After months of hints and winks about its plan for national missile defense, in july the bush administration began revealing what it had in mind. To its many critics in the United States and the rest of the world, the glimpse of the future was not comforting. Many had wondered whether the new system was aimed at Russia and China, or at “rogue states” like North Korea and Iraq. But the primary target turned out to be the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.
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