Hot on the tails of everybodies favourite waste of money, Cold War I is the newest defence contractors wet dream: Cold War II. A lot of people don't seem to understand what the problem is. Put it this way. I'm pointing a 50 calibre Desert Eagle at your forehead. I promise that I'll only use it for self defence though. So if you weren't going to do anything to make me use it you shouldn't be at all alarmed.
What this is really going to do is generate a new arms race, but its going to be more uncontrollable than the previous one. I think the day of countries pointing nuclear missles at each other for the most part became history with the collapse of the USSR. Sure, there are some nuclear missiles with our name on it but there are much cheaper methods of harming the united states.
Suitcase nukes are one method, they're probably not multimegaton devices but they'd cause enough terror to make north american citizens panic. You have no idea whether a nuclear device has been secreted away someplace. I fully expect that this would cause the constitution to fly out the window in the short term.
Biological and chemical weapons are another method. They could be produced on american soil by people sympathetic to a terrorist group. All they need is the recipe. A lot of them don't require terribly hard to find equipment or ingredients.
Every year there is an epidemic as the flu naturally mutates. At the start of the epidemic a few people always die. Conspiracy and militia nuts always start out with the assumption that its either a foreign country seeking revenge against the U.S. or black helicopters spreading disease as the start of the New World Order. All that needs to happen is somebody to communicate "We poisoned New York with this virus, we will have the United States licking our boots within weeks." People would panic and it would require considerable effort to convince people "Hey guys, this happens every years, we'll have a shot for you in 2 weeks."
We're taunting the people that do have a chip on their shoulder against the U.S. with a system that won't even prevent the kind of attack they're most likely to use.
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