Tom Allen remains fond of the way the Soviet Union and the United States have kept the world “safe for decades” under the Mutually Assured Destruction (MAD) scenario.
The world of this millennium is somewhat different since communism has mostly, but not altogether, been swept into the trash heap of history. Although there is no Soviet Union any longer – thus no reason to remain bound to treaties made with an evil empire – it behooves us to consider the Chinese communists, the Korean communists and even the Cuban communists. Add Saddam Hussein, Moammar Gadhafi and Iran to the mix for a clearer picture.
Allen concludes that no missile defense system is entirely foolproof. Following his logic, it is then too expensive to put bells, locks, sirens and whistles on our cars because it’s just too expensive as it won’t stop all thievery.
If President Reagan’s vision of a defense shield, and President George W. Bush’s plan to begin defense shield research and development will lead to protecting just a few cities and a couple of million Americans from some stray missile or any anti-American dictator or communist clique, it should be a U.S. priority to save American lives.