Clinton-era SecDef: Now is no time to cut missile defense

posted at 10:56 am on May 28, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

William Cohen wonders what genius thought a cut in missile defense was a good idea when rogue nations are busily launching missiles and testing nukes in defiance of the UN and the US.  Actually, his boss didn’t think much of missile defense, either, but Cohen takes his argument to the Washington Times today to scold Barack Obama for actively cutting funding for the one system that could neutralize threats such as Kim Jong-Il:

Since words have no impact upon North Korea’s stratagems and actions, the U.S. should say little in response and give that country even less when it comes to economic assistance. Kim Jong-il has built a throne of swords; he should be made to sit on it.

It should be noted that the rationale for constructing a missile-defense system was not only to defend our homeland against the mad or messianic of limited means, but also to serve as a last resort against an accidental launch of an ICBM by a major power.

Reducing the funding commitment to our missile-defense system by $1.4 billion, as the Obama administration has done, sends the signal that we do not take the threats of rogue regimes seriously, and are willing to take the risk that current technologies are sufficient to prevent devastating accidents or miscalculations.

Given the disturbing geopolitical events that are now unfolding, it is imperative that we err on the side of safety. The consequences are too grave to allow our leadership to claim at some future time that they were taken by surprise.

Cutting missile-defense funding at this critical juncture sends the wrong signal to both our adversaries and our allies. It would embolden North Korea, Iran and other rogue states to pursue missiles of increasing range. It would also confuse our allies and undermine their trust in America’s security guarantees. If the United States is vulnerable to the threat of a missile attack by a rogue state, allies could lose confidence in America’s nuclear deterrent – which could lead nations such as Japan to pursue a nuclear deterrent of their own.

No one expects the missile-defense system to protect us from a rain of hundreds of missiles.  That’s precisely why the Russian opposition to missile-defense bases in Eastern Europe had nothing to do with the missile balance of power, but the political power the US had gained in that region at the expense of Moscow.  George Bush refused to retreat for that reason; he wanted to keep and extend American alliances as a bulwark against Vladimir Putin’s obvious empire-building as well as protect Europe from an Iranian threat that Russia has actively assisted.  Barack Obama gave all of that back in the first weeks of his presidency.

Cohen continues by noting that the only real way to end missile proliferation is to render them useless, especially in terms of single or low-number launches.  Developing missiles that can threaten the US or its allies is a very expensive process, and if we can knock them down, most countries won’t bother.  That doesn’t end the threat entirely, of course, as nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons can get detonated from within the US or our allies by infiltration, but it does remove the missile attack as an option.

In the face of Pyongyang’s intransigence, we should be escalating our missile-defense research and deployment, and make a big show of it.  We should take shots at the next missile Kim launches to make the point; after all, if he wants to test, we can test our systems, too.  Cohen makes it harder for Obama to dismiss criticisms of his missile-defense policy, but in a rational administration, Kim’s actions this week would have mooted those policies by now.


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Let’s not fight the North Koreans on these missile things. We can’t win, and we will no doubt alienate the Korean vote.

LibTired (KO) on May 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Didn’t he decide that to make brownie points with Russia? And surprisingly it didn’t work. The Won is brillant.

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2009 at 10:59 AM

In the face of Pyongyang’s intransigence, we should be escalating our missile-defense research and deployment, and make a big show of it.

But, but, but….they might not like us then…..

Vashta.Nerada on May 28, 2009 at 11:00 AM

But…but…. we didn’t even use our advanced radar during the recent missle test for fear of offending Dear Leader….

Wethal on May 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM

I agree. We lost. Better to get ready for the next one. Additionally, if we don’t cut missile defense, we’ll lose the all important hispanic vote.

Blake on May 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Wow, I always thought Cohen was a pussy, good to see has some common sense left.

echosyst on May 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Wow, I always thought Cohen was a wimp, good to see has some common sense left.

echosyst on May 28, 2009 at 11:02 AM

We should take shots at the next missile Kim launches to make the point; after all, if he wants to test, we can test our systems, too.

