July 3, 2009
According to Air Force Gen. Victor E. Renuart, Northcom commander, the United States is ready to knock down the last stage of a Taepodong-2 missile that North Korea is expected soon to launch in the direction of Hawaii.
“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 Renuart.
|Minus transfer of technology to the Soviet Union, the North Koreans would not possess outdated SS-N 6 components for its Taepodong missiles.|
Intelligence analysts do not believe a missile launched from the Stalinist nation would be capable of hitting Hawaii’s main islands, which are 4,500 miles from North Korea. It is widely reported that North Korea’s missile tests are prone to malfunctions. Any warhead would be small (around 700-kilograms) and do little damage if it managed to reach Hawaii. The missile and its puny payload would likely be destroyed in the heat of re-entry. North Korea is years away from having the capability to arm a missile with a nuclear payload.
Honolulu is 7,100 kilometers from North Korea. Seattle is 7,900 and Washington 10,700.
North Korea has tested its Taepodong-2 twice. The first effort, launched in 2002, failed after 40 seconds, and the second earlier this year did not succeed in putting a small satellite in low earth orbit. The Taepodong-1 has a more consistent testing record. It has an estimated range between 3,800 and 5,900 kilometers, putting it in range of U.S. bases in Guam, Okinawa, and Japan.
“Accuracy would be problematic. The missile would be as likely to hit ocean as land,” writes the Christian Science Monitor. “Bottom line: For the moment, the chance of North Korea endangering Hawaii, or any other US territory, may be quite small.”
|Gen. Victor E. Renuart|
North Korea’s error prone and outdated ICBMs would not be possible without 30 year old Soviet technology. “With concerns rising about a possible North Korean long-range missile test this weekend, two independent scientists say the regime may be using an old Soviet ballistic missile to boost a rocket capable of reaching the West Coast of the United States,” reports Fox News.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Ted Postol and Union of Concerned Scientists’ David Wright have calculated that the second stage of the North Korean rocket launched on April 4 had the external dimensions, engine power and key features of an SS-N 6, a Soviet submarine-launched ballistic missile first deployed in 1968. Another missile expert at MIT, Geoffrrey Forden, told Fox he believes North Korea may have its own production line for SS-N 6 missile components.
In his three-volume Western Technology and Soviet Economic Development (and also National Suicide: Military Aid to the Soviet Union), British economist Anthony C. Sutton details how the Soviet threat was built by United States corporations and funded by US taxpayers. The Soviet Union’s acquisition of MIRV (multiple independently targetable reentry vehicle) technology was made possible by receiving machining equipment from the U.S. for the manufacture of precision ball bearings needed to mass-produce MIRV-enabled missiles.
Sutton’s research reveals how in the immediate postwar period the Soviets transferred a large proportion of German industry to the Soviet Union — at least two-thirds of the German aircraft industry, the major part of the rocket production industry, probably two-thirds of the electrical industry, several automobile plants, several hundred large ships, and specialized plants to produce instruments, military equipment, armaments, and weapons systems.
[efoods]”In effect the United States and the NATO countries have built the Soviet Union. Its industrial and its military capabilities,” Sutton claims in National Suicide: Military Aid to the Soviet Union. “Almost all — perhaps 90-95 percent — came directly or indirectly from the United States and its allies.”
In other words, North Korea’s SS-N 6 technology was made possible by the United States. Minus transfer of technology to the Soviet Union, the North Koreans would not possess outdated SS-N 6 components.
In many respects, North Korea is a bogeyman created by the United States. This is the case with the country’s nuclear technology, absurdly portrayed in the corporate media as the very embodiment of terror.
“Amidst the cacophony of condemnation from all sides following North Korea’s second nuclear bomb test, there has been no mention whatsoever of how the secretive Stalinist state got its weapons in the first place — they were paid for by the U.S. government,” writes Paul Joseph Watson. “Both the Clinton and Bush administrations played a key role in helping Kim Jong-Il develop North Korea’s nuclear prowess from the mid 1990’s onwards.”
Donald Rumsfeld was on the board of technology giant ABB when it won a deal to supply North Korea with two nuclear power plants, according to a report posted on the SwissInfo website.
North Korea — regardless of all the sensational reports appearing in the corporate media — does not pose a credible threat to the United States. The backward Stalinist nation, barely able to feed its people, is another element of the New World Order’s problem-reaction-solution paradigm (the Hegelian dialectic) cynically used to manufacture crises around the world and then propose draconian palliatives. Our rulers have employed the Hegelian dialectic to manufacture wars and enslave whole populations for more than a hundred years.
“There is a chance for the President of the United States to use the disaster to carry out what his father, a phrase his father used I think only once, and it hasn’t been used since — and that is a New World Order,” said Gary Hart soon after the attacks of September 11, 2001. North Korea is another pawn in this larger strategy to create enemies where none exist and propose military solutions.
The ground-based Patriot anti-missile defenses deployed in South Korea and U.S. Navy Aegis system missile-defense ships deployed to waters near Japan in response to North Korea’s archaic missile technology are part of a dog and pony show against an at best negligible threat.