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Reagan Vindicated: Missile Defense Works

November 18, 2012

(Somewhere the Gipper is smiling!)

The latest Gaza war is only a few days old, but already one conclusion can be drawn: missile defense works. This is only the latest vindication for the vision of Ronald Reagan who is emerging as a consensus pick for one of the all-time great U.S. presidents.

For it was Ronald Reagan who made missile defense a major priority for the U.S. and our allies. His 1983 speech on the subject was widely derided as “Star Wars” because he envisioned that some missile would be intercepted in space. For years critics claimed that it was impossible to intercept missiles in flight, or that at the very least it would be prohibitively expensive to do so. But now the U.S. West Coast is actually protected by a limited ballistic-missile defense system based primarily around satellites, sea-based Aegis and X-band radars, and Standard Missile-3 interceptors. We don’t know how the system would work in combat but it has been vindicated in testing.

The U.S. has also cooperated with numerous allies to develop more tactical missiles defenses designed to stop rockets, not in their boost phase, but just before they hit. One of those projects is the Iron Dome system that Israel launched after the 2006 war in Lebanon, during which Hezbollah bombarded northern Israel with thousands of rockets. Today Iron Dome, which is still officially listed as experimental, is operational–and it is blunting Hamas’s missile-offensive against Israel.

According to the Israeli Embassy in Washington: “In the last 4 days: 544 rockets fired from Gaza hit Israel + 302 Iron Dome interceptions = 846 rockets fired at us.” The fact that only 302 of 846 rockets were intercepted (36 percent) might indicate that Iron Dome is ineffective. But in fact it is expressly designed to ignore rockets headed for uninhabited areas. Israeli officials say that 90 percent of the attempted interceptions have worked, thus providing critical protection for civilian areas including Tel Aviv, where an Iron Dome battery has just been moved.

Somewhere, wherever he is now, the Gipper must be smiling.

3 years 1 week ago

Let me suggest that the reason dems rode Reagan on this back in the day... They saw that this would be used to defend Israel.

Has the game changed? No... Democrats still want the war against Israel to be "fair" what ever that means and without American influence. Idiots!!!

Remember this story also when Reagan is riden for spending. Yes it was expensive but it does have a life saving use. You sure can't say that about most of the socialistic spending under democrats.

3 years 1 week ago

They also opposed it because they didn't want us to practice self-defense. The pacifists actually believe that self-defense is a form of aggression. That's right--no self-defense allowed.

3 years 1 week ago

Boot...I read this summer about a phone call from Ronald Reagan to the Ayatollah, not too long before Reagan's swearing in, where Reagan told the Ayatollah that if the hostages were not released by the time he was sworn in, he was going to nuke Iran. Whether that's true or not, we know the hostages were released shortly after the swearing in. I miss Reagan.

3 years 1 week ago

How wonderful it would be to have Reagan back to knock some sense into Boehner and those who are watering down Reagan's government principles.

3 years 1 week ago

Boot I am going to disagree with you there.
Obama pushed to pay for the Iron Dome. I think your criticism of Dems on this issue is unfair. There are already pleanty of things to attack them over.
The Iron Dome is designed to defend against Surface to Surface missiles. This tech. has been around since the 60's. What Reagan was talking about was ICBM, intercontinental missile system armed with nuclear warheads.

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3 years 1 week ago

I think it might be a bit short sighted to claim that iron dome did not receive some technology advancements from SDI research and development. I must be blind.... Where did Obama push for Israel defense?

3 years 1 week ago

Boot...Obama was going to donate all his teleprompters as a defense shield. Don't you remember?

3 years 1 week ago

Dont make me look for links that support Obama.... You can Google it

3 years 1 week ago

Jon.... Obama is a panty shield.

3 years 1 week ago

From what I've been told, Obama dismantled about 19 of our defense missiles in Alaska and on the west coast. He also renegged on a promise to install a defense missile shield in Poland,

3 years 1 week ago (Edited)

@ Just Say No to Partisan Frauds ~~ Just WHEN did you EVER believe ONE word that obummer said??? Are you drinking his Kool-Aid??

He has NEVER been pro-American NOR pro-Israel.....and he NEVER will be.

3 years 1 week ago

We can believe the Great Obfuscuscater (there's a $5.00 word, and boy does it fit) that he's going to be more flexible with the Russians now...

3 years 6 days ago
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