Yanno, every engineer in the MDA just creamed his undies at the prospect of knocking off a TDII test :)

Wanderlust on May 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM

Our CIC is a wuss.

ladyingray on May 28, 2009 at 11:03 AM

LibTired (KO) on May 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

heh

ladyingray on May 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM

I hope we don’t ignore the warning signs here. We definitely need missile defense.

therightscoop on May 28, 2009 at 11:04 AM

Y’know, Jimmy Carter has been very quiet lately.Why aren’t The Elders doing what they do best in light of these latest developments?

a capella on May 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM

No Super Bowl or Final Four invitations for Cohen.

BuckeyeSam on May 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM

Cohen makes it harder for Obama to dismiss criticisms of his missile-defense policy, but in a rational administration, Kim’s actions this week would have mooted those policies by now.

Exactly…Obama doesn’t respond to logic or reason. If he did, he would know that the only way to save the US from economic collapse is to drastically cut spending.

He believes in his own star above all else. He will deflect enemy aggression with the power of his personality…something he feels is more powerful than any missile shield. No amount of evidence to the contrary is going to dissuade him.

In other words, he’s the very picture of a “wooden head” as defined by Barbara Tuchman in her book “The March of Folly”.

AUINSC on May 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Let’s not fight the North Koreans on these missile things. We can’t win, and we will no doubt alienate the Korean vote.

LibTired (KO) on May 28, 2009 at 10:58 AM

Ha!

Hey, by the way, for all the nuke experts here, can you identify where a nuke was made based on the gases released by the blast?

Weight of Glory on May 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

I don’t understand the concern. North Korea, Iran and Venzuela are tiny countries.

booter on May 28, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Y’know, Jimmy Carter has been very quiet lately.Why aren’t The Elders doing what they do best in light of these latest developments?

a capella on May 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM

What they do best is shake down governments.

Blake on May 28, 2009 at 11:07 AM

Why aren’t The Elders doing what they do best in light of these latest developments?

a capella on May 28, 2009 at 11:05 AM

The Elders of Lyin’

thomasaur on May 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Good for Cohen! We will be seeing more dems speaking up, IMO, as not all (or even most) of them are anti-Americans. This is becoming serious and they are being forced to recognize it. BHO is our worst nightmare.

zeebeach on May 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM

I guess we need to sing Kumbaya louder. Then the Nokos can hear us and will know we want peace.

rbj on May 28, 2009 at 11:08 AM

Everyone relax, General Jones just announced that we are safe and will continue to be safe because of the president’s leadership. NK is no big deal. I just heard it on ABC news and I feel so much better. /s

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2009 at 11:09 AM

Since words have no impact upon North Korea’s stratagems and actions….

Barack Obama – “Just words, just speeches.”

I guess it has not sunk into Obama’s thick liberal skull that the world’s leaders have sized him up and declared that the era of American power is over.
Obama has done something incredible, something that the Soviet Union was unable to do. In four short months Obama has destroyed America’s power & influence. No ones fears Mr. Zero except Chrysler/GM Bondholders. Way to go Mr. Zero!! I can’t wait to see what the coming months & years have to bring.

izoneguy on May 28, 2009 at 11:11 AM

Obviously we need to keep and fund missle defnese, but what is (or should be) our policy if we intercept a missle that was heading towards us or our allies?

I think the bully analogy works really well for foreign policy. If the bully blocked one of your bunches, would the bully stop there? No. He would hit you hard once to remind you not to do it again. If we intercept a missle, our state policy is that we will fire back (and good luck stopping our missle).

WashJeff on May 28, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Everyone relax, General Jones just announced that we are safe and will continue to be safe because of the president’s leadership. NK is no big deal. I just heard it on ABC news and I feel so much better. /s

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2009 at 11:09 AM

I think the South Koreans & Japan would have a different view. Maybe Obama wants NK to take out Japan and crush the competition of his new shiny car companies?

izoneguy on May 28, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Uh oh. The Fresh Prince of Bill Ayers does not take criticism very well. Cohen best prepare his own defense.

Daggett on May 28, 2009 at 11:14 AM

I always thought Cohen was a big squish…I’m sure the phone is burning his ears off right now to climb down from this position. I guess we’ll see if he can take the heat that’s coming his way and stand on principles.

AUINSC on May 28, 2009 at 11:16 AM

Weight of Glory on May 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Not a nuke expert but I do know there is a process used to identify isotope signatures from “hot particles” that come from the plutonium or enriched uranium used in a weapons detonation…

elduende on May 28, 2009 at 11:18 AM

izoneguy on May 28, 2009 at 11:13 AM

He can’t be bothered with them, no campaign money to be had there.

