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Asleep Obama left U.S. poorly defended against N. Korea...

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(The Washington Times) - The White House can put aside global warming hysteria. Nuclear proliferation among rogue nations is the real worry, but President Obama isn’t persuaded. He has been making sleepy-time choices.

Not long after assuming office he shelved the Bush administration’s plans to boost the number of ground-based midcourse defense interceptors at Fort Greeley, Alaska, from 26 to 40, apparently concluding the North Korean threats were exaggerated. Only now, after the hooliganism by that country’s young leader, has the Obama administration been jolted awake to confront the reality that Mr. Bush was right (again).

Mr. Obama canceled plans for interceptor systems in Poland and the Czech Republic that could have shot down U.S.-bound intercontinental ballistic missiles, or ICBMs. In their place, the administration offered an unproven and not even fully developed technology called SM-3 IIB. Then, last month, the administration abandoned even this idea.

“When the Obama administration canceled the Bush plan they did so claiming that there were two things that I believe were inaccurate at the time,” Rep. Mike Turner, Ohio Republican, tells The Washington Times. “One, that the threat was slow to emerge, that we had the luxury of time to respond to the emerging threat. And secondly, that the non-existent SM-3 IIB would be superior technology and would provide greater protection of the United States. Well, the reports have clearly shown that there are technical problems with that non-existent missile interceptor, and we still have ground-based missile technology that works and would secure the United States.”

That technology should be part of a “shoot, look, shoot” strategy consisting of forward-based interceptors in Poland taking the first shot. If they miss, secondary interceptors in the United States could take a second shot. In addition to the existing missile-defense sites in Alaska and California, Mr. Turner urges construction of new interceptor sites in the northeastern United States. Continue reading via The Washington Times...

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