So according to the Danger Room, the United States Air force is going to go ahead with its controversial plan on using conventionally-armed Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles to take out terrorist targets. Though this plan looked like it was going to be scrapped because as soon as any nation hears the word ‘ballistic missile’ thoughts of World War 3 will be running through their minds, it seems that the Air force is willing to tweak the project just a bit.
At the moment this plan is under the direct control of the office of the Secretary of Defense and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and it seems that the Air force has not been invited to the conversation table. All that can really be said is that these are just rumours at the moment. However, if this was to be implemented the only area that one can really think of it being used is in FATA.
There is no other place really in the world where the United States can really risk using these missiles in case they do want to take out a terrorist camp. Other than the fact that Pakistan is known to house many terrorist camps and its border with Afghanistan has caused a huge headache to the United States, they are an ally and individuals who can be persuaded more readily. What if DOD actually thinks that this is a good idea?
If that does happen, I think we can definitely see Pakistan having a very bad reaction to the issue considering that they were two-faced until very recently on the issue of drones. The Army will obviously never accept the use of ballistic missiles in training camps and nor should they especially since these missiles have large kill ratio and ISAF and NATO are not really known to be civilian friendly (‘mistakes’). Considering that Drones miraculous kill only Taliban commanders, letting a ballistic missile, which is again much more lethal is not a good idea.
Am I wrong to assume that ballistic missiles do sound worse, or are they actually not as bad as I think they are? Pakistan and India both tested long-range ballistic missiles today and well, if they weren’t so lethal why is United States even considering them in the first place?