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Russian military leaders have expressed concern about US plans
for a national missile defense system. Will defense technology be
limited by possibilities for a strategic imbalance? Is this just SDI
all over again?
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- 11:26am Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1600
Russia to U.S.: Lets Improve Ties - http://www.newsday.com/ap/text/international/ap396.htm
- 11:35am Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1601
Very good, and balanced response.
Let me comment about some previous postings, and get right back
- 11:36am Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1602
I've read the articles pointed out in almarst-2001
The fact is, I don't know enough about the circumstances to be
sure of what to say, except for this right now.
The European countries, and Russia, need to consider responses
that serve THEIR INTERESTS - and serve them in a way that can be
clearly explained and justified to others ( but certainly to
THEMSELVES ) insofar as possible.
There may no longer be a reason for NATO - if the US combines
great coercive power with irresponsibility, patterns of
exploitation, bad faith, and stupidity -- as can sometimes seem to
be the case, then other NATO countries have an interest in
withdrawing support from NATO, on a careful, incremental
basis and going their own way -- under terms where the US remains a
friend, but becomes less of a master.
WWII was a long time ago, and the Cold War ought to be
The idea that Europeans "need" the US for military activities is
an absurdity only possible for people with a naive and narrow sense
of what readily available and readily designable weapons can do.
- 11:38am Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1603
On intelligence matters, I think Russia should think very hard,
not about the usages of the past, which have often misled her, but
about usages that could work for the future. For example - would the
US, to avoid some mutually destructive tit-for-tat , permit
additional staffing on the following terms?
. Russia would be permitted additional staffing,
of as many people as she wished, of Russian consulates with people
who had ALL their phone calls and contacts with Americans
monitored, with the monitoring being made available to American
government agencies - and with contacts with any American national
subject to "chaperoning" by US agents if this were desired, but
with no other social or economic restrictions?
I think this would be in the interest of both countries, and
might be a good reciprocal basis of interrellations under many
circumstances. It would give Russia FAR better intelligence than she
has now, and do so without deception. There may be many other ideas.
But my main point is that Russia should play cards dealt her in her
REAL national interest. Not according to "written and unwritten
rules" of a secret game that has not worked well for either Russia,
or the world.
- 11:39am Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1604
The point about deficiencies in NYT coverage pointed out in almarst-2001
3/27/01 10:42pm seem well taken. But a great paper can show many
traits, including contradictory traits, at the same time, even on
closely related issues. It is interesting to ask "why"-- others will
judge this better than I possibly could.
- 11:55am Mar 28, 2001 EST (#1605
to U.S.: Lets Improve Ties ............AP international
MOSCOW (AP) -- Russia and the United States
should move beyond a spy scandal that has shaken relations over
the past week and work to improve ties, Russia's Foreign Ministry
said Wednesday. ........The statement came a day after Russia gave
the U.S. Embassy the names of four American diplomats to be
expelled from Moscow, in retaliation for a U.S. decision to expel
50 Russian diplomats from Washington. ........Moscow welcomes
''the American side's desire to put today's difficult moment in
Russian-American relations behind us, and work toward their
improvement and development,'' the statement said.
............That was the ''principled and consistent position of
Russia and its leadership from the very beginning,'' the statement
said. ........Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said Wednesday
that he spoke with U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell in a
telephone conversation late Tuesday. ............''We would also
like to believe that this matter is exhausted and closed, and that
we can get back to work and conduct a constructive dialogue on all
issues that interest us both, of which there are very many,''
Ivanov told reporters in Moscow.
ALL SENSIBLE RESPONSES !
Especially .... ''We would also like to believe that this
matter is exhausted and closed, and that we can get back to work and
conduct a constructive dialogue on all issues that interest us both,
of which there are very many,''
Very many indeed.
Americans and Russians need to be able to talk to each other, at
many levels in their necessarily complicated, necessarily
different sociotechnical systems, so that they can
both become more open, productive societies, in their
internal dealings, and in interaction -- and so serve the causes of
prosperity and peace.
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