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Golden Oldie: The Day the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty Died

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OK, so it lacks Don McLean’s songcraft, but it was a decade ago Wednesday that the U.S. walked away from 1972’s ABM treaty with the Soviets. Despite predictions from arms controllers that the sky would fall, not much has happened.

Sure, the Treasury is lighter by $100 billion or so, but we did that to ourselves by building a missile shield to defend the West Coast from the all-but non-existent threat from North Korea. Now there’s debate about constructing a similar system on the East Coast, to defend against non-existent missiles from Iran. The Heritage Foundation is noting the anniversary with a confab to discuss future missile-defense efforts. Cheers!

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