The US military plans to deploy its Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense in South Korea and, according to some media reports, is pressuring Seoul to do so instead of developing a national missile defense system.
"There was consideration being taken in order to consider THAAD being deployed here in Korea. It is a US initiative, and in fact, I recommended it as the commander," General Curtis Scaparrotti, the commander of United States Forces Korea (USFK), said last month addressing a forum hosted by the Korea Institute for Defense Analyses, in Seoul.
The plans are justified by a growing missile threat from North Korea against America’s allies South Korea, Japan and military bases. Washington is looking for a region-wide, operational anti-missile defense system, with military experts believing that it would be actually aimed against China’s increasing military presence.
Russia voiced concerns over THAAD deployment. While previously South Korean officials maintained that they want to provide protection from possible missile attacks domestically, on Wednesday South Korean acting Defense Minister Kim Kwan-jin said he would not object to Korea hosting the American system, as long as Seoul does not pay for it.
“We expect the leadership of the Republic of Korea to thoroughly weigh possible consequences of such a move, including for the security of their own country,” the Russian Foreign Ministry warned in a statement on Thursday.
“In fact there is a prospect of expansion of America’s global anti-missile defense system into South Korean soil. Such a development will inevitably impact the strategic situation in the region and may trigger an arms race in North Eastern Asia,” the ministry added.
The concerns were belittled by Washington.
"I understand there are strong opinions in Russia about missile defense. We have been very clear that it is not aimed at them and we are looking at a variety of other threats and we will continue talking to them and being transparent with them about why we are doing what we are doing," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a media briefing.
Beijing earlier voiced its concerns over THAAD plans, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang saying last month that “deploying missile defense on the Korean peninsula would not be in the interest of regional stability or strategic balance.”
Seoul gave an assurance that even if deployed, THAAD in South Korea would not be a threat to China. But Beijing may have additional considerations, since the system would be integrated with Amerian X-band radar hosted in Korea, which can cover most of China’s eastern part.
Washington so far has not officially proposed Seoul host its anti-missile system, with the plan being currently internally debated, South Korean Defense Minister Kim said.
In removing the hated, inefficient carbon tax, the Australian government has struck a blow against big government and the corporatist socialist blob of subsidized business and the extreme left recycling taxpayers’ money into inefficient schemes based on unproven science.
A bottom up movement from the southern hemisphere has shaken the dismal consensus driven through the curious “chumocracy” of peer review. Indeed the whole seriously dodgy crypto-religious revival movement of modern phobia has been shaken. Yes, indeed, dear reader, those wise owls in Australia, folks who understand the value of building an economy, as opposed to destroying it with subsidy, have just repealed their national carbon tax.
The big green blob does not like this. Not one little bit. Then again when you look at the sort of people who support the big green blob, it is a bizarre coalition of the sort of folks who usually send the trolling classes into delirium of hatred and negativity.
The failing EU is loudly abusing Australia for its wise foresight in not destroying the antipodean economy through a largely symbolic ill-designed tax which hit the poorest households as opposed to actually doing anything to change the state of the climate. As a side note, remember, the evidence suggests, the economy is not warming anyway. Radical greenies stuck waiting for polar icebreakers last year made a much more eloquent point about the non-crisis of global warming than all their rather ill-conceived hockey sticks and dire eco-snuff videos created by failed politicians turned subsidy hogging eco-venture capitalists.
Nevertheless, looking south and waving their inaccurate hockey stick diagrams in the air, a wave of trenchant lefties appear incandescent with rage. This is odd. While the dear old tree-huggers hope to send our economy back to an era of wax candle lighting where we hand knit our socks from recycled reeds, the truth is they are the warriors in the vanguard of enriching a nauseous blob of subsidy sucking big corporations who have abandoned capitalism for a free ride at the expense of other people’s money.
