|Posted on Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 03:28 pm: ||
So, this is a harsh standpoint that I don't enjoy taking, BUT. America was founded on an armed rebellion by citizens against their own government. North Korea continues to exist because of the inaction of those 'innocent civilians.' If it comes down to it, Americans should not be allowed to die because of their inaction.
Life isn't fair. If it comes down to us or them, it's gotta be them.
|Posted on Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 05:41 pm: ||
America didn't have mass starvation with an enormous army, that are fed, for the purpose of loyalty and willingness to slaughter their own people.
Different story altogether.
|Posted on Saturday, August 12, 2017 - 07:50 pm: ||
China is not likely to actually help us, although they will do what China does - deceive people and make them think that they're helping us. There is a successful republic right on China's doorstep, it's called Taiwan. The Chinese state makes Taiwan look like a rebel province full of illiterate idiotic dogs. That's how they stop people from moving - by twisting their minds.
China won't actually help us because NK is their little idealist pet state. They would LOVE to see NK cripple ANYONE, especially us laowai. China is absolutely communist and, although its markets, borders, and politics have become more open, it's still very twisted and has become ever better at the old bait and switch.
China would love to fire a nuke at us from NK and then tell us that they condemn NK's actions, while congratulating the NK government for their top secret missile launch.
|Posted on Sunday, August 13, 2017 - 12:50 pm: ||
"I'd like to see China perform a missile intercept on the next Nork launch test."
China is still practicing to shoot satellites in orbit, essentially the equivalent of a stationary target with its own homing beacon to guide the attacking missile to it. Zero chance they have anything close to anti-ballistic-missile capability.
|Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 07:51 am: ||
I'm not sure about that Blake.
What do you need to shoot a bullet? Another gun, in this case missile, and China makes rockets reliable enough to sell commercial sat launch service. You need computers, and China has the best. ( we may have paid for them, but they own them ) Programmers? Plenty. And the math isn't that hard. Radar, and the Chinese own plenty of Russian made radar and can make their own. ( factory paid for by us, but that doesn't matter )
Integrating all the above is perhaps the trick part, and I might buy that China doesn't quite have full integration on their Carrier Killer IRBM program, so they have a hard time getting real time position data into the missile. Radar next to the AA missile with cables sorta takes care of that, and shooting at the launcher next door, going away, instead of heading down your throat, is in many ways a simpler problem.
But the question is moot, in this context, since China has zero interest in stopping N. Korea. It's a good question how good their anti-missile system really is so we know how much overkill to apply to defeat them, but hopefully we won't have to nuke Beijing to stop the Chinese from going to open war with us again, like in 1950. IIRC my father wasn't happy with that at all. ( U.S. Navy Corpsman attached to the Marines )
By coincidence, I'm just now reading Harry Turtledove's latest trilogy, The Hot War, set in a world where the Marines don't make as successful a retreat, and Harry Truman is convinced to nuke the staging areas for the Chinese army north of the Yalu. Then Stalin retaliates by nuking a European city, and we retaliate, etc. all in 1950 with B-29s and the Russian TU-4 copy, reverse engineered by Soviet engineers using interred B-29s. So far it's not a happy story.
I'm all for popping a cap in Kim's fat butt, ( preferably skull, actually ) and all for freeing N. Korea's oppressed millions, but there is a reason we haven't done that in the last 67 years, which is China protects them. And feels strongly enough about the subject to send over a million men to die to protect their interests. And has surely vowed to do so again if need be.
I'd rather WW4 holds off a few more years so I can retire and be vaporized while riding instead of at work.
(Message edited by aesquire on August 14, 2017)
|Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 09:52 am: ||
It's not that easy to hit a bullet with another bullet. In the case of an intercontinental missile the speed is increased exponentially.
|Posted on Monday, August 14, 2017 - 05:09 pm: ||
I'm well aware of the difficulties.
Just mention the word "decoy" and you've made life harder.
We HAD this stuff when I was a child. My grandfather worked on the Sprint Missile system, a short range high G interceptor. Part of the Nike-Zeus Nike-X program.
Here's the bare facts. We can, if we choose, make anti missiles that have a pretty good chance of shooting down an incoming ICBM. The crappy results seen recently are a function of underfunded programs that keep getting canceled. Like I said, we Have done this.
The problem has mostly been political. The Soviets and today's Russians, don't want us to have a defensive system since it makes their job harder. Simple. Idiots in Congress and traitors in the White House keep canceling the programs to make the Soviets happy.
When we signed the ABM treaty with the Russians years ago, each party was permitted to install one experimental system for testing. We put ours around a silo in North Dakota, and dismantled it shortly afterward to save money. Russia installed theirs around Moscow. It's pretty extensive.
The OTHER problem is simple game theory.
If I have a 50/50 chance of shooting down an ICBM, I simply need to toss 3 ABMs at it. If I can't catch it before it MIRVs and sends 12 H-bombs at my cities, I need to have 30 ABM's to have a good chance of stopping them. If they throw 400 MIRV ICBM's at me.... I need 3000 ABMs all placed carefully to overlap coverage.
So it's impossible to stop ALL ICBMs in an all out attack where the Russians throw 5000 ICBMs with 50,000 H-bombs at us. But we could save millions if we tried.
It's possible to shoot down 1 ICBM from N. Korea or anyone, but we don't have more than a couple of long range ABMs in inventory, and they are all in Alaska, ( because of N. Korea ) we were supposed to have more but Obama canceled them. Specifically he canceled the defense of Europe against Iran. Screwed Poland big time, in a deal with Putin that Putin never paid off laughing the whole time. ( to stop the Iranian Nuke Program )
So, easy? No. Doable? yes. But we just have not built the hardware.
As you can see McNamara deserves to have a line for pissing on his grave, just for Vietnam alone. The other damage he did to the US is worth putting up velvet ropes and a hand sanitizer station.
|Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 01:10 am: ||
The technology and development required for ABM is staggering.
Tech development in China still relies upon theft.
|Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 02:03 am: ||
You guys need to think outside the missile. Plenty of ways to drop one of those birds without shooting anything at it.
I wouldn't be surprised if their first attempt to fire a nuclear tipped missile goes horribly wrong.
I think the last missile got as far as it did because someone outside that nation wanted to see what actually would happen an knew there were no explosives (and not just on paper).
That's just me.
My MOS in the Navy was Electronic Warfare Technician. We had some pretty cool toys.
|Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 03:22 am: ||
The Navy has to have working anti-missile systems. Work pretty good. An Aegis class cruiser can probably fry incoming missiles with it's phased array radar.
Heck, in a Tom Clancy novel they shot down an IBM with an Aegis. Not science fiction.
But missiles are showy and expensive. I have my doubts a nuke in a container on a ship can be detected at sea. Or at least I doubt we have portable detection systems in great enough numbers. Lots of traffic into Long Beach.
If you can smuggle it in Rental trucks can take it nearly anywhere. I've heard D.C. has detectors, but why hit D.C. ? The Super bowl or college playoffs are easier and better targets.
The mild anger at the loss of a few thousand people in D.C. is nothing compared to the fury of a final four game.
|Posted on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 - 04:52 am: ||
Sometimes you just have to admire psychopathic babble.
I'm placing my bet right now that there will be MANY Dems and Reps that echo Kim's warning about “if the Yankees persist in their extremely dangerous reckless actions.” while complaining about Trump.
any takers? ( No one ever bets me on the sure things.... )