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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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- 07:24am Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7315
If the United States government chooses to "go it alone" -- the
rest of the world will unite in ways important to peace, prosperity,
and ordinary human decency -- and the practical power of the US, for
all its huge expenditures for military force, will be shown to have
the limits they have.
If Russia takes positions that don't make sense to the rest of
the world, than don't fit the interests of the rest of the world,
she is powerless. But to the extent she does take stands in
the interest of the world, she will gain in respect and power -- and
in the kinds of cooperation she needs for prosperity.
And to the extent that the US takes positions, practical and
moral, such as the one expressed in a place where US government
involvement is to be presumed, in FLYING INTO TURBULENCE by
Peter Martin http://www.intellnet.org/news/articles/peter.martin.flying.into.turbulence.html
the United States will be showing the world that it does not deserve
a leadership role where either moral or practical judgement is
concerned. If Martin's sort of view is the kind that the United
States shows in words and action, the rest of the world, with plenty
of checks and balances available to it, will act on that knowledge.
To a quite noticible extent, that is happening now. I wonder
how many Americans would have voted for Bush, had they known how
quickly his actions would diminish the world prestige of the United
- 07:28am Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7316
The emporer has no brains.
1. Pro isolationist
3. Pro religious
6. Pro big
business, especially big oil.
7. Anti little man.
This is what was selected as POTUS.
- 08:38am Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7317
16 july 2001
- 08:55am Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7318
From NewsHour MISSILE DEFENSE TEST July 16, 2001
PHILIP COYLE: It demonstrated the first
capabilities that you would need to hit a bullet with a bullet, as
they say. It's like doing a hole in one when the hole is going
15,000 miles an hour. But in the future, we'll have to do that
same sort of thing where the hole is in the green with lots of
other flags and holes that look just like the real thing. So these
are decoys and countermeasures that an enemy might produce.
If you imagine what Coyle said, literally , you'll have a
clear sense of how practically hopeless these tests are
showing missile defense to be, with current technology - unless a
lot of miracles happen, and happen fast, and happen all together.
See the Coyle Report . . http://www.house.gov/reform/min/pdf/nmdcoylerep.pdf
, which covers tests and difficulties in damning detail, if you want
to see how hopeless. The program is a shuck -- not a workable
defense of the United States -- and the key people involved, unless
they are insane, have to know it.
Also from the same News Hour, an interesting quote from
LIEUTENANT GENERAL RONALD KADISH: The early
indications that we have... there's a lot more work to be done,
but the early indications that we have is that everything worked
in what we call a nominal mode, which is what is expected.
However, these tests take many weeks to deduce the data. But we
believe we have a successful test in all aspects at this time.
Unless Kadish's command is especially corrupt and incompentent,
Kadish had to have been informed of a crucial radar system failure
within minutes (hours at the most) and was lying (or choosing words
with exquisite care to convey a wrong impression) on national
Missile Interception Test Was Hit-and-Miss, Pentagon Reports
by JAMES DAO http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/19/national/19RADA.html
- 09:10am Jul 23, 2001 EST (#7319
" Can the military-industrial complex evade
clear answers, and, in practical effect, lie to the American
" Casts of characters are chosen.
" Someone of "total authority and integrity" lies,
or evades in a way that has the effect of a lie, and does so in
. And he is trusted.
This pattern, and attitudes connected to it, are in the process
of being confronted and controlled by other powerholders in the
world. There is a certain "loneliness of power" that the United
States should cower from deserving. MD2087 rshowalter
4/8/01 8:22am ... MD2586 rshowalter
Tyrannososaurus was a beast
that had no friends, to
say the least.
It ruled the ancient out-of-doors,
and slaughtered other dinosuars
from TYRANNOSAURUS WAS A BEAST: Dinosaur
Poems by Jack Prelustsky illustrated by Arnold Lobel ....
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