Monday, October 04, 2004
Our President talks about our yet to be rolled out missile defenses:
...Bush has promoted the system while campaigning for re-election.
"We want to continue to perfect this system, so we say to those tyrants who believe they can blackmail America and the free world: You fire; we're going to shoot it down," he said during a stop at Ridley Park, Pa., on Aug. 17.
Military officials are less sanguine, stressing that the initial system will be modest and limited in capability but will improve over time.
Critics of the system, such as Philip Coyle, the Pentagon's former chief of testing, say Bush is wrong.
"Of course we don't have any capability to do that," he said. "For the president to sort of dare them (to fire missiles) is really misleading and even reckless."...
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