Editorial: What was the point of Star Wars?

2019-02-26 11:03:18

THERE was doubtless much celebration and more than a little relief in Washington last month when a missile fired from the USS Lake Erie destroyed a defunct spy satellite. Strange then that the technology employed in this display of American military prowess was a pale shadow of what it might have been. The exercise was the direct descendant of Ronald Reagan’s grandiose Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), which was born 25 years ago this week. In March 1983,