A recent statement by a USN Captain about the North Korean military is yet another proof that I was right about the threats America is facing, and the conventional threat deniers led by Bob Gates were wrong.
The USS George Washington (CVN-73) recently participated in military exercises intended as a show of force to North Korea, which has committed aggression against its SK neighbor by sinking a South Korean warship.
The commander of the air wing of that carrier, Captain Ross A. Myers (USN), was quoted by the MSNBC:
“He said that North Korea’s threats to retaliate were being taken seriously.
“There is a lot they can do,” he said. “They have ships, they have subs, they have airplanes. They are a credible threat.”
The exercises are the first in a series of U.S.-South Korean maneuvers to be conducted in the East Sea off South Korea’s east coast and in the Yellow Sea closer to China’s shores in international waters. The exercises also are the first to employ the F-22 stealth fighter — which can evade North Korean air defenses — in South Korea.”
Captain Ross Myers is right. North Korea is a serious threat. It can deliver nuclear weapons to Alaska and has a large conventional military as well as a large defense budget (25% of GDP). It can launch a large quantity of short-range ballistic missiles against countries in Eastern Asia and American troops stationed in that region. It has thousands of tanks, APCs, guns, and combat aircraft.
It belies the claims of Bob Gates and other conventional threat deniers that America is not facing, and will never again face, any conventional threats and that America will never again fight conventional wars.
And North Korea is not the only conventional threat facing the US – Russia (which plans to increase its defense spending by 65% during the next three years), China, Iran, Venezuela and Syria also threaten the US.
The MSNBC also admitted that “The exercises also are the first to employ the F-22 stealth fighter — which can evade North Korean air defenses — in South Korea.”
This proves that F-22s are truly needed. And the fact that they can evade enemy radars, SAMs and AAA is yet another argument for it, because it is exactly the task of stealth aircraft to avoid enemy air defense. They are supposed to fly undetected. F-22s can do exactly that. Gates was wrong to close the F-22 program.
Another USN officer, Capt. David Lausman, the skipper of USS George Washington (CVN-73), said that the submarine threat to the US is serious.
“The “Invincible Spirit” exercises involve about 20 ships, 200 aircraft and about 8,000 U.S. and South Korean sailors. It is the Japan-based George Washington’s first deployment to South Korea since 2008.
The anti-submarine phase of the training — which also involves anti-ship and anti-aircraft operations — is particularly important because it helps ready the U.S. and South Korean navies to respond to scenarios focused on North Korean submarine activities.
“I am concerned about every submarine underwater that I don’t know about,” Capt. David Lausman, the carrier’s commanding officer, said Monday.
Lausman said the attack demonstrated the opaque nature of Pyongyang’s military, which he said should not be underestimated.
“North Korea’s danger lies [in that] they are unpredictable,” he said. “The sinking of the Cheonan is a prime example.””
So the submarine threat to the USN is real. This means that America needs to order dozens of additional Virginia class submarines.