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

Cohen needs to understand that Obama doesn’t care what effect it has on national defense . . . he just wants the funds to pay off his left wing supporters buy his socialist state.

rplat on May 28, 2009 at 11:20 AM

Weight of Glory on May 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

Not a nuke expert but I do know there is a process used to identify isotope signatures from “hot particles” that come from the plutonium or enriched uranium used in a weapons detonation…

elduende on May 28, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Yes, you can tell a lot about a weapon design based on that…the problem is, the NK test was performed underground…nothing to sample.

AUINSC on May 28, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Weight of Glory on May 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

from wiki:

Radioactive isotopes

Hot particles, radioactive particles of nuclear fallout and radioactive waste, also exhibit distinct isotopic signatures. Their radionuclide composition (and thus their age and origin) can be determined by mass spectroscopy or by gamma spectrometry. For example, particles generated by a nuclear blast contain detectable amounts of 60Co and 152Eu. The Chernobyl accident did not release these particles but did release 125Sb and 144Ce. Particles from underwater bursts will consist mostly of irradiated sea salts. Ratios of 152Eu/155Eu, 154Eu/155Eu, and 238Pu/239Pu are also different for fusion and fission nuclear weapons, which allows identification of hot particles of unknown origin.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isotopic_signature

elduende on May 28, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Obama is just anti defense. There is no sane reason to cut back on missile defense except that he’s just against us having a military deterrence.

The blood that will be on Bambi’s hands when the next terrorist attack on the US happens will be enough to drown him.

To paraphrase Dear Leader’s favorite pastor, this policy will result in “his chickens coming home to roost”.

wildcat84 on May 28, 2009 at 11:24 AM

The 8 years of diplomatic weakness of the Clinton years eventually brought us 9/11. Those 8 years and the 8 years of diplomatic weakness of GW brought us this mess.
If we had bombed their reactor before it was finished then we would not have to worry about nuclear anything right now.
If we bombed their missile factories or launch site before they launched the first missile we would not have to worry about any missile right now.
But instead all those years of dithering have brought us a nuclear tipped missile – great.
Only one way to fight a bully: punch him first and punch him hard – then talk.

dpierson on May 28, 2009 at 11:24 AM

The missile defense system is the only thing that this government does that makes me feel safe at night. With all due respect to our great and wonderful military personnel around the world – and all my thanks for it – 100 million of our bravest and finest could not stop an incoming ICBM.

You fight fire with fire. You defeat the missile technology with missile technology. If we give money to banks, cars, and everything under the sun, what difference would it make if everything is incinerated?

ThackerAgency on May 28, 2009 at 11:26 AM

AUINSC on May 28, 2009 at 11:21 AM

Yeah I know but I suspect the question Weight was asking was ultimately concerned with identifying the owner of a hypothetical blast where no one claimed responsibility…a terror nuke going off in NYC for example…the short answer is yes we could find out pretty quickly who produced the weapon…

elduende on May 28, 2009 at 11:27 AM

I wonder how much of the money we’ve sent to north korea over the last decade has gone to liberal election campaigns?

Obviously zerobama is as much in love with this retarded little runt as he is in himself, it has to be the money…

Spiritk9 on May 28, 2009 at 11:28 AM

In Obama’s world–according to Eugene Robinson at the WaPo yesterday–the birds are always singing and the sun is always shining….

Why would Obama continue missile defense? It’s not a “green job” and it certainly doesn’t give the “wealth back to those who produced it…” Moreover, anti-missile technology surely couldn’t be used for anything else, could it?

Me wonders if the ones telling Mr. Cheney to quiet down are now going to tell this Clinton-era SECDEF to quiet down as well.

Hasn’t Mr. Cohen seen the puppy?

ted c on May 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM

elduende on May 28, 2009 at 11:27 AM

Oh, missed the point then. I don’t think that would be very helpful as a way of identifying a country of origin. It’s good for general weapon design features (such as what fissile components were used), but I think the information is too general for that.

