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A Better Way to Banish the Bomb

Baldur Wrote: Mar 18, 2013 1:11 PM
Why is it that when police confront a single criminal holed up in a house that they often send 20, 30 or more heavily armed police officers to the scene? Because people who are experienced with confronting very bad people well understand the concept of superior firepower in the successful solution of such confrontations. People who have no such experience, such as President Obama, should learn a lesson from them.

“I can tell you that the United States is fully capable of defending against any North Korean ballistic missile attack.”

That was White House spokesman Jay Carney, reacting to the third nuclear test this year by the self-styled “Democratic People’s Republic of Korea,” as well as a brash threat from Pyongyang to, well, nuke the United States.

Carney’s words are certainly reassuring, but the real question is why they were even necessary in the first place.

There are two problems, basically. One is the administration’s nuclear-weapon policy. The other is the laggardly pace of our missile defenses.