I really have not had much to say recently, but this article about Canada and the missile defense system really got my blood a boiling.
"Prime Minister Paul Martin said Thursday that Canada would not join the contentious U.S. missile defense program, a decision that will further strain brittle relations between the neighbors but please Canadians who fear it could lead to an international arms race"
What type of arms race would this lead to?!?!?!?
We already have some of the worlds best missiles. The only other country that can come close to us in missile technology is Russia....though china will catch up to us in the next few years. In other words, we have already won the first leg of this arms race - Missiles that work and can strike anywhere in the world. These want-to-be-nuclear powers will first need to get that ability, if they want to enter into an equal arms race with the US. (It is important to note that China will reach the ability to strike anywhere in the world much quicker than we did. It is much easier to follow the technological tracks than it is to make the tracks in the first place.)
Secondly, the reason to develop the missile defense shield is because evil countries are going to get ICBMs eventually. They are going to develop ICBMs whether we have a missile shield or not, so we might as well start working on something that is extremely difficult to invent and requires much time, effort, and money.
Thirdly, the ability to create missiles that can evade our missile defense shield will not be an easy task. To really know for sure that you missile will work, you will need to actually test the missile against either our shield or a system just like it. If you launch missiles at us and they do not work, you are fried and we are fine. If you launch missiles at us and they hit US, you are still fried and we are somewhat less fried than you are.
Fourthly, seeing how we won the last arms race we were in, i feel fairly confident we can win this one also.
"But after the announcement, U.S. Ambassador Paul Cellucci told reporters he was perplexed over Canada's decision, which he said effectively allows Washington to decide what to do if a missile was headed toward Canada.
"We simply cannot understand why Canada would in effect give up its sovereignty - its seat at the table - to decide what to do about a missile that might be coming towards Canada," said the outgoing ambassador, who had vigorously urged Canada to sign on the plan."
Now that is dumb. Lower Canada will get the same protection our northern states will get, as will southwest and southeast Canada. North and Central Canada, of course, are on their own. I honestly do not know if America will try to protect Alaska or Hawaii at all. We will have a hard enough time protecting the 48 and might be willing to let the couple stragglers get taken out IF it saves the whole.
""We are certainly intending to defend our sovereignty and our air space and if anything develops in our air space, we expect, as a sovereign state, to be notified and have influence on any decisions," he said. "Canada's a sovereign nation and we would expect and insist on being consulted on any intrusion into our air space.""
Now that is even dumber. America CALLING Canada to ask if we can shoot somthing out the air before it reachs our airspace. America will not even think twice about shooting down something it thinks is a threat or is on a path to enter our airspace. Secondly, Canada will be notified indirectly through Norad, the same as Mexico.
Canada is basically going to just freeload off of our hardwork, in this case. Of course, if they really piss us off, we can always just expand our shield just enough to cover the fallout area around the US. The goal of the enemy missiles will be to get as close to America as possible at the last possible second. How that is good for Canada, i cannot figure out.
"Many believe that the umbrella, when fully implemented, could lead to an international arms race. "
Fine with me. Lets settle this once and for all.
Oh, and we are getting better with our missiles.
update: Fox News said the same thing i did only a few days later.