AUINSC on May 28, 2009 at 11:31 AM

Remind me again where Klinton and his wife are serving their LIFE SENTENCES for aiding the N. koreans and the chinese with their missile programs?

tormod on May 28, 2009 at 11:33 AM

Weight of Glory on May 28, 2009 at 11:06 AM

short answer…yes

all reactors produce a “signature”
the physics are ponderous
but we can tell where the isotopes came from up to and including where they were mined…yepper..we sure can

JJKRN on May 28, 2009 at 11:33 AM

How much of this cut has to do with the fact that Alaska is the first line of defense in our missile interceptor defense system? Could these cuts, at this particular time, be as petty as a political vendetta?

Such political retribution is not without precedent….

joedoe on May 28, 2009 at 11:35 AM

it’s all ultra sooooper secret stuff

JJKRN on May 28, 2009 at 11:35 AM

But instead all those years of dithering have brought us a nuclear tipped missile – great.
Only one way to fight a bully: punch him first and punch him hard – then talk.

dpierson on May 28, 2009 at 11:24 AM

Israel will be giving a lesson to the world about this soon .This time it will not end well for Hamas. I think bibi is waiting until Obama sends them the $900 million.

izoneguy on May 28, 2009 at 11:36 AM

all that info gathered from humint sources over decades

oh wait…we don’t have humint anymore coz our leader deems it not necessary

we are so screwed

JJKRN on May 28, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Obviously we need to keep and fund missle defnese, but what is (or should be) our policy if we intercept a missle that was heading towards us or our allies?

I think the bully analogy works really well for foreign policy. If the bully blocked one of your bunches, would the bully stop there? No. He would hit you hard once to remind you not to do it again. If we intercept a missle, our state policy is that we will fire back (and good luck stopping our missle).

WashJeff on May 28, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Yes. Missile Defense, F-22, Next Gen of Armor, etc. are all designed for us to survive and prevail in War. That is the problem. The last thing Obama wants is a victorious America that dominates the World.

GunRunner on May 28, 2009 at 11:37 AM

William Cohen is a Republican. Democrats can’t support missile defense because their priority is funding Universal Pre-K.

Buy Danish on May 28, 2009 at 11:37 AM

Obama is just anti defense. There is no sane reason to cut back on missile defense except that he’s just against us having a military deterrence.

obama works for the enemy. He is the enemy within. He wants America’s destruction; every move he’s made undeniably proves that. Everything is moving according to plan as far as he’s concerned. We will be destroyed very shortly.

Thanks obama voters!

ErinF on May 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM

ErinF on May 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM

I don’t think he is the enemy from within any more than Clinton was. They just come from a school of thought as professional politicians in which EVERYTHING can be negotiated and talked about. It’s more naiveté about how the world really works. Chamberlin was the same and his approach eventually led to world war.

dpierson on May 28, 2009 at 11:43 AM

elduende on May 28, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Thanks. And thanks to the others who responded. I asked because I read story yesterday from a South Korean news agency that some suspect that the subsequent missile launches were to keep international intelligence agencies from conducting certain air tests. IF this is true, why would they want to keep secret those gases? Could it be that the gases would trace the blast back to Iran? Don’t know, but wanted to bring it up.

Weight of Glory on May 28, 2009 at 11:46 AM

I don’t think he is the enemy from within any more than Clinton was. They just come from a school of thought as professional politicians in which EVERYTHING can be negotiated and talked about. It’s more naiveté about how the world really works. Chamberlin was the same and his approach eventually led to world war.

dpierson on May 28, 2009 at 11:43 AM

Basically, Obama suffers from belief in his own hubris, that he’s so much smarter than everyone else he can TALK anyone into doing what he wants, even if they are an enemy with nukes.

That is what he means by “smart power”.

Of course it’s failed miserably every time he’s tried it. Negotiations and talking works only when you have utterly destroyed the enemy (ie: Germany and Japan). Note that World War II was actually the last war that ever actually ended in agreements that have been kept, because we utterly DESTROYED their empires and they had no choice but to be rebuilt our way.

wildcat84 on May 28, 2009 at 11:47 AM

Obama is just anti defense. There is no sane reason to cut back on missile defense except that he’s just against us having a military deterrence.

obama works for the enemy. He is the enemy within. He wants America’s destruction; every move he’s made undeniably proves that. Everything is moving according to plan as far as he’s concerned. We will be destroyed very shortly.

Thanks obama voters!

