|Above, the Pearl Harbor Naval Base and nearby Honolulu would be prime targets. Photo by Armand Vaquer.|
Another national security failure of the Obama Administration appears to be getting worse by the day.
That is the failure to put a halt to North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile program. Now they are threatening Hawaii.
According to McClatchy DC Bureau:
WASHINGTON The Pentagon needs to consider deploying new anti-ballistic missile systems and a defensive radar to Hawaii to protect against a growing threat from North Korea, the top U.S. military officer in the Pacific told Congress on Wednesday.
“Kim Jong-Un is clearly in a position to threaten Hawaii today, in my opinion,” Adm. Harry Harris, the chief of U.S. Pacific Command, told the House Armed Services Committee. “I have suggested that we consider putting interceptors in Hawaii that . . . defend (it) directly, and that we look at a defensive Hawaii radar.”
The U.S. currently has anti-missile interceptors at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and in Fort Greely, Alaska.
Harris was repeatedly questioned by lawmakers from Hawaii on the threat posed to their state.
The current defense architecture “is sufficient to protect Hawaii today, but it can be overwhelmed,” he cautioned. “Somewhere, we would have to make a decision about which missiles to take out, and that’s a hard decision.”
Harris warned that North Korea’s testing is picking up speed and becoming more aggressive; the country conducted more than 20 ballistic missile tests last year.Meanwhile, we are doing our own missile testing. A Minuteman III missile was launched last night around midnight from Vandenburg Air Force Base.
Today, the Senate was called to a special White House briefing on the North Korean threat. For details, go here.
To read more, go here.