I take issue to your editorial.
You ascribe game-playing and less than sober thinking to the Defense Department regarding MX and Midgetman (Small ICBM). If there is any game-playing, it is on the part of those opposed to nuclear weapons under any circumstances.
The Defense Department recognizes that the Small ICBM recommended by the Scowcroft Commission is theoretically a good concept (so do the Soviets), but practically, when it came to deploy, would be opposed by similar arguments used against the mobile MX (the argument was not against "big" missiles, but any nuclear missiles.
Those who are opposed to buying more MX missiles today may support development of the Small ICBM because it's a delaying tactic--Small ICBM deployment is approximately seven years away. The Soviets have already deployed mobile ICBM systems.