Ten years ago this month, I was working on my first big story on missile-defense for National Review. It described how a troubled program came back from the brink of elimination. Here’s the final graf:
Opinion polls suggest that most Americans believe that the United States already has missile-defense capabilities. If the formidable opponents of missile defense have their way, the public will continue to be mistaken. If programs like THAAD are given enough support, however, they will eventually-perhaps within the next ten years-prove the people right.
A decade later, the United States does indeed have a rudimentary missile-defense system–not nearly robust enough, but a lot better than nothing.