Monday, June 16, 2014

Obviously this was worth hurting the poor over

Water wet, death, taxes, and military programs being a huge waste.
The Ground-based Midcourse Defense system, or GMD, was supposed to protect Americans against a chilling new threat from "rogue states" such as North Korea and Iran. But a decade after it was declared operational, and after $40 billion in spending, the missile shield cannot be relied on, even in carefully scripted tests that are much less challenging than an actual attack would be, a Los Angeles Times investigation has found. The Missile Defense Agency has conducted 16 tests of the system's ability to intercept a mock enemy warhead. It has failed in eight of them, government records show.
Oh well, maybe if we cut medicare some more? [cross-posted at Firedoglake]


pansypoo said...

an you say MIC money pit? and we don't even get moon shots or tang. WHO HOO!

StonyPillow said...

I really wish those darned Rooskies hadn’t unilaterally backed out of the ABM treaty and made us waste all those billions. It really shows how much they hate America.

Oh, wait. George W. Bush unplugged the ABM treaty.

We regret the error.

An option success is not. Yes, hmmmmmn.

Montag said...

Just about everything even vaguely associated with Star Wars has been an overpriced boondoggle.

Reagan knew who had put him in office, and Star Wars was a way of paying them back--the major industries in CA, apart from agriculture, were defense aerospace and computers, both heavy contenders for Star Wars money, and because it was Edward Teller who sold the dolt on space-based weaponry, Lawrence Livermore got a lot of the oversight and some of the basic projects.

And, thirty years later, we're still living with the consequences. Reagan's been out of office for decades and dead for ten years and he's still costing us tons of money.

Anonymous said...

Montag - my first thought? "Thank you, Ronald Reagan."

Starwars gave the GOP a fabulous woody and they refused to acknowledge the reports and details that it was all a waste for YEARS. Heavy outside reporting - didn't matter.

Still doesn't matter. Shut the program down.