On the heels of North Korea’s missile launch, the White House has ordered “the Pentagon to cut spending on missile defense by $2billion, or about 20%.” according to WSJ’s Opinion page.
Does it seem intelligent to put our defense in jeopardy by cutting defense programs?
- Airborne Laser – a modified 747 designed to take out ballistic missiles seconds after liftoff
- Expansion of the ground-based interceptor program in Alaska and California
- Space-based missile surveillance and tracking
- All three are part of the vision for a layered defense, in which the US has several chances to destroy incoming missiles.
In 2006, Mr. Bush and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice squandered the moment after the North’s nuclear test when China was ready to apply serious pressure. Instead, they bought Kim’s promise to give up his weapons, then let him delay and renegotiate the terms as he went, including agreeing to Kim’s demand to take North Korea off the U.S. list of terror-sponsoring nations. Now he’s playing the same brinksmanship with the Obama Administration.
Where is the change we can believe in with North Korea?