It was a “bull's eye” right out of “Star Wars” and more importantly a direct response to North Korea’s continued threatening posture. However, May 30th successful intercept of an approaching enemy intercontinental ballistic missile has its roots firmly embedded during the Cold War, under then-President Ronald Reagan and the then rising tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union, and Reagan’s response to a potential ballistic missile threat.

Reagan speaking off-the-cuff proposed creation of the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), a futuristic anti-missile system, based in space, the program was immediately dubbed "Star Wars" and although it was nothing more than a wish, the Soviets believed that America had the technology.

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Moreover, it actually scared the hell out of them, and they came back to the bargaining table to negotiate a reduction in the number of nuclear weapons allowed for each country.

This successful takedown of an intercontinental ballistic missile, with a mock nuclear warhead, was the first test against a missile traveling at the trajectory and speed of an intercontinental ballistic missile.

Vice Admiral Jim Syring, director of the Missile Defense Agency, called the test result "an incredible accomplishment" and a critical milestone for a program hampered by setbacks over the years.

"This system is vitally important to the defense of our homeland, and this test demonstrates that we have a capable, credible deterrent against a very real threat. I am incredibly proud of the warfighters who executed this test and who operate this system every day," Syring said in a statement announcing the test result.

President Trump was, of course, elated at the success of the test firing tweeted his congratulations to the entire team.

In a recent interview U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis called North Korea a “direct threat to the United States” and continued; "They have been very clear in their rhetoric we don't have to wait until they have an intercontinental ballistic missile with a nuclear weapon on it to say that now it's manifested completely.”

Tell us in the comments below if you think America should attempt a preemptive strike with conventional weapons in taking out North Korea’s nuclear infrastructure?

 
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