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Gates: U.S. Not Prepared to Respond to North Korea Missile Launch
Fox News Channel ^ | March 29, 2009 | Bill Sammon

Posted on 03/30/2009 8:07:15 AM PDT by La Lydia

The United States can do nothing to stop North Korea from breaking international law in the next 10 days by firing a missile that is unlikely to be shot down by the U.S. or its allies, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Sunday. Appearing on "FOX News Sunday," Gates said North Korea "probably will" fire the missile, prompting host Chris Wallace to ask: "And there's nothing we can do about it?"

"No," Gates answered, adding, "I would say we're not prepared to do anything about it."

Last week, Admiral Timothy Keating, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, said the U.S. is "fully prepared" to shoot down the missile. But Gates said such a response is unlikely.

"I think if we had an aberrant missile, one that was headed for Hawaii, that looked like it was headed for Hawaii or something like that, we might consider it," Gates said. "But I don't think we have any plans to do anything like that at this point."

North Korea has moved a missile onto a launch pad and says it will be fired by April 8. Pyonyang insists the missile is designed for carrying a communications satellite, not a nuclear warhead that the secretive nation appears bent on developing.....Gates conceded that North Korea will likely get away with thumbing its nose at the international community by test-firing the missile. He also said that six-party talks aimed at curbing Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions have been largely fruitless....Gates also lamented that the missile launch planned by dictator Kim Jong-Il comes just two months after President Obama took office....

Gates also said Japan is unlikely to shoot down a North Korean missile unless it drops debris on the island nation.....

(Excerpt) Read more at foxnews.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: appeasement; bho44; bhoasia; gates; missile; nknukes; northkorea; security
I guess they are going to wait until North Korea is poised to take out Seattle before doing anything about this. "We are not prepared to do anything about it."
1 posted on 03/30/2009 8:07:16 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

Sounds like a good way to get more money for DoD.


2 posted on 03/30/2009 8:09:12 AM PDT by BGHater (Tyranny is always better organised than freedom)
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To: La Lydia

Well get prepared already then!


3 posted on 03/30/2009 8:09:20 AM PDT by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: La Lydia

But, hey, maybe if they take out Seattle they’ll like us more and we’ll be more highly esteemed in world view!!


4 posted on 03/30/2009 8:09:27 AM PDT by Obadiah (Party - my house - on December 22, 2012!)
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To: La Lydia

Oddly enough, Japan is prepared...


5 posted on 03/30/2009 8:09:37 AM PDT by null and void (We are now in day 69 of our national holiday from reality.)
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To: La Lydia

Gates is hardly a dove, I guess he has his reasons....


6 posted on 03/30/2009 8:09:42 AM PDT by Unassuaged (I have shocking data relevant to the conversation!)
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To: La Lydia

We can’t or we won’t?


7 posted on 03/30/2009 8:09:49 AM PDT by headstamp 2 ("Government is a disease masquerading as it's own cure")
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To: La Lydia
DOD is not prepared to take out the missile militarily is nonsense.

I will betcha DOD is not prepared to take out the missile for political reasons

8 posted on 03/30/2009 8:10:20 AM PDT by elpadre (nation)
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To: elpadre

I took that as a rhetorical device indicating that BO doesn’t want want to, and doesn’t think it’s important. Of course we are prepared, in the sense that we have the weapons needed and the ships in place to to it.


9 posted on 03/30/2009 8:12:08 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

well i don’t understand why we have to wait for them to actually launch. if we deem there is a threat and we know where this missle is on the ground i would say a cruise missle or 2 would take it out with no problem. and if not a cruise i am sure we have other means.


10 posted on 03/30/2009 8:14:27 AM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: headstamp 2

i would venture to say we won’t....


11 posted on 03/30/2009 8:15:01 AM PDT by tatsinfla
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To: Obadiah

People might pay them to take out Seattle - or San fran...

just saying


12 posted on 03/30/2009 8:15:27 AM PDT by bill1952 (Power is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: La Lydia

The last time N Korea shot missiles, one landed on Japanese soil, and no one did anything then.


13 posted on 03/30/2009 8:16:04 AM PDT by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: La Lydia
We have a problem here: Gates says "I would say we're not prepared to do anything about it."

Admiral Timothy Keating, commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific, said the U.S. is "fully prepared" to shoot down the missile.

The Obama's will be traveling in EU next week - North Korea will launch and no action will be taken...imho.

14 posted on 03/30/2009 8:17:51 AM PDT by yoe
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To: elpadre
Japan will handle this up-coming N. Korean launch as it is well within their sphere of responsibility. According to USAF sources, DOD is not out to take credit for their participation in international peacekeeping especially when our allies can take credit. Command, control and partnership will neutralize the precious leader.
15 posted on 03/30/2009 8:20:09 AM PDT by Broker ( Pakikisama)
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To: Broker

obv he was told to say this cuz anyone with half a brain wouldnt come out and say this publicly!!!


16 posted on 03/30/2009 8:23:30 AM PDT by remaxagnt (`)
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To: La Lydia
"I think if we had an aberrant missile, one that was headed for Hawaii, that looked like it was headed for Hawaii or something like that, we might consider it," Gates said. "But I don't think we have any plans to do anything like that at this point."

WTH??

