Isn't Missle Defense another Emperor's New Clothes?
November 22, 2010 1:41 PM Subscribe
Once again, the Missile Defense Shield is in the news. But isn't it almost entirely vaporware? I understand the need to pretend it'll work someday in the US, to continue the corporate welfare involved in the system's development, but why are European countries behaving as if it's viable?
posted by Rash to grab bag (18 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Two components have been verified, apparently -- the Patriot and Aegis ground or sea-based interceptors, but the rest seems as much a pipe dream as Reagan's space-based SDI. Haven't any and all tests of the more advanced components (which might successfully take out an ICBM) been failures, or the tests incredibly unrealistic? And if so, why does anybody (except the government contractors riding that gravy train) takes it seriously?