right message (about not understanding threats), wrong speaker

Suggesting that his opponents didnt understand the threats of the 21st Century, Bush announced yesterday that he intended to keep moving forward with the missile defense shield first proposed by Ronald Reagan during the Cold War. This shield, as most of us realize, even if it did work, would do absolutely nothing to protect us from a nuclear device smuggled into the US by a terrorist organization, only one delivered from abroad by way of rocket. (Most terrorist organizations, the last time I checked, did not own ICBMs.) While nuclear missiles may indeed be a threat, given our worsening relations with the other nations of the world and the proliferation of nuclear arms to countries like Iran, it seems to me quite more likely that one of these nations, if they wanted to attack us, would just give a device to an organization like al Qaeda, who would then send it into one of our poorly guarded ports… At any rate, heres part of Bushs speech:

“I think those who oppose this ballistic missile system don’t understand the threats of the 21st century,” the president told applauding workers.

The president noted that last month Boeing engineers loaded the first missile interceptor into a silo in Alaska. He characterized that as the beginning of a national shield “that was envisioned by Ronald Reagan.”

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  1. Anonymous
    Posted August 19, 2004 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, the “threats of the 21st century” neocon policies are helping to create. I absolutely agree that missile defense shield is totally irrelevant in the context of terrorist groups which certainly do not possess ICBMs. But, maybe they know some things that we don’t and are hedging bets against threats yet to come. Remember, these fascist fucks have been waiting to implement aggressive, imperialistic foreign policy for a long time and for any number of reasons. Check out the Project for a New American Century, a think-tank to which many of the present administrations members belonged. It started by sweeping aside a fundamentalist regime in Afghanistan and dictatorship in Iraq, both militarily weak and the latter without justification. Now they’re blustering about Iran, Syria, and other members of “Axis of Evil”. But what comes after that? If they’re goal is to assert U.S. dominance over the globe, could it be anticipation of Cold War II with, say, China? Oh, and it props up the military-industrial complex which fellow Kansan D. Eisenhower warned us about half a century ago.

  2. Mark
    Posted August 19, 2004 at 9:46 pm | Permalink

    My dad used to like a movie… I think it was called the Last Start-Fighter… I remember he had it on videocassette and tried to get to me watch it once or twice. I never got more than a few minutes into it, but, as I recall, it was about a video game that an alien species dropped here on earth as a kind of recruitment tool. Theyd monitor who was doing well at the game, which was created around simulations taken from their planet, and then theyd come and abduct, or try to convince, the guys who did well to come and fight on their behalf or something like that. It would seem that, at least indirectly, thats what weve created on a large scale here in the US. We have a generation of people who are adept at looking at images on screens and pulling triggers. I would image that makes them ideal soldiers for the modern war. In the past, all the military had to leverage was a boys experience hunting or shooting rodents on the farm. Now they come to boot camp with experience.

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