Last July, a U.S. prototype anti-ballistic missile weapon failed to destroy its target, a Minuteman ballistic missile, thereby causing President Clinton to make the politically pragmatic decision to pass on to the next administration the tough choice of whether or not to proceed with deploying an unproven missile defense system. With the start of the Bush administration, the "shooting" really will begin. Many countries, including several of this nation's European allies, oppose deployment of a missile defense system, claiming that any such U.S. missile shield would violate the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty, lead the United States to act unilaterally in the foreign affairs, and leave them exposed to retaliation.
Missile Defense Exposes Real Fears
By Robert J. Peterson