Carol Platt Liebau: Dems: Wrong Again

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dems: Wrong Again

With N. Korea acting like it might decide to launch some intercontinental ballistic missiles, as an Angeleno, I'm mighty glad that there's a missile defense system for us to deploy in our own defense.

Remember how the Democrats ridiculed and reviled President Reagan when he first raised the idea of a missile defense plan" in 1983? Well, the Democratic approach -- relying exclusively on the doctrine of mutual assured destruction, along with negotiation, doesn't seem so smart when you're dealing with Kim Jung Il.

Now explain to me again why we should be listening to the Democrats about how best to prosecute the war on terror . . .


Blogger Dittohead said...

The Reagan-era Strategic Defense Initiative (better known as “Star Wars).

SDI was an extremely ambitious program to provide a total shield against a massive Soviet ICBM attack. As research continued, SDI evolved through various concepts as designers struggled with the difficulty of such a large complex defense system. SDI remained a research program and was never deployed.

10:37 PM  
Blogger Mr. Twister said...

Carol, given that the existing missle defense system has yet to pass any meaningful test, you might want to consider moving from your San Marino estate if you are truly concerned about North Korean.

7:17 AM  
Blogger Pete said...

It's too bad the Dems were successful in killing the program - we would be much safer now. But see, anti-defense is not a new Democratic strategy, they've championed it for years!

And their arguement against 'Star Wars'? Other than cost, which would be a minor issue today, was that Star Wars coouldn't be guaranteed to be 100% effective. One missile might get thru! Well, kill the whole program then - better we get hit with 100 missiles than only one! How's that for logic?

Protect America? Not if you're a Democrat!

7:46 AM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

May 4, 2006

Republicans and Democrats on the House Armed Services Committee today cut the Bush administration’s request for national missile defense and space weapons research in the absence of proof that the system works.

Philip E. Coyle, former assistant secretary of defense and director of Operational Test & Evaluation at the Pentagon, argued: "Republicans and Democrats agree that it makes no sense to waste money on a missile defense without being sure it works as advertised."

"The committee showed that supporting and protecting our troops is their priority, not an ineffective, scarecrow missile defense," said Coyle.

Lt. Gen. Robert G. Gard, Jr., (U.S. Army, ret.), a consultant with the Center for Arms Control and Non-Proliferation, suggested: "It simply makes sense to cut back on spending for the Ground-based Midcourse Missile Defense system when programs to counter more urgent and more likely threats are under-funded.. Republicans and Democrats are finally exercising their oversight responsibilities by forcing MDA to slow down and shift its efforts away from the more pie-in-the-sky technologies."

8:21 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

The basic point is:

Republicans try to develop new and better ways to defend Americans - the most basic tenet of government responsibility.

Democrats do not. Rather, they seem to think the primary responsibility of government is to redistribute wealth and make friends in Europe.

1:50 PM  
Blogger Dittohead said...

The Associated Press
Thursday, June 22, 2006; 10:34 AM
"We have a missile defense system ... what we call a long-range missile defense system that is basically a research, development, training, test kind of system," Hadley said. "It does ... have some limited operational capability. And the purpose, of course, of a missile defense system is to defend .... the territory of the United States from attack."

The United States has already spent roughly $122 billion on various systems designed to intercept incoming missiles. Since President Reagan unveiled his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) in 1983, the U.S. has spent $69 billion. An effective system has never been fielded. Time and again, defensive capabilities proved inadequate to address the threat.

9:02 AM  

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