North Korean Actions Cause U.S. to Bolster Missile Defense
Lt. Col Bill Cowan (Ret.) on the growing nuclear threat from Kim Jung Un.
- Duration 7:05
- Date Mar 18, 2013
Lt. Col Bill Cowan (Ret.) on the growing nuclear threat from Kim Jung Un.
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What's gone off of the most luck in Korea North Korea.
Oh well you know -- -- what what's happened here recently as I think the north Koreans have kind of surprises they've got a missile.
Capability that we didn't quite think that they had yet they've just -- another nuclear test.
Little bit better than the ones they had in the past and so.
You know I think many people thought the -- dictator -- and might be a little bit more moderate he was educated in Europe be some around here.
European culture and society as a lot of foreign friends.
And I think there were hopes it may be North Korea would loosen up just little bit in contrast he hasn't loosened up and all because of sanctions he continues to threaten.
The south threatening United States now he's saying that they're gonna.
Canceled that that piece it's not a peace treaty but the armistice that was signed after -- Korean War so this guy's just as radical and loonie.
As his father and grandfather before it.
-- -- retention in the service line.
Well I think the US intelligence committee a community has as is taken a look and said look this guy really does may be have a capability or is close to a capability.
To do something to us and he's just a rational enough that he might try they've got a new mobile missile launcher out there they fired a satellite up.
In December the satellite didn't -- didn't reach full operational capability but the fact that they had a rocket.
They can get it up there and into orbit which it did demonstrated that they've got a rocket now the could probably launch something to come all the way to the US though.
We're kinda changing our posture when we look at the threat.
Faced by North Korea and China probably encourage those incredible -- -- conflict.
Well they used to -- man but recently -- or less for five months they've been trying to tamp it down a little bit now telling the settled out you know the world community which now includes China.
Is against him on -- nuclear program but he doesn't care he's moving forward no matter what -- -- on addicted I mean if you're gonna -- dictator.
That's my view you should be like you know generous starve your people threaten everybody in the world -- China on this ticket and and trust not a -- And and yet nobody.
Nobody does anything about it I am enemy forces you gotta be addicted to pornography have been on and on about how badly at I would expect some of the people working with you there might know about it -- -- on -- Lombardi and I call it that Bernard Lou there or whatever there don't.
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I was -- and it was pretty everything three days there.
Toys fund is the only -- luminaries come through and speak I don't think there was anything astounding that happened there.
You know atop your producer is asking me who I was most impressed what I like Allen west I think he's just a wonderful human being held a good America -- -- guy who served.
And you give a real good speech at they're starting of those seat back -- and he reminded all of us that the US constitution.
Was not written to control the people it was what it under control the government oil and we've kind of on the straight.
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I didn't see him speaking did speak I -- I didn't see -- -- -- -- It communal -- any feedback I think Pat Caddell you know the democratic.
Strategist -- okay man and he really renamed on the Republicans for.
For all -- consultants for all the big money that's paid for all -- behind the scenes stuff that -- influences.
Where the party goes -- the candidates are at how much of that is strictly tied to money.
Not to the principles of Republicans or conservatives or Tea Party members -- money Europe.
-- -- ought to talk to Richard -- sort of foreign relations bill council on foreign relations.
And also to -- KT McFarland.
And is still vote but about a Hamid Karzai and -- -- entered.
And -- I don't understand that while we're put up about do.
Well I don't know our options are to get in terms of getting rid of him I'm and you -- -- like that again.
Well you know those are the kinds of things that we have the capability to do that.
We just don't do it but look I think they're Karzai knows that he's that he's on the losing side right now.
There's no way -- walk out of this a winner and so he's always jockeying around trying to appeals that his own.
Boating public not to anybody else including -- -- putting their continue to support but we looked like sap stalling.
We are -- -- and we definitely ourselves and we we look like what we are in this case -- I disagree -- a lot of folks here and all the other places about Iraq and Afghanistan general does drawn a -- -- Rebecca slight case.
We're going and Afghanistan don't try to look for Osama bin Laden -- thrust of -- Monitors system and exercises -- Nonsense and I'm actually tragedy it it I've and I and I agree with you totally we've had this conversation before I'm in Iraq every month now.
I'm -- and -- -- -- again this week and what's happening in Iraq is an absolute tragedy.
And when you look at look back over 4600 American -- -- upwards of a trillion dollars.
And we're gonna Iraq has all -- loft right now so it's it's an absolute.
Just it's it's hard to reconcile that with the sacrifices we Americans.
Have made our current why do you go there every month.
I'm over there I'm -- trying to work with some of the Iraqis who in fact supported us and continue to try to support us up in the northern part of Iraq Kurdistan.
The Kurds are ethnically different from the rest of the Arabs down south Kyrgyzstan is actually a pretty safe.
Environment economically booming because of gas and oil -- the the Kurds aren't gonna end up -- problems with the Baghdad government at some point.
I'm up there in Kurdistan trying to work on some of the commercial things going on -- gonna continue to support those who helped us given your intelligence background them.
Summit of the -- Another downward doctoral program Mike Baker who was fortunate in knowing him I do -- -- -- -- -- his fourteen years Covert.
Operation -- -- strongly suspect.
The boat UN record or on a bunch of stuff that we had any there are there -- and a among my happen until it would probably going to come in time and they're both are good Americans but to -- -- -- -- -- factor for your.
As always services country and I'm sorry got -- I -- -- really know about ask him you know meant I meant.
I still think it's a privilege to serve our great country it's an absolute privilege I -- like your current account -- -- was -- -- That the present to -- and Israel animals unfortunate.
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