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US Navy Successfully Hits Spy Satellite

The US has tested its defense shield several times, but this was the first time it was used for real and it worked perfectly.

Update: Watch the video of the missile hitting the satellite here.


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"It is a failure. It did no... (Below threshold)
drjohn:

"It is a failure. It did not achieve what it was meant to do. It was supposed to be a reconciliation."

-Nancy Pelosi

Sweet. ... (Below threshold)
Jo:

Sweet.

Last year's meme: "SDI won'... (Below threshold)
cirby:

Last year's meme: "SDI won't work - they keep using easy to hit targets on limited flight paths."

This year's meme: "Why did they waste all of that money shooting down this satellite just to show SDI works?"

Reagan was right.... (Below threshold)
Rory:

Reagan was right.

Woo Hoo! Good shot guys!</p... (Below threshold)

Woo Hoo! Good shot guys!

"They Military should not h... (Below threshold)
914:

"They Military should not have ran this test. it makes the U.S. look to provocative and We are going to have hearings and bring forth sham bills to make sure this never happens again."

-Harry Reid and Arlen Sphicnter

914 is probably correct. Re... (Below threshold)
Scrapiron:

914 is probably correct. Reid and Peeloshi's handlers from the terrorists camps will be on them like flies on a fresh cow pile. What can you say about a bunch of democrats that put the value of donations from lawyers above the safety of 'every' American.

High fives to the Navy.

Jesus, you guys are so hila... (Below threshold)
Ryan:

Jesus, you guys are so hilarious. I put this shit in my blog all the time. "How will the folks over at Wizbang spin this one against liberals?" Big high fives are in order, all around. Our fiscally conservative administration just spent $60 million to shoot down a satellite that was going to fall into the Pacific Ocean, 1200 miles from any even uninhabited plot of land. I wonder how many doctor checkups or school lunches that would have been able to buy for poor kids? But, it sure did make for a super awesome "shock and awe" video-op, didn't it?

Gee, what a surprise. Ryan ... (Below threshold)

Gee, what a surprise. Ryan The Moron has never heard the term "dress rehearsal."

J.

Ryan,they had no i... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

Ryan,

they had no idea where it was going to land with its toxic fuel and its spy tech. So in addition to being a Moron, you're also simply wrong.

"they had no idea where it ... (Below threshold)
Olaf:

"they had no idea where it was going to land with its toxic fuel and its spy tech."

No, but RYAN seemed to know with 100% accuracy exactly when and where, must be the new features they installed on the latest tinfoil hats.

Also, Ryan doesn't know kid... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Also, Ryan doesn't know kids do get free lunches if needed and medical checkups. I love liberals. They self destruct before your eyes but keep coming back for more. ww

Ryan:"I wonder ... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

Ryan:

"I wonder how many doctor checkups or school lunches that would have been able to buy for poor kids?"

How about... none? The military had already paid for the missile and the development of the technology behind it - creating thousands of well-paying jobs nationwide from the people who designed the missile, the people who made it, the people who sold houses and groceries and gasoline to the folks who made it, to the school districts who had to educate the kids of the people who made the missle, and so on. And those jobs created other jobs.

One thing I've noticed, Ryan - throwing money directly AT a problem rarely solves it. You want to decrease poverty? You encourage companies to grow so they employ more people - you don't give people money for being poor. You get more of the behavior you reward, after all.


That said - GOOD SHOOTING, GUYS!

If only this country would ... (Below threshold)
Pretzel_Logic:

If only this country would do SOMETHING to make me proud.

Brian is also demonstrating... (Below threshold)

Brian is also demonstrating his ignorance yet again. "School lunches" and "doctor's checkups" are not in the Constitution as responsibilities of the federal government; national defense is.

J.

Ryan,The gov't is ... (Below threshold)
mag:

Ryan,

The gov't is not responsible for feeding and giving health care to the poor. If they are poor they shouldn't be having children in the first place.....also....even with it many faults NO ONE should be poor in this country (unless of course the sick physically/mentally)....in this day and age poor comes from being stupid and lazy. There I said it!!!!!!!!!!!

The military had already... (Below threshold)
Proof:

The military had already paid for the missile and the development of the technology behind it - creating thousands of well-paying jobs nationwide from the people who designed the missile, the people who made it, the people who sold houses and groceries and gasoline to the folks who made it, to the school districts who had to educate the kids of the people who made the missle, and so on.
And the continued employment for those folks as they build the missile to replace the one they just fired!

I was going to say "Liberal... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

I was going to say "Liberal moonbats heads to explode in 5...4...", but dang, it already happened!

Boom, baby.... (Below threshold)
DJ Drummond:

Boom, baby.

I just love when a plan com... (Below threshold)
Jim:

I just love when a plan comes together, AND it works!

