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    Re: Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch

    Quote Originally Posted by EagleAye View Post
    Yeah, it was interesting. Although sad at the same time. NK plans a missile launch just to prove the new "dear leader" has balls, and for that the people will go hungry. NK's misbegotten priorities continue on in a new generation.

    I do agree with your assessment, but, the added carrot os for China to wield it's influence internationally so it is seems to be more of a testosterone fest for all concerned. It is just game playing at most.

    "Washington is likely to take the matter to the U.N. Security Council, analysts say, and could tighten its already tough sanctions. Such efforts would struggle without support from China, which can be expected to resist any moves that might threaten the stability of its neighbor.
    Limited options for US on North Korea rocket - CSMonitor.com

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    Re: Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post
    Been there, done that. First time was cute, now it's just pathetic.
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    Re: Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Lokiate View Post
    Been there, done that. First time was cute, now it's just pathetic.

    you have been to North Korea Lokate??

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    Re: Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post
    you have been to North Korea Lokate??
    Was stationed in South Korea. Been through two of these stupid missile scares, the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan, and the artillery strike on Yeonpyeong island. They do this crap all the time.
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    Re: Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    If someone wants to attack us I'd like for them to get on with the ****.

    I feel like I've been waiting forever for **** to strike - and it doesn't - and I'm worn out from waiting to have my hsuband get sent off again.

    Lets get it over with - and get past the inevitable - if it's actually going to happen . . . this retarded sit-and-wait game is ****ing dumb and sucking up our energy and resources. . . which I think is the plan.
    The problem with that is the way South Korea is set up. It's a peninsula that's smaller than Florida, with a very dense population. We're all over that country, they know where our bases are, they know who our superior officers are, and where they are. They launch taepodongs into Korea, the forces stationed there are ****ed. The South Koreans are ****ed. We know it, and they know it. On top of that are the tensions we have with China. If they jump in, **** is going to get real very quickly. Not jumping to war is the best option, otherwise we're looking at civilian casualties that could range in the tens of millions. That is not a desirable outcome by any means.
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    Re: Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Lokiate View Post
    Was stationed in South Korea. Been through two of these stupid missile scares, the sinking of the ROKS Cheonan, and the artillery strike on Yeonpyeong island. They do this crap all the time.

    ah ok... and has the Pentagon activated the missile defense system before? like the are doing now? is this something new? all this activation etc...?

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    Re: Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch

    Quote Originally Posted by Mya View Post
    ah ok... and has the Pentagon activated the missile defense system before? like the are doing now? is this something new? all this activation etc...?
    I don't know. If they did, I'm not sure I'd be able to say. Honestly, I see it as a precaution due to North Koreas new leadership, as well as a little saber rattling to let the new Kim know that we aren't to be taken lightly.
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    Re: Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch

    Mya-
    I was in the Army before missle defenses and such. Posturing and going on alert was part and parcel of serving in both SK and the FRG. Troops would be 'dispersed'. Artillery units drill, Airfield increase tempo, convoys from supply drums roll out to field supply points. The radio net goes nuts and then silent.

    All to show 'the other side' we are standing to and will not be caught flat footed. They see our beehive of activity and then silence.

    Many was the night no matter the weather we were called out to man the forward defenses in response to a loud sneeze on the otherside of the minefields.

    But as noted above any real deal would have meant the death of millions of civilians on both sides the DMZ.

    If every alert was reported you would be numb to them by now. This one grabs attention because it could, and I stress the word could, threaten more than the troops we have in Korea.

    Like the Brits used to say during their days of Empire- "Steady in the Ranks"

    Personally I see our own financial sector a bigger threat than North Korea

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    Re: Pentagon activates missile defenses for North Korean launch

    Something to consider is that the US/Japan might shoot down the missile even if it obviously isn't threatening anything. A successful intercept might demonstrate to NK and other countries that our missile defenses can nullify missile attacks. This would send a loud message to countries like Iran who feel their SSMs constitute a significant threat. It would tell them their missiles are no longer significant and are therefore not a bargaining chip.

    So perhaps this missile launch could serve both sides as far as "messages to the world."
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