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(Bloomberg)   Pentagon is preparing some fireworks for the 5th of July   (bloomberg.com) divider line 28
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2013-07-03 09:01:01 AM
I thought this was about that horrible "no fireworks for military bases, but we are going to help provide electricity to Africa"  screed.

It takes all my will power not to respond to that stupid thing on Facebook.
 
2013-07-03 09:23:28 AM
"The Pentagon plans on July 5 to attempt the first successful interception in more than four years..."

If they want a successful test, they should have Tony Romo launch the missile.
 
2013-07-03 09:31:27 AM
It's no  fully armed and operational battle station.  Zombie Reagan is displeased.
 
2013-07-03 09:52:34 AM
Wow, some government employees are actually working on July 5th?  Amazing!
 
2013-07-03 09:56:44 AM

Cold_Sassy: Wow, some government employees are actually working on July 5th?  Amazing!


The guys launching the target from Kwajalein will be working on Saturday, the 6th.
 
2013-07-03 10:02:25 AM
It's about time. This system needs to be ready  beforethe Chinese launch their command and control decapitation strike.
 
2013-07-03 10:10:32 AM

Old_Chief_Scott: It's about time. This system needs to be ready  beforethe Chinese launch their command and control decapitation strike.


Sigh. China has an estimated 90 ICBMs and 24 SLBMs. Those 44 interceptors aren't aimed at those. Our 450 ICBMs and 288 SLBMs are what's keeping those things in their launchers (that and self-interest; the Chinese need a war with the United States like they need a sriracha enema).
 
2013-07-03 10:12:38 AM
$34 billion dollars spent on this program, and they haven't had a successful test since 2008. F*cking pathetic... Is it any wonder why we're so far in debt.
 
2013-07-03 10:13:09 AM
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2013-07-03 10:15:55 AM

mbillips: Old_Chief_Scott: It's about time. This system needs to be ready  beforethe Chinese launch their command and control decapitation strike.

Sigh. China has an estimated 90 ICBMs and 24 SLBMs. Those 44 interceptors aren't aimed at those. Our 450 ICBMs and 288 SLBMs are what's keeping those things in their launchers (that and self-interest; the Chinese need a war with the United States like they need a sriracha enema).


Don't overestimate economic self-interest. For example, in 1912, Germany's #1 and 2 trading partners were England and France, respectively. And Germany's #1 investment was Russia. Economics doesn't keep stupid farkers from having wars they want.
 
2013-07-03 10:16:10 AM

pkrzycki: $34 billion dollars spent on this program, and they haven't had a successful test since 2008. F*cking pathetic... Is it any wonder why we're so far in debt.


This is not the change we were hoping for.
 
2013-07-03 10:16:40 AM

pkrzycki: $34 billion dollars spent on this program, and they haven't had a successful test since 2008. F*cking pathetic... Is it any wonder why we're so far in debt.


Because of NPR funding.
 
2013-07-03 10:20:57 AM

tenpoundsofcheese: This is not the change we were hoping for.


The program started in 1999.

I personally am in favor of the MTHEL system... because LASERS!!!!
 
2013-07-03 10:21:38 AM

Diogenes: It's no  fully armed and operational battle station.  Zombie Reagan is displeased.


We're gonna call it The Alan Parson's Project this time.
 
2013-07-03 10:26:04 AM
Yay the assholes that ruined Fossil Beach on Kodiak get to play with their toys again.

There was no reason not to build the launch facility on Sitkinak Island other than you'd need to take a boat to get there.
 
2013-07-03 10:26:21 AM

vygramul: mbillips: Old_Chief_Scott: It's about time. This system needs to be ready  beforethe Chinese launch their command and control decapitation strike.

Sigh. China has an estimated 90 ICBMs and 24 SLBMs. Those 44 interceptors aren't aimed at those. Our 450 ICBMs and 288 SLBMs are what's keeping those things in their launchers (that and self-interest; the Chinese need a war with the United States like they need a sriracha enema).

Don't overestimate economic self-interest. For example, in 1912, Germany's #1 and 2 trading partners were England and France, respectively. And Germany's #1 investment was Russia. Economics doesn't keep stupid farkers from having wars they want.


In 1912, Germany was ruled by an absolute monarch who liked to play toy soldier. Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy had formed the Triple Alliance, faced by France, Britain and Russia in the Triple Entente. There were no international trade, justice or other organizations to resolve disputes between nations. World Wars I and II hadn't occurred, and people still believed in glory, and thought national honor needing defending with a spot of bloodshed.

