Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty Not in America's Best Interest
U.S. Abandons the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty For Good Reason
How America became essentially defenseless against foreign missile attacks is the legacy of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty and outdated Cold War policies that no longer make sense with today's realities. The Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, signed by President Nixon in 1972, prohibited both the United States and the Soviet Union from deploying systems capable of defending their national territories against ballistic missile attack.
The idea is said to have originated with Robert S. McNamara, secretary of defense during the Kennedy administration, who believed if both superpowers were equally defenseless against nuclear missile attacks, neither side would be foolish enough to risk a deadly counter-strike. This concept became known as Mutual Assured Destruction (MAD) and was at the heart of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, which banned sea-based and space-based anti-missile systems.
Although President Reagan talked up the need for a space-based anti-missile system to protect America, his Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI or "Star Wars") was never implemented. President Clinton actually adopted the terms of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty as official government policy.
Now with the proliferation of missile systems in the Third World and growing numbers of rogue states, the idea behind the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty-mutual assured destruction-is no longer a dependable deterrent. To protect the interest of the U.S., it was necessary to pull out of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. Rogue states and terrorist organizations are not concerned about mutual destruction as a deterrent. They are only concerned with their objectives, which are to cause mass destruction to the United States. These rogue nations and terrorist groups will sacrifice themselves to achieve their goals. America needs to take every step to stop any type of missile attack possible. Creating sea, land, and space-based missile defense systems is one of the only ways to stop an incoming ballistic missile threat to the United States. For a broader perspective, read the article, "The ABM Treaty: Outdated and Dangerous".