A few things noone seems to be addressing:
On Public Education- We have enough idiots in America, do we really need MORE by not at least giving an education to those that cannot afford it? Do we really need to punish children because parents refuse to support the educational needs of their children? This could lead to cheap private schools that don't offer quality education, but are just cheaper than the other schools around (capitalism).
On measures taken by incoming missiles to "fool" the missile defense system: The nature of an attack is to be one step ahead of the defense. Obviously if Russia or China hits us with something new, then there's no way our missile defense will be ready for it and we'll have taken a hit ANYWAY. That's the problem with reactionary defenses. The action must be performed and taken into account to defend against it. And also, if China mass produces 10 missiles filled with some form of WMD, but then also shoots off 90 pseudo-missiles that are extremely cheap to make (since they have no live ammo) but also appear identical to the live missile by artificial intelligence systems, then how does that help us? The probability of shooting EVERY SINGLE ONE of those missiles down without letting any of them reach us is very low. Not to mention what happens if a biological agent is exploded into the ocean near a US coastline. Also, we have to hit the fake missiles with our real missiles since we have no idea which ones are fake or live. Thus for each fake missile that China sends over costing X dollars, we spend 10X dollars countering it.
Not like Russia needs long-range missiles anyway. Apparently a civilian living in Russia could shoot Sarah Palin from his home.
Also, seems like noone has really been reading into the tests, only glancing at the headlines:
From U.S. hails missile shield test but doubts remain | Reuters
The U.S. military said on Friday it conducted a successful test of its missile defense system, but the target failed to deploy measures that experts said could have helped it avoid destruction.However, the 40-year-old target missile failed to deploy counter-measures. O'Reilly declined to say what those measures were but they can include decoys or chaff -- tiny strips of metal foil used to confuse radar systems.We shoot down one defenseless missile under controlled conditions. Whoop-dee-do. Considering all of the missions have been controlled before, why don't we have a 100% kill ratio?But critics of the program, which the Pentagon says has cost about $100 billion since 1999, said it was unrealistic to expect the United States would face any missile threat that did not include counter-measures.
"Any country with the technical capability and the motivation to fire a long-range missile at the U.S. would also have the technical capability and the motivation to add decoys to it that are designed to defeat the defense," David Wright, a physicist at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said by email.