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  • Mobo's Missile-Defense Reversal: A tacit admission that the U.S. will soon be vulnerable to attack.

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    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel chose Friday afternoon to announce one of the biggest switcheroos of the Obama Presidency: The Pentagon now plans to fortify America's homeland defenses against missile attack, reversing a 2009 decision that was part of President Obama's fantasy of a world without nuclear weapons.

    Mr. Hagel said the U.S. will add 14 ground-based long-range missile interceptors by 2017 to the 30 already deployed at sites in Alaska and California. "The United States has missile-defense systems in place to protect us from limited ICBM attacks," said the new Defense chief, "but North Korea in particular has recently made advances in its capabilities and is engaged in a series of irresponsible and reckless provocations."

    That's for sure. The Pentagon believes North Korean missiles can already reach Alaska and Hawaii, and it's only a matter of time before they are nuclear-tipped and can hit Seattle or San Diego. The Pyongyang regime has recently promised to attack the U.S. and turn South Korea into a "sea of fire." It's nice to see the Obama Administration finally admitting reality.

    The shame is that the U.S. could already have those 14 extra interceptors in place, plus another 10 in Europe next year. Those plans from the Bush Administration were well along when Mr. Obama pulled the plug in 2009. He also mothballed or killed several promising missile-defense development programs, such as the airborne laser.

     

    The decision to stop deploying interceptors and a radar to Poland and the Czech Republic was meant to promote the Administration's "reset" in relations with Russia, which even the White House now privately admits was a failure. The cuts to West Coast defenses reflected the Democratic Party's long aversion to any kind of missile defense. Seven years before winning the White House, Mr. Obama told a Chicago TV station that "I don't agree with a missile defense system."

    In 2009 the Administration proposed a shorter-range antimissile substitute for Europe that at the time was more palatable to Moscow. But Vladimir Putin has since moved the goal posts again and now opposes even these defenses.

    Mr. Hagel also announced on Friday that the U.S. is cancelling plans to deploy defenses against ICBMs in Europe within the next decade, and the suspicion is that Mr. Obama is offering them as a bargaining chip in his next arms-control deal with the Russians. Recall that Mr. Obama was overheard last year telling then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev that he'd have "more flexibility" after his re-election.

    The Senate should tell Mr. Obama this is a nonstarter, but the growing nuclear and missile threats are also an argument for building a third antimissile site on the U.S. East Coast. A September report from the National Research Council noted U.S. antimissile shortcomings and specifically recommended an East Coast site to guard against an Iranian strike.

    The Obama Administration's modified European plan may eventually protect our European allies against short- or medium-range strikes. But the East Coast of the U.S. also needs protection against an ICBM threat, sooner rather than later.

    All of this vindicates those who have fought for missile defenses since Ronald Reagan first aroused liberal ire with his Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983. Among his more vociferous critics was a Senator named Joe Biden. U.S. defenses have continued to advance despite Democratic hostility, though much of the technology dates to the 1980s. Meanwhile, Israel has shown what modern defenses can do, reducing the damage from Hamas's Iran-supplied missile attacks last year with a 90\% hit rate.

    Retired Lt. Gen. Henry Obering, who ran the Missile Defense Agency from 2004-2009, recommends that the U.S. catch up by launching a new "multiple kill vehicle" program. Shut down in 2009 by Mr. Obama, the MKV uses many small warheads on a single interceptor, which can handle decoys and has a better chance of success. The U.S. has also lost time developing technology to strike missiles in their early or "boost" phase, and space weapons have been neglected.

    Even as Mr. Obama claims that stopping nuclear proliferation is a priority, the world is on the edge of a new and dangerous nuclear breakout. North Korea continues to expand its nuclear arsenal while Iran is ever-closer to having its own. Nations from South Korea to Saudi Arabia are now debating whether they need their own nuclear deterrent. If Mr. Obama won't prevent this proliferation, others should continue to press him to at least protect America from attack.

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    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323415304578366370800326406.html

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  • #2
    Only to a liberal idiot like Obama would a purely defensive missle shield be a bad idea.

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    • PFB
      PFB commented
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      What happened to spending cuts and fiscal conservatives?


    • Gromit
      Gromit commented
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      Davo17 wrote:
      Mobo's Missile-Defense Reversal: A tacit admission that the U.S. will soon be vulnerable to attack

      You wish that the U.S. was vulnerabe to attack.  It's so obvious that you'd welcome another 9/11, because it'd give you a chance to bitch about it on the Internet.

       

      You're something of a twat.


