The Lei After: Hawaii Reacts to N. Korea Nuke Threat
posted at 9:48 am on June 22, 2009 by dougpowers
North Korean psychorunt Kim Jong Il has threatened to launch a missile toward Hawaii, and it has some on the island a little uneasy.
From the A.P.: Planned N. Korea launch unnerves Hawaii residents:
Comforted by the U.S. military’s missile defense systems, Hawaii residents doubt a North Korean missile would light up the clear island sky like fireworks on the Fourth of July.
But that doesn’t mean the islands’ laid-back beach-goers aren’t worried that a long-range missile could be launched in the direction of Hawaii’s emerald mountains and white sand beaches around Independence Day.
“The North Koreans are unbalanced and could try anything,” said Dan Gleason while walking his Jack Russell mix dog in downtown Honolulu. “If they do hit Honolulu, I hope it’s a good shot, because I don’t want to go through the aftermath.”
Yeah, but at least you’ll still be in Hawaii. It’d be better than surviving a nuke strike in Scranton.
But the Wall Street Journal reports that most people on Hawaii are more concerned about the economy than by threats from North Korea’s unhinged loonshrimp.
In either case, Obama has ordered extra missile defense on the island. If a North Korean missile goes anywhere near the U.S., the Aegis system has been retrofitted so it can carry Jimmy Carter up to intercept and negotiate with any incoming missiles.
By the way, the original headline to the A.P. story was “North Korea threatens Obama birthplace with nukes” but it was changed because, for some reason, it caused panic in Kenya.