“I can tell you that the United States is fully capable of defending against any North Korean ballistic missile attack.”
That was White House spokesman Jay Carney, reacting to the third nuclear test this year by the self-styled “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” as well as a brash threat from Pyongyang to, well, nuke the United States.
Carney’s words are certainly reassuring, but the real question is why they were even necessary in the first place.
There are two problems, basically. One is the administration’s nuclear-weapon policy. The other is the laggardly pace of our missile defenses....