How Democrats Left Us Vulnerable to North Korea’s Nukes

It’s a story of an incredible lack of foresight by Democrats:

With last weekend’s surprise nuclear test, North Korea has reached final stage of its crash course to develop thermonuclear weapons that can reach and destroy U.S. cities. So why are we not on a crash course to protect our cities from North Korean nuclear missiles?

Answer: Because for more than three decades, Democrats have done everything in their power to prevent, obstruct or delay the deployment of ballistic missile defense.

Opposition to missile defense has been an article of faith for Democrats since President Ronald Reagan announced the Strategic Defense Initiative in 1983. Sen. Edward Kennedy led the early opposition to what Democrats derisively labeled “Star Wars,” denouncing missile defense as a “mirage” and “a certain prescription for an arms race in outer space.” Running against Reagan in 1984, Walter Mondale called it a “dangerously destabilizing” and unworkable “hoax.”

“Reagan nonetheless moved forward with research and development,” and so did his successor, George H. W. Bush. However, when President Bill Clinton took office in 1993, he “cut national missile defense funding by 80 percent.”

Then, when “Republicans took over Congress, and passed a defense authorization bill in 1996 that required deployment,” President Clinton “vetoed it on the grounds that there was no threat.”

When George W. Bush took office in 2001, “he revitalized missile defense efforts” and things began to look up again — until Barack Obama became president in 2009 and “slashed funding for ballistic missile defense by 25 percent.”

In 1983, Reagan asked “Isn’t it worth every investment necessary to free the world from the threat of nuclear war?” For the Democrats, the answer was no. No one is happier about that today than Kim Jong Un.