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      09-18-2009, 11:44 AM   #5

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Originally Posted by UncleWede View Post
See, that's a percentage of the problem we have with our national debt. Yes, I help support poor kids in other countries, but I take care of my own FIRST. Poland has no other allies to put up a hugely expensive shield to protect them from their former enemies? Yes, I know some of the history of the region . . .

"the Polish tabloid Fakt declared on its front page."
I do not think you understand the purpose of the missile defense system. It is not meant to protect Poland and the Czech Republic exclusively and would be of no use against Russia given the limited number of interceptor missiles available.

The system is designed to be a layer of defense against against long range missiles from nations like Iran for all of Europe, the north Atlantic, and the east coast of the US.

I think the budget for this system last year was $720 million. That is a rounding era in today's world of $1+ trillion deficits.