Unsurprising news: yesterday Dubya and unredeemed Cold Warrior Donald Rumsfeld announced plans to go full steam ahead with their plan to implement Reagan’s Star Wars NMD scheme. They’re not referring to it as such, but that’s what it is. It’s the perfect government program: incredibly expensive (pouring all of the money into the coffers of the defense industry), unlikely to work, and likely to piss off pretty much every other country in the world. The best case scenario is that we kick off a new arms race. The worst case scenario is that we place our faith in a system that doesn’t really work, start throwing our weight around, and wind up getting a U.S. city or two deleted when the system fails.