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New Start Treaty Should Not Be Scuttled For Missile Defense
Whether the wording of the New Start treaty contains restrictions on U.S. missile defenses is fast emerging as the critical issue for the Senate as it considers ratifying the treaty. Given the stakes involved, it is worth pausing to see whether the infatuation with missile defense—on both sides of the aisle—is really justified. The thinking is that these “defenses” will somehow protect us from the enemy’s nuclear missiles. They will not. The New Start treaty, which would lead to reductions in nuclear stockpiles, should not be held hostage to this tempest in a teapot.