posted on Jun, 20 2006 @ 05:49 PM
Originally posted by donwhiteYou can't hit a bullet with a bullet. Get over it.
Next you're going to tell us you can't hit a plane with a SAM. It's proven technology man.
While the Patriot missile system did fail to live up to the hype surrounding the system, a good percentage of them did their job, and many scuds were
snatched from the sky.
While the PMS (nice acronym isn't it) probably can't be considered cost effective, it's not really a fair comparison to an ICBM defense system,
namely the us National Missile Defense system. Missile defense systems aimed at garding the US from intercontinental ballistic threats are much more
advanced, with more effective methods employed, and yes, much more expensive.
Look at it this way, if there were tactical nukes inbound, would you rather do nothing but hope to survive the blasts, or take a shot at the inbound
and hope for the best?
Another thing to remember, is that missile defense systems consist of much more than missile to missile pot shots. While catching the offending ICBM
on immediately after launch is the best bet, remember, ICBM's spend a period of time basically in low orbit where they're incredibly vulnerable to
satellite defense systems.