The Corner

Pleasant Surprise

Howard Dean isn’t a total nincompoop on missile defense or space security. The Council for a Livable World has responses to its candidate survey here. “Effective missile defense will be an important part of a Dean Administration’s national and homeland security strategy,” says Dean. On milspace, Dean writes: “Technological development in space will continue and we should not reduce the technological advantages that our military enjoys by prohibiting the use of space for military activities.” What’s most amazing is that in contrast to the other Democrats–even Joe Lieberman–Dean doesn’t call for a ban on weapons in space. I wouldn’t necessarily trust him to push for their development, but it looks as though he’s to the right of the Dem field on this issue.

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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