Governor of Hawaii explains that an employee 'pushed the wrong button'

ABC News contributor and retired Marine Corps Col. Steve Ganyard looks at what we know so far about the false alarm and what message the U.S. may be sending to North Korea.
3:00 | 01/14/18

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of Americans. Let's do to Washington and retired pa reen corps colonel and ABC news contributor Steve ganyard. An employee pushes the wrong butting spp that all it takes? This was a local problem. This happened at the Hawaii state level. The U.S. Military didn't see any launchs. No worning from the U.S. Government. This was purely a mistake of a single person in Hawaii. It was not the total system failing. ? Seems like there would be a few more layers. 38 agonizing minutes. Took 38 minutes to clear up. Why did it take so long to fix? It's terrible, Paula, to have people wait like that and not know their fate. In the past, what I have seen in doing civil military disaster preparedness, you need to work in a free-play way. You can't just follow checklists. Yesterday, a checklist was followed. Checklists don't work when it comes to real disasters. You have to have people prepared and worked through the process. You have to imagine that the leaders in Pyongyang are looking at in this morning and viewing it as a victory. This wouldn't H happened even six months ago. Because up until now, we haven't seen the north Koreans with the ability to strike the U.S. With a nuclear weapon. And have said they are willing to do so. This is new. And Kim Jong-un was the happiest guy if the world yesterday. Because his nuclear program has done what he wanted it to do. That is to be able to strike fear in the hearts of the American people. Certainly taking a victory lap this morning. Steve ganyard, from Washington, D.C., thank you.

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