Letter to the editor: U.S. must be ready to defend itself

With Iran’s Parliament rejecting international inspectors as part of any deal on their nuclear program, clearly Iran’s leaders aren’t interested in a diplomatic solution. (“Walk away from a bad deal with Iran,” Sunday)

With the U.N. reporting that Iran has enough enriched uranium for seven nuclear warheads and intelligence showing its military continues developing long-range missiles, the threat of nuclear attack cannot be dismissed. Therefore, the U.S. must be prepared to defend itself against a nuclear-armed Iran.

Thankfully, we have the ground-based midcourse missile defense system to defend us from a nuclear attack. GMD has proven itself successful in nine separate tests, but experts agree Congress must fully fund it to upgrade and expand our homeland missile defense. Increasing the number of interceptors currently deployed and moving forward with an East Coast base would ensure we are better protected. Building new radars and adding new sensors would allow the U.S. to better track enemy missiles. And upgrading the kill vehicle’s technology would improve the system’s accuracy.

Until Iran proves to the world it isn't building nuclear weapons, America needs to be prepared to defend our nation.

Capt. George Autobee, Marine Corps retired

Colorado City, Colo.