The Corner

Missile Defense Delay

Any day now, the United States will have its first real missile-defense system. (Or at least the first one since the 1970s, if you insist on counting the brief Vanguard deployment as “a real missile-defense system.”) Sometime between now and the end of this month, operators at Alaska’s Ft. Greely will flick a switch and turn the system on. When it happens, we’ll all be a bit safer in the event of a rogue strike from North Korea. Moreover, President Bush will have a good news day — sort of. The media will want to debate the system’s effectiveness, and item no. 1 on their list of talking points will be this decision to delay an intercept test until after the election.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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