Maginot Missile Defense

The most dangerous false sense of security is always the one embraced by the Commander-in-Chief. There is no engineering basis whatsoever for President Trump’s recent boast that American GMD (Ground-Based Midcourse Defense) interceptors have a 97% success rate. The Missile Defense Agency knows that–despite occasional chest-thumping before Congress.¬† The Government Accountability Office knows that. And the Secretary of Defense knows that. Paul Painlev√©’s elaborate and luxurious fortifications against the German army across eastern France turned out to make nice wine cellars after World War II. Maybe the GMD launch sites in California will enjoy a similar fate.

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