The Return Of SDI

American Voicespatriotism ISSUE 35•15 Apr 21, 1999

Alarmed by the development of nuclear weapons in China, North Korea, Iran and Iraq, Congress recently approved a scaled-back version of the 'Star Wars' missile-defense system of the Reagan Era. What do you think about the revival of this program?

  • “Back in the '80s, when Star Wars was first proposed, scientists said it was impractical and would only increase the risk of nuclear war. But I'm sure that doesn't still apply.”

    Charlotte Lindblad –
    Photographer

  • “We need the most advanced missile-targeting system money can buy, so that at the crucial moment, we can switch it off and trust our feelings.”

    Reggie Clay –
    Systems Analyst

  • “No, thanks. I'd rather see the U.S. pursue a course of Annie Hall-style diplomacy.”

    Bob Thomasson –
    Machinist

  • “I heard that in a full-blown nuclear attack, the Star Wars system could intercept as many as 50 percent of all incoming missiles. And how much damage could the other 50 percent possibly do?”

    Amy Blair –
    Graduate Student

  • “As I always say, the best defense is a good offense. Let's get out there and nuke the hell out of them first, team!”

    Fred Beattie –
    Football Coach

  • “A defense system orbiting high above the planet, from where it could rain down fiery death on the Earth's surface? As an American citizen, I've approved of worse ideas.”

    Patrick Randolph –
    Optometrist