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- 09:10am Mar 14, 2002 EST (#532
Bush Focuses On Cutting Nuclear Arms
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush is offering to turn
his verbal agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin on
large cuts in nuclear arsenals into ``a document that outlives
both of us.'' Bush's choice of words seemed to indicate a new
willingness to engage in detailed negotiations - although he steered
clear of that term - on aspects of nuclear arms reductions important
to the Russians.
Administration officials previously have expressed reluctance to
get into drawn-out negotiations, arguing that in the post-Cold War
world there is no need for such formal arms constraints.
Bush said he discussed the matter this week with Russian Defense
Minister Sergei Ivanov, who also met Wednesday with Defense
Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld. Ivanov was scheduled to see Secretary
of State Colin Powell and meet with CIA officials Thursday.
At a White House news conference, Bush said Wednesday his
administration also is willing to discuss with the Russians their
concern about his administration's plans to store, rather than
destroy, thousands of the nuclear warheads Bush intends to remove
from the active force over the next decade.
Bush said he hopes an arms agreement will be ready to sign when
he visits Putin in Russia in May.
Bush and his senior national security aides have said in the past
that because Russia is no longer an adversary, there is no need to
codify arms reductions. Putin, however, has pushed for a formal
In response to reporters' questions, Bush said his chief concern
in putting together a nuclear accord was ensuring that agreed
reductions could be verified by both governments.
``The most important thing, though, is verification - to make
sure that whatever decision is made, that there is open verification
so as to develop a level of trust,'' he said.
On the issue of requiring the destruction, rather than long-term
storage, of nuclear warheads removed from the active force, Bush
said this would require ``a lot of work,'' presumably by
``That in itself is going to take time, and that's got to be a
part of the equation as well,'' he said.
Bush said he was wary of ``those who are interested in making
sure that the Cold War relationship continues on.'' He did not
elaborate, but said the U.S.-Russia relationship is important.
``I also agree with President Putin that there needs to be a
document that outlives both of us,'' Bush said. ``What form that
comes in, we will discuss.'' He added: ``I'm confident that
President Putin is interested in making a deal, coming up with a
good arrangement that will codify a new relationship.''
Earlier Wednesday, Rumsfeld and Ivanov held a joint news
conference at the Pentagon.
Ivanov said Russia will not ignore ``international terrorists''
who have infiltrated neighboring Georgia. He said they are linked to
Osama bin Laden's al-Qaida terrorist network and are ``full of new
plans for terrorist operations.''
Ivanov said these terrorists had trained in Afghanistan,
``committed terrible crimes'' in the Russian breakaway province of
Chechnya, and are now in Georgia's remote Pankisi Gorge, only a
dozen or so miles from Russia's border.
``We cannot just sit and watch those activities indifferently,''
he said, adding that Moscow had provided the U.S. government a list
of hundreds of names of such people with links to al-Qaida.
At the Georgian government's invitation, the Pentagon is
preparing to send perhaps 150 troops to the former Soviet republic
to train its armed forces in counterterrorist operations. Some in
the Russian parliament have sharply criticized the plan, but Ivanov
gave no indication Wednesday that he opposed it.
- 09:15am Mar 14, 2002 EST (#533
- 09:18am Mar 14, 2002 EST (#534
Re pipeline .. would be interesting to see the NAMES of the
COMPANIES proposed to be involved in this work ..
- 01:54pm Mar 14, 2002 EST (#535
To see if it's clean from Bushes?;)
- 02:05pm Mar 14, 2002 EST (#536
formation of a muscular new organization, ''Americans for
Victory Over Terrorism.'' - http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/usatoday/20020313/pl_usatoday/3935754&printer=1
"Led by former Education secretary Bill Bennett, the
indefatigable crusader for virtue and conservative values, the group
stands ready to wage holy war against those who would weaken
America's resolve to fight terrorism. In his opening statement,
Bennett pledged to take this fight ''to campuses, salons, oratorical
societies, editorial pages and television.''
... Bennett even felt compelled to warn, ''There was more
unanimity and less dissent in the early days of the Vietnam War in
the early '60s than there is now.''
Did this nation asked and got an answer on "WHY ??? ''There
was more unanimity and less dissent in the early days of the Vietnam
War in the early '60s than there is now.''???
- 03:42pm Mar 14, 2002 EST (#537
His is not to reason 'why' ...
The qualities of anyone standing to be leader of the western
world are under discussion GU thread
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