Accuracy in Media

While Israel eliminates the missile threat to its people, Americans remain vulnerable to a short- and long-range missile attack.

The phrase, “Six Scuds and a dud,” has surfaced several times in different news reports and commentaries in connection with North Korea’s missile launches on July 4. Joseph Cirincione of  the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress was quoted by CNN as saying,  “All of them landed in the Sea of Japan, all of them thousands of miles away from American shores.” In other words, don’t worry, be happy.

Henry F. Cooper of High Frontier begs to disagree. He says the “dud” was a three-stage rocket that was presumably intended to deliver a nuclear weapon to Hawaii, Alaska or the Northwestern U.S. When fully developed, he says it could deliver a lighter weapon of mass destruction (chemical or biological) that could hit most U.S. cities. What’s more, Cooper says the fact that it was a “dud,” a missile that failed, should enable North Korea to analyze and then fix what went wrong. That’s not good news.

Cooper, former director of the Strategic Defense Initiative during the Bush-41 administration, says the additional problem is that the Scuds that worked can be provided to terrorists, who can launch them at U.S. cities from ships at sea, making 9/11 look like “ants at a picnic.”

In a Strategic Issues Policy Brief posted at the High Frontier website Cooper argues that effective defenses need to be deployed now. Cooper says proven sea-based interceptors aboard Navy cruisers are deployed, in order to guard against terrorist Scuds that could be launched by nearby ships, at a cost of only about $1 billion.

Meanwhile, the Warren Buffett-funded Ploughshares Fund sent one of its staffers, Paul Carroll, into North Korea, becoming “one of only a few foundation representatives ever allowed into North Korea, when he visited the country from July 4 – 8.”

Peter Beck of the Ploughshares-funded International Crisis Group has given media interviews saying that the South Koreans did not appear overly alarmed by North Korea’s July 4 test launches and that while they were “provocative,” we have to be careful “not to overreact” because the long-range missile was a failure and “it’s certainly not by any means ready to reach any part of the United States.”

The Ploughshares Funds is committed to offering “critiques of missile defenses.” That means playing down the threat.

One of its ventures, the Mainstream Media Project, is dedicated to providing “the peace and security community a consistent voice in the broadcast media.”

Watch out for these people. They want to leave us defenseless.

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