Remember that name. That's the moniker of Israel's missile defense system that has shot down most of the rockets Hamas terrorists have been raining down on the Jewish state in recent days. The system was designed to intercept and destroy short range rockets and artillery shells. The Israelis recognized the need for a missile shield during the Second Lebanon War in 2006, when Hezboallah fired more than 4000 rockets into northern Israel. With US financial backing, the Iron Dome defense system was developed and first deployed in in March of 2011. Since then it has shot down over 400 rockets, sparing Israeli civilians much suffering and death. Clearly, a missile defense system can work. But our newly reelected president doesn't believe America deserves one.
If you recall, in 2009 Obama cancelled plans to deploy an interceptor site and radar in Poland and the Czech Republic that would've protected America and its allies against a primarily Iranian missile threat. Obama cancelled the site and radar--and put America and it's allies at risk--in order to appease the Russians. The president thought it more important to "restart" our relationship with Moscow than do everything possible to protect the US. He also apparently thought that being liked by the Russians was more valuable than the goodwill America would've garnered from the Poles, Czechs, and other Europeans who would've been protected by the shield. So now, three years later, America (and her allies) have no defense against missiles from Iran or anyone else. Yet, Iron Dome shows that a missile shield can work. Yes, ID is designed for short-range projectiles, but it still shows that an anti-missile defense system can work. But America doesn't have one because it would make the Russians mad. So thinks Barak Obama.
I guess the people who reelected him forgot about that.