Here’s a short list of questions I think the media should be asking about missile defense. If all of the questions can be answered affirmatively, then I say we should go for it:
- Do we face a credible threat (or anticipate facing one in the near future) that a missile defense system can effectively protect us from?
- Is a missile defense system the most cost-effective means of addressing that threat?
- Is there any chance that we can develop an effective missile defense system before those countries we perceive as threats can build weapons that will thwart such a system?
- If we scrap the ABM treaty in order to research and build a missile defense system, and fail to create an effective system, will the lack of the treaty and the defense system leave us worse off than before?