North Korea and Launching Rockets
Perhaps the scribblers who mock North Korea’s rocket-launching ability would want to consider this: it ain’t easy.
Consider, for example, the Wikipedia delivered riff on Atlas (at right):
The SM-65 Atlas was the first intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) developed and deployed by the United States.
How’d that version of the Atlas do? Of 24 launches, 11 were failures and 13 were successes. The longest run of failures was three, the longest run of successes was also three.
Denigrating North Korea’s current string of rocket launch failures may make some in the media feel better and result in the usual suspects in the arms control industrial complex saying the usual things about the North Korean threat being overblown, yet neither approach will enhance U.S. national security in any way.
Oh, and based on what’s happened to Iran, North Korea probably isn’t too worried about vacuous U.S. or UN saber-rattling either. Now if China were to deliver a smack-down to the North, that would be a different story altogether.