The ICBM - An Essential Tool In The War On Terror?
Rumsfeld, after that closed-door meeting, said theDoes anyone else find this strange? I mean...what is an ICMB? Well basically it's a big, expensive, high thrust, rocket designed to carry large, heavy payloads. Why would anyone want to use these things for conventional explosives? And contrary to what Mr. Rumsfeld says in the Reuters article, ICBMs are not easy to retarget. Ballistic trajectories require a lot of calculation, and unlike cruise missiles, ICBMs don't do well at in flight correction--something to do with plummeting to earth from the upper atmosphere, I think.
Pentagon was considering a plan to replace the nuclear warheads on some intercontinental ballistic missiles with conventional weapons, a move that would make the missiles less lethal and therefore more conceivable for politicians to use in preemptive strikes against terrorist groups.
So what's the deal here? Is this all just bluster? Does Rumsfeld figure that, in the name of cost savings, we ought to use the cold war leftovers that we have? Perhaps he thinks that we ought to make common cause with the one other nation that has thousands of similar weapons?
I guess that when what you've got are ballistic missiles, every enemy looks like a godless commie!
Using ICBMs to target RPG-wielding guerrilla fighters is like trying to swat a mosquito with a sledgehammer. What the hell is he trying to do?
Oh wait, I forgot, he's trying to ignite Armageddon. Yay.
Lukku, that's sort of what I was getting at: When all you've got is a hammer... I leaning toward the, "Well we've got 'em, might as well do something with them," theory.
Mary, indeed! Check out the girth on that...I think it's a "Peacemaker" (?), "Peacekeeper" (?). (Actual name of the missile.)
Karena, I think you could have stopped at "...ways to make money...". The killing others part is not relevant.
You worked at a silo? Military? Civilian contractor?
Two things can happen:
1. they can use the non-nuclear ICBM in stead of the nuclear bunker busters. Yeah, progress...
2. they can use an ICBM with a smaller payload and claim it was non-nuclear. The nuclear debris will prove that the facility targeted was a nuclear research facility with weapon-grade material.
They could even combine the two - a nuclear bunker buster dropped by plane and a non-nuclear ICBM.
This isn't rocket science ;).
Endorendeil...welcome. Way not rocket science. Conventional payload with kinetic uumphhhh seems to me to be the right interpretation, but I'm still mystified as to why Rumsfeld said something so stupid in his speech.