The U.S. Navy scored a direct hit in a "live" test of U.S. Missile Defenses, shooting down a damaged American satellite in space.
It's almost enough to make Michelle Obama proud of America -- or maybe not; but it makes me proud of America, and particularly of a great American President.
This Saturday marks 25 years since President Ronald Reagan gave heartburn to the Soviet Politburo and Liberal Democrats alike, by calling for America to build the Strategic Defense Initiative.
Despite the Clinton Administration choke hold on funding, the ABM program has plodded forward, getting a huge boost in 2002, when President Bush scrapped the ABM Treaty with the non-existent USSR. Congratulations are due to President Bush for seeing this project through in the face of persistent opposition from the usual suspects. Last year the U.S. quietly began deploying operational Missile Defenses -- quietly not because the deployment was a secret, but because you could have heard a pin drop over the sound of news coverage of this momentous event.
Seeing Missile Defense becoming a reality (however slowly) adds to the stature of Ronald Reagan in the eyes of history. He was indeed a leader of singular vision.
Yes, we've come a long way since Liberals shrieked their self-contradictory complaints that SDI would never work, and that it would antagonize the Soviets. A long way since Teddy Kennedy lampooned SDI as "Star Wars."
As of this writing, no apology to Reagan has been issued from Hyannisport.