Just when we're sheltered under paper, the rockets come at us sideways.
- Meat Puppets
Finally, someone writes a truthful, easy to read article about missile defense.
The bottom line? Strategic Missile Defenses Don't Work.
The caveat? Strategic Missile Defenses Make the World More Dangerous.
That's really the most simplistic explanation of this subject that I can come up with. The article goes on to describe why.
So, why is Obama supporting any type of missile defense even as he dismantles Ol' Dubya's lunatic money hole of international destabilization? His plan calls for a missile defense sytem that is less expensive and more mobile, but has the same problems of "being ineffective" and "making things more dangerous."
One word answer: politics.
There is a lot of government money, and lobbying, tied up in missile defense. That dog has been barking for a lunatic money hole of international destabilization since the Reagan years, trying to fatten someone's bottom line. The only real good we have out of it is the increase in missile technology and radar that have been developed because of the program.
Obama also realizes that, at some point, Republicans more beholden to missile defense ideology (money) will be back in office.
With the technology advances being good, but the deployment proving problematic, Obama wants to set up a vehcile for missile defense investment that is less expensive and less destabilizing.
There is also the "Democrats want America to be weak" meme, propogated by partisan hacks, moneyed defense interests and sustained by individuals unfamiliar with the terms stability, rationality and reality. By keeping some form of missile defense, Obama hopes to quiet at least some of those voices.