The new logo for the Missile Defense Agency is causing a little bit of a buzz on the Internet. It seems to some that the new logo incorporates a feature of the Obama for President 2008 logo with an Islamic looking crescent.
The new logo for the MDA consists of a red and white vector inside a blue crescent, with the apex of the vector striking the middle of the crescent with a white star at the point of contact. The old logo depicted an anti ballistic missile rising from the Earth’s surface to strike at a target in orbit.
Of course the resemblance is undoubtedly a coincidence, but that has not stopped some people from having fun at the expense of the Obama administration. Before It’s News points out that if one flips the logo 180 degrees, it looks like a crescent being struck by an incoming missile.
Ironically the Islamic Republic of Iran is considered one of the prime threats for developing missile delivered weapons of mass destruction. Iran is not only conducting a nuclear weapons program but a ballistic missile program as well.
The Obama administration created some controversy last year when it decided to cancel a Bush-era missile defense project due to be built in Eastern Europe designed to defend against missiles carrying nuclear weapons or other WMDs launched from Iran.
Does the Obama MDA logo carry a subtle hint that the Obama administration is really serious about opposing missile threats from Iran? The logo might be taken as symbolic of an attack on Islam.
On the other hand, using a feature of the old Obama for President 2008 logo might just be an attempt by the Obama administration to put the president’s personal stamp on yet another part of the government, albeit one that Obama does not have very enthusiastic feelings for.
Or then again maybe the same designer who designed the Obama for President 2008 logo designed the Missile Defense Agency logo, and it is all just a coincidence.
Frank Gaffney, writing for Big Government, reminds us that whatever the new Missile Defense Agency Logo, missile defense policy of the Obama administration is far more ominous.
“The former would be bad enough, starting with Candidate Obama’s pledge to block “unproven missile defenses.” Once in office, he cut over a billion dollars from the Missile Defense Agency’s budget. He cancelled the deployment of interceptors and radars in Eastern Europe designed to defend this country, as well as our allies over there.
“Among other reprehensible actions, Team Obama terminated the nation’s only program capable of providing a near-term ability to intercept ballistic missiles early in their flight (i.e., the boost-phase). This Airborne Laser Program nonetheless was successfully tested earlier this month – destroying not one but two missiles similar to those arrayed against us and our friends today and making the case that such systems should be operationalized and deployed as a matter of the utmost urgency.
“Then, there are the persistent reports that President Obama is going to accede to Russian demands to reinstitute bilateral restrictions on missile defenses as part of the new START follow-on treaty now being finalized with the Kremlin. Moscow lost its effective veto over such U.S. systems when George W. Bush withdrew from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2001 and the Russians have been as anxious as its American fellow-travelers to be able to exercise it again.”
In other words, whatever the Obama MDA logo was meant to symbolize, it may well be an appropriate image for President Obama’s missile defense policy, which seems to rely more on appeasement than on technology.
Sources: Missile Defense Agency logo takes a cue from Obama campaign ’08?, Kerry Picket, Washington Times, February 23rd, 2010
New Obama Logo/Islamic Crest DoD Patches?, Before It’s News, February 24th, 2010
Can This Possibly Be True? New Obama Missile Defense Logo Includes a Crescent, Frank Gafnfney, Big Government, February 24th, 2010