My friend and colleague Ian Roxborough draws from a fund of expertise in military matters rare among our Dissent circle. He properly points out some unanswered questions in my exposition; let me try to return the compliment.
Two kinds of issues are at stake here— technical and political. Roxborough argues that “it may be more costly to keep the peace than to wage a cold war,” and goes on to detail how U.S. military forces and procurement would have to change in order to meet this challenge. As a matter of military calculation, all this is convincing....
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