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Letter: The Pentagon and the utility of war
Published on July 12, 2017 Email To Friend    Print Version

Dear Sir:

A few days ago I wrote an article related to a company that sells electric generators and that is taking advantage of the situation that has been created on North Korea, trying to inflict terror on the American population talking about the possibility that the Asian country would launch an atomic bomb that would affect the main electricity networks of the United States.

According to experts who gave their assessments, both the CIA and the Pentagon, the electricity networks could be considered the Achilles heel of American society, because in the absence of such energy the country would be paralyzed, and could not establish communication between people. There would be no light in the houses, the televisions would not work, neither the computers, the cell phones, nor the pumps that must carry the water to residences; air conditioning and refrigerators would not work and, thus, a number of equipment and services that Americans are not accustomed to lacking. It would be chaos.

Apparently this idea of the company trying to sell its electric generators has been copied by others, including government officials who are using "Korean danger" to try to resolve budgets and purchases in a situation close to the state of war.

According to reports issued by the Russian armed forces, which no one doubts have experience in the matter of missiles, the Russian military ruled that the projectile that Pionyang tested was not an intercontinental ballistic missile, because they estimated that the flight altitude of the Hwasong-14 was 535 kilometers and the distance reached was 510 kilometers. The Russian ministry of defence argued that these flight data correspond to the tactical-technical characteristics of a medium-range ballistic missile, which means that it would never reach the United States.

The US Pacific Command also assessed that North Korea launched a medium-range ballistic missile based on land and not an intercontinental missile. In addition, US military sources explained that the projectile flew 37 minutes before falling into the Sea of Japan.

Despite all this information, where it is ruled out that North Korea has launched a ballistic missile, perhaps because they have not yet gotten it, Pentagon plans are made for tests, drills and new purchases related to the famous "anti-missile shield" which appears at this time is not able to face a North Korean attack.

The Pentagon's shopping list includes upgrading sensors, radars and interceptor missiles that are part of the famous shield, found in Alaska and California. The latest tests carried out with these missiles, according to Politico, have given a result far from 100 percent efficiency.

The director of the East Asian nonproliferation program, Jeffrey Lewis, said of the operational and technical level of the shield at the moment, if North Koreans sent all the missiles they have to the United States, it is possible that most of them could be knocked over, "That would determine if we have a good day or a bad day."

Phil Coyle, who worked at the Pentagon as chief of armament testing and analysis, said the United States was more efficient at destroying short- and medium-range missiles, traveling at lower speeds and in the atmosphere, which is very different when the missile travels at 15,000 miles per hour and in space, especially if the enemy knows how to deceive you.

The Pentagon tries to take advantage of the situation, no matter how distant the danger is, because now is when no one will dare to deny or question the funds requested.

Dr Néstor García Iturbe
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