There is much wailing and g... (Below threshold)
SarahConnor2:

There is much wailing and gnashing of teeth in Russia, Iran, et al. today.

Also, apparently in Ryan's house.

If we can do it with our te... (Below threshold)
epador:

If we can do it with our technology, then sooner or later some one else will do it to us with our technology. Lets hope its a lot later.

Ryan:Our... (Below threshold)
_Mike_:

Ryan:

Our fiscally conservative administration just spent $60 million to shoot down a satellite that was going to fall into the Pacific Ocean, 1200 miles from any even uninhabited plot of land.

Surely, you're not so dim as to think the objective was the remove the satellite rather than to test the missile system... surely you're not that freaking dimwitted.

thank you for link to the v... (Below threshold)

thank you for link to the video. greetings from switzerland.

So as long as (Iran, Moosli... (Below threshold)

So as long as (Iran, Mooslims, teh brown people, Venezuela)attack us with spy sattelites while giving the Navy has a few days notice, we'll be just fine.


"The trouble ain't that there is too many fools, but that the lightning ain't distributed right."

Mark Twain

This is particularly comfor... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

This is particularly comforting to those of us on The Left Coast within potential range of any NK missile and, God forbid, a Russian nuke.

Nice shot, Navy!

(And I just thought of something: The next time somebody asks me "Do you really feel safer under President Bush?" I can provide yet another example of why I can emphatically reply, "You bet your ass I do.")

Well doesn't that make you ... (Below threshold)
BluesHarper:

Well doesn't that make you proud to be an American Ms Obama

Brian is also demonstrat... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Brian is also demonstrating his ignorance yet again.

Glad to know you're always thinking of me, Jay. But it wasn't me who posted.

Congrats to the USS Lake Er... (Below threshold)
brainy435:

Congrats to the USS Lake Erie and her crew.

Not a bad shot for a "target."

From, an ex-bubblehead.

Wow, this really shows the ... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Wow, this really shows the effectiveness of SDI! As long as China gives us months notice, sends us the trajectory plans, and fires only one missile at a time, we'll be set!

Step by step, Brian. 10 ye... (Below threshold)

Step by step, Brian. 10 years back, this would have been pretty darn difficult. 10 years from now, this will be 'easy' - and combined with advances in systems like the THAAD and Patriot, it'll be a fair defense against ICBMs. It might not be PERFECT, but I think you'll agree than taking out, oh, 80% of an attack will be preferable to letting 100% of them get through.

JLawson,Don't conf... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

JLawson,

Don't confuse poor Brian with reasoning and logic.

He's stuck in the standard leftist groupthink. "If it isn't perfect now, it never will be!!! Therefore, it is a waste of money that we could better use on (insert useless liberal pet program of the day)"

Billions spent on SD and pr... (Below threshold)
Mac Lorry:

Billions spent on SD and progress is being made. Billions spent on the war against poverty and we're loosing the battle. Which is the waste of money?

Mac Lorry,Actually... (Below threshold)
Sheik Yur Bouty:

Mac Lorry,

Actually, it is TRILLIONS spent on the war on poverty.

"1200 miles from any eve... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

"1200 miles from any even uninhabited plot of land."

Ryan, the whole point of the launch was to obliterate an inoperative spy satellite carrying highly toxic fuel. The destruction was carried out specifically to make sure it did no threatening debris landed in populated areas. You scoff at the government's defense even when they are looking out for you?

correction: "...to make su... (Below threshold)
LaMedusa:

correction: "...to make sure no..."

I heard today that the sate... (Below threshold)
Everlasting:

I heard today that the satellite was successfully destroyed by a missile.
That reminds me so much of a science fiction book that was published last year called Moon over Key Biscayne. - A light novel that gets into satellites and objects on a collision course with Earth.

He's stuck in the standa... (Below threshold)
Brian:

He's stuck in the standard leftist groupthink. "If it isn't perfect now, it never will be!!! Therefore, it is a waste of money that we could better use on (insert useless liberal pet program of the day)"

Wow, make shit up much?

Actually, Brian - that does... (Below threshold)

Actually, Brian - that does seem to be a standard argument against stuff the folks on the left side of the aisle don't like. If (fill in the blank) isn't PERFECTLY accomplished, then it's completely worthless and needs to be scrapped.

I've seen it a lot. Dams kill fish - therefore they should be torn down. Never mind the benefits of flood control or power - the fish must come first. Global warming is terrible, therefore we must act... despite the dubious science behind it and a lack of consensus of what would actually be beneficial - greenhouse-gas emitting technology is the villian and must be abandoned.

(Shrug.) It's not made up.

Of course the navy can stil... (Below threshold)
spurwing plover:

Of course the navy can still do it no matter what you hear from those infernal scibblers in those dirty wretched news papers




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