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Britain must stop America's national missile defense plans

A year ago, it seemed quite a sensible and modest proposal: a limited national missile defence of the US, just sufficient to deal with a small number of long-range ballistic missiles that might be lobbed at the US by “rogue states” intent on blackmail. The system would not be big enough to upset the balance of deterrence on which peace between the nuclear powers has been maintained for nearly 40 years. It could not protect the US if, for instance, Russia were to launch a full-scale attack on it. But it did seem to offer a way to deal with…

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