February 27, 2009

Gee, Remember When Missile Defense was a Wasteful Pipedream?
— Dave in Texas

Now it stands ready at the orders of President Wonderful to show the Norks what for ifn they try any of their sneaky missile shit.

Remarkable how the story changes when circumstances warrant.

Posted by: Dave in Texas at 03:23 PM | Comments (66)
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1 I blogged this yesterday on my blog.  And yes - here is something that Obama and the lefties can thank Ronald Reagan for - because shooting down a missile is preferable than a nuclear response to one.

Posted by: HondaV65 at February 27, 2009 03:26 PM (9vlDt)

2

President Wonderful

Well, thank you dave, here's an extra $13.

No, you don't have to thank me, I'm Special also.

Posted by: Barack (the cool) Obama at February 27, 2009 03:27 PM (rRUqg)

3 Heheh.  Shooting someone else's missile out of the air just to prove that you can do it is so...cowboy.  Is there any chance that an intercept ordered by President Wonderful might, you know, miss? 

Posted by: Disease Ridden Vermin at February 27, 2009 03:30 PM (Tha0W)

4 $100 says he doesn't have the stones. He's a pussy

Posted by: Frank G at February 27, 2009 03:30 PM (Aaspy)

5

Lefties will accept it now because Obama's given it a new name:  the United Nations Intercontinental Counter-Missile Response Network, or U.N.I.C.O.R.N.

Hope and Change!

Posted by: Rocketeer at February 27, 2009 03:31 PM (8pZZZ)

6 They will approach this like the surge argument. "Of course great things are accomplished when Americans apply themselves. My point was and is wouldn't it have been better to not have countries hate us so much they would shoot missiles at us."

Posted by: locus Ceruleus at February 27, 2009 03:32 PM (e2mBS)

7 Feel free to insert "Operations" where the "O" should go.

Posted by: Rocketeer at February 27, 2009 03:32 PM (8pZZZ)

8

Conservatives veiw SDI as a means to protect our country.

Liberals see SDI as a barganing chip to be dealt away for meaningless promises from crazy dictators.

Posted by: William Amos at February 27, 2009 03:35 PM (6b10J)

9

Shooting missiles out of the sky with other missiles?  Sheeya, right!  If I've learned anything from the newspapers, it's that this is just a pipe dream of an insane wanna-be dictator. 

Wait... just now getting my updated hymnal...  Huh, it seems we've always been at war with Eastasia.  Who knew?

Posted by: Cautiously Pessimistic at February 27, 2009 03:39 PM (ltwze)

10 But, but, but we were told by Nobel experts in the 80's that missile defense would never work - not enough computing power, it's impossible to hit a bullet with a bullet, missiles would just get better and better, bla bla bla.

Of course it was bullshit back then, and obviously bullshit now since we actually have a working anti-missile system. But it's only useful if you have the political courage to use it.

Posted by: Mćtenloch at February 27, 2009 03:39 PM (BZALp)

11 Don't worry Rocketeer.. there's always a mulligan rule on Val-u-Rite Friday posting.

So, now that we have a nifty missile defense shield, you don't suppose anyone would see that as reason to unilaterally disarm?

Posted by: krakatoa at February 27, 2009 03:40 PM (n4Su9)

12 Liberals see SDI as a barganing chip to be dealt away for meaningless promises from crazy dictators.

Because Liberals assume we can all get along and the only real aggressors are Republicans and conservative religious people. I give it one year before we are tested and the Obama administration backs off and calls it a victory.

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Posted by: Rocketeer at February 27, 2009 03:47 PM (8pZZZ)

16 we were told by Nobel experts in the 80's that missile defense would never work

With the compute power available at the time it was a dicey proposition.  Today, with even an ordinary PC's micro being several times faster than the fastest big iron PCU's of that era, not so much.  Missile guidance doesn't need any slow disk I/O and isn't bogged down by ponderous GUI interfaces.  Its pretty much a sense/compute/correct cycle horse race. 

