Ben Stein: Obama Failing on Missile Defense

Sunday, 14 Apr 2013 06:14 PM

By Sandy Fitzgerald

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Commentator Ben Stein wants to know why the United States isn't “working, hell for leather,” to create an Iron Dome system that will protect the United States from nuclear attack.

“Ronald Reagan was totally right when he said he wanted a ballistic missile defense system comprehensive enough to protect the U.S. from ICBM attacks,” he said in a CBS News commentary this morning. “His liberal opponents scoffed and called it "Star Wars," and said it couldn't possibly work. They blocked money for its deployment on any scale. Nevertheless, in tests, it worked well.”

He noted that Israel and the United States deployed the “Iron Dome” defense system to defend Israel from Hamas rocket attacks.

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Iron Dome works well in shooting down short-range rockets within seconds, and “so very possibly, Star Wars could work too,” he said.

North Korea, “run by a mentally ill person,” will soon be able to hit the United States with nuclear bombs, Stein said, and Iran, “a nation run by a group of insanely angry persons” will soon be able to hit Europe, Israel and eventually America.

“Why, if the challenge is real enough for Mr. Obama to beef up the limited defense systems we have, don't we spend every dime we can beg, borrow, or steal to defend ourselves against nuclear rocket attacks from people who hate us?” Stein said. “What more urgent priority do we have?

The system could be expensive, but “so what if it's expensive? What is Portland worth? What's L.A. worth? What's Seattle worth?”

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