National Missial Defense

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In Andrew Jackson?s farewell address to the nation, he stated, ?We shall more certainly preserve peace when it is well understood that we are prepared for war,? (Political Quotations #3719). The United States has always throughout history been a major military power from the use of abnormal tactics during the Revolutionary War (1776) to the use of its technology and advanced weapons in the Persian Gulf War (1991). After World War II and the Cold War Era, the United States has been able to defend its citizens from any form of a military attack from the sea, air, and the ground on the eastern and western seaboards. With the development of the intercontinental ballistic missiles, the United States was now unable to... View More »

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The United States is currently unable of intercepting a ballistic missile warhead once it has been deployed against the United States (Freeman 37+). Along with these threats from the former Soviet Union States the United States now has to worry about such ?Rogue nations? like North Korea, Iran and Iraq. During the 1990?s, some experts believed that it would take such ?rogue nations? at least a decade to develop intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the continental United States. (Kitfield 111-112). Paul Freeman reported ?Most Americans, however, believe that there is adequate capability of defend their homeland against a ballistic missile attack. (37+). The American people do not believe that these ?rogue nations? have the capability to destroy American cities. The threat is there the question is not there capably but their willingness to use nuclear or chemical weapons against the United States.

Along with the American people, the world?s opinion and Antiballistic Missile Treaty are holding the United States back from the development of the National Missile Defense System The government?s plans to erect a satellite controlled national missile defense system to protect against ?rogue nations? ballistic missiles in fear of inciting a Cold War in Asia. (Martinson 1.2+) Opponents of the system point to the ban of such systems by the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. (A Correct Call to Delay Missile Defense. A6+). The Antiballistic Missile Treaty was first in a series of reduction agreements between the former Soviet Union and the ...

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