Oh boy! President Pence has decided to double-down on our first-strike capability! I sure hope this works…
The US and South Korea have agreed to the early activation of a defence system designed to shoot down North Korean missiles, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency. The decision to activate the Terminal High Altitude Area Defence (THAAD) system came during talks between the acting South Korean President Hwang Kyo Ahn and Mike Pence, as the US Vice President warned North Korea that the “era of strategic patience is over”.
And the name fits. I’m glad to see the mainstream news media is giving it some attention. Admittedly, it has a nicer ring than to than does “World War III”.
It started after Vladimir Putin changed history by invading an independent country, Ukraine, and seizing its Republic of Crimea.
I grew up during the end of the first Cold War, when the imminent threat of total planetary destruction was never more than half an hour away. Today, the doomsday clock is at three minutes to midnight.