Thursday, September 17, 2009

Set This One Aside for the Future

On the hourly news summary this morning Paul Brown described the laudable White House plans to scrap a missile defense boondoggle in Eastern Europe as follows:
"The decision would reflect a US determination that Iran's long-range missile program has not progressed as rapidly as previously estimated, reducing the threat to the US and Europe."
No mention, of course, that Iran's missile program has NEVER been a threat to the US or Europe - (unless the US or a European country is planning a war of aggression against Iran). Instead the threat is treated as real and factual - just reduced, so it can be pulled off the shelf later.

Click the "missile defense" tag below to see how doggedly NPR has been about hawking the Iranian "threat" all along.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

No mention, of course, that Iran's missile program has NEVER been a threat to the US or Europe

or of the fact that the missile defense [sic] system has never been shown to actually work under real world conditions (see MIT physicist and former DOD analyst Ted Postol's analysis/critique of patriot Missile performance in Gulf War and Ballistic missile "defense" in general) but that's just a minor detail.

Quite literally, NPR loves to hawk the wares of the companies that underwrite them (eg, GE). They are little more than whores.

nunya said...

I was disgusted by the report I heard.

Porter Melmoth said...

Indeed, NPR soft-pedaled the whole story. The earlier report from Marylouisekelly (who used the term 'scrapped') was a contrast to Paul 'Somber' Brown's spin on it. His implication was that it wasn't being scrapped, but 're-thought'. At least that's what I picked up.

The very sensible decision to SCRAP the program is of course a no-brainer, but it's a dagger to the Neocon soul.

Special Agent Garrels will be heartbroken. Expect revenge.

Anonymous said...

His implication was that it wasn't being scrapped, but 're-thought'.

Shouldn't that really be "thought"?

These idiotic programs are rarely (if ever) "thought through" the first time (at least not for anything other than how they will benefit the companies with the contracts to build them) -- or they would never be pursued to begin with.

And, of course, if someone actually thought about them to begin with with an eye toward assessing their likely effectiveness in carrying out the stated purpose, the US tax payers could save untold billions with no real loss to security.

Indeed, if Russia's response (to initial plan to build the system AND the announcement to nix building the radar for it) is any indication, US security will actually be enhanced by NOT building what would almost certainly have been a boondoggle.

Grimblebee said...

NPR also saud "Iran's nuclear weapons program" as if it's a matter of fact.