Comments on: Shelved missile shield tests NATO unity http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/ Now raising intellectual capital Sun, 08 Nov 2015 08:31:30 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Chet Weger http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/comment-page-1/#comment-5103 Fri, 25 Sep 2009 12:43:36 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=4197#comment-5103 To me, it is extremely unsurprising that the US has canceled the missile defense shield. What amazes me is that the US started the project. In terms of its intended purpose, the missile defense shield was useless; the interceptors could easily be fooled with simple technology (see Scientific American article “holes in the missile shield”). And even if it could intercept missiles, our current “enemies” would not use missiles. If anything, they would use simple technologies like sticking a nuke in the back of a truck (although the threat of WMD’s are very exaggerated). ICBM’s are traceable, and no nuclear aggressor would want that.

The only logical explanation is that either our country’s leaders are medically insane or that the military industrial complex is using its political clout to enrich itself. I think the latter is more likely.

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By: Anon http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/comment-page-1/#comment-5058 Thu, 24 Sep 2009 12:56:43 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=4197#comment-5058 Well, it looks like things might work out after all.

-Russia doesn’t like the idea of a missile shield.
-Iran is the reason for the missile shield.
-Russia currently supports Iran by selling missiles and nuclear equipment.
-US wants economic sanctions, possibly to prepare for military strike in a year or two.
-But at the moment sanctions are blocked by Russia.

So the solution has finally occurred:

-Obama pledges to stop missile shield and stop supporting states on Russia’s border.
-Russia stops selling missiles to Iran and allows economic sanctions.
-Two years later, Iran will either surrender it nuclear ambitions or gets bombed until it resembles New Somalia.

Truly a step for international cooperation. And the last non-west middle eastern power seems to be on borrowed time

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By: BUBBA http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/comment-page-1/#comment-5022 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 16:19:54 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=4197#comment-5022 PLEASE STOP THE WAR. THERE CAN BE NO PEACE IF OLD HABITS DO NOT STOP. PLEASE PRACTICE PEACE, WITH PEACEFUL WAYS. NO MORE WAR, UNITED STATES NEEDS TO HELP THE AMERICAN CITIZENS, 1ST. PEACE PEACE PEACE. AMEN TO THE ALL NATIONS, THE WORLD AND ALL ITS HUMAN BEINGS AND LIVING THINGS. GO WITH PEACE. PRAY AND WISH FOR PEACE. HELP US ALL WITH PEACEFUL WAYS. PEACE PEACE PEACE. PLEASE PRACTICE WITH PEACE.

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By: Benny Acosta http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/comment-page-1/#comment-5017 Wed, 23 Sep 2009 15:46:45 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=4197#comment-5017 We need each other to survive. Yet we fear the betrayal of others because we know that even though we need each other there is no real trust. Our leaders have been given the power to make decisions
that affect us, and the resources to carry those decisions out.

But because human nature is currently only focused on self gratification, that self serving nature shows itself in corruption, and broken pledges to honor friendships and commitments.

The United States wants Russia to do stuff helpful to “our interests” (the interests of our leaders). And in exchange for this we are only too happy to abandon commitments. For there are no true friendships in the world of politics.

All of this is only human grasping for pleasure and power for its own sake. We cannot continue to live together without coming to the understanding that we must live in love towards each other and concern ourselves with the needs of our brothers and sisters in this place.

We must change within our hearts. And our minds will follow suit.

It can indeed be done.
http://www.kabbalah.info/

Love your neighbor as yourself. Love yourself.

