The U.S. pushing to put missile defense systems in Europe. Bush is claiming he wants to do it protect countries from the likes of Iran, but of course Iran doesn't have nuclear weapons and even if it did is hardly a threat against NATO, unless Iran was on a national suicide mission. Putin is objecting to the missile defense system, claiming it would threaten Russia in that it would alter the balance of power. On top of this, under the Bush, the US is developing new nuclear weapons and Russia, in response has developed weapons that can supposedly overcome a defense shield. On the surface, there seems to be little point to this: Russia and the US are not going to attack each other; and there's no other power that is a serious thread with regard to nuclear missiles. So, what's the point? I think this is a boondoggle for the defense industry. It's welfare for the industry, just as the Iraq war is.