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There is apparently some discussion about parking some THAAD missiles along the west coast to protect against the likes of a Nork missile. The THAAD isn’t a full-up anti-ICBM system, but it’s the best the US currently has for land-based systems. It’s also the only missile in operation that has an important subsystem (the igniter) designed by *me.* So there.

The US May Add THAAD Missile Systems On The West Coast

There is, of course, no actual money for this.

 Posted by at 8:09 pm
  • Adam

    We really should have invested a lot more money in a robust anti-ballistic missile shield in order to undermine the threats posed by pieces of detritus like Kim Jong-Un

  • John Nowak

    Well done, and thanks.

  • Lawrance Wong

    We have gotta invest more in both missile defense and MIRV penetration aids on our side of the Pacific! We must close the Missile and Antimissile Gaps with the US of A, and defend our way of life! For family, rice bowl and soccer, I say!

    • Scottlowther

      What, are you afraid the US is going to try to get you to open a WalMart or something?

      • Lawrance Wong

        Nah. Just worried about nuclear first strikes by the vastly superior US ICBM force. And we already have quite a few Wal-Marts. They’re pretty popular over here.

        • Scottlowther

          A US nuclear first strike against China? That’s *adorable.* What possible motivation for that would there be?

          • Lawrance Wong

            None whatsoever, so long as we have nukes and can nuke you back. It’s like preparing for an asteroid strike. Unlikely, but it’s an existential risk.
            We are worried, however, that you will force all of us to play baseball instead of soccer. You already got the Japanese…
            Good US-China relations are to the benefit of both sides, but sometimes mutual trust needs a helping hand from Mutually Assured Destruction(TM)!

          • Scottlowther

            Oddly enough, Canada, Australia, Madagascar and Spain don;t seem to be afraid of the US nuking them, yet they don’t have nuclear weapons of their own. Perhaps China should stop being a dick to its neighbors. A simple overthrow of your communist leadership and y’all would be a lot better off.

          • Nick Gaston

            We’ll save Australia…’don’t wanna hurt no Kangaroo.

            😉

          • Lawrance Wong

            Three of those countries are your allies, and the US has very limited strategic interests in Madagascar (the Madagascarians might be more concerned about US attempts at regime change if regime change so happened to be in the American national interest).
            As a near-peer economic and possibly geopolitical competitor (hopefully, within 10-20 years), China is concerned about the possibility of conflict with the US, and is taking measures to deter the US like any rational actor.
            And China’s policy towards its neighbors has been eminently reasonable, and keeping within its status as a great power. Seeking the ability to control one’s immediate environs (Japan, Korea, Vietnam, SCS) has been American policy since the Monroe Doctrine (and it was Soviet policy too). It may conflict with US, Japanese, and S. Korean national interests, but it is rational and reasonable.
            While the current government of China is not ideal (they really should liberalize our arms, aerospace, and other strategic industries), it is within the bounds of reasonable acceptability.
            Also, any overthrow of said government would likely result in a small nuclear civil war, 100-1000 megadeaths, a setting back of Chinese industrialization by 50-100 years, and US troops on the streets of Beijing. This might be in the US national interest, and you are within your rights to rejoice, but I would consider such events… extremely catastrophic. The events transpired might partially be the fault of the government for resisting overthrow, but then again, any rational government is within its rights to resist overthrow.

          • Scottlowther

            > Three of those countries are your allies

            Then *there* is the direction China should be going. If the Chinese are actually afraid of the US nuking them, they have two ways of going: acting like nuclear-armed piratical assholes, thus increasing the chances of bringing on nuclear conflict (not just with the US, but with India, Russia, South Korea, Japan, etc.) or, and hear me out here, how about *not* being a pack of Communist assholes that scares the bejesus out of all it’s neighbors?

            > And China’s policy towards its neighbors has been
            eminently reasonable

            In a pre-twentieth-century worldview, perhaps. But a pre-20th approach doesn’t fit in all that well with a world with both nukes *and* modern information systems, where everyone can actually *watch* your military building islands in international waters in order to intimidate your neighbors.

            > While the current government of China is not ideal (they really should liberalize our arms, aerospace, and other strategic industries), it is within the bounds of reasonable acceptability.

            “This message brought to you by Xi Jinping. All hail Glorious Leader!”

            > any overthrow of said government would likely result in a small nuclear civil war, 100-1000 megadeaths, a setting back of Chinese industrialization by 50-100 years, and US troops on the streets of Beijing

            None of which happened when the Soviet leadership was chucked out.

          • sferrin

            Quoted for truth.

          • publiusr

            It’s also the only missile in operation that has an important subsystem (the igniter) designed by *me.* So there.

            I’m sure antifa thanks you…

  • sferrin

    They really need to put some serious resources into THAAD-EX, get rid of sequestration, and cut back on entitlements. Hell, I’ll bet just killing ALL services for illegal aliens would free up enough cash for that and then some.