White House Senior Advisor David Axelrod spoke with Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace on yesterday morning, and clarified what had previously been an incoherent policy on missile defense and global threats to America and our allies:

Well, I think that, uh, uh, missile defen-, the the missile, the the President has said, that he is, uh, that he is willing to embrace, wants to embrace missile defense if it’s necess-, necessary, uh, uh, if it’s cost effective, and if it works, and he has never, uh, taken that off the table.

He went on to inform Fox viewers that the President’s policy of protecting America is based on the strategy of hoping for nuclear weapons to simply go away.

Our goal should be a world in which, uh, you don’t need those systems because the weapons, uh, have been eliminated.