Donald Trump Asked Why 'Samurai' Japan Isn't Shooting Down North Korean Missiles
According to the Japan Times , diplomatic sources confirm that with a Monday meeting with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe looming, our very lucid leader has set low expectations with complaints that "he could not understand why a country of samurai warriors did not shoot down the missiles." Aside from the fact that this is essentially a racist stereotype and katanas, no matter how well made, cannot shoot down a missile, there are numerous technical reasons why Japan's Self-Defense Forces stood down.
noted, the speed, altitude, and trajectory of North Korean ballistic missile tests on August 29th and September 15th would have made it "very difficult to destroy them in flight." Per
, the August launch of an intermediate-range missile reached an altitude of 550 kilometers (340 miles), stressing the possible limits of U.S. and Japanese forces'
noted, at its apogee the September intermediate-range
missile launch which flew over the Japanese island of Hokkaido reached an altitude of approximately 770 kilometers (470 miles), which would defeat Aegis as well as U.S. forces' Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (
A failure to shoot down a North Korean missile could be incredibly embarrassing, leaving the U.S. and Japan with less leverage to deal with the threat than ever. As the
noted, Japan's Defense Ministry has basically confirmed this is why they didn't try and that there were also "legal issues to clear."
Per CNN , Abe has met Trump warmly, greeting him with custom Make America Great Again hats and taking him out for golfing and hibachi. But if Abe's a little nervous about his counterpart's capacity to handle this, he should be. In a speech to troops, the president told troops , "We dominate the sky. We dominate the seas. We dominate the land and space." He ominously added that , "Every once in a while, in the past, they underestimated us. It was not pleasant for them, was it? It was not pleasant."
Last month, news broke that the reason Secretary of State Rex Tillerson allegedly called Trump a "moron" was because he wanted to expand the U.S. nuclear arsenal from 4,000 to 32,000 nukes , even though the current stockpile is more powerful than ever. The guy is playing with fire, and he just doesn't give a damn how hot it is. He's pouring gasoline.
[ Japan Times ]