U.S. 'ready' for N. Korean missile - Washington Times
COLORADO SPRINGS | U.S. missile defenses are prepared to try to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch if sensors detect the weapon threatens U.S. territory, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command told The Washington Times.
"The nation has a very, very credible ballistic-missile defense capability. Our ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California, I'm very comfortable, give me a capability that if we really are threatened by a long-range ICBM that I've got high confidence that I could interdict that flight before it caused huge damage to any U.S. territory," said Air Force Gen. Victor E. "Gene" Renuart, Northcom commander.
I see this as a mistake. Not the shooting down of a missile but the announcing of it ahead of time. If this shoot down fails it will encourage more of the same and possibly make us look foolish.
Announcing that we did it after that fact makes more sense to me.
By the way Taepodong-2 Missile in English would be something like Focused Beam Missile.