  • #3
    Forum flooding troll and Visconti wannabe is angry at all the mean libs that called him fat and dumb. For downtrodden Dumbo
    "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”― George Carlin"The founding fathers were well aware of rapid firing capabilities by the indians." - NormH

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    • Davo17
      Davo17 commented
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      LithiumZero wrote:
      Forum flooding troll and Visconti wannabe is angry at all the mean libs that called him fat and dumb. For downtrodden Dumbo

      You seem to be arguing from emotion.

      Try to be rational here-Mobo didn't want this shield to protect Americans.  Now he does.  What up wit dat?


  • #4
    Why would I argue with you? Your weak troll attempts are not worth arguing about. I'm just here to insult you before you selfpwn and leave the thread
    "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”― George Carlin"The founding fathers were well aware of rapid firing capabilities by the indians." - NormH

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    • #5

      More defense contracts paid for by taxpayer money. When Obama is Prez, this is a bad, bad thing.

      Free Pussy Riot!.

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      • #6
        Kind if like magazine bans then?
        "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”― George Carlin"The founding fathers were well aware of rapid firing capabilities by the indians." - NormH

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        • Davo17
          Davo17 commented
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          LithiumZero wrote:
          Kind if like magazine bans then?

          No-mag bans have no correlation with reductions in crime.

          Its well studied.  Also, it restricts law abiding citizens.

          I can't support that one bit.

          Im saddened that libs who claim to be for personal liberty advocate for a loss of freedom.  


      • #7
        Acute obamamania syndrome causes Davo to manufacture outrage
        "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”― George Carlin"The founding fathers were well aware of rapid firing capabilities by the indians." - NormH

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        • Davo17
          Davo17 commented
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          LithiumZero wrote:
          Acute obamamania syndrome causes Davo to manufacture outrage

          Obama appears removed from reality when he cancels programs, and then reinstates them.

          All it took was a crazy dictator launching nukes to do it.


        • GaIIus
          GaIIus commented
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          I wish North Korea would just get on with bombing America.

          All this delaying and indecisiveness is making North Korea look weak.

          Cowards will take advantage of this weakness.

          Hurry the **************** up NK and bomb the ****************ers.

      • #8
        Missiles that can't hit anything do nothing to reduce nuclear attacks from commie boogeymen
        "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”― George Carlin"The founding fathers were well aware of rapid firing capabilities by the indians." - NormH

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        • Davo17
          Davo17 commented
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          LithiumZero wrote:
          Missiles that can't hit anything do nothing to reduce nuclear attacks from commie boogeymen

          If thats true, why is Democrat President Barrack Obama doing it?  


      • #9
        I'm not a lib and am a gun enthusiast but I have already told you that. I'm simply applying your logic to your current manufactured outrage
        "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”― George Carlin"The founding fathers were well aware of rapid firing capabilities by the indians." - NormH

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        • #10
          So by your logic Obama is doing his job. Got it
          "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”― George Carlin"The founding fathers were well aware of rapid firing capabilities by the indians." - NormH

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          • #11
            I always look forward to stonedtone's astute analyses of geopolitics.

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            • #12
              I always look forward to Davo's inevitable self pwnage
              "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”― George Carlin"The founding fathers were well aware of rapid firing capabilities by the indians." - NormH

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              • #13
                They can't make up their minds until the next Rush airing
                "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”― George Carlin"The founding fathers were well aware of rapid firing capabilities by the indians." - NormH

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                • Davo17
                  Davo17 commented
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                  LithiumZero wrote:
                  They can't make up their minds until the next Rush airing

                  Rush?  This is about the policies of Democrat President Barrack Obama, in regards to north Korea.

                  What part of this has anything to do with republicans?

                  Its Obama who has changed course.


              • #14
                Splatbass is shaking with fear

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                • #15
                  Then you should be happy that the commie boogeyman can't get you now
                  "Political Correctness is a doctrine, fostered by a delusional, illogical minority, and rabidly promoted by an unscrupulous mainstream media, which holds forth the proposition that it is entirely possible to pick up a turd by the clean end."“Conservatives say if you don't give the rich more money, they will lose their incentive to invest. As for the poor, they tell us they've lost all incentive because we've given them too much money.”― George Carlin"The founding fathers were well aware of rapid firing capabilities by the indians." - NormH

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                  • Davo17
                    Davo17 commented
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                    LithiumZero wrote:
                    Then you should be happy that the commie boogeyman can't get you now

                    I assume you are pointing that at Obama.  









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