US shoots down mock warhead over Pacific

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Latest on the U.S. missile defense test (all times EDT):

4:40 p.m.

The Pentagon says it has shot down a mock warhead over the Pacific in a success for America's missile defense program.

The test was the first of its kind in nearly three years. And it was the first test ever targeting an intercontinental-range missile like North Korea is developing.

The military says an interceptor rocket launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California slammed into the warhead as it traveled outside the Earth's atmosphere after being launched from a test range on a Pacific atoll.


1 p.m.

Hit or miss, the Pentagon's attempt on Tuesday to shoot down a mock warhead over the Pacific Ocean will mark an important milestone.

The goal of having a reliable defense against long-range missiles has taken on added urgency with North Korea's vow to threaten the U.S. with a nuclear-armed missile.

Even if successful, the $244 million test will not confirm the U.S. is capable of defending itself against an intercontinental-range missile fired by North Korea. The Pentagon is still incorporating engineering upgrades to a missile interceptor that has yet to be fully tested in realistic conditions.

A test failure would raise new questions about the defensive system. But it's not likely to compel the Pentagon to abandon expansion plans.

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The stupidity of liberals, ability to ignore their ignorance

and to Destroy what gives them freedom


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direstraits posted:

It would cost much more to clean up a nuked LA, San Francisco, Portland or Seattle.  Yes, it would significantly reduce the number of Democrats.  

this is about the third time this week one of you rt. wingnuts has condoned, suggested,  or 'seen the humor' in killing liberals..... why is that? are you so scared of liberals you have to dehumanize them? didn't something similar happen to a group of people in germany? why do republicons continually do that? i'm just curious.

If my recollection is correct, Seattle and Portland is closer to North Korea than Honolulu.  So, those cities are more likely to be attacked by a NK missile strike.


Yea, the comment about democrats was a little callous, but that seems to have become the norm in these forums, on both sides.

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