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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

US to fund Israeli dependence on Iron Dome

The Pentagon said on Tuesday that it plans to increase the moneys transferred to Israel to pay for the Iron Dome anti-missile system, and Defense Minister Barak said he is happy to hear that.
In the past the US approved a $205 million infusion for Iron Dome systems, though it was not immediately clear whether that amount would be matched in the new budget cycle.

Defense Minister Ehud Barak welcomed the announcement, describing it "another expression if the depth of Israeli - American defense ties," and a "badge of honor for Israeli defense industries which developed Iron Dome."
I'm glad Iron Dome works better than I ever expected it to work, and I am glad that it saves lives. But it's not the answer. Leaving aside the enormous disparity between the cost to the 'Palestinians' of shooting missiles at us and our cost of shooting them down, Iron Dome simply is not a way to live. If missiles are being shot at us, we cannot go about our business, we have to remain close to bomb shelters, and we cannot live normal lives. Sorry, but that's not how I want to live.

Iron Dome is simply delaying the inevitable need to destroy the terror groups, and the longer we delay that action, the more powerful they become and the more it will cost us - in blood and money - to destroy them. In the long run, we cannot live surrounded by terrorists. It's a zero sum game. It's us or them. Iron Dome makes it less likely that we will be the winners.

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At 6:01 PM, Blogger Sunlight said...

Iron Dome with lasers as optional replacement for kinetic is a wonderful protector of civilians! It gives you options re whether to do a police action immediately or choose the time to most benefit your guys on the ground. I am clamoring for the lasers to come out of the labs in a reasonable form... a manhattan effort if needed. And the lasers (combined with the detection, tracking, etc. from current Iron Dome & being advanced as fast as lasers behind the scenes) will be FAST enough to knock the boosting rockets back onto the senders. Maybe. Probably. The system can be dispersed (detection doesn't have to sit next to kinetics or lasers, etc.) so it will be very hard to defeat. We need this everywhere as chaos may be on the way in many places. I assume they are organizing it (although my basic assumptions are recently being proven to be WAY off) so don't distract them!

OT GIS title searches by year... getting cheaper to do. Ipad w/free app. (Plus many many manhours. But maybe it can be crowdsourced for basic entry?)



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