May 7, 2001
The Bush administration has made a unilateral announcement that it will deploy a new antimissile shield "as soon as possible." This system of new radar detection systems, land, sea and air intercept missiles, Bush says, will make the U.S. safer in this nuclear age.
Never mind the fact that this new system openly violates the 1972 Antiballistic Missile Treaty, which was agreed to by countries around the world to "make the planet safer in this nuclear age."
Never mind that the administration, in this post Cold War period, has a hard time defining who "the enemy" is that this antimissile shield is supposed to protect us from.
Never mind that the Bush administration itself admits that all tests on this missile intercept system have been miserable failures up to now.
Apparently, the only thing which is certain about this new antimissile shield is that it will raise the federal government's military spending by hundreds of billions of dollars in the coming years! Money, of course, which will come by cutting back social program expenditures. The writing is on the wall...
A safer world in this nuclear age? Not hardly. But no military contractors or Wall Street financiers will take their hands off their wallets long enough to raise such a question about this new "profit shield."