U.S. considers shooting North Korea test missiles out of the sky - UPI.com
UPI reports: "The U.S. military is considering a bolder response to ballistic missile
tests by North Korea's socialist government -- blasting them completely
out of the sky, according to sources. [...] Experts warn that by its
very nature, shooting down one of North Korea's test missiles would
bring a substantial risk of escalation -- and perhaps push the scope of
consequences outside the Pentagon's control and impact U.S. allies in
the region, particularly Japan and South Korea."
Comment: It's a very dangerous situation. It seems that no matter what happens, we are on the path of escalation, as it's extremely unlikely that North Korea will suddenly change course. Diplomacy has been tried. Sanctions have been tried. Back-channel communications and third-party interventions have been tried. All the usual tools in the kit have been tried and found wanting, only the hammer of military force remains.