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F-35 may be the key to stopping a North Korean nuclear attack

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F-35 may be the key to stopping a North Korean nuclear attack

On a warm spring day in 1983, President Ronald Reagan called for the launching of the “Star Wars” initiative. The intention was to defend the United States from a nuclear attack from the Soviets, which at that point in the Cold War could have come at any given moment. It never came, but neither did a surefire missile defense system. When a weapon is capable of killing millions with a single strike, the goal of any initiative must be perfection.

Fast forward 34 years and we still don’t have a measure with high confidence that can shoot down a North Korean ballistic nuclear missile. We have many ways of attempting to do so, but most of what we know is theoretical. We simply don’t have enough data to build the perfect shield around the nation and depending on how advanced the North Korean systems really are, we may need it to be perfect.

There are two ways to address this that the U.S. military is currently doing. The first is to collect as much data about their missiles as possible. It’s been quietly stipulated the reason we aren’t as adamant about the North Koreans halting their missile tests is that it gives us as much information as it gives them. Every launch they make, every computer we hack, and every bit of intelligence we can gather on their capabilities brings us closer to developing the surefire method everyone wants.

The other action by the military is testing methods of bringing these missiles down. Representative Duncan Hunter suggested last month the F-35 was capable of taking down a North Korean missile. Skeptics raised questions, but apparently his information was partially correct, according to DefenseOne:

Newly Revealed Experiment Shows How F-35 Could Help Intercept ICBMs

http://www.defenseone.com/technology/2017/12/newly-revealed-experiment-shows-how-f-35-could-help-intercept-icbms/144365/Turns out the F-35 may be an ICBM buster after all, or at least be helpful toward that end. On Tuesday, Northrop Grumman called a small group of journalists to its offices in Linthicum, Maryland, to show the results of a 2014 experiment conducted with the Missile Defense Agency, or MDA.

The U.S. has no foolproof way to down a North Korean ICBM. Physics says the best opportunity comes during “boost phase,” as the rocket is leaving the launch pad. But DPRK anti-aircraft defenses make it difficult for the U.S. to get a weapon close enough to do any good. That’s why the Pentagon is looking at elaborate, futuristic concepts like arming drones with missile-killing lasers.

One important thing to note: If we do have the capabilities of taking down missiles 100% of the time, there’s very little chance anyone would know that, not even a Congressman. That’s the type of information that only a handful of people would possess. Contrary to popular belief, it’s also the type of information we wouldn’t want enemies to know. Better for them to continue down the path of developing weapons they can’t use against us than to focus on other weapon types.

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  1. Brad Arnold

    December 8, 2017 at 7:49 am

    Flooding our missile defenses is the best way to overcome them. That is why it is very likely that North Korea will cross an invisible red line sometime next year, forcing the US to preventively start a war, either directly by an attack, or defensively by a naval blockage (like was the case with Imperial Japan) or some other provocation. The US simply can not allow North Korea to mass produce H-bomb tipped ICBMs like sausages. Trump just happens to be the right man at the right time to prevent a larger catastrophe.

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace… unless it’s Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerusalem

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World says an embassy in Jerusalem prevents peace unless its Turkey opening an embassy to East Jerus

When President Trump announced the United States would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move our embassy there, most world leaders condemned the plan as an obstacle to peace. The chorus rang loud that putting an embassy in Jerusalem would derail the progress that has been made in the last few decades. Now that Turkish President Erdogan has decided to open an embassy in East Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Palestine, the world responded as expected.

Crickets.

It’s not that most of the world is against an embassy in Jerusalem or anyone acknowledging it as the capital. They just don’t want an embassy to Israel there, nor do they want it recognized as Jerusalem’s capital. The anti-Israel world (which is made up of a vast majority of world leaders, a good portion of the non-Jewish people, a surprisingly large number of Jews, and pretty much every Muslim) knows only one way to peace: a two-state solution.

The world wants to take a country the size of New Jersey with the only Jewish majority in the world and split it up with people, many of whom have vowed to destroy Israel itself. That’s why they’re okay with Erdogan making his fuss over all this. Let’s take a brief look at what Erdogan is doing, then I’ll leave my final thoughts on the matter.

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Turkey’s Erdogan: Muslim nations to go to UN over Jerusalem

http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkeys-erdogan-muslim-nations-jerusalem-51811201Turkey’s president says Muslim nations will ask the United Nations for an “annulment” of President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Recep Tayyip Erdogan says the initiative would start at the U.N. Security Council and if it’s “vetoed there, we will work within the U.N. General Assembly for the annulment of this unjust and lawless decision.”

Opinion: Erdogan′s boring taunts in the fight over Jerusalem

http://www.dw.com/en/opinion-erdogans-boring-taunts-in-the-fight-over-jerusalem/a-41784633He’s back: the rapscallion, the bully, the lout, the eternal political campaigner Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Turkish president was at his old game as soon as the conference of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) kicked off in Istanbul. He called Israel a “terrorist and occupier state,” and invited “every country” to “recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the occupied state of Palestine.”

Turkey’s President Erdogan says he will open an embassy in East Jerusalem

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/turkey-recep-tayyip-erdogan-embassy-east-jerusalem-palestinians-israel-donald-trump-a8115281.htmlTurkey will open an embassy in East Jerusalem, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said, days after leading calls at a summit of Muslim leaders for the world to recognise it as the capital of Palestine.

