President Bush's speech on missile defenses was short on specifics. At first blush, his address at the National Defense University seemed to go no further than the already well-known positions he staked out on the campaign trail (see p. 66). But is that really so bad? Missile defense is a hugely complicated matter--technically, strategically and politically. For Bush to have popped out with a detailed plan or an arbitrary date to deploy national missile defenses (NMD), acting as if much work ...

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