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Whatever the rest of the world says, the US will build a national missile defence. Here's why - and what it means

By John Barry   March 2001

World leaders from Tony Blair to Vladimir Putin talk as if the issue is still unresolved. They act as if their arguments – or threats – could still have an impact. It isn’t so. The debate in the US is over. The US is going to build a national missile defence.

Sure, the left (such as it is) will demonstrate. The arms control community will protest about abandoning the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty and prophesy a new arms race. The New York Times will echo the New York chattering classes and denounce the decision. But nobody in Washington will…

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