The U.S. and China might at some point swap shots at the tactical level over Taiwan or the South China Sea, but it's never going to come to a nuclear exchange. China has no interests that would be furthered by a military invasion of its neighbors; they're just squabbling over oil and fishing rights in disputed waters. And other than bullying its neighbors, China has no national interests at cross purposes with the U.S. (unlike Germany and Great Britain, who were involved in an arms race and vying for colonial hegemony, and unlike the Cold War that pitted two politico-economic systems bent on the destruction of each other).
 
2013-07-03 10:30:19 AM
westwing.bewarne.com

Approves of a Missile Defense Shield.
 
2013-07-03 10:34:01 AM

mbillips: Old_Chief_Scott: It's about time. This system needs to be ready  beforethe Chinese launch their command and control decapitation strike.

Sigh. China has an estimated 90 ICBMs and 24 SLBMs. Those 44 interceptors aren't aimed at those. Our 450 ICBMs and 288 SLBMs are what's keeping those things in their launchers (that and self-interest; the Chinese need a war with the United States like they need a sriracha enema).


Reminds me - I need to pick up some more sriracha.
 
2013-07-03 10:47:40 AM

mbillips: In 1912, Germany was ruled by an absolute monarch who liked to play toy soldier. Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy had formed the Triple Alliance, faced by France, Britain and Russia in the Triple Entente. There were no international trade, justice or other organizations to resolve disputes between nations. World Wars I and II hadn't occurred, and people still believed in glory, and thought national honor needing defending with a spot of bloodshed.

The U.S. and China might at some point swap shots at the tactical level over Taiwan or the South China Sea, but it's never going to come to a nuclear exchange. China has no interests that would be furthered by a military invasion of its neighbors; they're just squabbling over oil and fishing rights in disputed waters. And other than bullying its neighbors, China has no national interests at cross purposes with the U.S. (unlike Germany and Great Britain, who were involved in an arms race and vying for colonial hegemony, and unlike the Cold War that pitted two politico-economic systems bent on the destruction of each other).


Oh, well, I didn't say we were on the brink of war. Nor even that nuclear war was likely. I was just pointing out that economics has never been a particularly effective disincentive. Philosophy, evil or otherwise, has driven lots of wars to the economic detriment of all involved - or even conduct wars well. It's not like diverting rolling stock and troops to imprison and execute Jews was a particularly useful thing to be doing, logistically.

And the Chinese believe in national honor, it should be noted. They view ~1850-~1950 to be the Century of Humiliation and don't intend to let themselves be humiliated again, and they view Taiwan as literally part of China. So there's room for miscalculation, which is probably the chief threat to peace.
 
2013-07-03 10:49:03 AM

tenpoundsofcheese: pkrzycki: $34 billion dollars spent on this program, and they haven't had a successful test since 2008. F*cking pathetic... Is it any wonder why we're so far in debt.

This is not the change we were hoping for.


Your mom says, "Hi."  Well, it sounds more like, Hmpthfffthp, but you get the picture.
 
2013-07-03 11:42:26 AM
Good idea, North Korea and maybe Iran wants to shoot missiles so we might as well be prepared. Regardless, if they fire one at us we will fire 1,000 more back at them. They know it too.
 
2013-07-03 12:27:43 PM
I was en EE at KMR back in the 90's, so I'm getting a kick out of this news.
I still have a few friends working on Meck Island and Roi-Namur. Good luck gentlemen.
 
2013-07-03 01:25:49 PM
Hey, US government.

Something you want to tell us?

First time in 5 years, guys.  What did you do?
 
2013-07-03 01:43:56 PM

chris9611: [westwing.bewarne.com image 359x449]

Approves of a Missile Defense Shield.


You were born at the age of 50, weren't you?
 
2013-07-03 02:15:44 PM

vygramul: Don't overestimate economic self-interest. For example, in 1912, Germany's #1 and 2 trading partners were England and France, respectively. And Germany's #1 investment was Russia. Economics doesn't keep stupid farkers from having wars they want.


All wars are bankers wars!  Nation are just manipulatable pawns to central banking interests.
 
2013-07-03 03:42:09 PM

flynn80: vygramul: Don't overestimate economic self-interest. For example, in 1912, Germany's #1 and 2 trading partners were England and France, respectively. And Germany's #1 investment was Russia. Economics doesn't keep stupid farkers from having wars they want.

All wars are bankers wars!  Nation are just manipulatable pawns to central banking interests.


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Good game, but don't think about it too much, and don't play while wearing Yalmukahs.
 
2013-07-03 04:01:21 PM
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okay, you got me
that's really cool !!!
 
2013-07-03 10:03:59 PM
Headline: First test since 2008

Article: Two failures in 2010

If those weren't tests, who fired missiles at us?
 
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