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.
TIME FOR THE WAYBACK MACHINE:
In 1979, Secretary Brown took the first trip by a Secretary of Defense to the area. The Administration reassured the Saudis with F-15s and AWACS when war was threatened again in Yemen. However, Carter demonstrated that U.S. support for the Saudi kingdom had its limits when he announced that the aircraft were sent to the Gulf unarmed.
With two Aegis capable craft off the coast of Norkoland, and missiles designed to take out enemy launches IN THE BOOST PHASE, the idea that we can do nothing is TRULY that politically we are NOT PREPARED TO ACT.
The bad guys have NO REASON not to find the line they can't cross.
Unfortunately when they do, we will be at war.
Does this all sound hauntingly familiar, and DUMB?