ErinF on May 28, 2009 at 11:39 AM

Fear not, things are a brewing…

izoneguy on May 28, 2009 at 11:48 AM

He can’t be bothered with them, no campaign money to be had there.

Cindy Munford on May 28, 2009 at 11:19 AM

And where is the story here that Obama went to Vegas and California to do some fundraising the last couple of days? At the taxpayers expense?

I guess raising money for the DNC is more important to Barry than some silly missles.

Knucklehead on May 28, 2009 at 11:48 AM

Maybe The O should offer North Korea some universal health care. That aught to kill ‘em.

joedoe on May 28, 2009 at 11:51 AM

We can’t afford to spend $1.4 billion for missile defense, but we can afford $8 billion for ACORN.

AZCoyote on May 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM

When the arms race was a mostly bilateral deal between two enormously armed powers missile defense didn’t make much sense. Though it still made some in terms of accidental launches or political instability causing localized lack of military command and control (rogue launches – General Ripperlova scenario). In today’s climate with out of control horizontal proliferation, missile defense is the only sane option. So I’m pretty sure we’ll scrap it on the same pile we put fiscal sanity.

Beagle on May 28, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Libs hate military spending b/c it could be better used for social programs.

Over30 on May 28, 2009 at 11:59 AM

Hmmmmmm

So does anyone think that Sarah Palin, chastizing Obama on missile defense, want to let Obama know…. She was right!

HAHAHHA!

upinak on May 28, 2009 at 12:02 PM

Joedoe, you betcha’.

And BTW, Mr. Cohen’s a bit behind. The AK Gov has been making this point since the first missile launch in April. Check the News Archive on her site. http://www.gov.state.ak.us.

And here’s a Tweet from May 25:

“More N Korea nuke tests: why consider US missile program cuts now? AK military program helps secure US. Now is NOT time to cut our defense.”

http://www.twitter.com/akgovsarahpalin

And here’s an article she recommended to her twitter friends yesterday:

“Check out this good read on N. Korea that sheds light on need for strong US defense tools & economic sanctions. http://tinyurl.com/oaf2rm

And way back in Jan, she requested an earmark for missile defense. It was rejected …

hrh40 on May 28, 2009 at 12:03 PM

This guy is standing with one foot on each side of the line that separates moron and traitor. Yeah, lets not actually question EVERYTHING possible about Dr Mysterio. Let’s not talk about his likely citizenship problems or the obscene amounts of money he has spent to hide these problems. What if its a ruse, what if its a trick? Its not polite, its low brow talk of the uneducated masses. You might look like fool if this is some elaborate red herring. If the trillions of dollars in spending, and blatant increase in federal govt intrusion in private lives doesn’t scare you into action then you sir are a moron or a coward. There should be a full court press on this guy. The lefty media isn’t going to do it. Foxnews for some reason is avoiding the subject. Everyone is passing the buck, hoping someone else will reveal the problem if it truly exists. Only then will the intellectual and moral cowards jump on the band wagon and yell “How could this have happened?” Maybe I don’t see the BIG picture. Maybe this story is being held in the wings to spring before the midterm elections for political benefit. If thats the case, that is a HUGE risk to take given the rate at which this fool is spending on his bullshit liberal domestic agenda and showing his complete ignorance and lack of spine to the rest of the world. This story if true, and there are enough questions surrounding his citizenship to pursue this to get to the ground truth, would be Watergate, Pearl Harbor, 911 and OJ all rolled into one. This would completely fracture the Democratic Party and serve as a wake up call to the apathetic masses who busy themselves with gas prices, swine flu or whatever contrived media distraction of the day. How can you not question this man on this issue when he has essentially thrown a legal blanket over the majority of his life. Why should he get the benefit of the doubt? Has he done ANYTHING to earn it? Deal with this problem now before he sinks the dollar any further. We can have idiot Joe sit in until we do an emergency special election in 6 months. The blinders worn by the powers that be at this site astound me.

allahallahoxenfree on May 28, 2009 at 12:04 PM

I have a plan. It should go like this:

President Obama: “No, for the last time, we’re doing it my way.”
Aide: “Sir, North Korea just publicly proclaimed their support for vouchers.”
President Obama: [sets jaw] “Let’s do this.”

emailnuevo on May 28, 2009 at 12:04 PM

hrh40 on May 28, 2009 at 12:03 PM

LOL get outta my head woman!

upinak on May 28, 2009 at 12:06 PM

The only reason that Obama wants to cut it is because Liberals are vindictive little twits that carry a grudge they never forget.

