Suppose you became the President of the United States tomorrow. You are now the most powerful person on the planet, and will make crucial decisions that will impact the future of the United States and the rest of the world.
You realize that we live in dangerous times. Terrorists seek to slaughter American civilians wholesale. They are seeking WMDs.
A sworn enemy of the United States, North Korea, probably already has nukes capable of reaching some parts of the US. Another enemy of civilization, Iran, is most likely a few years at most away from having their own atomic weapons. Pakistan is just a coup away from having lunatic Muslim fundamentalists in control of a country with hundreds of millions of people and a rather capable nuclear program.
During your first press conference, you are asked by a reporter what you will do with regards to a missile defense system that seeks to be able to shoot down ICBMs.
What would you do?
A) Say that you will spend whatever is necessary to develop such a defense, and put an imperfect, rudimentary system online as soon as possible?
B) Say that you think more research should be done before you commit one way or the other, and it’s probably unworkable anyway?
If you chose A, congratulations! You are a rational human being, and agree with President Bush.
If you chose B, you are a luddite who would leave the US defenseless against a nuclear attack in this very dangerous time. Oh, and you agree with Senator John F. Kerry.
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