And while we’re on the subject of missile defense, check this out:
1. MISSILES: THE DEFENSE SYSTEM IS COMMENSURATE WITH THE THREAT.
President Bush pledged a ballistic missile defense in place by the end of 2004. By election time, interceptors were snug in their silos, (WN 22 Oct 04) . It worked perfectly — not a single ballistic missile has fallen on the U.S. since. However, North Korea is now threatening to test a new ballistic missile capable of reaching our mainland. In response the U.S. “activated” the system. Bring it on! Wait, you mean we’ve been spending $10B a year for a system that wasn’t on? “Leaving it on would cost even more,” I was told. Besides, it’s never been tested against a surprise missile, it was bad enough when we knew the exact launch time and trajectory.