Like most Democrat positions, the reasons appear superficially irrational. One always gets the sense that they aren't really telling you why they oppose something until you consider it in the context of their larger goals.Who knew Euroweenies were wiser than U.S. Dems and leftists?
The mere prospect of a missile shield was enough to give the U.S. significant leverage with the former U.S.S.R. because it threw the entire balance-of-power paradigm into the trash barrel. The Democrats horror was less about national security and more about political security. The status quo had worked in their favor for over thirty years and they saw the distinct possibility of joining the Soviets on the ash heap of history.
Subsequent events bore out that concern. Dozens of countries adopted democratic governance and embraced principals of globalism, dooming socialism to living-museum status. The uni-polar world had made it safe for the real enemy to prosper--free enterprise. Prosperous middle classes don't vote for socialism.
The missile shield nullifies forever the kind of military threat that could derail globalism. Sure, you'd still have terrorism, but nothing of the scale that could wipe out entire nations, economies and international trade--not a problem for you and me, but for ambitious left-wingers, it's a catastrophe. . .
That's why this little piece of by-the-way news is so important:NATO countries endorsed Bush administration plans for installing a missile defense system in alliance countries in Europe on Thursday even as they rebuffed President Bush’s entreaties to extend membership of the alliance to the former Soviet republics of Ukraine and Georgia.Getting that endorsement just made the Democrats plans for missile defense much, much harder to pursue. Making the missile defense a NATO alliance program sets a trap for the Democrats, who are on record as wanting to "strengthen our traditional alliances". Unilaterally abrogating the program would put them in a position of going-it-alone and having to explain to the American people what they are doing.
(via Instapundit, Mike's America)