They will NOT forget that Reagan is the “father of missile defense” – it was his idea – the “Strategic Defense Initiative” (SDI).

They will not forget that that “Lion of the Senate” (or coward of Chappaquiddick), Ted Kennedy immediately led the Democratic opposition to it – ridiculing it with the name “Stars Wars” – which is the name, of course – that the MSM stuck to it.

They will not forget it that was Reagan’s SDI that many people credit with forcing the Soviets to table to end the Cold War – because, unlike the Democrats – the Soviets had faith we could actually develop a missile defense system and knew they were fresh out of resources and couldn’t.

This is the WHOLE reason why liberals want to kill missile defense. They are little children – and can’t live with being wrong on something. They were wrong when they said it was a “pie in the sky” plan that would never work. Now that we have something viable – they want to kill it out of pure spite for the fact that THEY are too embarrassed to admit that they were wrong and that Reagan has reached out from the grave to spank their little egos once again.

There is NO strategic reason to cancel missile defense – there is no reason to cut back on it. It’s DEFENSIVE – the missiles don’t kill people – they SAVE people. The missiles don’t start Nuclear War – they keep Nuclear Holocaust from happening. You’d think that liberals would think this is a good thing. Nope – they are too childish and stupid to admit it was a good idea that came from Ronald Reagan.

Ask Obama why he’s cancelling it – he doesn’t have a good reason.

HondaV65 on May 28, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Barak Obama is pushing the federal government into every area EXCEPT the only one that no other organization can handle.

Obama is following exactly in the steps of FDR. He wants to lead this country and the world into depression and war.

logis on May 28, 2009 at 12:09 PM

We need to be MUCH tougher on NK.

I would love to use the missile defense system to shoot down their next test… and then fire off a cruise missile directly over their capitol with a payload of… confetti!

Not only would it show that we can take care of their “offense”, but that we consider them child’s play.

(Yes, it may not be much of a foreign policy move, but… you know it would be cool!)

dominigan on May 28, 2009 at 12:09 PM

We can’t afford to spend $1.4 billion for missile defense, but we can afford $8 billion for ACORN.

AZCoyote on May 28, 2009 at 11:57 AM

That’s because the millions of urban dead will still vote Democrat

DarkCurrent on May 28, 2009 at 12:10 PM

Barak Obama is pushing the federal government into every area EXCEPT the only one that no other organization can handle.

logis on May 28, 2009 at 12:09 PM

Yeah, it cracks me up…defense was the ONLY place Barry could find any fat to cut from his budget.

AUINSC on May 28, 2009 at 12:13 PM

Ask Obama why he’s cancelling it – he doesn’t have a good reason.

HondaV65 on May 28, 2009 at 12:08 PM

Obama’s only cancelling it because it’s ‘unproven technology’. I’m sure he’ll reinstate funding once it’s proven. Oh, wait…

DarkCurrent on May 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Obama’s only cancelling it because it’s ‘unproven technology’. I’m sure he’ll reinstate funding once it’s proven. Oh, wait…

DarkCurrent on May 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

Hehe, as opposed to all that proven ‘green technology’ that’s going to magically appear and save our economy.

AUINSC on May 28, 2009 at 12:18 PM

Obama’s only cancelling it because it’s ‘unproven technology’. I’m sure he’ll reinstate funding once it’s proven. Oh, wait…

DarkCurrent on May 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

You have to ask what’s proven first!

upinak on May 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Obama’s only cancelling it because it’s ‘unproven technology’. I’m sure he’ll reinstate funding once it’s proven. Oh, wait…

DarkCurrent on May 28, 2009 at 12:15 PM

You have to ask what’s proven first!

upinak on May 28, 2009 at 12:23 PM

Cancel the “stimulus” – it’s not working.

izoneguy on May 28, 2009 at 12:24 PM

The Obama administration calls for Cohen to stop the republican partisan hackjob on his administration in 5, 4, 3, 2…. oh wait! He worked for a dem! Let’s see, what other sell out “republican” could we get to speak out against Mr. Cohen(r)’s opinion…..?
Paging General Powell…….
Do we really need missile defense? Obama is prez now – everyone loves and respects us now. No threats.
Hopey Changey.

