WikiLeaks papers show US Missile Defense System had serious flaws
February 3, 2011
[ChattahBox US News] – On July 8th of 2008, President George W. Bush’s Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice completed an agreement for a missile defense system to be built in the Czech Republic. But cables recently disclosed by WikiLeaks prove it was utterly blind to nuclear missiles and thus worse than useless.
In 2007 General Patrick O’Reilly, director of the US Missile Defense Agency gave the President a briefing in which he revealed the new system would be unable to detect the launch of long-range nuclear missiles until it was too late to for the US to launch other missiles to intercept and destroy them.
“He noted it was an X-Band radar which could only see in a straight line, not over the horizon,” says one cable issued by WikiLeaks. “Its range was approximately 2000 kilometers, and it could not search and locate by itself.”
The system was championed by President Bush as the lynch-pin of his “Son of Star Wars” defense plans, and was intended to be used to detect and destroy any missiles launched by North Korea or Iran. But the radar’s design caused the President’s advisors some serious concern;
“Its minimum elevation was two degrees. Below that, ground clutter would interfere,” the cable explains. “Thus, depending on the location, the first 245-850 kilometers of flight could not be seen. By the time the radar saw a missile, it would be too late to intercept.”
And when news of the radar reached Moscow there was chaos, with their government reacting furiously at the system’s potential to threaten Russia’s defenses and spy on its leaders and interests.
General O’Reilly’s view of the potential conclusion was both unequivocal and unsettling. “Even with upgrades, an X-band radar in the Czech Republic would never give the US the capability to intercept Russia’s ICBM’s.”
But in September of 2009, President Obama ordered the project abandoned, citing copious proof that any perceived threat from Iran could be more accurately detected and deterred by less costly, shorter-range systems.