if the North wants to get uppity about it, and do something about it, we'll kick their ass for them and unify Korea to our liking.
    Although it would be highly amusing to see the look on Jong Jr's face when his favourite firework gets put down I would guard against given the regime a propaganda victory, the hermit nation needs to tell it's people aggression is being acted upon it to justify it's extreme control and militarisation of it's society.

    China and to a lesser extent Russia are North Korea's last allies they're veiled criticisms of Jong Jr especially in China's case shows a major diplomatic shift.

    North Korea is becoming increasingly poorer and isolated. Sanctions are hurting them.

    North Korea could inflict massive damage on Guam and Alaska but take comfort in the fact that the US in retaliation could simply wipe North Korea off the map. Jong Jr knows it, he is more aggressive in tone too compensate for his shortcomings when compared to his father and too solidify his power base in the party.

    BBC News - Kerry hails Chinese North Korea pledge

    Jong Jr's threats are a bit like Cartman telling Kyle he'll kick his ass. We all know what will really happen

  6. #6
    Global Moderator
    Moderator
    Helix's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2011
    Last Seen
    Today @ 11:37 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Independent
    Posts
    37,112

    Re: McCain on possible N. Korean missile launch: 'Shoot it down'

    I think that the hawks are the last people we should listen to on this one. this is a trap, designed to generate money for NK. we should just let them bluster. China can't afford a hot war in its back yard any more than we would allow Mexico to nuke Guatemala.

  7. #7
    Sage

    Join Date
    Oct 2007
    Location
    New York
    Last Seen
    12-13-17 @ 12:40 PM
    Gender
    Lean
    Centrist
    Posts
    11,691

    Re: McCain on possible N. Korean missile launch: 'Shoot it down'

    I disagree with Senator McCain. Unless the missile has been fired at or is heading for a populated area or it poses a threat to South Korea or Japan or U.S. military objectives, the U.S. should not try to shoot it down. There's no need for the U.S. to exacerbate tensions in a situation that could, if it gets out of hand, pose a threat to the wellbeing of hundreds of thousands or more people.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •