February 27, 2007
Unneeded Defense Against Nonexistent Missiles Brings Threat of Real Ones
Last week Dante came across an article in Le Monde about Bush’s plan to install missiles in Czechoslovakia and Poland — on Russia’s doorstep. Dante called to tell me that this was a really big deal. He doubted, however, that the American press would pay much attention.
He was right on both counts. The Boston Globe ran a Reuters story and on Saturday the New York Times editorialized about it. And the dependable Guardian of London put an article up on its website.
But by and large the memory hole swallowed the news that Bush is doing his best to reignite the Cold War — and to hamstring the past efforts of better men to defuse the threat of nuclear missiles.
I could go on about this at greater length, but Dante has spared us a thousand words with one picture. Look, read the linked articles, and pray for the Republic.
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at February 27, 2007 01:54 PM
The missile "interceptors" have never worked. Most of the time, they can't knock out their targets, even in carefully controlled publicity stunts. They're absolutely worthless for defense -- an embarrassment, that only PR majors seconded from Hill & Knowlton can face down. Worse than worthlesss, in fact, if people really believe the marketing spin for them. I recommend the UCS/MIT report, "Countermeasures: A Technical Evaluation of the Operational Effectiveness of the Planned US National Missile Defense System".
They might be useful for blasting satellites and civilian aircraft, both of which are first strike measures. I doubt any of this escaped Comrade (it's not comrade anymore, is it?) Gospodin Putin's attention.
...Which proves even further the profound incompetency of the Bush administration as to risk reinvigorating the cold war with a sorry missile system.
However, I suspect that Dick Cheney is starting to feel a mounting Al Qeada bore among Americans, and since the war on terror does not meet much success - and Cheney just went shaking Musharraf for some results -, and is trying this alternative in order to keep his politic of fear alive: by re-installing in the American psyche the great Russian scare; a Russia that was and is more than ever the first, foremost, and the eternal enemy of the United States of America; with or without the communism factor.
You're missing the point guys. The point isn't whether these anti-missiles can actually hit anything. The point is whether the government's check to Raytheon or General Dynamics clears. And it will, because the government prints the money.