Leaders of governments in Eastern Europe have indicated that the Obama Administration is preparing to end the missile defense program begun under George W. Bush. The program relied upon unproven technology, and so was unlikely to actually protect anyone. Yet, it managed to antagonize Russia and drain billions of dollars of government funds.
What was the European missile defense program good for? It was great for the corporations who were hired to do contract work to construct the systems. It was also a nice touch for Americans with minds stuck back in the 20th century’s Cold War, allowing them to persist in their hope for Ronald Reagan’s Star Wars defense system to protect us against the Soviet Union.
Thanks to President Obama for agreeing to end this wasteful military fantasy.