Posted by: Purple Avenger at February 27, 2009 04:00 PM (Ygf78)

17 Great article at the Washington Post.


http://tinyurl.com/btrfes

Some quotes:
I've come to believe that the Obama crowd is naive to the point of stupidity. They are very intelligent, mind you. They have more academic degrees than the faculty of Harvard. But intelligent people are often deeply stuck in their fix-the-world fantasies, which makes them idiot savants. (There's a reason why that's a French term --- Moliere wrote a comedy about it four centuries ago.)

Conclusion: These folks are arrogant and ignorant. Intelligent, yes, articulate, yes, and utterly persuasive to millions of suckers, yes.

But reality has a harsh way with fools.

But what worries me very much is that Obama is "putting at risk the future well-being of the country," as Broder writes. That means you and me and all the things we care about. And Obama is much too arrogant to change his mind.

Posted by: Locus Ceruleus at February 27, 2009 04:01 PM (e2mBS)

18 Oh yeah! Pluck a Nork dud out off the sky and give away all that sweet sweet telemetry. I bet Teh One is dumb enough to do it.

Posted by: Druid at February 27, 2009 04:05 PM (mdr+B)

19

I wonder if ABL is ready for its first test?

Posted by: HolgerDanske at February 27, 2009 04:08 PM (nw+cE)

20

Oh yeah! Pluck a Nork dud out off the sky and give away all that sweet sweet telemetry. I bet Teh One is dumb enough to do it.

Arrogant and hubristic enough to do it, that's for sure.  How...W of him.

Posted by: Rocketeer at February 27, 2009 04:13 PM (8pZZZ)

21 6 They will approach this like the surge argument. "Of course great things are accomplished when Americans apply themselves. My point was and is wouldn't it have been better to not have countries hate us so much they would shoot missiles at us."

Exactly.

Posted by: shibumi at February 27, 2009 04:17 PM (tZB/c)

22 Because Liberals assume we can all get along and the only real aggressors are Republicans and conservative religious people. I give it one year before we are tested and the Obama administration backs off and calls it a victory.

Liberals don't acknowledge the existence of evil, and think they can negotiate with it.

As for Obama being tested, then backing away and calling it a victory, I see him as an appeaser who will surrender and frame it as 'taking America in a new direction.' The direction could be communism, sharia law, who knows what he has in mind.

Posted by: shibumi at February 27, 2009 04:20 PM (tZB/c)

23 16 we were told by Nobel experts in the 80's that missile defense would never work

With the compute power available at the time it was a dicey proposition.  Today, with even an ordinary PC's micro being several times faster than the fastest big iron PCU's of that era, not so much.  Missile guidance doesn't need any slow disk I/O and isn't bogged down by ponderous GUI interfaces.  Its pretty much a sense/compute/correct cycle horse race.

Granted the processors in the mid 80's probably weren't quite up to the task, but it should have been clear that within a few Moore cycles they would be. As I recall the critics at the time claimed that the computations required were so complex that they would always be out of reach which is just asinine. Hell, my current toothbrush has a microprocessor faster than what the Apollo capsules used.

Posted by: Mćtenloch at February 27, 2009 04:21 PM (BZALp)

24 the Norks can hit California, right?   and we are worried, why?

Posted by: kelley in virginia at February 27, 2009 04:25 PM (g568/)

25 As others have noted, this was a "waste of the taxpayers dollar".  President Reagan has been 'watching too much Star Wars'.  Just another Republican effort to "ramp up the cold war".  More Republican "supporting the Military Industrial Complex".
Dollars that have 'could have gone to health care and education and the poor'.

They never could grasp the concept that an ABM is like a fire truck.  Granted you don't need them that often, but when you do need one, you better have one because nothing else is going to work.

