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    Re: Eastern Europe Awaits Decision on Missile Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Nixon View Post
    As of right now the missile shield is pointless as there's nobody in that region with ICBM/missle carrying capabilities engaging in hostilities with the US or her allies. As a future safeguard it may have been affective, yes, but that's a big if. It's all a matter of POTENTIAL conflict at the moment, which is why I think your country can afford this on a military and economic level. On a political level it may be seen as weakness.
    Former eastern satellites of the former Soviet Union who have a first hand knowledge of the massive Russian military would disagree with you.


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    Re: Eastern Europe Awaits Decision on Missile Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Nixon View Post
    As of right now the missile shield is pointless as there's nobody in that region with ICBM/missle carrying capabilities engaging in hostilities with the US or her allies.
    Given the damage potential of the weapons in question, prudence demands that you stay ahead of the capabilities of your foe. Waiting to install a defense until -after- he can use it may very well be too late, and may very well incent him to use it while he still can.

    On a political level it may be seen as weakness.
    This is my point as well.

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    Re: Eastern Europe Awaits Decision on Missile Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Truth Detector View Post
    Former eastern satellites of the former Soviet Union who have a first hand knowledge of the massive Russian military would disagree with you.

    True, but wasn't the missile defence touted as a defence against rogue states like Iran and North Korea? I don't think it was ever implicated as a defence against Russia, although that's probably the idea. I doubt the Russians would ever use those kinds of explosives so close to their borders, anyway; just a foot invasion, I'd imagine.
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    Re: Eastern Europe Awaits Decision on Missile Shield

    Quote Originally Posted by Richard Nixon View Post
    True, but wasn't the missile defence touted as a defence against rogue states like Iran and North Korea? I don't think it was ever implicated as a defence against Russia, although that's probably the idea. I doubt the Russians would ever use those kinds of explosives so close to their borders, anyway; just a foot invasion, I'd imagine.
    Yes it was touted as a defense against rogue nations; but I believe, and this is conjecture, that many of the Eastern Block nations saw having this system on their soil as a deterrent against nations like Russia moving in on them as the USA would see this as a belligerent act and placing our safety at jeopardy.

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