12 July 2005

Faith-based national defense


If the US had an extra $9 billion this year, what could we do with it? Improve our education system, secure our ports, feed the starving, house the homeless, promote male circumcision in Africa, maybe reduce our staggering deficits a little? Certainly it could do a lot of good.

Instead, it's going to go towards missile defense, a system which has never passed any realistic test, is thought to be easily defeated by simple counter-measures, and will certainly be destabilizing.

Why, you might reasonably ask, does this boondoggle continue? One reason is that it's a good conduit for public monies from the Military to the Industrial part of that famous Complex; another, probably more important, is that it was proposed by Reagan.