Today, as President Barack Obama spoke at the United Nations, Iran test-fired a series of four missiles specifically created to hit warships in the Strait of Hormuz. According to the Iranian government, the missiles hit a target the size of a ship, sinking it within 50 seconds. Iranian media also reported that the military exercise was designed to occur coincident with US naval maneuvers in the Persian Gulf. The Iranian military stated that their navy would be holding a “massive” maneuver shortly.
Meanwhile, the only anti-missile system in development by the United States is under fire from the Obama Defense Department. The Defense Department has requested reallocation of funds from the Joint Land Attack Cruise Missile Defense Elevated Netted Sensor System (JLENS), which the military has spent $2 billion developing since 2005. According to the Committee on Present Danger:
JLENS is the latest and most advanced Army system to detect, identify, track and engage multiple and potentially hostile targets, including low-flying cruise missiles, large caliber battlefield missiles, air and land vehicles, ships and small boats.
The Obama campaign against America’s ability to defend herself – a campaign that will culminate in the Obama-created sequester in January 2013, which will slash the military budget dramatically – is reaping very real consequences. No wonder Iran is happy to fire off small missiles even as the President of the United States takes to the UN podium.