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    Missile Defense

Technology has always found its greatest consumer in a nation's war and defense efforts. Since the last attempts at a "Star Wars" defense system, has technology changed considerably enough to make the latest Missile Defense initiatives more successful? Can such an application of science be successful? Is a militarized space inevitable, necessary or impossible?

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rshow55 - 11:57am Oct 27, 2002 EST (# 5306 of 5307) Delete Message
Can we do a better job of finding truth? YES. Click "rshow55" for some things Lchic and I have done and worked for on this thread.

The sermon is about judgement - - in an uncertain world.

I personally wish that some distinguished Americans would listen to this sermon. Including the gisterme who is so often hostile to any workable notion of human empathy or clear communication.

The terrible things that Eisenhower warned against in his Farewell Address have happened , and Americans, and people all over the world who care for decency and survival, have to deal with them.

If American triumphs are to be credited to Americans, some horrors do to.

The CSIS Board, Counselors, and Advisers include people of overwhelming influence, achievement, and experience in an established, interlocking system of trusted and tested people.

I wish people of this level of rank, and with these associations, would listen to this sermon. Here are some CSIS people:

Sam Nunn - - David M. Abshire - - Anne Armstrong

George L. Argyros - - Carla A. Hills - - Betty Beene - - Ray L. Hunt - - Reginald K. Brack
Henry A. Kissinger - - William E. Brock - - Donald B. Marron - -Harold Brown - - Felix G. Rohatyn
Zbigniew Brzezinski - - Charles A. Sanders - - William S. Cohen - - James R. Schlesinger
J. Michael Cook - - William A. Schreyer - - Ralph Cossa - - Brent Scowcroft - - Douglas N. Daft
Murray Weidenbaum - - Robert A. Day - - Dolores D. Wharton - -Richard Fairbanks
Frederick B. Whittemore - - Michael P. Galvin - - James Woolsey - - Joseph T. Gorman
Amos A. Jordan - - John J. Hamre - - Leonard H. Marks - - Robert S. Strauss

William E. Brock - - Henry A. Kissinger - - Harold Brown - - Sam Nunn
Zbigniew Brzezinski - - James R. Schlesinger - - William S. Cohen
Brent Scowcroft - - Richard Fairbanks

Senior Advisers:
J. Carter Beese - - Amos A. Jordan - - Bradley D. Belt - - John Kornblum
James M. Bodner - - Robert H. Kupperman - - Stanton H. Burnett - - Laurence Martin
Richard R. Burt - - Thomas F. (Mack) McLarty - - Wesley K. Clark - - Walter Slocombe
William K. Clark, Jr. - - Robert Tyrer - - Arnaud de Borchgrave - - Anthony Zinni
Diana Lady Dougan - - Luis E. Giusti - - Fred C. Iklé (Distinguished Scholar in Residence)

Corporate Officers:
John J. Hamre - - Robin Niblett - - Kurt Campbell - - Brenda W. Palmer - - Erik R. Peterson
Judy L. Harbaugh - - Jay C. Farrar - - M. Jon Vondracek

Bob Ebel - - Paul Hewitt - - Sherman E. Katz - - Shireen T. Hunter - - James A. Lewis
Joseph V. Montville - - Erik R. Peterson - - William A. Schreyer - - Anne Solomon Sidney Weintraub

International Security:
Anthony H. Cordesman - - Arnaud de Borchgrave - - Kurt Campbell - - Michèle Flournoy
Anne Witkowsky - - Walter Laqueur

J. Stephen Morrison, Director Georges A. Fauriol Gerrit Gong William T. Breer Ralph Cossa Simon Serfaty Janusz Bugajski Judith Kipper Celeste A. Wallander Teresita C. Schaffer Bulent Aliriza, Director

Could these people, who must be, in essential ways "part of the solution" also be, in other ways, "part of the problem." ?

With patterns of secrecy and intricate defense in place, the issue is not effectively discussable.

In dialog with gisterme I've been struck, again and again, by what I've regarded as an amazing reluctance to admit that Americans could be even partially at fault for the ills of the world, or for the agonies of people. I've seen what I've felt to be a stunning reluctance to consider the possibility that Americans might have to rethink patterns, and change.

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