 

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Posted by: Very Sore Chinese Woman at February 27, 2009 04:43 PM (iafWn)

29 24 the Norks can hit California, right? and we are worried, why? Posted by: kelley in virginia at February 27, 2009 09:25 PM (g568/)

Posted by: CoolCzech at February 27, 2009 04:44 PM (iafWn)

30 I sleep well at night knowing Bill Clinton reached an agreement with North Korea, kelley.

Posted by: CoolCzech at February 27, 2009 04:44 PM (iafWn)

31 I.Hate.Liberals

Posted by: sickinmass at February 27, 2009 04:46 PM (/i4dU)

32 Remarkable how the story changes when circumstances warrant.

No shit.  It's remarkably Keynesian of them, for once.  I'd like to think I don't have to explain that, but you seem surprised by someone's change of tune when the facts merit a change.

Hmm.  Not that they've been all that Keynesian, actually.  And, yes, not that there's been much nuance in the tune the Norks have been playing, either.

OK.  You win.

Posted by: amp at February 27, 2009 04:47 PM (h37S5)

33 WRT compute power, I would expect the 'computing power' of the kill vehicle to be more analog than digital.

Posted by: Druid at February 27, 2009 04:47 PM (mdr+B)

34

I'd like to think I don't have to explain that, but you seem surprised by someone's change of tune when the facts merit a change.

The only "fact" that's changed is The One's in office.

That's not "Keynesian," that's bullshit.

Posted by: Rocketeer at February 27, 2009 04:54 PM (8pZZZ)

35

Is there anything President Lightworker Candyman can't do? He takes a bellicose and unproven technology and mixes it with love and makes it defensive and ready to kick ass.

Posted by: Teleprompter Messiah at February 27, 2009 04:58 PM (kTFE5)

36 Question: is there not software which would allow Ace to automatically block spam that has the word "lace wigs" and "paypal" in the same message? I mean sure it means you can't parody, but it would be better I think.

Posted by: Scandi Dirt at February 27, 2009 04:58 PM (n8fo+)

37 As a practical matter, I don't think the norks are dumb enough to send an ICBM that has a Newtonian return address on it.  The nuke will come UPS or FedEx.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at February 27, 2009 04:59 PM (Ygf78)

38 As a practical matter, I don't think the norks are dumb enough to send an ICBM that has a Newtonian return address on it.  The nuke will come UPS or FedEx.

More likely they'll stuff it into a bale of marijuana to ensure that it gets across the border.

Posted by: IllTemperedCur at February 27, 2009 05:22 PM (MlEgW)

39 Now that we too have a Dear Leader that can make evil things like BMD into good things just by saying it is so, what can possibly go wrong?

Posted by: sherlock at February 27, 2009 05:23 PM (L4jPh)

40 You know what's in this year?  Intellectual dishonesty.  I hear it's all the rage like sleeveless dresses.

Posted by: AmishDude at February 27, 2009 05:24 PM (i01iV)

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Posted by: CoolCzech at February 27, 2009 05:28 PM (iafWn)

42 Didn't Ramirez recently draw a cartoon of President Reagan being told by some wonk that missile defense would take 25 years to perfect (so why bother), with a caption that read "25 Years Ago...".  Pretty much sums up the difference between men of vision and men of expedience.

Posted by: sherlock at February 27, 2009 05:30 PM (L4jPh)

43 @42: yup. And why drill for more oil? That would take 12 years, remember?

Posted by: CoolCzech at February 27, 2009 05:32 PM (iafWn)

Posted by: AmishDude at February 27, 2009 05:44 PM (i01iV)

45 So where's my flying car?

Posted by: 50 yr old meme at February 27, 2009 05:45 PM (zfXmi)

46 the nuke will come in a Cosco shipping container

Posted by: Frank G at February 27, 2009 05:51 PM (Aaspy)

47 #46. Dude.  Don't give the burrito makers any ideas, eh?

Posted by: Adriane at February 27, 2009 06:00 PM (W7nzI)

48 "Haven't you guys figured out yet that Ace runs that wig site? He owns a hair farm in China."

You mean it's been product placement all this time? You're right. We are morons. Or Ace is one smart Ewok.

I prefer the beaten-by-smart-Ewok version. Makes me feel less Biden-ish.

