Pyongyang Threats Prompt US to Boost Missile Defense
Obama had halted program's expansion
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2013 4:00 AM CDT
A rocket launcher is fired during a live drill by the Jangjae Islet Defense Detachment and the Mu Islet Hero Defense Detachment deployed in the southwestern sector of North Korea.   (AP Photo/KCNA via KNS)

(Newser) – North Korea's missile warnings have the US building up its defenses, insiders tell Fox News. The Pentagon is preparing 14 new ground-based interceptors in Alaska and California. The result—44 total interceptors—is in line with Bush administration plans. President Obama had halted deployment at 30 when he entered office. "North Korea’s shrill public pronouncements underscore the need for the US to continue to take prudent steps," says a Pentagon rep.

Conservatives are likely to slam the administration for halting, then re-starting, the program because the shift is expensive, according to Fox. A missile field in Alaska, for example, will cost $205 million to prepare—more than it originally would have cost. But "anyone who suggests we should have stayed the course" with the defense system before new threats is simply doing "Monday morning quarterbacking," an administration official says.

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Mar 15, 2013 1:22 PM CDT
and gee, how fortuitous for the Defense department ... an alleged military threat to justify the continued over-bloated defense budget
Mar 15, 2013 1:12 PM CDT
All this banter back and forth over the years is getting tiresome. The North just just man up and attack and have a war, get on with it. Besides, the US needs another war with all the cash floating around and veterans at home sucking up benefits and sitting around after being divorced on their tour duty. Besides, you know the news is getting desperate when it is all about celebs.
Mar 15, 2013 11:59 AM CDT
What Obama and his cohorts don't get is that we're Monday quarterbacking because of their stupid choices. They came in thinking conservatives were all wet - and now we're being proved right that N Korea can't be trusted and it's going to cost more because of those naive "let's all sit down and chat over wine" processes. You're enemies know only one thing - force. Talk is cheap and those on the receiving end will schmooze you into believing whatever, while they lay in wait outside the tent door to kill you. If Truman hadn't been so busy trying to save face, and demoted McCarther instead of letting him finish the job, we wouldn't be worried about N Korea, or China for that matter.