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Missile defense and political unification

By in Press Enterprise on October 24, 2017

By Morgan P. Muchnick

These days it is hard to keep track of who is fighting against whom in Washington, D.C. President Trump is taking jabs at the press, Congressional Republicans are fighting Congressional Democrats as well as Steve Bannon and insurgent GOP primary challengers, President Trump is fighting against everyone all the time, including the former GOP candidate for president and Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain.

While much of the “inside-the-beltway” fighting is simply background noise, the level of animosity between some Republican senators – such as Sens. McCain and Flake – and the president, has risen to a very worrisome level. The recent GOP failure during the Obamacare repeal debacle demonstrated that a lack of unity can lead to tangible problems.

There is a very elegant way out of this apparent political quicksand; one that will help the president politically as well as strengthen our nation’s defense. The U.S. missile defense program has been underfunded for years, including the previous eight years under the Obama administration. In spite of this, we have seen some impressive results in our ability to neutralize or destroy incoming missiles. However, we are not there yet.

While Sens. Flake and McCain have proven to be less than reliable GOP votes on certain issues, they remain defense hawks and support a robust military and defense budget. This appears to be one of the few points of agreement between the so-called “McCain wing” of the Republican party and the “Trump wing.”

Moreover, the need for an effective space-based missile intercept layer has never felt more real to many Americans. The daily increase in threatening rhetoric coming from North Korea and Iran has put the West Coast of the United States, Hawaii and Guam on real notice. It is only a matter of time until the entire U.S. is […]    

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