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Monday, June 19, 2006

Intercept of N. Korean Taepodong 2?

Hmmmm.... I seem to recall much gnashing of teeth and wringing of hands when W. decided it'd be best to scrap the 3-decades old ABM Treaty in favor of protecting the US from the threat of ballistic missiles. Some wild-eyed nutters and their supporters even used the scrapping of the ABM Treaty as one of the grounds for impeachment of Bush.

Hopefully we won't have to test out the newly operational system, but thank God someone had enough vision to give us at least the chance to defend ourselves and have an option on the table (besides duck & cover).

From DrudgeReport

N. Korean threat activates shield U.S. cites a launch as 'provocative'
Mon Jun 19 2006 23:07:28 ET

The Pentagon activated its new U.S. ground-based interceptor missile defense system, Bill Gertz reports in Tuesday's WASHINGTON TIMES, just as officials announced that any long-range missile launch by North Korea would be considered a "provocative act."

Poor weather conditions above where the missile site was located by U.S. intelligence satellites indicates that an immediate launch is unlikely, said officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

However, intelligence officials said preparations have advanced to the point where a launch could take place within several days to a month.

Two Navy Aegis warships are patrolling near North Korea as part of the global missile defense and would be among the first sensors that would trigger the use of interceptors, the officials said yesterday.

Gertz reports: The U.S. missile defense system includes 11 long-range interceptor missiles, including nine deployed at Fort Greeley, Alaska, and two at Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The system was switched from test to operational mode within the past two weeks, the officials said.

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Or, as the Left would say, "DAMN YOU CHIMPY W. MCBUSHITLER!!! HALLIBURTON!!!!!!!!!"

Jay Reding and Captains Quarters are covering as well

Your Co-Conspirator,
ARC: St Wendeler