To hear the Communists tell it, the U.S. has surrounded Russia with thickets of poised missiles. The picture is highly inaccurate. As the principal defender of the free world, the U.S. necessarily maintains many military installations overseas— 2,230 of them, according to a Pentagon count. But most of them are clearly unaggressive — supply depots, radar-warning stations, and so forth, with no strike capability at all. In only three foreign countries, Britain, Italy and Turkey, has the U.S. deployed strategic missiles pointed toward Russia. These intermediate-range missiles (IRBMs) are considered obsolescent, and the installations will probably be dismantled within the next...

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