JeffinOrlando on May 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

Even in the case of an all out missile attack, missile defense makes sense.

The purpose of an all out attack is to hit the enemy so hard that he is incapable of generating a counter strike. To do this his command and control has to be completely destroyed and all of his missile sites need to be destroyed. Not some, not degraded, but all, and destroyed.

Even if a missile defense is only capable of knocking down 10% of the incoming missiles, the enemy has no way of telling in advance, which missiles will be knocked down.

As a result he has to target at least two missiles to every target. Doubling the number of missiles he has to fire.

If a defense can knock down half the missiles fired, then he has to send something like 3 or 4 missiles to every target.

MarkTheGreat on May 28, 2009 at 12:36 PM

The Obama administration calls for Cohen to stop the republican partisan hackjob on his administration in 5, 4, 3, 2…. oh wait! He worked for a dem!
JeffinOrlando on May 28, 2009 at 12:27 PM

The media hail William Cohen as a super-heroic “Moderate Democrat” and demand that Obama and the ultra-leftist Democrats in Congress STFU and adopt his enlightened views in 1, 2, 3, 4…

…1,874,421, 1,874,422, 1,874,423…

logis on May 28, 2009 at 12:39 PM

Cancel the “stimulus” – it’s not working.

izoneguy on May 28, 2009 at 12:24 PM

Robert Reich was on Fox News last night. He declared that the stimulus is working great, and the only problem with it is that it’s not big enough.

MarkTheGreat on May 28, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Robert Reich was on Fox News last night. He declared that the stimulus is working great, and the only problem with it is that it’s not big enough.

MarkTheGreat on May 28, 2009 at 12:40 PM

At this point, does it matter how big it is?

What difference will you perceive between 1 million percent inflation, or 10 million percent inflation?

Daggett on May 28, 2009 at 12:42 PM

Anytime is a good time to weaken America for this admin. After all, they are ashamed of American’s arrogance. And now I’m going to go throw up.

kirkill on May 28, 2009 at 12:43 PM

Robert Reich was on Fox News last night. He declared that the stimulus is working great, and the only problem with it is that it’s not big enough.
MarkTheGreat on May 28, 2009 at 12:40 PM

That is the definition of Communism: Take the system that fails every time on a small scale and EXPAND it indefinitely…

Every military campaign advances and, when necessary, retreats. But collectivism always moves in the same direction.

Liberals NEVER have an exit strategy.

logis on May 28, 2009 at 12:50 PM

Give Barry a break. He can’t focus on North Korea, or Iran, when we have bible thumping, gun owning, tax protesting, anti-abortion, Limbaugh listening, conservative veterans out there!

He can only focus on one enemy at a time!

Star20 on May 28, 2009 at 1:29 PM

Give Barry a break. He can’t focus on North Korea, or Iran, when we have bible thumping, gun owning, tax protesting, anti-abortion, Limbaugh listening, conservative veterans out there! He can only focus on one enemy at a time!
Star20 on May 28, 2009 at 1:29 PM

In Barak Obama’s mind, he has millions of enemies. And none of them are dictators or terrorists.

logis on May 28, 2009 at 1:34 PM

And where is the story here that Obama went to Vegas and California to do some fundraising the last couple of days? At the taxpayers expense?

I guess raising money for the DNC is more important to Barry than some silly missles.

Knucklehead on May 28, 2009 at 11:48 AM

On the Drudge Report, w/ a link from Fox News. But the main stream media wouldn’t touch that report with a ten foot pole. And only other place you’ll hear it; talk radio, where Rush led with the story this morning.

Besides, Barry took care of it remember? He told the North Koreans that they were a “threat to international peace and security,” adding: “The danger posed by North Korea’s threatening activities warrants action by the international community.” He then vowed the US would “stand up to this behaviour”.

Oooooooo, bet they are scared now.

Susanboo on May 28, 2009 at 2:35 PM

The blood that will be on Bambi’s hands when the next terrorist attack on the US happens will be enough to drown him.

To paraphrase Dear Leader’s favorite pastor, this policy will result in “his chickens coming home to roost”.

wildcat84 on May 28, 2009 at 11:24 AM

The fact that Obama will have the blood on his hands will matter little to those whose blood was boiled off in the blast.

