It's so simple, really. Crap, we got into Iraq for their oil and to avenge Georgie's daddy, after all. Doesn't take much to make it happen.And, nothin' like a good war to take the country's minds off of bank misdeeds and the need to give Haliburton and the Big C one more go for the gold.
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According to the Congressional Budget Office (if I'm reading this right -- no guarantees!) we could rig up 20 interceptor missiles on the East Coast for a measly $3.6 billion. At that rock-bottom price, no wonder spending-slashing House GOP-ers are all for it.
It's another "Loop" contest, and we always try to keep track of those -- if only in the (probably vain) hope that a DWT will enter and win the coveted prize of an "In the Loop" T-shirt and feel ethically obliged to share it with the people who told him/her about the contest in the first place. (I guess you can't easily "share" a T-shirt, so perhaps we're talking about forking said T-shirt over as a sort of finder's fee.)
First, you have to admit it -- you lose sleep over the possibility of nuclear-equipped missiles launched by North Korea or Iran reaching the East Coast of the U.S. Yes, we're tallking about the East Coast, for the simple reason that the West Coast already has its missile defenses in place, in two sites: a site in Alaska (with 27 missiles) and one in California (with three). This presumably explains why those dastardly North Koreans, once they beef up their missile technology a bit, would be aiming their missiles at the East rather than the West Coast.
As Al Kamen points out, in announcing the new contest in today's Washington Post "In the Loop" column,
the Iranians and North Koreans don't have long-range missiles (yet), and the Iranians -- best we can tell -- don't have any nukes.
And sure, the general in charge of the North American Aerospace Defense Command has said "today's threats do not require an East Coast" site and the Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman said last week that we don't need one.
But what do they know?
The House is scheduled this week to take up a bill that would require the Pentagon to start work on a missile defense system to protect the East Coast from Iranian or North Korean long-range nuclear missiles.
The bill would require the Defense Department to conduct an environmental-impact statement by the end of next year with an operational site in place "not later than the end of 2015."
Seems a bit speedy, but there's a quick $100 million in the bill for surveys and planning and such.
The Congressional Budget Office on Tuesday estimated that the cost for 20 interceptors would be only $3.6 billion from 2013 to 2017 -- missiles, site prep and facilities included. That's a bargain!
After all, Alaska deployment is easy. Our coast is a bit more congested.
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Yes, it's the Loop "Pick the Site" contest. Where should the missiles go?
Maybe we could circle Manhattan with interceptors to protect the job creators on Wall Street? Or group them at the Baseball Hall of Fame in central New York to protect the national pastime? Hide them in the Epcot theme park in Orlando? Put a few in Chincoteague to protect the wild ponies?
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Man, it seems like we lose another one every day. R.I.P. Donna Summer
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