Wade Boese, research director of the Arms Control Association and contributing writer to Arms Control Today, discusses the missile defense system being implemented in Poland and the Czech Republic, under the facade of defense from Iran while actually threatening Russia and China, the current and future status of Iran’s missile capabilities, the reality that Iran has no reason to attack the west anyway, the threat still posed by U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals, the unwillingness of the Bush war party to reduce U.S. nuclear weapons despite the START Treaty with Russia initiating the process, possible changes to U.S. nuclear posture by the two presidential candidates, the futility of missile countermeasures and how an effective missile defense system would likely only increase U.S. aggressiveness.
MP3 here. (41:26)
Wade Boese is the research director of the Arms Control Association. Boese writes for Arms Control Today, prepares ACA fact sheets, and maintains contact with the press and public on these issues. His work has been published in The American Prospect Online, Jane’s Intelligence Review, Defense News, The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, The Washington Times, and Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. He also contributed to Challenging Conventional Wisdom: Debunking the Myths and Exposing the Risks of Arms Export Reform.