5/31/17

I would like to be a fly on the wall to watch the surprised, indeed, shocked faces on the few readers of this blog when they see the heading of this post.

So, no, my dears. I have NOT become a fan of the Star Wars movies…

This is about paying long overdue gratitude to President Reagan, who was the subject of criticism and ridicule for his vision that the US should—and would—develop a system to defend itself from ICBMs. The name critics gave to the proposed system in an effort to demean and ridicule it was “Star Wars.”

The latest test of the system carried out yesterday was successful and a missile launched from Vandenberg Air Force base in California successfully shot down an incoming ICBM.

The system is not perfect. This test was the 8th or 9th in the series and the rate of success is only about 60% or so.

But, given the heaps of derision that Reagan received at the time from the usual sources (i.e., Democrats, Media and other so-called “experts”) about the fact that it cannot be done, etc., this is remarkable progress. It is also worth noting that in the last 30 years Democrats did everything possible to delay the development of that system and even cancel it.

Given the growing threat from rogue countries, it is a very timely reassurance.

Maybe we should learn some lessons about media, experts, etc. from this episode of Star Wars…