Thursday, October 15, 2009
Don't Understand the Logic
Why would it? We said missile defense wouldn't work, the technology wasn't there, the plan was a boondogle. We were pretty public about these comments. Why did we think they wouldn't be heard in Moscow? (Psst ... the new administration doesn't want to spend money on a system they don't think works). So why should any rational actor say, You stopped work on something you said wouldn't work, now we are supposed to give you something substantial in return? A working, deployed system is another thing--but that's not what we had in place. And no one should be surprised at the reaction.
Among others, Jeffrey Goldberg and Martin Peretz don't impress as being particularly consistent when it comes to understanding and acknowledging the legitimate interests of nations.