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By: Mandaue http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/comment-page-1/#comment-4889 Mon, 21 Sep 2009 21:00:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=4197#comment-4889 The real Obama begins to show and letting down our allies in NATO is just the beginning. There have been no solutions with N. Korea, no solutions with Iran, we’re now losing the battle in Afghanistan, we treat Russia better than our Allied NATO members and disgrace them in the meantime. Obama is a strong supporter of the Acorn Organization and we see where they are today. It looks like Obama is not a great or even a good leader when it comes to international affairs. It was a smoke screen. He’ll achieve nothing with Israel or Hamas. The West Bank settlements will go on and I support that completely. Israel sees how impotent Obama is with the Arabs and Iranians. They’re on their own and they know it. Let’s see if Obama is willing to see the need for more troops to win the war. Mandaue

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By: Mufaso http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/comment-page-1/#comment-4787 Sun, 20 Sep 2009 15:10:20 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=4197#comment-4787 This empire-building bull**** has got to stop. America has been meddling in other countries’ affairs since it emerged the victor in the Spanish-American War. After that war Americans starting worshipping their government; erecting statues and building monuments to war veterans and heroes, writing hymns to America (God Bless America, John Phillip Sousa’s hymns, etc.), and displaying a fanatical allegiance to and reverence toward their leaders. No wonder Americans offered no resistance to the 16th Amendment nor to America’s entry into WWI. They blindly went along with the New Deal and with Roosevelt’s war (WWII) and with every war since. It’s time Americans pulled their head out of their posteriors and view government for what it is; organized force.

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By: Brian http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/comment-page-1/#comment-4778 Sun, 20 Sep 2009 08:04:31 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=4197#comment-4778 I think the US should lead by example, first remove all its nuclear missiles from Europe (and the rest of the world) and then it can comment on how to appropriately position WMD’s for strategic defense.
The US has no credibility in these situations because it has already done to the world all the things we worry so much about other countries doing.
Oh what a tragedy if Iran were to develop nuclear weapons!!! It would begin to restore the balance of power in a region absolutely devastated by US interference and their illegal sale of nuclear weapons to a rogue, fanatically religious, extremely aggressive and illegal state.
Oh my god we must isolate Russia!!! Why?? Wouldn’t you isolate the country who has clearly done the most damage to the world, has fought and killed for the last 60 years to have unprecedented power of empire over us, has covered the free-world in weapons of mass destruction and army bases, whose last president had the IQ of a 6 year old, and who’s ONLY concern – is the USA!!

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By: Mike B. http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/comment-page-1/#comment-4760 Sat, 19 Sep 2009 22:15:10 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=4197#comment-4760 I can’t help feeling that this is just a part of the cutbacks due to global recession being felt around the world. Can Russia afford new multiple re-entry warheads? Maybe Obama has good intelligence, remember the Cuban Missile crisis when Kennedy faced down Krushchev? He knew the Russians only had 12 functioning missiles, not the 4000 they claimed at the time.

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By: Nelson Ernest http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/comment-page-1/#comment-4751 Sat, 19 Sep 2009 15:00:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=4197#comment-4751 Europe needs to develop its own mechanism of defense, self defense, power base, however you want to put it,Europe includes part of the CIS, America quite probably already possesses full current capacity of missile defense; expansion to Poland and Czech was just an expansion of its sphere of influence with the pretext of missile defense, which Europe does not need, America’s missiles, missile defense and troops can be put to much better use elsewhere than doing nothing in the middle of Germany i.e., Europe needs to partner with Russia and help it develop, this is the best way to ensure Europe’s security.

On MS America was forced to quit missile defence not because of Russia only, but because Europe’s and Russia’s viewpoint on missile defence geographic deployment makes sense, America’s doesn’t

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By: John Barrat http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/2009/09/17/missile-shield/comment-page-1/#comment-4746 Sat, 19 Sep 2009 13:33:59 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/commentaries/?p=4197#comment-4746 Is it not about time our european partners grew a pair and did their bit in the war against terror.
Britain should insist they send more troops or we pull out and focus on ourselves(home police). Other european countries need to agree on a fair partnership deal for the protection or europe, not rely on the US and UK military to sort out all the problems in europe.
They are all reaping the fiacial rewards for staying away from trouble while the uk falls deeper into national debt we are crazy……

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