Well this is interesting:
WASHINGTON—The Pentagon will spend $1 billion to expand the West Coast-based missile-defense system in a direct response to provocations by North Korea and rising tensions on the Korean peninsula, officials said Friday.
By 2017, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the U.S. would install 14 additional ground-based missile interceptors at Fort Greely, Alaska, representing an increase of nearly 50% over the 30 interceptors now located both there and in California.
The move accentuates new worries that North Korea has accelerated progress in its intercontinental ballistic missile program.
I’m getting an odd sense of deja vu. The terms “North Korea”, “missile defense”, “Fort Greely” and “Alaska” sound vaguely familiar, like they belong together. I can’t quite put my finger on why that is… Oh yes, I remember now:
“I am deeply concerned with North Korea’s development and testing program which has clear potential of impacting Alaska, a sovereign state of the United States, with a potentially nuclear armed warhead,” Governor Palin said. “I can’t emphasize enough how important it is that we continue to develop and perfect the global missile defense network. Alaska’s strategic location and the system in place here have proven invaluable in defending the nation.”
Governor Palin stressed the importance of Fort Greely and the need for continued funding for the Missile Defense Agency. The governor is firmly against U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ proposed $1.4 billion reduction of the Missile Defense Agency. Greely’s isolated location in Alaska as well as its strategic location in the Pacific allows for maximum security and development of the country’s only ground-based missile defense complex.
“Our early opposition to reduced funding for the Missile Defense Agency is proving to be well-founded during this turbulent time,” Governor Palin said. “I continue to support the development and implementation of a defensive missile shield based in Alaska. We are strategically placed to defend the critical assets of the United States and our allies in the Pacific Theater.
Hmmm. So four years ago, Governor Palin warned of the Obama Administration’s naive and short-sighted decision to cut missile defense in Alaska. For that she was roundly criticized by the usual suspects as being out of her depth or simply grandstanding for political gain. A year later Obama himself criticized Governor Palin as “not much of an expert on nuclear issues“, the implication being that he was. And yet it turns out now that she was right all along about defending America against North Korea’s nuclear threat. Obama’s decision to beef up missile defense in Alaska underscores the fact that he now knows she was right, though he’ll never admit it. It only took our president-in-short-pants four years to come to this conclusion, but better late than never, I suppose.
(h/t Mr. L)