The people who should be absolutely screaming the loudest about the cut in missle defense are those occupying the most likely potential targets. Are the liberals in the large cities on the west coast that uninformed, that uncaring, or that trusting in Obama? It’s going to be a bit late to change their mind if, or when, a missle is on it’s re-entry trajectory.

They won’t even get the chance to tweet Obama expressing their dismay.

Yoop on May 28, 2009 at 2:37 PM

MarkTheGreat on May 28, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Well Reich surely understands not big enough…

ladyingray on May 28, 2009 at 2:46 PM

MarkTheGreat on May 28, 2009 at 12:40 PM

Well Reich surely understands not big enough…

ladyingray on May 28, 2009 at 2:46 PM

Heh! Thinking the same thing! Reich has “little man syndrome”.

Susanboo on May 28, 2009 at 2:59 PM

There’s yet another reason to boost missile-defense funding in response to NK’s actions: it will encourage China to rein in NK’s nuke development. The last thing the Chinese need is a missile-shielded US and Taiwan, while they themselves lag far behind.

If every NK saber-rattle produces an extra billion dollars of US missile-shield funding, you can bet that China will do whatever it can to stop the saber rattling.

Gaunilon on May 28, 2009 at 3:40 PM

Obama’s basic premise is to dismantle America’s military and financial might.

promachus on May 28, 2009 at 3:54 PM

Wow, I always thought Cohen was a pussy, good to see has some common sense left.

echosyst on May 28, 2009 at 11:01 AM

Actually, Cohen had the stones to can General Wesley Clark after the Perfumed Prince almost started WW 3 during Clinton’s War of Choice.

Del Dolemonte on May 28, 2009 at 4:12 PM

The media hail William Cohen as a super-heroic “Moderate Democrat” and demand that Obama and the ultra-leftist Democrats in Congress STFU and adopt his enlightened views in 1, 2, 3, 4…

…1,874,421, 1,874,422, 1,874,423…

logis on May 28, 2009 at 12:39 PM

One slight hitch-Cohen is a Republican.

Del Dolemonte on May 28, 2009 at 4:13 PM

I see man lost through political perversions,
confusing action and expiation, calling his
annihilation conquest.

Rene Char
Leaves of Hypnos

falderal on May 28, 2009 at 5:24 PM

Let’s not fight the North Koreans on these missile things. We can’t win, and we will no doubt alienate the Korean vote.
LibTired (KO)

The best way to ensure you won’t win is to declare that you can’t.

NoKo has no voters, only slaves, masters, and overlords. And if we can’t help our allies (including the ROK) defend themselves, we will soon find ourselves without allies.

Obama is just anti defense. There is no sane reason to cut back on missile defense except that he’s just against us having a military deterrence.

He’s playing to his base and his roots. These people are ignorant of any history that Alinsky does not want to teach. That the democracies survived the Second World War is to them either history’s greatest tragedy or history’s greatest opportunity, depending on whether they are thinking about utopia or about their ambitions to run it.

To his near-base, pouring more money down failing institutions is more urgent than either fixing those institution or ensuring that our society can survive.

Britain abandoned its allies in the years before the Second World War. When that war came, as they had ensured it would, there were only two serious allies left. The USSR joined Britain because of Hitler’s perfidy (made possible by Stalin’s stunning, atypical and naive misunderstanding of Hitler) and the USA only threw in its blood and the full lot of its treasure because of Imperial Japan’s overreach.

Our enemies will learn from history. Our disloyal opposition insists that we learn not from our mistakes, but to embrace our mistakes. (Think of the Kellog-Briand Pact.)

Every time the Libs say “X is a Good Idea” and get us to do X, we need to hold them to account for the consequences. Loudly. At length. And rationally. If we can’t get the advocate of X to question the decision, we need to get the people he convinced to question it.

njcommuter on May 28, 2009 at 11:03 PM

Me wonders if the ones telling Mr. Cheney to quiet down are now going to tell this Clinton-era SECDEF to quiet down as well.

Hasn’t Mr. Cohen seen the puppy?

ted c on May 28, 2009 at 11:30 AM

Just had to post this comment again.

Saltysam on May 29, 2009 at 12:29 AM