You know how I've been saying for years on this site that it's better to overestimate enemies' capabilities than underestimate them, and that even if, in this case, the NoKos aren't quite able to back up their belligerent threats against us at the time they make them, they sooner or later they will be?
Welcome to sooner or later:
Barack Obama denies North Korea can make a nuclear strike against the U.S. or its allies, claiming they cannot make a nuclear weapon "miniaturized" (small and lightweight enough) for missile delivery.
This is, as we shall see, the party line, the toeing of which is, within the Regime, not voluntary.
The miniaturization myth never made sense technically and is contradicted by the defense community. But a gullible press goes along with Obama's fiction that North Korea may not have nuclear armed missiles because they have not yet mastered warhead miniaturization.
Now a CNN headline reports "Intel Officials: North Korea 'Probably' Has Miniaturized Nuke." CNN interviewed Admiral William Gortney, commander of North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD), the most outspoken senior officer warning North Korea can strike the U.S. mainland. [emphasis added]
So the press embargo has been breached. Which means it's time to double down.
On October 8th, 2015, NORAD Commander Gortney told the Atlantic Council, "I agree with the intelligence community that we assess that they [the North Koreans] have the ability, they have the weapons, and they have the ability to miniaturize those weapons, and they have the ability to put them on a rocket that can range the [U.S.] homeland."
On April 7th, 2015, Gortney said NORAD is moving back into the underground bunker inside Cheyenne Mountain, spending $700 million to further harden the bunker against nuclear electromagnetic pulse (EMP) attack from North Korea and others. [emphases added]
Remember that North Korean "satellite launch" last month?
In March 2016, the [Obam]agon confirmed North Korea recently rolled out a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) the KN-14, having longer range than North Korea's KN-08 ICBM deployed in 2012. Both missiles are armed with nuclear warheads and can strike the U.S. mainland. [emphasis added]
So Admiral Gortney has been vindicated, right?
Remember which president we're talking about:
The [Obam]agon also recently announced Gortney will be the first combatant commander replaced by a woman officer, another first for Barack Obama's [feminization of] the military. Perhaps this is merely coincidence, or maybe continues Obama's pattern of punishing those who speak truth about North Korea's nuclear missile threat. [emphases added]
The message is clear: "North Korea can't touch us". And anybody who "boxes with Godbama" will go "down for the count". The question is, why is The One so insistent about that party line? All the more so given that it is less and less tethered to reality? Should we not, in Nick Fury's words, "take the world as it is, not as we would like it to be" so as to maximize our chances of dealing with it safely and effectively? This POTUS certainly doesn't appear to think so.
Does Barack Obama welcome a North Korean nuclear attack on the United States? Or is his ego so stupendous, and stupendously brittle, that he simply cannot and will not change that fantasy and demands that everybody robotically accept it?
And in the end, is there any practical difference between the two?:
Three years ago the defense community got the message not to speak too loudly about nuclear missile threats from North Korea. In 2013, North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un threatened nuclear strikes against the U.S., South Korea, and Japan.
Barack Obama told NBC on April 16th, 2013, he did not believe "North Korea yet had the ability to miniaturize a nuclear weapon to fit atop a missile." White House spokesmen Jay Carney said on April 12th, "...obviously the North Koreans have tested nuclear weapons . . . What they have not done is demonstrate . . . a capability to deploy a nuclear-armed missile--attach a warhead to a missile and fire it."
Ironically, on April 16th, 2013, on the very day Obama told Americans that Kim Jong Un could not strike the U.S., North Korea's KSM-3 satellite passed over Washington, D.C., and New York City at the optimum trajectory for a surprise EMP attack. [emphasis added]
His military has warned him. His intelligence agencies have warned him. And Barack Obama continues to ignore them....
....and will - until....
Well, it sure will "reduce America to the level of the rest of the world". And well below it.
And kill 90% of the U.S. population as well.
All it takes is one time, folks. And Barack Obama either doesn't want to know that, or does know it and cares more about being "right," in direct proportion to how wrong he is.
Or....he welcomes it. Just like any American enemy would.
Which explanation is the most correct is kind of hard to escape, isn't it?
UPDATE: Headline of the week: "North Korea Warns of Famine as Leader Kim Jong Un Nears 300 Pounds".