The Pentagon has released a statement intended to assure the Congress that the U.S. military stands ready, willing and able to defend the United States and its allies from a nuclear weapon launched by North Korea.

WASHINGTON — Responding to concerns that North Korea is preparing to test a medium-range missile after weeks of bellicose threats, the commander of U.S. forces in the Pacific sought to reassure Congress on Tuesday that the Pentagon would be able intercept a missile aimed at the United States or its East Asian allies.

Navy Adm. Samuel J. Locklear said Pentagon agencies would quickly recognize if a missile’s trajectory was headed into the open ocean, and that U.S. anti-missile batteries on ships and land would knock it out of the sky if it was deemed a threat.

“We have a credible ability to defend the homeland, to defend Hawaii, to defend Guam, to defend our forward deployed forces, and to defend our allies,” Locklear told the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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Does that suffice to comfort you that we’re safe? Remember, this is the same Pentagon that could not protect Americans in Benghazi for hours after the initial attack. Prior to the attacks, the blame lies squarely at the feet of former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and our Commander-in-Chief, President Barack Obama. They failed to take appropriate action to protect our interests abroad, regardless of the true nature of the U.S. special mission and CIA annex in Benghazi. After the attacks commenced, the blame shifts strictly to the POTUS and the Pentagon he’s in charge of.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey had this to say.

Dempsey said he stood by the conclusion of an independent review board, which concluded the “interagency response was timely and appropriate, but there simply was not enough time, given the speed of the attacks, for armed U.S. military assets to have made a difference.”

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Despite the General’s assertions, the fact is we could not respond for hours to try to save the lives of just 4 Americans. With over 300 million potentially in danger from a nuclear strike, do you have the confidence that this Commander-in-Chief can appropriately respond in a timely fashion?

Now, I don’t buy into the rhetoric of Kim Jong-un for a minute. He cannot pull the trigger on a nuclear attack and he knows it for obliteration would await him. However, the threat has to be taken 100% seriously in that mistakes can be made and there-in lies the greatest danger to America. Responding to a full-out attack, or even a smaller scale attack if it’s announced is easy. Those protocols are already in place. Responding to something inadvertent is a whole different ball of wax.

Reports are that Obama decided to simply go to bed during the Benghazi attacks and leave it up to others to handle it. Would he do the same for a 3am wake-up call if it weren’t the “big one”? Particularly if has a 7am tee-time with a party fundraiser?

Ohhh, I can hear those on the left screaming that’s totally unfair. Really? This might not be a slam-dunk thumbs-up call to take out Bin Laden. What if Kim Jong-un’s finger slips and he launches another so-called test that appears to be headed safely over open ocean but malfunctions?

I don’t wish to go through a laundry list of what-if scenarios, but the point is are we at maximum readiness to respond? After all, our Ambassador to South Korea has decided to take a vacation right in the middle of this. Can you even imagine that? If you were in charge, would you tolerate that for a moment? Priorities matter as does leading by example. Obama does not have a good track record.