Oh, Ron....are you doubting that the loooong list of Soviet created weapons used in Iran currently even exists? There's a couple of websites that I use that has been keeping a running tab of these. This is the kind of news that doesn't make US news, yet is easily attainable. Iran's Hezbollah has also been using year 2005+ weapons made in China as well. How do we know they are 'supplied'? Because Hezbollah doesn't have the money to purchase them, for one, and they have been caught smuggling them into Iran for another, in cargo ships. I keep a running cache of news stories such as this for stories that are developing, but not news yet. Do you really want me to bore you with all the details of arms builds up from the Soviets and China to Arab nations, as well as their own border buildups? It's all been in the news, but since Americas are xenophobic, allegededly, we only read national news. These are all page 1 or 2 stories Internationally, but only page 25 stories here. Americans don't care about missiles in Europe. But they will....
On a personal note,Ron, I'm not ignorning your excellent post to my thread on Democracy - just mulling over some things. That was a rough-draft for an article and your post inspired me to look at some other considerations.
Grinch, the shield itself is an hi-tech early-warning system, and can be deployed almost immediately. The ACBM part won't be moved into Europe until after Bush leaves, that's correct. There are already missiles all across Europe installed by the US. They lack the guidance and interceptance software that an SDI system would provide. The interfacing of the old system and the new system is truly the issue here. Will the US get the funding now that Obama will lead?
Grinch, I think you're wrong about the 'only way' we can finance it. That's too simplistic of an answer: How to finance it? Taxes are one, defense contracts with bids are another, selling technologies to allies is another way, government bonds are still another way, tax breaks for private business to develop part of the technology; and that's just for starters.
Also, can we really afford for China and Soviets to get a leg up on us on anti-satellite technology? I guess you can always make the case that we need the money for more air conditioners in classrooms.....
[This message has been edited by threadbear (11-06-2008 12:17 AM).]