Posted by: AnonymousDrivel at February 27, 2009 06:11 PM (swuwV)

49  $47 - sorry but all analysis says the same. It's no secret, except to the koolaid drinkers. Unicorns and skittles won't stop it. Aggressive preemptive action will, and that's not on the agenda anymore

/yearning for Dick Cheney's agenda

Posted by: Frank G at February 27, 2009 06:43 PM (Aaspy)

50 He won't do it.

Posted by: Mark at February 27, 2009 07:29 PM (h0ovq)

51 Thanks for the cartoon, AmishDude.  I figure the way things are going, within 20 years the schoolbooks will be saying that Obama started SDI... if it saves our bacon.

Posted by: sherlock at February 27, 2009 07:29 PM (L4jPh)

52 45 So where's my flying car?

Posted by: 50 yr old meme at February 27, 2009 10:45 PM (zfXmi)

Try http://www.moller.com/ or http://www.volanteaircraft.com/.

Posted by: Mark at February 27, 2009 08:00 PM (VzT/l)

53 @34, seeing as you're the Rocketeer, that's pretty damned prescient of you to notice that the only difference between then and now is that

SOMESELFAPPOINTEDGODDAMNEDWANNABEMESSIAH

is holding the, well, in terms you may yet understand: 

THEGODDAMNEDCIRCLEOFULTIMATEFUCKINGPOWERINTHEFUCKINGWORLD

as of...Well, as of, what/when?  When wasn't the Oval Office the focus of power in the entire freakin' world?  I'm pretty sure most sane people would not actually want to go back to pre-Jefferson days regarding that - even our pansy fairweather allies in the heart of..in the heart of, oh!  That stupid, screwed up shithole that - twice! - attempted suicide within a mere 100 years.

I'm not sure where you're getting off, friend.  I do hope you realize the size of the step you're taking, though.

Or, at the very least, I hope you get the gist of my criticism you so idiotically tried to respond to.

Posted by: amp at February 27, 2009 08:43 PM (h37S5)

54 Liberals just don't know what to do about hostile foreign powers.

Here's a test: North Korea threatens to nuke LA. Your response is:

A) "Now, that's not very productive."

B) "Kim Jong Il, if you try to drop anything more dangerous that a fruit basket on California, I will personally come over there, march into your fucking chateau, and skullfuck you to death with your fucking high-heel shoes."

C) Send 4 of our 13 Carrier Battle Groups to visit the area.

D) B and C

Posted by: Merovign at February 27, 2009 09:41 PM (or0jG)

55 Uhhh... D?

Posted by: CoolCzech at February 28, 2009 01:18 AM (iafWn)

Posted by: aaabs at February 28, 2009 02:38 AM (Oz1Ts)

57

I was responding, asshole, to the notion that The One knew what the fuck was up with the oval office, as did his acolytes, when they were pissing on missile defense before.

So THE. FACTS. HAVEN'T. CHANGED.

Dipshit.

Posted by: Rocketeer at February 28, 2009 03:16 AM (8pZZZ)

58 Now that Boomer crashed into Galactica, Adama is going to lose this alliance. Oh, and Hera is dead. Good times.

Posted by: Fios at February 28, 2009 03:46 AM (SsMER)

59 I hope you get the gist of my criticism

I got nuthin' out of either post.  Does anyone speak amp?

Posted by: toby928 at February 28, 2009 04:11 AM (PD1tk)

60

Remarkable how the story changes when circumstances warrant.

It does not change. Obama's always been favor of this. Just like he's always been in favor of withdrawing "all" the troops from Iraq, much in the same way I've always been a Red Wings fan, and a Phillies fan, etc.

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61 The russians and the chanese oppose a missle defense becuase it would prevent them from having the ability to fire nucular missles at us and the green wackos oppose it becuase their afraid the habitate of the clown faced sand flea will be disturbed and liberals oppose it becuase they think we can stop the commies by sitting around smoking wacky weed from their hookas and go OOOMM OOOMMM OOOMMM and meditate under the doofer dab tree

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