The MDA says this proposed system wouldn’t keep Russian missiles out, but some scientists disagree. An Associated Press story last month quoted six scientists who “are skeptical that the U.S. missile-defense system can work.” Yet, strangely, “they believe that in terms of raw speed, U.S. interceptors in Poland could catch a Russian ICBM launched from western Russia at any part of the continental United States.”
The question Americans ought to ask is, “Why is that a bad thing?” These scientists are undermining their own past arguments. They now insist this technology can protect us, even against threats it’s not intended to thwart. That would make missile defense one of the few federal programs to deliver more than it promised.
Many of us have insisted for decades that the United States needs missile defense. A handful of others, including the Union of Concerned Scientists, have long insisted that’s not true.
But even they say the evidence shows the system is improving every year. It’s better than they ever thought it could be. Better, even, than they think it should be.
Apparently they won’t be satisfied unless the U.S. is defenseless against incoming missiles. But the rest of us shouldn’t rest until a robust missile-defense system is in place. It’s coming along very well. Just ask its staunchest critics.