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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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- 07:29pm Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7514
" We've had a lot of Dr. Strangelove in our
international arrangements. Maybe we can't do away with all of it,
though I think we can.
" But we could use some of the Mary Poppins
virtues, too. "
Plenty of ugliness, all around. No getting rid of all of it. But
we can do better -- with fewer negatives, and more positives. To do
it, again and again, we need more of a sense of proportion.
A sense of the quantitative -- a sense of the core mathematical
question, which is "how much?"
Disproportion is ugly and there's plenty of it.
I wish that Bush and his high officers, when they found things
getting ugly, would think harder about the ideas they were basing
their decisions on. They could be wrong - - in both a practical and
moral sense. The two kinds of "wrong" go together pretty often.
I wish for the same about Putin, as well. He needs to assess the
size of his risks, his costs, and his opportunities.
- 07:56pm Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7515
Alex : sounds as if there's scope for a book entitled The
international deplomacists book of ettiquette .. red-ribboned
complimentry copies of which might be handed to arrogant visiting
In Aussie arrogance equates with 'The tall poppy syndrome' .. if
folks get 'too big for their boots' they're downsized.
Things are gearing up down-town, for Ted Turner's games - with a
weightlifting sector Showalter - if only Ted has sent you a
complimentary ticket ... supposed to be the world's best event. The
top Aussie weight lifters used to have USSR addresses. Hard to
understand why anyone would want to 'lift' now the fork-lift truck
is so readily available !? We have a female Aussie-Russo high jumper
who's our number one darling! She'll get marketing deals .. but ..
hairy weight lifters .. not noticed any on the advertising circuit!
Post Ted's World Games Lizzie and the Commonwealth Conference
steam into town. Did you know that this is now a loose affiliation,
and lots of countries opt to join - who never flew the union jack.
They go to meet leaders, network, and 'learn' re problem solving -
as applies to their particular situations. This is the area of work
that Lizzie likes .. sounds as if she's a catalyst for fixing and
solving - and that's her joy.
Police on local 'protest' crowd control will NOT carry guns -
they usually do. Tourism matters.
- 08:07pm Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7516
The USA economy is running at 1982 levels - little leaguing
Bush saying that the tax cut will help the economy, but, didn't
the high returns go to those not in need ... and those with needs -
so much so that they hadn't paid tax - got nothing.
- 08:20pm Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7517
Ideas matter. Power depends, very often, and in the long term,
decisively, on ideas that people are actually willing to commit to.
. . . MD7078-79 rshowalter
Arrogance matters -- a nation state that holds others in contempt
weakens itself, because other nation states have real power --
individually and collectively MD7449 lunarchick
7/26/01 8:22am . . and Americans, supported by "respectable"
institutions, can forget this -- vitiating US power FLYING INTO
TURBULENCE by Peter Martin http://www.intellnet.org/news/articles/peter.martin.flying.into.turbulence.html
And viewpoints, both nationally and internationally, do shift
7/27/01 10:45am ... MD7495 rshowalter
7/27/01 11:02am ... MD7497 rshowalter
7/27/01 11:09am ... MD7499 rshowalter
The most powerful approach, quite often, for both individual and
nation states that live in interdependent worlds ( all of them) is
one that they can be proud of, both among themselves and in relation
to their public.
7/26/01 5:09am ... MD7448 rshowalter
To flaunt that public opinion doesn't dissipate all power -- but
it does reduce power, and strengthen adversaries.
- 08:26pm Jul 27, 2001 EST (#7518
Looking at the USA and trade, the farming lobby votes for the
right (?), and the Republicans want to repay them. The general
public like cheap goods in the shops - as per China supply line. The
WTO China post above showed that America has a desire to TRADE.
If the Missile situation is just a gruesome-ploy-play, and below
and beyond that, the issue is trade. The question for Russia is how
to trade with the USA - now that Hammer(search) isn't around anymore
to conduct complex batar.
The Americans want-in with franchaise, business and commerce.
These relate to refined business process.
Russia is educated, smart, and has a unique culture - which they
could harvest into marketing product. If it's simple to turn the
clock back to 1963 for status matters, why not hit the 1900 mark for
tradition and marketable culture and trademarking. The business
processes could be looked at and refined - along with use of
sophisticated database 'enterprise' systems - to give winning
systems. Ultimately wealth comes in part from the development and
application of advanced process. (Heaps of scope for this in China
too). The USA don't have a monopoly re power - it's derived from
doing lots of things in the 'smartest' way.
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