“God willing, the day is close when officially, with God’s permission, we will open our embassy there,” he said in a speech, while maintaining his fierce criticism of the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Final Thoughts

These moves have very little to do with Jerusalem. They have everything to do with Erdogan’s ambition to be the leader of the Muslim world. He wants to build a coalition behind him to be the “great uniter” of a diverse people spread around the globe who are often at odds with one another. He wants to rebuild the Ottoman Empire. The scary part is that it might work.

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We must move forward knowing North Korea will not end its nuclear program

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We must move forward knowing North Korea will not end its nuclear program

There is nothing the United States, China, the United Nations, or anyone else can do to coax North Korea into ending its nuclear program. They will keep researching. They will keep testing missiles and nuclear devices. They cannot be pressured. Neither sanctions nor harsh words of any kind will change their minds.

Perhaps Dennis Rodman can do something, but I doubt it.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council today, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson discussed the options for North Korea:

“It can reverse course, give up its unlawful nuclear weapons programs, and join the community of nations, or it can continue to condemn its people to poverty and isolation.”

It seems as if the United States is starting to make it clear to the world that we’ve made every attempt possible to stop their nuclear program without actually invading. What does this mean? If you guessed, “we’re invading,” you may be right. We know the option is on the table. We also suspect the President will not do it without international support. It’s not that he needs approval; recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel demonstrated he doesn’t seek international approval. He does, however, need to avoid an international outcry against American “imperialism” in order to keep us out of other conflicts and to prevent damage to the economy.

Some nations wouldn’t support a military action by the United States unless we were attacked first. A few wouldn’t even support a military response if we did get attacked. Regardless, that’s the contingency plan the President is apparently considering. If he can justify starting a war to prevent them from attacking us first with nuclear weapons, he may take us down that road.

Diplomacy isn’t working:

North Korea vows to ‘march forward’ with nuclear program to protect itself from US

http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/north-korea-vows-to-march-forward-with-nuclear-program-to-protect-itself-from-us/article/2643638“Our possession of nuclear weapons was an individual self-defensive means of defending our sovereignty and right of existence and development from the U.S. nuclear threat,” said Ja Song Nam, the North Korean permanent representative to the United Nations. “If anyone is to blame for it, the U.S. is the one who must be held accountable.”

“[North Korea] will march forward and make great advancement [in its weapons program],” he added.

My Take

I am not endorsing war. I’m also not opposed to it if the need is great enough. There isn’t a simple solution to the North Korean problem. There isn’t even a complex solution, really. All we have are potential actions that we can take to try to stop a regime that hates us from having the capacity to destroy us.

There is another option. What if we just left them alone? They apparently won’t stop provoking us, South Korea, or Japan. What if we just ignore them? Let them do their thing. Isolate them. Shoot down any missiles that are heading towards our airspace or the airspace of our allies. I don’t like that option any better than a military option, but when all the choices are bad, we have to try to determine which ones are less bad than the others.

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Someone needs to make the historical case for Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel

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Someone needs to make the historical case for Jerusalem to be the capital of Israel

Following President Trump’s declaration that the United States recognizes Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, the world reacted poorly. Many thought it was a bad move for the peace process, though that argument can be easily debunked by the fact that we’re no closer to peace now than we have been at any time over the last two decades when Jerusalem wasn’t recognized by the U.S.

The other argument is historical. Many, particularly Muslim and anti-Israel nations and their leaders, believe Jerusalem should be considered the capitol of Palestine, which of course doesn’t exist at this moment in history.

Buckle Up: Erdogan and UN Islamic Member States Just Declared Jerusalem the Capitol of Palestine

https://www.redstate.com/brandon_morse/2017/12/13/buckle-erdogan-un-islamic-member-states-just-declared-jerusalem-capitol-palestine/According to the Anadolu Agency, the deceleration came from a group of Islamic countries under the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), lead by Turkish President  Erdogan, in a communique.

The communique said it “rejects and condemns in the strongest terms the unilateral decision by the president of the United States America recognizing Jerusalem as the so-called capital of Israel, the occupying power.”

There’s no political debate that can change minds in this regard. The only way to approach it is for someone to make a proper historical case for Jerusalem being the capital of Israel instead. Someone in power, whether based upon the financial capacity to make it happen or through political clout, needs to sponsor a multinational research project with the goal of definitively declaring that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.

Those of us who follow history, the Bible, and the geopolitical atmosphere that has called the truth into question don’t need such a case to be made, but much of the world does. The confusion surrounding “Palestine” itself is a case study in extended promotion of a false narrative.

Once such a project is complete, it’s imperative for the United States, Israel, and any other nation that wants to be on the right side of history to embrace and push out the results. If I had the money or political clout, I’d do it myself. I do not. For such a project to be effective in changing hearts and minds, it would need a very diverse range of participants. This couldn’t just be a couple of research students compiling the data. It also couldn’t be a simple article. To be effective, it would have to be comprehensive, backed by both facts and modern perspectives, and verified across the board to make sure it’s perfect. Any holes in the results would be enough to de-legitimize the entire endeavor.

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