Defense: The Missile Gap

In the presidential-election year of 1960, Democrats charged that the Republican Administration had imperiled the nation by permitting a "gap" to grow between the U.S. and Russia in the development of long-range missiles. That turned out to be wrong.

In the presidential-election year of 1964, it is Republicans, notably Barry Goldwater, who are talking about a missile gap. Goldwater insists that there is a crucial difference between the actual reliability of U.S. missiles and the promises made about them by officials of the Democratic Administration. Last week, despite a previous public rebuke...

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