US To Test Fire ICBM Tonight That Can Reach North Korea

Tyler Durden's picture

In a 'Crocodile Dundee-esque' show of "that's not a nuclear missile... this is a nuclear missile" one-upmanship, US military personnel will test fire the deadly (unarmed) Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile between 12:01 and 6:01 a.m. tonight from the north end of the Vandenberg Air Force Base near Lompoc in California.

Col John Moss, 30th Space Wing commander, will oversee the launch of the long range missile, saying:

"Team V is once again ready to work with Air Force Global Strike Command to successfully launch another Minuteman III missile.

 

These Minuteman launches are essential to verify the status of our national nuclear force and to demonstrate our national nuclear capabilities.

 

We are proud of our long history in partnering with the men and women of the 576th Flight Test Squadron to execute these missions for the nation."

Additionally, as The Daily Star reports, after President Trump branded North Korea "a real threat to the world," Col Deane Konowicz, the 625th Strategic Operations Squadron commander, said the test will send a message to enemies of the US...

"The Simulated Electronic Launch of a Minuteman III ICBM is a signal to the American people, our allies, and our adversaries that our ICBM capability is safe, secure, lethal and ready.

 

“It highlights the ground and airborne command and control elements of an electrically-isolated ICBM, demonstrating that our deployed ICBMs will respond to critical launch commands.”

The apparent hypocrisy of the escalated sabre-rattling is not lost on many, as The LA Times reports, The Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, criticized the timing of the launch, citing heightened tension between the U.S. and North Korea.

When it comes to missile testing, the U.S. is operating with a clear double standard: It views its own tests as justified and useful, while it views the tests of North Korea as threatening and destabilizing,” foundation president David Krieger said in a statement.

 

What is needed is diplomacy rather than military provocations. Threats, whether in the form of tweets, nuclear-capable aircraft carrier groups, or nuclear-capable missile launches, only increase the dangers to us all.”

The Vandenberg test would be the second missile launched from the base this year.

 

Three Minuteman III missiles were launched in 2016, according to Lt. Col. Jason Turner, 2d Range Operations Squadron commander.

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secretargentman's picture

Simulated launch, or actual launch? Wouldn't farting in their general direction be more effective?

Raffie's picture

One is greatly cheaper then the other.

CRUSHING YOUR HEADS

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HcEtkeHoIeU

Stuck on Zero's picture

Minueman III ... isn't that a crank start? 

Croesus's picture

This is some kiddie playground shit, here.

Of course, why should we expect differently from politicians, considering how much time they like spending around little kids?

Terminus C's picture

A simulated launch?  I think the distinction is important.

tdag's picture

ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED!!!

yogibear's picture

Why doesn't China just undo Un. Fat-boy is a burden to China.

J S Bach's picture

Doesn't anyone ever question how these obviously orchestrated military events just happen to rise out of nowhere?  No spark.  No cause.  No logical impetous.  All of a sudden, we're inundated with headlines of global "enemies" from the other side of the world.  They're evil.  They're insane.  They're out of control.  They've got to be stopped before they obtain nukes and the ability to transport them.  Doesn't anyone ever stop to THINK about all of these "coincidal" events?  I guess not.

"Hon, get me another beer, please.  CNN's got the latest game on.  Oh, and bring me a bag of Cheetos while you're at it.  Our boys are really givin' 'em hell!"

The fall of Rome - live and in HD. *munch* * swill* *glug* *burp*

tchubby's picture

America's imperial warmongering is limited these days to bombing countries Israel does not like.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2015/06/25/imperial-warmongering/

sincerely_yours's picture

Trump is not suicidal to touch N Korea, a Chinese ally.

Or is he?

BaBaBouy's picture

Looks like Our Thump is going Haywire ?

Have all the "Cooler Heads" evaporated ?
Did everyone catch the Mkkain Disease ?

WTF, like Russia and China, who could blow us 50 Times over, are going to be appreciative of this bulldog bravado ???

Shemp 4 Victory's picture

As if this wasn't enough (and seriously, poking a hornets' nest as a city of 25 million awaits in the crosshairs of massive artillery bombardment is yuuuuuuge already), Poroshenko and the Banderast Nazi Fags of Durkaine® have decided to try their hand at false flag terrorism.

Two days ago a vehicle carrying OSCE employees was blown up by some kind of mine while driving on a road in the Lugansk Peoples Republic. Two employees were wounded and a third, an American, was killed. That very day, Poroshenko was on the phone to Rex Tillerson, blaming those evil separatist Russian-supported terrorists for this attack.

http://www.fort-russ.com/2017/04/american-osce-observer-killed-in.html

Of course, saboteurs from Ukrainian military intelligence have been active in the Donbass for at least a couple of years. Yesterday, sappers from the LPR militia were examining the area of the attack, they discovered two TM-62 anti-tank mines. They also found a wire which led them to an observation post where they reportedly found material evidence of the presence of a Ukrainian sabotage/reconnaissance group.

http://www.stalkerzone.org/two-mines-found-scene-osce-vehicle-explosion/

Now a Russian reporter claims to have received information from "a source in Kiev" [as with US media, unknown source means unknown credibility] that the SBU, under the direction of "foreign curators", has launched a special operation using false flag attacks to quickly create an image of the Donbass as a territorial base of anti-Ukrainian terrorists.

Blowing up the OSCE vehicle is supposedly the first in a planned series of terrorist attacks. The grand finale, supposedly on May 9th (the Victory Day holiday commemorating the USSR victory over the Nazis), will be an attack on the Eurovision contest during its live broadcast around the world.

