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Target: Hawaii; Missile defenses for Oahu, but cuts for the rest of us
|Contributor||Gerald Farinas |
|Last Edited||Gerald Farinas Jun 29, 2009 10:36am|
|Author||Wall Street Journal|
|Media||Newspaper - Wall Street Journal|
|News Date||Monday, June 29, 2009 06:00:00 PM UTC0:0|
|Description||The Pentagon recently announced that it is repositioning ground-to-air radar and missile defenses near Hawaii in case North Korea decides to launch another long-range missile, this time toward the Aloha State. So at least 1.3 million Hawaiians will benefit from defenses that many officials in the current Administration didn't even want to build. |
But what about the rest of us? It's an odd time to be cutting missile defense, as the Obama Administration is doing in its 2010 budget -- by $1.2 billion to $1.6 billion, depending on how you calculate it. Programs to defend the U.S. homeland are being pared, while those that protect our soldiers or allies are being expanded after the Pentagon decided that the near-term threat is from short-range missiles. But as North Korea and Iran show, rogue regimes aren't far from having missiles that could reach the U.S.