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Admiral says US ready if North Korea strikes
Associated Press ^ | Apr. 9, 2013 2:29 PM EDT | Donna Cassata and Richard Lardner

Posted on 04/09/2013 2:24:59 PM PDT by Olog-hai

U.S. defenses could intercept a ballistic missile launched by North Korea if it decides to strike, the top American military commander in the Pacific said Tuesday, as the relationship between the West and the communist government hit its lowest ebb since the end of the Korean War.

Amid increasingly combative rhetoric from Pyongyang, Adm. Samuel Locklear, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and long-range ballistic missiles represents a clear threat to the United States and its allies in the region.

The admiral said Kim Jong Un, the country’s young and still relatively untested new leader, remains unpredictable after using the past year to consolidate his power.

But Locklear told the Senate Armed Services Committee that he was confident that the U.S. military can thwart North Korea if it chooses to act. He made clear that any U.S. decision would be contingent on where the missile is headed, information that the U.S. could ascertain fairly quickly. …

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: firststrike; korea; nkorea; northkorea; nuclearmissiles; worldwar3

1 posted on 04/09/2013 2:24:59 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

“He made clear that any U.S. decision would be contingent on where the missile is headed...”

Obama — Headed toward a Red State? Let ‘em burn.


2 posted on 04/09/2013 2:27:21 PM PDT by Arkansas Toothpick
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To: All

We were always ready! MAke no mistake of that!


3 posted on 04/09/2013 2:28:08 PM PDT by Conserev1 ("Still Clinging to my Bible and my Weapon")
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To: Olog-hai

We will put the ‘onus’ on North Korea and issue a strongly worded warning. If they don’t back off we’ll cancel another missile test. /sarc


4 posted on 04/09/2013 2:39:22 PM PDT by Starboard
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To: Olog-hai

Admiral says US ready if North Korea strikes

but is Obama ?


5 posted on 04/09/2013 2:49:41 PM PDT by molson209
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To: Olog-hai
obama military photo: Obama cuts military budget. 086.jpg
6 posted on 04/09/2013 2:56:04 PM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Snickering Hound

"Oh no, it's Five O'clock Charlie."

7 posted on 04/09/2013 2:58:53 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Olog-hai
With what, Admiral? The Air Force is grounding 17 combat units. How much of your Navy is being dry docked? 4 of our best in military leadership have been pushed out of service in the last 5 years.

What about the cut in services and support to your men Admiral? Hows the moral?

8 posted on 04/09/2013 3:00:58 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Olog-hai

Obama vs. The U.S. Military

http://www.nachumlist.com/obamavmilitary.htm


9 posted on 04/09/2013 3:02:23 PM PDT by Nachum (The Obama "List" at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Olog-hai; mickie
Will Obama be in the Situation Room to give the ultimate "fire" order or will he be hiding next to that gopher inside the cup on the 9th hole?

Leni

10 posted on 04/09/2013 3:13:41 PM PDT by MinuteGal
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To: molson209
Notice that they call it “missile defense” now, and not Star Wars.
11 posted on 04/09/2013 3:15:39 PM PDT by beef (Who Killed Kennewick Man?)
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To: beef

I was just wondering...in nobama’s navy, is the admiral gay or a tranny?


12 posted on 04/09/2013 3:17:46 PM PDT by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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To: Nachum

Only a month ago, this Admiral was saying our biggest threat was........
Global warming.


13 posted on 04/09/2013 3:18:06 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: hal ogen

The guy’s straight as far as I know but...
He’ll back the homo-Navy to the hilt....
How else do you think he made Admiral?


14 posted on 04/09/2013 3:19:58 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Olog-hai

What ... ready to surrender?


15 posted on 04/09/2013 3:31:24 PM PDT by clamper1797 (De-throne King Obozo)
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To: matginzac

“Rear” Admiral ?


16 posted on 04/09/2013 3:32:45 PM PDT by clamper1797 (De-throne King Obozo)
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To: Olog-hai

Funny thing is U.S. just stated they will not shoot down a North Korean missile unless it will land on U.S. territory. How will they know when to shoot?


17 posted on 04/09/2013 4:05:07 PM PDT by mulder1 ("The past is prologue.")
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To: clamper1797

Actually, I think he’s a four star...his job is one of the top tiers of the Navy...


18 posted on 04/09/2013 4:35:31 PM PDT by matginzac
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To: Olog-hai

After Benghazi there is concern that the administration would act to defend Americans from attack. I am hoping that our defenses are automatic without getting hung up on presidential orders but I think not.


19 posted on 04/09/2013 5:33:22 PM PDT by Hostage (Be Breitbart!)
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To: mulder1

By computing its trajectory in real time.


20 posted on 04/09/2013 5:37:03 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by Nature, not NurtureĀ™)
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To: Olog-hai

KMS32 passing over Northeast U. S. in minutes.


21 posted on 04/09/2013 5:57:53 PM PDT by mulder1 ("The past is prologue.")
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To: Olog-hai

Well Ye-ah! Mr. Admiral will be on a sub.


22 posted on 04/09/2013 6:05:54 PM PDT by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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