Patriot Games

Watching Donald Trump’s speech last week in Poland where he effusively praised that country’s “strategic alliance” with America while never once bringing up the issue of the Visa Waiver Program, I wasn’t surprised in the least to see Poland commit to buying expensive but useless Patriot missile batteries.

As I suspected, it was only a matter of time before Romania did the same thing:

The State Department has cleared the sale of seven Patriot missile defense systems for Romania.

The potential sale, which could be worth up to $3.9 billion, covers seven Patriot Configuration 3+ units, complete with radars, control station, antenna, launching stations and power plants.

Romania requested the Patriot systems back in April. Thirteen countries currently operate the system, with that number expected to grow when Poland completes its purchase.

If $3.9 billion sounds expensive, at least it’s cheaper than Poland’s deal ($7.6 billion for eight batteries).

Patriot missiles are, for all intents and purposes, useless. They were initially designed in the 1970s to shoot down Soviet planes. They then get repurposed to shoot down Soviet intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). But by the 1990s, they had been repurposed again, this time to shoot down shorter-range “SCUD” type missiles in Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

The only problem is that they have always been spectacularly unsuccessful at doing what they’re “designed” to do: shoot down incoming missiles. It’s not just the Patriot system either. Pretty much all anti-missile missiles are useless, and no one really has an interest in actually making them work.

Therefore, Romania has once again followed Poland’s lead, meaning I need to add another row to my table of tragedy.

Perhaps the weirdest part in all of this is that even if the Patriot system (and the ABMD system in Deveselu) actually worked flawlessly 100% of the time, exactly who is ever going to attack Romania with missiles? It’s literally never been done before in all of history.

Theoretically, the Deveselu base was supposed to protect Romania against ICBMs launched from Iran, which is ridiculous because there’s never been any enmity whatsoever between Romania and Iran. But the Patriot system is for shooting down short-range missiles, typically fired from less than 300 kilometers away.

Seriously, apart from fantasies about rampaging Hungarians sweeping in from Budapest to reclaim Transylvania, who is going to attack Romania with short-range missiles? Russia? You cannot be serious. And what is Romania going to do with just three batteries and 100 missiles? The Russian Air Force has 4,000 aircraft, for chrissakes.

No. There’s literally no point in wasting 3.8 billion dollars on useless missiles. Even the corrupt politicians who run Romania won’t see any of that money, as it’ll mostly go into American pockets.

The only one who benefits from this is Klaus Iohannis, who is deeply committed to furthering America’s agenda in Romania and proving that he’s a loyal NATO lapdog.


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