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The Best Offense
When Missile Defense Is About More Than Missiles

U.S. and NATO missile defense plans are about more than just guarding against rogue missile threats from Iran. They will shape the U.S.-Russia relationship and, more importantly, long-term relations between America and Europe.

Published on: February 20, 2014
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  • S.C. Schwarz

    Obama will, of course, cave in on missile defense immediately as he as done consistently so far. Our only hope is to stall until he is no longer president and pray that Biden doesn’t succeed him.

  • Nick Koblov

    There is no problem to Russia to sell some modern “non-nuclear” ballistic missles to… em, Iran, China, India and other Russia-friended countries…

  • Fat_Man

    The real question is why should the US continue to defend Europe free of charge. If the Europeans want to have a defense against missles, they should pay for it themselves. If they need technology, we should sell it to them at fair market prices. But, they need to defend themselves.

    And, while we are at it, we should end NATO. It costs money and does nothing to make us more secure. The cold war is over. We have no further need to protect either Russia or France from Germany. If Germany wants to control Russia and France we will not be worse off. Europe is not as utterly irrelevant as the Middle East, but it is not a center of dynamism anymore.

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