Therefore, Tony Abbott, a man who stands almost alone in the West as a national leader is capable of making a decision (read that and weep, EU pygmies) in the best interest of his citizens’ wallets and wellbeing. This marks a cool contrast to, say, Germany’s incredible EU-approved green program where they recycle 22 billion euro of annual subsidies into barely 2 billion euro of usable energy. Net Result: Every German resident loses $300 annually in eco-suicide. Australian expert Joanne Nova reckons every Australian spent $350 in the first year of the hated Ozzie carbon tax.
Like all ill-conceived politically skewed legislation, the original carbon tax left a burden of payment on all citizens but precluded many corporations from paying. This bizarre skew was most evident in heartlands of Labor Party support where brown coal plants were given carbon subsidies... so as not to upset the then government’s vote. Facing a Liberal opposition who were determined to support the people and remove the subsidy to the big green blob, the Labor Party was swept from power by citizens opposed to subsidy sucking incompetence.
So Tony Abbott is a rare politician: not only does he actually stick to his campaign pledges, he also believes taking money from his citizens to subsidy a miasma of corporations, NGOs and anti-capitalists endorsing inefficient wind turbines and solar power plants is actually a bad thing and acts on it! Ultimately the carbon tax was a $9 billion brake on the Australian economy penalizing its own citizens without equivalent penalties being applied to other economies.
Australia thus joins Canada in the vanguard of the movement for climate common sense. Canada withdrew from the Kyoto protocol strictures in 2011 and Australia has now downgraded a dismal attempt at political grandstanding to raise revenue for that bankrupt Western government spendthrift model.
Momentum amongst the bizarre modern day cult of global warming is slipping. The green blob of the extreme left who so hate freedom they are in an unholy alliance with a blob of big government, big NGOs and big business eating subsidies from the workers’ taxes. However, the blob’s inability to separate fact from a computer synthesized data set in their erroneous models will eventually testify to the old fashioned superstition of many who seem to have missed out the cool rational ability to dissect data in the digital age.
Meanwhile a UN sponsored climate conference in Venezuela has just voted to repeal capitalism - in a land where the toilet paper has to be recycled due to the inefficiency of the state, this is almost as laughable as global warming hysteria.
Deputy PM in charge of the defense sector, Dmitry Rogozin, earlier announced the Russian government would prepare a plan on import replacement in conventional weapons and present it to the President.
On Friday the mass circulation daily Izvestia reported the plan was ready and will be presented as soon as Monday.
One of the major points of the document is a set of measures to minimize the damage caused by the loss of many strategic partners located in Ukraine. These enterprises, built during the Soviet Era, continued to work alongside Russian weapons producers, providing money and jobs for the Ukrainian economy. According to the former Ukrainian government plenipotentiary for relations with Russia, Valery Muntiyan, before the crisis about 400 Russian defense contractors used materials and components produced in Ukraine, and 70 percent of all companies supplying the Ukrainian defense industry are located in Russia.
As the new Kiev regime started severing economic contact with Moscow, President Vladimir Putin urged Russian officials to ensure defense orders are fulfilled, and start replacing Ukrainian suppliers with domestic production or imports from other countries.
Izvestia quoted an unnamed source in the Presidential Administration as saying that the government plan suggests starting new defense enterprises in Russia and also attracting partners from Belarus and Kazakhstan. The source noted that as far as hi-tech production was concerned Russian companies did not suffer from “critical dependence” from foreign makers.
The newspaper also quoted Deputy PM Rogozin as saying that the government draft had already been approved by the Defense Ministry and the Ministry of Industry and Trade. He said the plan would not require any serious increase in funding, but most likely the authorities would have to put up with delays in some projects, such as the construction of modern combat ships.
Editor-in-chief of National Defense magazine, Igor Korotchenko has estimated that Russian industry needs about two and a half years to start making everything that had been bought from Ukraine. He said the cost and inconvenience caused by the shift would be well compensated for with future independence of national weapon makers.