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In a recent post titled Goodbye Europe , I wrote that "Missile defense is difficult and expensive. Certainly having our ships sitting around waiting for a missile to go off can't be cheap. Maybe the more rational approach is to place them within the borders of our allies... oh, wait, that was the plan."
Yesterday, Ilan Berman, VP for policy of the American Foreign Policy Council, wrote in The Wall Street Journal:
Mobile ground-based defenses in Turkey and Germany would provide nominally greater coverage of Europe than the Poland/Czech Republic plan, and at comparable cost (between $9 billion and $14 billion over two decades). But according to the CBO, such a system would materialize a full two years later than the estimated operational date of 2013 for a Poland/Czech deployment. So would a sea-based missile-defense option, and at considerably greater cost, since it would require additional ships to be sustainable over the long term.But the additional cost of the system was only the secondary consideration. More important:
Conventional wisdom has it that Iran will be capable of fielding an intercontinental ballistic missile by the middle of the next decade. Iran's space program also has charted serious advances since the Islamic Republic (with Russian help) became the first Muslim spacefaring nation in 2005. There is real reason to believe that—given the similarities between space launch and ballistic missile technologies—the progress Tehran has made on one could lead to quantum leaps in the sophistication of the other.Contrary to Mr. Obama's thought process, we are not dealing with a rational regime. We are dealing with an irrational, messianic regime that is willing to sacrifice everything for Islamic victory and paradise. They have made their intentions known many times and only a fool would ignore them.
A long-range Iranian missile capability, in other words, could materialize much sooner than currently projected. And according to a new report by the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Islamic Republic is now working to marry its ballistic missile arsenal with its nuclear program, fashioning a missile system capable of carrying a nuclear warhead.
And... don't you find it interesting the the Russians, who so vigorously opposed Bush's missile defense system and who so willingly acceded to Obama's plans, were pivotal in establishing Iran's long-range missile program? ... read the article.
Oh, and Jimmy Carter's old sidekick:
Zbig Brzezinski: Obama Administration Should Tell Israel U.S. Will Attack Israeli Jets if They Try to Attack IranOf course, Jimmy and his crew were reluctant to do anything that might upset Iran... and anything that might support Israel. Today they'd be called anti-Jewish bigots, but back then they were just "progressives." Well, actually, today they'd be called "the Obama administration."