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05JUN09 Under the nuclear shadow again, then again it never went away...

...we just got complacent.

Here in North Pole Alaska, we rest approximately 15 miles south of Fairbanks and Ft. Wainwright, and about 10 miles north of Eielson AFB; along with being 90 miles north Ft. Greely and Delta Junction, the current home of approximately 28 interceptor vehicles in the Alaska portion of the Missile Defense Shield. Our state also happens to contain the largest US population center nearest North Korea, Anchorage. Near Anchorage is the port of Valdez where the Trans-Alaska oil pipeline terminates. Talk about strategic terrain, Billy Mitchell wasn't joking in his assessment of Alaska as being some of the most strategic real estate on planet earth!

Secretary of Defense Gates just got done with a visit here to Ft. Greely, and certainly hope he is having second thoughts about the $1.8 billion cuts he is supporting from the Obama administration targeting the funding for the Missile Defense system. Its highly likely North Korea has achieved, and at the very least got closer to achieving, the production of a nuclear warhead.

Knowing a bit about the geography near Alaska's American Legion Post 30 in Moose Creek, you can imagine the impact that a North Korea could have on the US economy by targeting the Interior of Alaska. We have a refinery in the town of North Pole, and the pipeline along the surface. At the very least, oil will go through the roof... Along with the damage to one of the closest Air Force bases to the Korean Peninsula that would be a major refueling point for aircraft deploying to the region. Our refinery resources produce more aero-fuel than vehicle fuel for a reason. Chinese, and Russian aircraft frequently pass through Ted Stevens International Airport down in Anchorage for refueling, the impact of a nuclear attack on Anchorage would be much more devastating than a strike at the interior of Alaska. Not only is 2/3rds of Alaska's population in the area, but Anchorage is a major port where the rest of the state is supplied from, international air carriers would be interrupted affecting lines of communication in the entire Northern Pacific. China, Russia, Japan, and Canada would be affected by such an attack.

It never ceases to amaze me how the very people who opposed nuclear missiles, and thereby the deterrent effect that necessitates the ownership of such firepower, are the same people fighting a system that would safely allow the US to reduce its nuclear arsenal (notice I don't say get rid of... sad to say, nukes are here to stay if we chose to exist). One begins to really wonder, are the opponents of both nuclear weapons and the missile defense system really motivated by ideals of peace? Or are they fed the arguments and supported by other malicious forces? Does idealism blind them that much?

Well, if North Korea decides to launch a nuke at my home, that simplifies my life immensely. If the Interceptors work, I'll live even if I don't have electronics due to the EMP hitting from the blast of the warhead. Sure, it might get blasted close enough for that, maybe even some residue radiation that might force me inside for a time, but that sure beats the heck out of annihilation! I'm willing to accept that much risk. It beats the old option of MAD (Mutual Assured Destruction), and dying knowing we MIGHT shoot back with our nukes. If the interceptors fail, could you make sure we shoot back? Please?!

Time to pick up the science fiction of the 1980's again, re-read the wisdom of Robert A. Heinlein, Jerry Pournelle, and Larry Niven in regards to the need for a viable defense against ballistic missiles, because MAD is for the truly mad (perhaps I should be politically correct and say 'mentally ill' politician). I wonder if the L4 society that promoted 'star wars' still exists... I might need to sign up.

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