Dan Holler

Flip-Flopping on Missile Defense

As North Korea’s saber rattling intensifies, the Obama administration has come to realize the value of missile defense. This comes as we celebrated the 30th anniversary of President Reagan’s visionary missile defense system.

According to reports, “The Pentagon is beefing up the nation’s missile defense in the wake of provocative nuclear threats from North Korea and is set to deploy 14 additional ground-based interceptors at missile silos in Alaska and California.” Of course, “by stalling the original plan and forcing the military to bring back on line silos that otherwise would have been operational, the Obama administration has effectively wasted millions in taxpayer’s dollars.”

Remember when Senator Barack Obama was running for President?

He promised to "cut investments in unproven missile defense systems." His Senate colleague and running mate Joe Biden voiced similar opposition to missile defense.

Of course, President Obama flip-flopped later that fall, saying, “I actually believe that we need missile defense because of Iran and North Korea, and the potential for them to obtain, or, to launch nuclear weapons."

As Heritage noted in 2010, Obama’s actual policies would “leave the program treading water.” Remember, they cut planned deployment of missile interceptors in Alaska and California from 44 to 30. Now, after a very visible threat emerges, the one Obama said he understood existed five years earlier, his administration is beginning to reverse course.

Dan Holler

Dan Holler is the Communications Director for Heritage Action for America. Previously, he held numerous positions at The Heritage Foundation, most recently he was the Senate Relations Deputy. A Maryland native, he is a graduate of Washington College.