17 posted on 03/30/2009 8:25:34 AM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Wake up people, AIG executives are not the enemy, your Government is!)
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To: Broker

Can we send our defense dollars to Japan? Can we outsource the missile intercept responsibility? I think the dollars will be spent wisely over there and they seem to know what they’re doing lately.


18 posted on 03/30/2009 8:25:51 AM PDT by George from New England (escaped CT 2006; now living north of Tampa Bay)
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To: George from New England
Can we send our defense dollars to Japan? Can we outsource the missile intercept responsibility? ...

What about Kenya? They seem to be the Dictator-In-Chief's favorite country ...

19 posted on 03/30/2009 8:28:26 AM PDT by TexGuy (If it has the slimmest of chances of being considered sarcasm ... IT IS!)
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To: tatsinfla
We can take out anything now if we want. Just program an SM-3 missile to do it. Do you remember one blew up a dysfunctional satellite in earth orbit about a year or so ago? That one was travelling about 20,000 miles an hour with decreasing velocity.

Then there is the PAC-3 missile for closer range. It doesn't have an explosive payload because it blows up the target by kinetic energy.

All these things are public knowledge.

20 posted on 03/30/2009 8:41:01 AM PDT by BobS
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To: La Lydia

Saying we can’t stop the launch is BS. Of course we can stop it; one B-2, one 2000 lb. JADAM, end of missile and launch pad.

The PROBLEM is dealing with the war that starts.


21 posted on 03/30/2009 8:41:05 AM PDT by Freeport (The proper application of high explosives will remove all obstacles.)
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To: La Lydia

I suspect Hilary or the appropriate Asst.Sec’y at State has informed NK to expect only verbal response, which in their eyes is that the US approves.


22 posted on 03/30/2009 8:48:03 AM PDT by elpadre (nation)
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To: Broker
That thought recalled that when President Bush was trying to get a six nation effort to sit down with the NK, Hilary and the Democrats were raising Cain because he would not sit down one-on-one like the Clintons did so unsuccessfully.

Although not recognized by our left and accused of not doing so, Bush usually tried to establish partnerships.

23 posted on 03/30/2009 8:55:25 AM PDT by elpadre (nation)
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To: elpadre

Japan is a good partner. Their defense forces have bought our products for 50 years. Let them take the shot. It will keep us out of the press. Good dipolomacy in an era of growing anarchy.


24 posted on 03/30/2009 9:00:05 AM PDT by Broker ( Pakikisama)
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To: Freeport

Absolutely, that is why nothing will happen unless it strays too far inland over Japan. The last one’s didn’t except for one, so nothing really was needed to do.


25 posted on 03/30/2009 9:04:56 AM PDT by stuartcr (If the end doesn't justify the means...why have different means?)
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To: La Lydia

Gates is a loyal servant. He has a record of doing what the Boss wants. So what he did under Bush will be different from what he does under Obama.

This statement is clearly weasel worded. It leaves open the possibility that we lack to technology to intercept the missile. But it’s not exactly a lie, because it also can mean that we have made a political decision to do nothing.

In other words, he is willing to risk giving our enemies the perception that the US is technologically incapable of responding, in order to shield Obama from the perception that he has made a political decision to do nothing.

Not even if it hits Hawaii, his supposed birthplace, which has been assiduously hiding his true birth certificate.

Hey! Maybe if NK takes out Hawaii, it will solve the birth certificate problem for once and all! That’s it!


26 posted on 03/30/2009 9:16:04 AM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: Cicero

“Hey! Maybe if NK takes out Hawaii, it will solve the birth certificate problem for once and all! That’s it!”

Don’t underestimate him, that birth certificate means much more to zero than Hawaii.


27 posted on 03/30/2009 9:57:53 AM PDT by RS_Rider
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To: Las Vegas Ron

I heard on Fox News the missile can reach Alaska, if that is the case Obama won’t do a damn thing about it and we all know why. If it can reach Hawaii then yeah they will do something since it’s the supposed place of his birth(I say supposed because we all know where he was really born)


28 posted on 03/30/2009 10:19:27 AM PDT by Sarah Barracuda
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To: Unassuaged
“Gates is hardly a dove, I guess he has his reasons...”

Gates could turn in his resignation papers over this depending how it turns out. You can only put up with so much B.O.>B.S. “defense” policy before you can't take it any longer. He will stay as long as he can make a difference, when he feels like he is talking to the brick wall too often, he may feel like a sinking ship is not one he wants to appear a captain on.

29 posted on 03/30/2009 10:28:02 AM PDT by 444Flyer (Don't beLIEve Obama.............................Never give up, never give in, never give out!)
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To: Sarah Barracuda
Based on how often he mentions Hawaii (NEVER) or his Grandmother after her passing (NEVER), we can't assume he wouldn't let the islands take a hit...er...as Gates stated they “”might” consider” action if that were the case. That should be comforting for his “home state”. I'd put off that trip to Honolulu in the meantime...
30 posted on 03/30/2009 10:33:18 AM PDT by 444Flyer (Don't beLIEve Obama.............................Never give up, never give in, never give out!)
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To: La Lydia

Parse the statement. He didn’t say “We can’t do anything about it.”

This is all just BS posturing. See www.mda.mil for the laundry list of successful intercepts.

Newt is full of it.


31 posted on 03/30/2009 2:39:16 PM PDT by DivaDelMar (CRAm member-- (Conservative Republicans Against mcCain) Think you're entitled to my vote? CRAm It!!!)
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