Pentagon officials have acknowledged that they were caught off guard by the intercept on Saturday night -- Sunday morning in Korea -- and did not scramble U.S. fighters during the 22 minutes the North Korean jets tailed the four-engine Air Force reconnaissance plane. North Korea's air force is so strapped for fuel and spare parts, its pilots fly only about 13 hours of training missions a year, and rarely stray from their home skies. <<<
15 crew members could have been killed [shot down] or held hostage
And the Pentagon was unprepared?
Mar 9, '03
From the article:
Nonetheless, officials at the Pentagon and the U.S. Pacific Command in Hawaii were working out details of plans to protect the reconnaissance flights when they resume shortly. Officials said they were balancing the need to ensure the crew's safety and not be intimidated by the North Koreans, while trying to avoid steps that could unintentionally set off hostilities.
I'm wondering what those of you who are so utterly dismayed at the government for being "surprised" that N Korea would follow a US plane, would do otherwise? Set up things that can easily be percieved as aggression, acts of war, whatever, with someone as wacko as N Korea? I'm wondering if it occurred to anyone that scrambling may have made the situation worse? But what do I
know? I mean, I don't have years of strategic analyst experience or military experience or Intel information and pesky stuff like that like the Pentagon and our military does. Jeez! They really should've asked us
what to do!
Last edit by Susy K on Mar 9, '03