March 23, 2012

Reagan's SDI Vision Still Valid

Caspar Weinbergr Jr., Human Events

In 1983, the still "new" President Ronald Reagan announced an innovative change in our entire defense strategy, a program labeled the "Strategic Defense Initiative," and known simply as SDI. But that name would not stand alone for long.

 

Because what Reagan wanted to do was to develop a defensive shield against nuclear missiles. And, by God, that was just too threatening to the status quo, to the way things were usually being done to keep the peace concerning the obviously sensitive subject of nuclear bombs and the two great super powers, the United States and Russia, who had the lion's share of those devices.

 

Right up until Reagan's proposal for a missile shield, the tacit understanding of nuclear defense was all caught up in something called "MAD" --...

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