R.I.P. Missile Defense System (Almost)

via BBC News:

US President Barack Obama has shelved plans for controversial bases in Poland and the Czech Republic in a major overhaul of missile defence in Europe.

Well, almost:

He said a review had shown the need to switch strategy to defending against the short- and medium-range missiles that Iran could use to target Europe.

Twice Mr Obama referred to the need for a system that was “proven and cost effective”.

He said the new approach would provide “a stronger, smarter and swifter defence” of US and allied forces in Europe.

So we still get an over-hyped, unproven system but not the one that everyone thought ridiculous. I have a feeling that those in charge in Iran don’t hate Poland or the Czech Republic. I have a feeling they could care less about either country. They’ve stated, more than once, who their perceived enemies are: Israel and the US. Where can they hit the US? Probably in the two countries they are stationed in that neighbor Iran: Iraq and Afghanistan. Sending missiles into either country won’t really prove anything – they’ve been much better at supplying weapons and training to undermine US efforts than with something as showy as a missile.

In my opinion, the whole thing should be scraped as another part of cutting back on DoD waste and stupid diplomatic situations. The only way we can counter Russia in Europe is by providing energy security by decreasing her monopoly over the means of transit for gas and oil. We can counter Iran by doing something unexpected: engaging her in an act of real diplomacy.

One Comment

  1. Chris

    Missile defense should be scraped for two reasons:
    1) It makes nuclear war more likely because the side with the defense thinks it can initiate a nuclear attack with less repercussions. It might also cause the defenseless country to lash out before the defenses are in place as a means of preemption.

    2) Even with the defenses in place, a nuclear war would still be devastating to all sides.