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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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- 01:43am Jul 24, 2001 EST (#7357
This is the book
- 02:12am Jul 24, 2001 EST (#7358
Graham the Publisher's Publisher.
- 08:44am Jul 24, 2001 EST (#7359
7/23/01 7:24am reads in part:
" 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.
Such actions are now well along.
Outside the United States, an old consensus, that the United
States was not only powerful, but wise, is crumbling very fast - -
nations that used to defer to us, with a little discussion, are
becoming, if not immune to Bush administration arguments, at least
inclined to discount them, rather than inclined to believe them. The
ratification of the Kyoto accords is an example. But there are other
examples of the US on the defensive, in ways that few would have
Germ Warfare Talks Open in London; U.S. Is the Pariah By
MICHAEL R. GORDON http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/24/international/24WEAP.html
Powell Defends U.S. Environmental Policy in Japan By
The Bush administration is making arguments that are neither
coherent, nor persuasive, nor morally acceptable to many - and
that's being reflected on the OpEd pages of The New York
Times again today.
MAD Isn't Crazy by THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/24/opinion/24FRIE.html
Isolated on Global Warming http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/24/opinion/24TUE1.html
- 08:48am Jul 24, 2001 EST (#7360
At the same time, the political forces in favor of
expenditure on missile defense are very great -- and for a
reason. Money, jobs, and the inertial of human lives built around
The main issue effecting political discourse isn't whether
missile defense works reasonably as a defensive strategy -- few
coherent arguments that it does, and that it makes sense in
proportion, are even made. But the military-industrial complex,
which accounts for $1500/year for every man woman and child in the
US, year after year -- has committed to it, and, if missile defense
were abandoned on its merits, as it should be, would have little
justification for its size. The military-industrial complex, and the
ideas that justify it, have a huge constituency in the United States
-- and that is driving
ANTIMISSILE POLITICS Democrats Try to Work Up a
Shield Plan of Their Own By JAMES DAO http://www.nytimes.com/2001/07/24/international/24MISS.html
The United States has gotten itself into an awkward situation,
practically, and morally.
Facing the realities involved, inside the United States, is
But looking at these realities is less difficult for other
nations. Very, very few of them have any net reason to support the
military-industrial complex of the United States, at its present
size, and with its current ideals.
That is coming to be widely understood, and widely accepted.
If Americans come to understand it, the whole world, including
the United States, will be a safer, richer, more hopeful place.
The money and the skilled manpower in the US military industrial
complex are now being largely wasted -- and need to be largely
redeployed to things that can work, and are useful.
- 09:14am Jul 24, 2001 EST (#7361
Interesting links ... by the time the USA wakes
up they'll be technological followers - not leaders.
- 09:27am Jul 24, 2001 EST (#7362
Another opening, another show
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