Coyle Strikes Again: Missile Shield Skeptic Rattles On

Excerpt: If conservatives are having trouble motivating themselves to vote this November, they might keep in mind that a Democrat victory could mean the return of Philip Coyle to the Pentagon. An inveterate missile defense skeptic, Coyle is usually presented by the media as if he were a dispassionate scientist offering objective, if harsh, expert opinions. A typical reference in an April 17th Reuters story about Coyle’s recent congressional testimony identified him as having “served from 1994 to 2001 as an assistant secretary of defense and the head of Pentagon arms testing.” With credentials like those, his testimony that a missile shield is both unworkable and unnecessary sounds like a pretty compelling indictment of Bush administration policy.

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