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Thursday, February 21, 2008

 

Star-Wars: From Sputnik to SM3

Roanoke Times, 2/21/08, Pg A10: Missile hits satellite; its effects are unclear
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The tone and content and heading and location of this Roanoke Times article really reflects the view of our national defense as practiced by the liberal left-wing element of our society and media.
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Fortunately a more complete and compelling coverage of this outstanding major technological, political and military feat can be found in other media
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23265613
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This of course goes back to the Ronald Reagan initiative and the left-wing reactions to it:
http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/cold.war/episodes/22/documents/starwars.speech/
These anti-US-defense views and activities have continued through today:
Click for recent news-blog items:
http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/07/impact.html
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http://roanokeslant.blogspot.com/2005/05/bushs-star-wars.html
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My history with this subject started in an engineering class room at Rutgers Univ. on October 5, 1957, the day after the Soviet Union successfully launched Sputnik I.
Upon arrival at class, the professor set aside the lesson plan for the day and proceeded to derive, using physics and calculus, the speed and altitude a rocket must reach in order to achieve earth orbit. He also derived the speed that would result in a rocket leaving earth’s gravity and escaping into outer space.
http://history.nasa.gov/sputnik/
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On that day we were all clearly aware that the Soviet Union, who had obtained our nuclear bomb design secrets from the Rosenberg’s, were now in a position to rain nuclear bombs down onto our cities without any means of our defense. This capability was now owned by a country ruled by a tyrant who pounded his shoe on the UN podium and announced to the world that he would bury us. It’s interesting how those memories and feelings were refreshed as I watched the movie October Sky several years ago: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/October_Sky
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My later missile experience was as a Nuclear Missile Artillery Officer in Germany where we were facing 2 million east-block troops with 60,000 tanks. This at the time when our enemies built the Berlin Wall and assassinated our President.
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Although our left-wing liberal community and press railed against Reagan’s Star Wars initiative, history has shown that it was the primary element that convinced the Soviet Union to give-up the arms race.
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Yesterday this SM3 missile was fired from a ship at sea. It had a solid warhead, not an explosive. It intercepted and physically hit an object traveling at 17,000 miles an hour approximately 150 miles high.
Anyone in the media who does not understand and appreciate the military-political importance of this shoot-down and its relevance to our safety and security is indeed severely intellectually-challenged or are so politically blinded by ideology that they cannot comprehend the risks of the world that we live in.
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The really good news is that for the first time in 50 years we have demonstrated that we can protect our people from an incoming missile-warhead with an operational defensive "star-wars" system.
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Those who beat their swords into plows will plow for those who didn’t!
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