Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Gates has an epiphany on missile defense budget cuts

This is a great article. Too bad Gates is being reactive instead of proactiive. Closing Velocity is always finding information like this that you don't see in the Maimed Stream Media. Obama doesn't want to be accused of taking a mulligan.

from Closing Velocity
June 02, 2009

Gates At Greely: Saaaaay, On Second Thought, Maybe These GBIs ARE A Good Idea

Gates Inspects a Ground-Based Interceptor (GBI) at Fort Greely, Alaska (photo credit)

As the ballistic missile threat to the US crisply materializes by the second, Secretary of Defense Gates begins to doubt his and Obama's spectacularly ill-tilled budget cuts to missile defense:
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates has not ruled out pumping more funds into the nation's anti-missile defense budget if North Korea threatens the United States.

Gates was visiting Fort Greely which houses parts of the US anti-missile defense shield -- a land-based system with about 20 interceptors -- and said of Pyongyang that its "behavior has certainly alarmed people."

In the past Gates proposed slicing a billion dollars off the anti-missile system budget and freezing the development of interceptors at 30, instead of the 44 originally planned. But he indicated he might re-examine his proposal.

"My recommendation to the president was for the fiscal year 2010 budget, it's not a forever decision," the defense secretary said.

"And if capabilities in one of these rogue states should develop faster, or on a more worrisome way than anybody anticipates right now, then I think the way is opened in the future to add to the number of silos and interceptors up here."

Good thing it only took hectic North Korean missile and nuclear weapons testing to make Gates reconsider his stance. Geez.
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