View Full Version : Justin Amash is only MI Congressman to not support ineffective, costly missile site in MI

09-24-2016, 07:45 PM
Missile defense system ineffective, costly, but Michigan congressional leaders want it anyway

Sep 23, 2016

All of the Michigan congressional delegation -- with the exception of Congressman Justin Amash -- signed a letter urging the Missile Defense Agency to locate interceptor missiles at Fort Custer near Battle Creek.

Amash said he didn’t sign the letter because it emphasized economic reasons rather than military ones. He basically said those decisions should be based on military necessity. Fort Custer is one of three final sites being considered. The other two are Camp Ravenna in Ohio and Fort Drum in New York.

These interceptor missiles are called the Ground-based Midcourse Defense system- GMD for short. They’re designed to intercept incoming nuclear missiles. However, the problem is that the GMD system is flawed. The L.A. Times reported during tests the interceptors failed to destroy their targets six out of eleven times. That’s a dismal record when the job is to intercept nuclear missiles from North Korea, or Russia, or another hostile country. Despite the failure rate, the manufacturer got a $2 billion bonus.



From another article:

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash, R-Cascade Twp., was the lone holdout. His communications director Corie Whalen said this in an emailed statement:

Representative Amash has always believed Fort Custer should be given full consideration as a potential location for the proposed missile defense site. He declined to sign this letter because it treats the matter not as a national security initiative, but as a jobs program. While increasing employment in Michigan's Third District is a priority, defense decisions should be made with only national security priorities in mind.

The potential missile site is located just a couple miles from his congressional district.