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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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- 11:42pm Jul 22, 2001 EST (#7309
Despite Rice's credentials in the new Bush foreign policy team,
it is retired General Powell who is expected to have the biggest
clout in international affairs by dint of his overall popularity,
long-term experience in the politics of Washington, and extensive
Powell is generally considered to be cautious in foreign affairs,
having opposed American military intervention in Kosovo and strongly
resisted the American effort to save Kuwait after Iraq’s invasion in
While his views on China are not well-known, he is a proponent of
greater trade with the country, and he has pledged to try to work
with China and not view it as an adversary.
"We will work with those nations in the world that are
transforming themselves, nations such as China and Russia," he said
at a brief press conference after his nomination on Dec. 16. "We
will work with them not as potential enemies and not as adversaries,
but not yet as strategic partners, but as nations that are seeking
"We will have areas of agreement and areas of difference, and we
will discuss them in rational ways, letting then know of our values,
letting them know of the principles that we hold dear," Powell said.
Powell also took a cautious stance on a National Missile Defense
system, which Bush has pledged to build. While he supports the
defense shield as an "essential part of our overall strategic force
posture," Powell said that the new administration would have to make
a "full assessment of the state of technology" before going ahead.
He also said before any decision is made, the United States would
have to hold discussions with its allies and with "other nations in
the world that possess strategic offensive weapons," including,
presumably, China. Powell said such negotiations would be "tough."
With Beijing strongly opposed to the proposed missile shield,
Powell's cautious stance could help ease a major irritant in
- 11:47pm Jul 22, 2001 EST (#7310
USA Senators for Bwsh-Putin dialogue .. http://www.chinaonline.com/reuters/China/07_22_2001.reulb-story-bcgrouprussiausacongress.html
- 12:25am Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7311
May I suggest to lunarchick to cut down on his feverish activity
and stop polluting this forum. Very few people are unemployed these
days to have time to click through your links. If you have nothing
to say, it's no shame.
- 01:06am Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7312
The very subject of this forum is nothing, but not too subtle
political provocation: "Russian military leaders have expressed
Russian military and political leaders are nothing but a bunch of
incompetent, corrupt nonentities. The European position made them
realize that they have a bargaining power to exchange their
concession to NMD for cash and in the process to gain some kind of
respect from their population. Given the way they have run economy
and war in Chechnya it's like getting a lot for nothing.
Hopefully, Bush administration understands this too. The best way
to deal with the Russian goverment is to make to them abundantly
clear that if they don't collaborate they will get no cash to steal
and even more derision and disrespect from their own people for
being total impotents, which they are. If they do collaborate,
however, they will get to travel to the world conferences, treated
like equals, which they are not, and have some little cash on the
side. I think, Putin begins to understand these rules. He is just
trying to see what is the maximal price he can get for playing his
- 07:11am Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7313
Levin, this thread is being effective, and every now and again,
postings expressing the sorts of opinions you express make clear why
it is needed.
To the extent that you express views the Bush administration
stands for, you are isolating the United States, and diminishing its
moral and practical power.
- 07:18am Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7314
The emporer has no brains.
Bush is a damn fool, and is using inept Russia as a ploy to push
his destabilizing missile defense system, which is both a danger to
us(remember all of our recent accidents?), and a threat to many
other nations, who consider the U.S. an aggressive, not a passive
state. They will thus increase their own armaments and defense
weaponry, thus igniting a new arms race.
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