NVH writes in:
"Oh come on, the recent history with the Clinton Admin stressing over killing UBL's family members and the UAE Prince's on the hunting trip b/c of collateral damage would be eliminated with a weapon like this. We could have killed UBL with little consequence to the innocents he surrounds himself with ( not anymore, but we can't find him, now ). As for the long term impacts, if we had it back then to kill him with, look where we wouldn't be today? Is that long term enough?"
Hi NVH. Great questions!! This is exactly what we should be debating. I agree that you have a valid point and that the weapon could be used properly. But I don't think that alone disqualifies the validity of concerns that the weapon could be used improperly.
Also, we are talking about a 4,000lb warhead slamming into the earth from sub-orbital space at hyper-mach speed. That isn't what you might call a surgical weapon. Don't think it won't cause considerable collateral damage.