An Expiration Date

4 Comments

  1. Stormy Dragon says:

    Based on the types of missiles Iran is focusing on, the GMD system Bush was proposing for Poland and the Czech Republic would have been completely useless. You can’t use an exo-atmospheric kill vehicle to intercept a SRBM or MRBM that never leaves the atmosphere. If one has actually read read the proposal, it is not to eliminate the GMD system and replace it with nothing, it is to eliminate it and replace it with a THAAD or Aegis BMD system that would actually be capable of being used against Iran’s missiles.

    Bush’s proposal may have made sense when it was believed Iran’s primary focus was ICBM’s, but that’s no longer the case. It’s stupid to lock ourselves into a particular strategy that no longer fits changing information out of some reflexive need to oppose Obama purely for oppositions sake.

  2. Phelps says:

    War is simply politics by other means. What your defense stance says about your resolve is just as important as to what you can actually defend against. It is stupid to lock ourselves into one particular strategy; it is even stupider to give your enemy the impression that you have no strategy, or that your strategy is to leave your allies high and dry.

  3. Stormy Dragon says:

    How does saying ‘THAAD will work better against Iran’s missiles than GMD’ constitute no strategy? How is giving Poland or the Czech Republic the same interceptors we’re using ourselves to defened Hawaii from North Korea constitute leaving your allies high and dry?

  4. Phelps says:

    Because Poland and Russia no longer believe that we are ever going to actually deliver anything to Poland or CR.