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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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- 03:13pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7912
A WEEK'S NYT COVERAGE OF MISSILE DEFENSE
Miscommunication in Moscow http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/15/opinion/15WED2.html
After all the bonhomie between George W. Bush and Russia's
president, Vladimir Putin, the frosty arms talks between American
and Russian officials in Moscow this week were disappointing.
Russians Resist Rumsfeld Effort to Set Aside ABM Treaty By
THOM SHANKER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/14/international/14RUMS.html
The defense secretary met President Vladimir V. Putin and his
defense minister for talks that highlighted disagreements over
whether to deploy missile defenses, how to slash nuclear arsenals
and whether arms control talks can even be the tool to bridge their
Remembering a Tax Cut, and Revisiting a Debate By TODD S.
Michael Reagan, son of former President Ronald Reagan, marked
the 20th anniversary of his father's landmark tax reductions.
Our Best Defense To the Editor: http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/13/opinion/L13MISS.html
Moscow's Differences With U.S. Apparent During Talks By
THOM SHANKER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/13/international/13CND-RUMS.html
" Disagreements over missile defense and arms
control were at the forefront of a meeting today.....
" It was a day in which Mr. Putin spoke of
negotiations, and Mr. Rumsfeld spoke of consultations to create a
new relationship in which treaties are unnecessary.
" When Sergei B. Ivanov, the Russian defense
minister, said any deployment of missile defenses must be tightly
linked to reducing warheads, Mr. Rumsfeld only agreed that the two
issues were related.
Rumsfeld Puts Missile Plan on Table Monday in Moscow By
THOM SHANKER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/13/international/europe/13RUMS.html
Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld arrived in Moscow on
Monday to discuss a new strategic military framework with Russia.
15 Antimissile Protesters Face Felony Charges By THE NEW
YORK TIMES http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/12/national/12PROT.html
A federal grand jury has charged 15 Greenpeace activists
arrested in a protest of the Star Wars program last month with
A New Threat to the President's Agenda: The Tax Cut By
RICHARD W. STEVENSON http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/12/weekinreview/12STEV.html
Two months after he signed it into law, the tax cut now
threatens to complicate the rest of President Bush's agenda and
expose him to political peril.
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And, I think importantly,
The President's Textual Relations By KENNETH CMIEL http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/19/weekinreview/19CMIE.html
An article very connected to issues of negotiation dealt with on
"YET unlike a pugnacious talk show host, Mr. Bush
was looking to conciliate. That is what made his neutral
recitation of the different sides so important. At least on this
issue, Mr. Bush can't affirm community by calling the nation back
to its common core, the way Washington, Lincoln or Roosevelt did.
The divides are too deep.
"Here, though, the nation can find community by
listening to each other.
- 03:22pm Aug 19, 2001 EST (#7913
" Mr. Bush can't affirm community by calling
the nation back to its common core, the way Washington, Lincoln or
Roosevelt did. The divides are too deep.
That makes it essential that we agree on "islands of fact"
on which we base important decisions. However we happen to feel
Unless we can do that, we are no community at all, and are
engaged in defrauding each other.
On the key technical issues about missile defense, the key
technical facts can be established. Set out in public,
subject to examination from all sides. Well explained. Set out
beyond any reasonable doubt. Set out in ways that should be
persuasive, to politicians and voters as they are.
This can be done in institutionally credible ways.
There are reasons why this needs to be done -- and can be -- and
why the motivations of powerful, responsible, public spirited actors
are arranging themselves so that I believe that it will be.
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