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Friday, February 01, 2013

Wakeup Call from North Korea

It should have been a loud wakeup call in December when North Korea successfully launched a three-stage rocket delivering a payload in orbit around the globe. This event established North Korea's credentials as having intercontinental ballistic missile technology. North Korean officials then announced that an analysis of the debris from the rocket shows it has the ability to reach the U.S. mainland. North Korea's test was a surprise to Americans, to the Obama Administration and to Congress because North Korea's last couple of tests had been failures. More alarming was the fact that the launch was a surprise to our intelligence community, which didn't know the North Koreans had perfected this technology, and didn't anticipate a launch.

There should have been an immediate demand that the Obama Administration fulfill its constitutional duty to "provide for the common defense." What could be a more important duty, and a more pressing need for spending our tax dollars, than to save Americans from being incinerated by nuclear bombs? Ballistic missiles, combined with nuclear or chemical weapons, are the way an evil enemy country, that doesn't have an airforce or military, can threaten the United States. Rockets and missiles are the weapons of choice for terrorists and rogue groups to expand the distance of their weapons. Both North Korea and Iran now have more than a thousand ballistic missiles, and both countries are working as fast as they can to put nuclear weapons on those missiles.

Our government has no job more important than protecting our homeland with an anti-missile defense. The Obama Administration is now engaged in drastically cutting our military spending, but the one area where defense spending should be increased is building an effective defense against nuclear missiles coming at us from evil nations that hate America.

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