(source auto-translated to English via yandex)
https://z5h64q92x9.net/proxy_u/ru-en.ru/https/regnum.ru/news/polit/22674...

(original article in Russian)
https://regnum.ru/news/polit/2267400.html

It's difficult for me to judge the veracity of this claim. Having said that, given the CIA's history of embracing disgraceful and outrageously obscene tactics, it's not difficult at all for me to believe that they'd do something like this.

Manthong's picture

BFD…

My schlong is longer than yours is..

I am wondering now if trump has some kind of compensation  issue.

jeff montanye's picture

on the contrary, i think shemp brings up excellent points.  and while possibly longer, this missile is unlikely to get past the marshall islands, still some 3,000 miles short of korea.

http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-missile-test-launch-vandenbe...

Manthong's picture

Oh, F me into the dirt…

Like we do not have dozens and dozens of SSBN’s from subs that could turn both N and S Korea into glowing wasteland.

Manthong's picture

And oh…

Like we a going to drop that C-130  dumped hot air gas bomb over the SAM Friendly Skies of Pot Belly Jr. space,

 This posturing is getting pretty tiresome.

 

Manthong's picture

..maybe it’s just me.  but intercontinental ballistic missiles seem so old-school in the age of SSBB’s and cyber warfare.. no?

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you_are_cleared_hot's picture

Yes, Land-based ICBMs are outdated...I just wonder what the "tech refresh" for this is going to be. Maybe the Nuclear Triad is outdated alltogether. Nuclear Subs and bombers are mobile...our ICBMs are just sitting ducks. Ironically, I think we should we should replace our fixed missile silos with moble launchers like the Russians have and the NKs

Manthong's picture

Refugee apartments?

Make them harvest the grain for rent.

giovanni_f's picture

For Trump it is strongman-posturing with potentially fast and cheap thriumps in NK and Syria (he doesn't think beyond that, details are delegated to whitehouse family clan around converted Ivanka).

His masters inside and outside Israel have a different plan that goes beyond the intimidation stage with tomahawk-shows and minuteman-tests. Their goal is the real, big thing.

jeff montanye's picture

can they imagine a nuclear exchange without someone, probably russia, dropping a few on tel aviv and jerusalem?  

some have said that a couple there, a couple on d.c. and lower manhattan and the rest of the problem solves itself.

i still say bust 9-11 and learn by doing.

auricle's picture

We to can launch rockets into the ocean. Great! Now what?

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auricle's picture

US test fires ICBM...showing why every country should be test firing their own. 

Lore's picture

Coming soon: Amazon home delivery. 

HooRAY4rSIDE's picture

"Minuteman 3"

 

FFS ~ What is this? A new Sharknado movie? By the 3rd generation you'd think they'd have it down to the 20 second man.

TrajanOptimus's picture

Better to kick ass first than get yours kicked.

J S Bach's picture

Yeah, TO... I'm really scared that North Korea is going kick our butts.  You're right... we'd better go nuke them for no reason before they threaten us again.  I'll sleep much better knowing we've killed another 10,000 innocent human beings this week.

jeff montanye's picture

you pussy bach.  it's into the millions since 9-11, what are a few tens of thousands more?  if lindsay graham can get a chubby viewing all this, the least you can do is be afraid of north korea.

i mean they're not even white, for god's sake.

Manthong's picture

well. at least the satellite imagery will show the that space lit for a few seconds.

..maybe a bit brighter than the South for a moment or two.

 

Our demographically diminishing Nipponese friends might worry a tad about the prevailing winds, though.

Maybe they just need to import more Somalis like our Scandinavian friends.

Too much white-blond or too much yellow-black is just not PC enough for the modern age.

 

Manthong's picture

Oh, F me…

Any society/culture whose military hat brims are wider than their waist bands deserves to be nuked into an eon before the stone age.

 

 

 

PrintemDano's picture

We're not nuking them, we are sending the short fat man a message that our missiles actually work and that he best stop threatening to nuke us.

Golden Showers's picture

"no one wins a fight"

-Dalton. Roadhouse.

new game's picture

not true. i've seen with my eyes first hand a looser...

wisefool's picture

Have you ever considered that the best an brightest USA students become tax lawyers? Have you ever considered who would oppose them in a way that could be written down in the history books?

For the td,dr; crowd. He had a name. it was lil' kim ....

land_of_the_few's picture

Not sure about that, have you ever heard such people speak

ffed's picture

Look up Flat Earth, pretty much everything we know is a lie.

RSDallas's picture

JS, respectfully, you didn't state your conclusion. You may be correct in that could this be a show of force that some dumb ass, past band drum major, dreamed up to try to raise the animal spirits of millions of Americans?? I don't think so. I suggest that this is the military industrial complex shooting off some very expensive rounds so we can order more. We've already launched 3 other ICBM's in 2016! Did they not deliver the correct message then????

newmacroman's picture

Except now they need Russian rockets. Brilliant.

Yog Soggoth's picture

This is about currency Jacee. I can't explain too much more. Follow the money.

Koba the Dread's picture

You say you can't explain too much more. I presume that's because you have no idea what you're talking about.

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tchubby's picture

Trump won't touch N Korea.

bfellow's picture

I'm not for another meaningless war, but the peace nuts saying we need more diplomacy is fucking nuts. Decades of nonproductive talk. It's like a school yard bully. You can try talking to him, but he'll call you a pussy and kick mud on you. Drop the fucker by breaking his nose, he'll think twice before piping off again. If you want to be diplomatic, speak their language.

Abitdodgie's picture

TO , good to see you don't think about things too much , you might form you own opinion .