WTC aftermath: NMD budget cuts to support intelligence increases


Platinum Member
Oct 17, 2000
ABC reported this evening that National Missile Defense might be cut in order to bolster our current military and intelligence services. While I fully agree that we need to focus a lot more on intelligence, to cut NMD after an even like this would be a grave mistake. The resources it takes to organize such an attack are amazing, getting a nuke and missile aren't that much harder.

Numerous countries are working on missile systems that in 5-10 years will have the range to strike at America, some are openly hostile to the U.S. Similarly, nuclear weapon proliferation has given nukes to nations on unfriendly terms with the U.S. It only takes a few loyal supporters in the right places and bin Laden or anyone could have a nuke in a decade to use against the U.S. or any major country.

Purely hypothetical: What if bin Laden staged this attack for the sole purpose of diverting our attention to other areas? What better way to open us up then to turn us in another direction, and this event certainly has done that. Do not associate fanatical beliefs with stupidity, this tragedy shows the intelligence of bin Laden. It is important that we do not underestimate him.

For our politicians, it is imperative that we not get so angered that we lose our logic. Think everything through before deciding and acting. To quote Sun Tzu, "Let your plans be as dark and impenetrable as night, and when you act, fall like a thunderbolt." If we do so we can take down those responsible for this horrific event and at the same time secure our nation from events like this and any other long into the future.

On a side note, my prayers are with all who have been touched by this disaster. Particularly the workers sifting through the rubble, facing horror and death straight in the eye on a day to day basis....


Elite Member
Super Moderator
Mar 20, 2000
i wrote 6 pages in 45 minutes about NMD for my foreign policy final... wish i could remember what i wrote... some good stuff, apparently