North Korea and Useless Weapons
With the North Koreans continuing to defy the world community with its nuclear tests, I expect the proponents of Ballistic Missile Defense are whetting their lips at the thought that now no one would deny their very high cost and technologically risky program all the funds it wants. The last time the rogue Asian Nation held the nation in terror over its nuclear ambitions, the testing of a missile back in April when it passed near US allies, the government balked at using its awesome arsenal of ABM firing ships to knock it down, as I wrote back then:
Recently Secretary Gates announced, after so many in the military and the media have terrified us into thinking World War III is inevitable, that he would not seek to destroy North Korea’s impending launched of a ballistic missile capable of hitting any of our allies in the region or Hawaii. So here we have the Navy scrambling for increasingly scarce shipbuilding funds to deploy its own version of Ballistic Missile Defense to sea, but when the opportunity arises to actually use the weapon, we back down.
As I mentioned in the comments, I would rather we spent money on the troops, in desperate need of new armored vehicles and aircraft worn from years in the frontlines in Iraq and Afghanistan than to build high tech wonders at sea for deterrence that doesn’t deter. Iran, the North Koreans, and increasingly China are all calling our bluff where the Soviets refused for fear of starting nuclear war. Today we are faced with rogue powers who have little fear of national suicide apparently, as long as they can humiliate the West.