MISSILE DEFENSE POLITICS….By the way, the New York Times budget story I linked to in the previous post notes the following spending priorities:

  • Nondefense discretionary: 1% increase

  • Military: 7% increase

  • Counterterrorism: 10% increase

  • FBI: 11% increase

  • Missile defense: 13% increase

Why the enormous increase for missile defense? Because Bush is insistent that the first “test bed” system should be up and running by October 2004.

Hmmm, I wonder what’s so special about October 2004? Any guesses?

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