Beyond a New York or east coast issue, the ballistic missile defense system appears alive and well…if we allow it.
If the Pentagon goes ahead with an East Coast missile defense system, Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., wants it to be based in New York State. In a recent letter to Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, Schumer cited the “thousands of jobs” the project would allegedly create, helping upstate communities “take off.”
Schumer’s plea is off the mark. The Pentagon budget shouldn’t be a jobs program. And at a time of tightening budgets, we can’t afford to waste money on unnecessary, unworkable and unaffordable projects like the East Coast missile defense scheme.