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Wednesday, October 24, 2007


Bush repeats call for Europe missile offense

No wait, the headline reads "defense," not "offense." But of course the U.S. has a "defense" department which has little or nothing to do with "defense," and everything to do with "offense."

Why is George Bush pushing a missile "defense" of Europe, to defend against non-existent Iranian long-range missiles with non-existent nuclear weapons? I wrote yesterday about one side of the coin - that Iran's motivation for developing long-range missiles (if indeed they are) would be as a deterrent to an attack by the U.S. and its allies. But this headline reminds us that there is another side to the coin as well. What is the motivation for the U.S. to put up a missile defense system to prevent such an attack? Because what it would prevent (if it actually worked) would be the deterrent capability of Iran's missiles. In other words, the "missile defense" system proposed for Europe is actually a first-strike "weapon,", designed to allow the U.S. to attack Iran without fear of retaliation. Which is very much something the U.S. wants at least the capability to do, which in turn is why it is so intent on pushing Europe into this missile "defense" system.

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