(PNEWS] "Bring 'Em On" says George W. Bush

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 15/10/2004 - 22:40

What you have not heard much about in the mainstream media is this administration's national anti-ballistic missile system in Alaska and California called the Ground-based Midcourse Missile Defense (GMD) system, under the umbrella of the "War on Terrorism." Can you, in your wildest dreams, imagine al-Qaeda attacking us by firing an intercontinental missile from Tora Bora? I can't and neither can anyone else.

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October 15, 2004

But George Bush does. For example, on August 17, 2004, while speaking about missile defense during his campaign remarks in Ridley Park, Pennsylvania, George W. Bush said, We say to tyrants who believe they can blackmail America and the free world, "You fire, we're going to shoot it down."

An anti-ballistic missile system does invite proliferation by other countries with systems which can defeat our counter-measures. This is a giant step forward in OFFENSIVE WEAPONS PROLIFERATION, including missiles, nuclear devices, chemical and biological weapons, etc., and poses a direct threat to our security. The world just became a lot less safe and the hands on the nuclear clock just moved closer to midnight.

This anti-ballistic missile system says to China and to Russia and other potential adversaries, like North Korea and Iran, that we can attack you with impunity because you can't effectively strike back. The concept of "Mutually Assured Destruction," which kept adversaries from even considering an attack on the U.S. and on other homelands, is dead, thanks to George W. Bush.

"The military plans to place a sixth ballistic missile interceptor inside a silo at Fort Greely by the end of the month, as initial tests of a national defense system critics contend is highly flawed near their conclusion...To prepare for activation, the military is conducting exercises at the Interior Alaska post, where five of the 55-foot-long rockets have been installed since July, as an essential component of the Bush administration's national security policy... The first two interceptors destined for Vandenberg Air Force Base in California will go into existing silos in November, with two more scheduled to be deployed there next year and 10 more at Fort Greely."
(Rachel D'Oro, "Military Plans to Put Missile in Alaska" (10-13-2004) AP)

The system is also costing the U.S. billions of dollars and has not been adequately tested. Many tests fail. The system uses a network of satellites, optical sensors, complex radar systems for tracking incoming missiles -- and in highly controlled tests, these interceptions have failed three of eight times. In uncontrolled tests it is expected that they will fail even more.

"The system has no demonstrated capability that it would work in realistic conditions.."
(Philip Coyle, Pentagon's former assistant secretary of operational test and evaluation in the Clinton administration)

Carnegie Endowment for International Peaces Non-Proliferation Roundtable on Sept. 20, 2004, said "the system has no demonstrated capability to defend against a real attack. Let me say that again. The system being deployed has no demonstrated capability against a real attack and is missing most of its major elements."

George Bush says this about his critics, "I think those who oppose this ballistic missile system really don't understand the threats of the 21st Century." It took him all of SEVEN minutes which the teacher was reading "My Pet Goat" to think about the "threat of the 21st Century" and this is the best he could do?

An anti-ballistic missile system won't work against car bombs, improvised explosive devices, assault weapons (which he lifted the ban on and are now easily obtainable by anyone at gun shows), rocket-propelled grenades, and fertilizer truck bombs, biological weapons in uninspected containers coming into our ports, a chemical or nuclear weapons carried over the border in Mexico -- or even nuclear bombs in suitcases which have been smuggled in in plain view in the luggage department on airplanes.

Hank Roth

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