President Obama announced last week that he will abandon the European Missile Shield, part of a larger US effort to construct a global anti-ballistic missile system. The missile shield, aimed at stopping incoming nuclear ICBM’s from rogue states like Iran and North Korea...and possibly at deterring a larger attack from Russia was a key part of the Bush Administration’s defense strategy. Was this the right move, politically and militarily?
And now today:
TEHRAN, Iran – Iran tested its most advanced missiles Monday to cap two days of war games, raising more international concern and stronger pressure to quickly come clean on the newly revealed nuclear site Tehran was secretly constructing.
State television said the powerful Revolutionary Guard, which controls Iran's missile program, successfully tested upgraded versions of the medium-range Shahab-3 and Sajjil missiles. Both can carry warheads and reach up to 1,200 miles (2,000 kilometers), putting Israel, U.S. military bases in the Middle East, and parts of Europe within striking distance.
The missile tests were meant to flex Iran's military might and show readiness for any military threat.
"Iranian missiles are able to target any place that threatens Iran," said Abdollah Araqi, a top Revolutionary Guard commander, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.