A failure, of either nerve or capability

It’s in the news that Iran claims to have tested 9 missiles, and that the US Military confirms at least 7 of the tests.

This is disappointing news.  Not because Iran tested the missiles, but because the US didn’t shoot them down.

I thought this back when North Korea was testing its missiles, and I think it now: whenever a rogue state puts together a missile test, the US should have Aegis cruisers nearby, and shoot down the missiles.

Consider it real-world testing for SDI.

Consider it the finest in diplomacy.  A chance to really hurt the reputations of our enemies, without hurting anyone.

Consider it a cold, hard threat.

Those missile tests are a threat.  They need to be countered.  Shoot them down.

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