Pat Gunn (dachte) wrote,
Pat Gunn
dachte

Idiocy at the helm

Irritated at BushJr's missle defence program. It seems to violate ABM treaties the U.S. had made with Russia some 30 years ago, irritates the world, and is financially moronic. Imagine a very large initial investment for something that's going to stay somewhere hard to reach. This something is designed to combat devices that stay on the ground and are relatively cheap to refit. In terms of a technology race, placing your representative technology in a place that's hard to refit isn't a good way to win. Also, currently it doesn't look like the United States is very much at risk of nuclear war, so their utility is limited. Finally, it is a very impolitic move to make. Phrasing it as a 'defensive' development really only matters to people with a poor understanding of power politics. Imagine if someone were developing a suit that made them invulnerable to capture or weapons. One might initially imagine this to be purely a defensive tool, but when one considers how this affects the person's ability to act with impunity, one can see that this 'defensive' tool is really quite offensive (pun intended). If it really worked as advertised, I'd rather hand someone a rocket launcher and have them come at me rather than come at me with such a suit.

Tags: politics
Subscribe

  • Still alive

    Been feeling a bit nostalgic. Not about to return to LiveJournal - their new ownership is unfortunate, but I wanted to briefly note what's been up…

  • Unplugging LJ

    It's about time I pulled the plug on the LJ version of my blog: 1) I'm much more active on G+ than I am with general blogging. I post many times a…

  • Mutual Trust

    I don't know which should be considered more remarkable: That a cat should trust a member of a far larger and stronger species that it can't…

  • Error

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 0 comments