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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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- 10:27pm Aug 21, 2001 EST (#7977
The patterns in
8/20/01 9:08pm . . MD7936 rshowalter
can show, beyond ANY reasonable doubt, that the missile defense
program can't work, for any sane military purpose, and that we have
to find our security in other ways.
I'll be working hard to prove that, and hope to do so with some
help from people with the power and resources to make
sufficiently persuasive proof happen.
We have other, better things to do with the money and the fine
engineers whose lives are being squandered on this program. Things
the world needs - that would serve the interests of the United
We're approaching "the end of the road" for the military
industrial complex that Eisenhower warned against so many years ago.
Some adjustments need to be made. And it can, and must, happen in
I'm out for tonight.
- 10:30pm Aug 21, 2001 EST (#7978
For the record.
September 25, 2000 was an interesting, busy day for me on this
thread -- my first day.
It ended at MD304 rshowalt
I made an offer that still stands.
The Cold War should be over.
We have better things, safer things, that we could be doing.
- 10:43pm Aug 21, 2001 EST (#7979
U.S. Sets Deadline for Settlement of ABM Argument by
PATRICK E. TYLER http://www.nytimes.com/2001/08/22/international/22MISS.html
"MOSCOW, Aug. 21 — A senior Bush administration
official said today that the United States had given Russia an
unofficial deadline of November to agree to changes in the
Antiballistic Missile Treaty or face a unilateral American
withdrawal from the arms control accord.
" Speaking in an interview on Russian radio
that will be aired on Wednesday evening, the official, John R.
Bolton, undersecretary of state for arms control and international
security, said after two days of talks with Russian officials that
the United States plans to resolve its strategy for withdrawing
from the treaty before Russia's president, Vladimir V. Putin,
visits Mr. Bush this fall.
" It was the first time a member of the Bush
administration has set a time limit for consultations that Mr.
Bush pledged to undertake with American allies, and with Russia
and China, before acting on his campaign pledge to develop a new
national missile defense system. Such a system contravenes the
1972 treaty, which was the first United States- Soviet arms
control agreement and was seen as the keystone of detente during
the cold war.
" In July, a senior Pentagon official told
members of Congress that an antimissile testing program would be
"bumping up against" the ABM Treaty in a matter of months.
" American withdrawal from the treaty, six
months after a formal notification to Moscow, would pave the way
for the start of construction of a missile defense test site in
Alaska. Ground-clearing for missile silos and a command center at
Fort Greely, 100 miles southeast of Fairbanks, is to begin this
week, a Pentagon spokesman announced today.
" Pam Bain, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon's
Ballistic Missile Defense Organization, said the administration
intends to begin building the missile silos as early as April.
" The Pentagon has also said a number of tests
are planned for early next year that might conflict with the
treaty, including using ship-based radar systems to track
intercontinental ballistic missiles.
" A senior Pentagon official expressed surprise
tonight when told of Mr. Bolton's remarks in Moscow, saying he did
not know of any decisions by the administration to give a
six-month notification of withdrawal in November.
" "I've never heard anyone say that before,"
the official said.
" John Rhinelander, a lawyer who advised ABM
negotiators in 1972 and is a leading arms control advocate, said
Mr. Bolton's remarks suggested that the administration was looking
for excuses to withdraw from the treaty unilaterally.
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