Skip to comments.The Gipper's Win
Posted on 02/21/2008 5:29:23 PM PST by Kaslin
SDI: A destroyed satellite attests to the prowess of U.S. technology and our ability to defend ourselves. Democrats said it wouldn't work. Adversaries say it's provocative. Somewhere Ronald Reagan must be smiling
Deputy National Security Adviser James Jeffrey discounted any comparison with an anti-satellite test conducted by the Chinese last year. "This is all about trying to reduce the danger to human beings," Jeffrey said. Some say the U.S. was just using the situation to test its missile defense. We say, "So what?" This also is about reducing the danger to America.
This wasn't officially a missile defense test, though critics have tried to paint it as such — notably the hypocritical Chinese, who've conducted their own tests of anti-satellite missiles, and the ever-anxious Russians. The SM-3 was designed to intercept ballistic missiles, but the sensor and software modifications to hit a falling satellite are different from those needed to hit an incoming warhead.
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“Star Wars” was itself a term of derision for SDI but I well remember it’s left wing detractors sneering that “the President expects to hit a bullet with a bullet!”
One “bullet” down.
I bet there will be less coverage of this in the MSM than the coverage given to the first test failures.
Couldn't agree more. Go Navy.
Just wait til Osbama or Hillary is Pres. They will sell the whole system to the Chicoms for 2012 campaign contributions. Plus a little for the old CH bank account.
God bless Presidents Reagan and Bush.
China was whining and wanted the data. A FReeper posted, regarding China, “All you satellites belong to us.” So I have to wonder a little if that is somewhat prescient. China has reported to have been conducting tests to blind U.S. satellites. This might have been one of many possible responses the U.S. has delivered.
Yes, Withdrawing from the ABM treaty has been overlooked to long.
I’m pretty excited about what the Navy did and am really enjoying the Navy and government’s line about “we only made a few adjustments and software changes to do this. We’ll change it back to the way it was.” That is an outstanding response to their critics.
I had to search here to find they had already done it- I have never seen the press so underwhelmed by SDI
If the Israeli's had allowed us to deploy this technology before the last war with Hamas, then they would have been able to shoot all of the missiles out of the sky and wouldn't have needed to go into Lebanon.
It would have been a win for everyone.
Thank God for RR.Boy do we need him now.
Ronald Wilson Reagan was my Commander in Chief from 1983-1987 and he has been a guiding force in my life ever since.
Ridiculed by Democrats and liberals as Reagan's personal fantasy. Phil Donahue ran clips of battle scenes of the Millenium Falcon from the Star Wars movie when Dan Graham was a guest to discuss SDI. As usual, Phil Donahue was wrong and Reagan and Graham were right.
>>>If the Israeli’s had allowed us to deploy this technology before the last war with Hamas, then they would have been able to shoot all of the missiles out of the sky and wouldn’t have needed to go into Lebanon.
Afraid that’s apples and oranges. The Hamas rockets they pound Israel with are essentially large bottle rockets, not ballistic missiles. Small, cheap, short range, and very numerous. Israel already has anti missile batteries of Patriots and Arrows. They are useless against these things. SM3s would be no better.
Agreed...thank you Ronald Reagan, for your vision...a vision that has now become reality in the 21st Century.
Make no mistake...this was a real world test of our missile defense capabilities, and we passed with flying colors. China is worried, and they should be...we proved to the world that we still rule the high frontier. Rogue states like Iran and North Korea have been put on notice...we can stop your missiles...don’t even think about trying anything, suckers!
I am talking about chemical laser weapons that have been shown effective even against smaller rocketry such as Katyushas
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