Saturday, September 19, 2009

Rocket Men: The "Missile Defense" Con Game


That's the title of my latest column at the Center for a Stateless Society. Teaser:

According to Joseph Cirincione of the Ploughshares Fund — addressing the subject of missile defense on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow Show Thursday — "President Bush was promoting a technology that doesn’t work against a threat that doesn’t exist."

The policy in question was a plan to place ten “interceptors” in Poland, and a radar installation to control them in the Czech Republic. These interceptors would theoretically (because to date the technology doesn’t work very well) have protected Europe from Iran, had that country launched equally theoretical (because it doesn’t have them) long-range missiles.

So far, so good — except that the Obama administration’s proposed alternative, at least nominally supported by Mr. Cirinicione (who advised presidential candidate Barack Obama on "nuclear issues") may be even worse.

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