I was tempted to name this “Whatta Nork” but chose to lose the invective. At any rate…check out this snippet from Defense Tech (don’t go into the comments – rather like a fuller’s, you just don’t want to breath it in):
“If a missile leaves the launch pad we’ll be prepared to respond upon direction of the president,” Keating told ABC News. “I’m not a betting man but I’d go like 60/40, 70/30 that it will, they will attempt to launch a satellite. There’s equipment moving up there that would indicate the preliminary stages of preparation for a launch. So I’d say it’s more than less likely.”
And then consider this little preening:
“North Korea put its armed forces on standby Monday and threatened “a war” if anyone tries to shoot down what regional powers suspect is an imminent test-firing of a long-range missile.”
So then what to make of this?
“Importantly, China is openly acknowledging that the new Tiangong outpost will involve military space operations and technology development. “
All that after their Jan 2007 ASAT practice? Or is it as they declared back then?
“Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao stated, “There’s no need to feel threatened about this” and argued that “China will not participate in any kind of arms race in outer space.”
My, my…all that gear in orbit…Is there a plan, do you think, to deal with this? The What If’s are rather staggering. We were fools to ever let go our supremecy in LEO. It’s the highest of the high ground and, from there, nothing is impenetrable. Let’s just hope we’ve done what we should have – what has been rumored – and gotten the big guns up there first.
Suffice to say, the borders have and continue to be redrawn. It’s best to be familiar with them.