Theater Missile Defense Is Destabilizing?
An ongoing dispute about missile defense in the Far East echoes some Cold War arguments. In the wake of North Korean missile tests, the South Koreans and the Japanese are apparently ready
to buy the U.S. Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile system. China protested that such a move by South Korea would destabilize East Asia, and the Russians agreed. Both organized demonstrations, including at least one in Washington. The slogans warned that the United States was militarizing East Asia and igniting a new regional arms race. This is somewhat rich.