Did anyone wake up the morning after 9-11 or the morning after 3-11 (or any of the mornings in between) and think to themselves, man, we’d be a lot safer if we got to work on that missile defense system? That’s not to suggest that blocking incoming missiles is not a somehow worthy goal. But we’ve got X amount of money to deal with hundreds times X worth of threats. If that’s the equation, then at least for the time being, wouldn’t you think N (or the amount of dough we spend on the latest iteration of Star Wars) would equal nil?
. . . Saturday March 13, 2004