Really, Russia has invaded another country?
Instituted martial law in other Republics?
Stationed missile boats off of NYC?
When you say "everything it can" do you know that means?
North Korea has every right to fire a rocket. Just like everyone else on the planet. If they shoot at someone else, that's another matter. Does NK have the right to shoot down anything we want to put up?
There are certain rules involved in firing a missile. If I remember correctly, the last time the NK fired one, they didn't follow the rules. They are suppose to file a Notice to Mariners, and a Notice to Airmen. They have in the past, at times neglected to do so. This time they did do file the proper notices, which is of course why our ships are there.
The US ships will try to shoot it down, if it appears to be headed towards a land target such as Japan or the US. But the real reason our ships are there is twofold. We will test our own ability to track and conduct simulated engagements of the missile. And we will use the ships to collect intelligence against them. Those Aegis cruisers are excellent intelligence collection platforms. We will use them to monitor NK activity prior to, during, and after the launch, along with any items we can collect from the missile itself. Along with the Aegis cruisers, there is likely a Cobra Ball aircraft somewhere in the area that will be monitoring the launch.
In reality, while the administration is complaining about the upcoming launch, the Navy is probably happy about it. Not that they want the NK to actually shoot it at a real world target, but the test launch gives them an excellent opportunity to test the ships capabilities against a real world target.
Edited by Davidson Deac II, 31 March 2009 - 02:33 PM.