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Old 12-12-2001, 11:06 AM   #1
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Bush to quit ABM treaty

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Old 12-12-2001, 11:34 AM   #2
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I think it's a good move, especially in the light of recent events. And before any of you go on about how he's "breaking America's word" or whatever, I will tell you that there is a clause in the treaty that either side is allowed to pull out of the treaty as long as they give 6 months notice of the intention to do so.
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Haven't decided what I think about this yet. From what I know of the issue, I can see both pros and cons. I'll have to educate myself more about it, I suppose.
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Yes, you are correct in that Bush is abandoning the treaty, according to the clause, so, at least, he is doing that correct.

However, I question whether this is just another money sinkhole for technology that is decades away from reality. Let us remember the SDI in the 1980s, where hundreds of billions were wasted on a project that was later declared unfeasible. Are we also going to have the money to upgrade and maintain such a system?

Plus, do these "rogue nations" even have advanced enough missile systems that would require a missile shield? Even if we had a missile shield in place, it wouldn't have prevented September 11th, mind you.

I do fear that Bush himself is precipitating another Cold War, and he is clamoring for an enemy to target to justify billions in defense spending, which boost the income of his private defense contractor cronies. How better this money would be spent on our crumbling infrastructure, including our schools and our cities. Heck, with all the money we are spending on this shield likely, we could probably send everyone to college for free.

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Terrorists aren't going to go to the extreme time and expense of acquiring a nuclear missle and launching it from some country - even Afganastan wouldn't be stupid enough to paint a target on itself by permitting a public launch.

If they get a hold of a nuclear weapon, they will almost definately deliver it by conventional means. A truck, ship or small private plane. I mean, think about it......why wouldn't you? Is there any reason to choose a much more complicated, expensive, hard-to-conceal and time-consuming method?

No.

There is absolutely no reason why a terrorist would use a missle. It's not like we can even detect a nuclear device when it enters our country.

By the beginning of this year, North Korea wanted to talk about scrapping its missle program completely. Talks had been proceeding under the Clinton administration and it came to a point where they realized it might be better just to give the program up and get some much needed food aid.

What did Bush do?

He refused to talk to North Korea about eliminating the very threat he is supposidly so afraid of and then turned around and proposed funneling billions into the Missle Denfense Sheild.

He couldn't let North Korea get rid of its missles, he would lose 99% of his justification for the system.

What a fucking idiot!

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A agreement with the USA is worth nothing. So i am not surprised. Bush thinks that Russia will not protest a lot because the russians need help to keep they`re country alive. Money talks. And a missle defence system does not help against boxcutters anyway.
Rono, there was an agreement when this thing was written back in 1972 that this wasn't necessarily a permanent thing. Both parties were given in writing the option to pull out of the treaty anytime in teh future. Bush is invoking that clause. How is that breaking any agreement?

Of course a missle defense system doesn't defend against box cutters. What kind of a statement. It is designed to work against missles.

Seriously, Rono, your statement that "an agreement with the USA means nothing" surprises me. I really thought you were above that kind of blanket, totally untrue, hysteric statement.



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Of course a missle defense system doesn't defend against missles. What kind of a statement. It is designed to work against missles.
This reminds me of the "Bear Patrol" on the Simpsons...

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This reminds me of the "Bear Patrol" on the Simpsons...
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Doh!!! I meant to write "boxcutters" the first time and will now chaneg it. Thanks for catching me, melon.
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What is the definition of a 'Rogue Nation'?
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Well, I'm still immensely pissed off about the USA (or more specifically, BUSH) backing out of the Kyoto Protocol.

I think it was one of the most selfish, inconsiderate and long-term destructive acts any politician in the West has done recently.

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Rono, there was an agreement when this thing was written back in 1972 that this wasn't necessarily a permanent thing. Both parties were given in writing the option to pull out of the treaty anytime in teh future. Bush is invoking that clause. How is that breaking any agreement?

Of course a missle defense system doesn't defend against box cutters. What kind of a statement. It is designed to work against missles.

Seriously, Rono, your statement that "an agreement with the USA means nothing" surprises me. I really thought you were above that kind of blanket, totally untrue, hysteric statement.

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Having such a clause is for me a prove that you can make a agreement with the USA. But it is fun to see that the same politicans who where working with Bush sr. now finaly get what they want. I think that the usa politics are 15 years out of date.


And about the Boxcutters, i thought that Bush said, he wants that defence system to protect the country against terror states.

Well, i think it is a wrong move, especially in the light of recent events.
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A agreement with the USA is worth nothing. So i am not surprised. Bush thinks that Russia will not protest a lot because the russians need help to keep they`re country alive. Money talks. And a missle defence system does not help against boxcutters anyway.
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I think it's a bad move. Reading this thread there is apparently a clause in the treaty that allows a country to back out, so I won't challenge the legality of the move or US's untrustfulness. But it still is a bad move.
In my fears this will lead to another arms race, like there was before. Russia may have a crumbling military now, they may still try to find the need to develop ways to circumvent such a system. I believe there were talks last weekend between Powell and Poetin and again the point was made clear that Russia is against the installation of such a missile defense system. Another opponent is the EU, they also fear a new arms race is dooming should the US continue.

In light of recent events it also seems like a useless move. The USA isn't threatened by other countries who are planning to launch missiles. If there is a threat, it will be done with more conventional weapons or from the inside. And the shield is of no use to those threats.

I think this whole missile shield is for the glorious ego of Bush himself, to leave behind something to be remembered for. That's at least the impression I get when he bluntly cuts off any efforts for peace in some regions to advertise his missile shield. Yes, I'm refering to North-Korea.
I still don't understand it. There were talks between the two Koreas for the first time in many years, talks about improving the relationship. Appointments were made for further talks (you can never be too careful on the international diplomatic front), for opening the borders. As someone said, North-Korea wanted to hold/scrap its missile program. And then suddenly Bush calls North-Korea a rogue state and the whole situation goes back 40 years. Good move!
(BTW, as an aside question: are there still US troops in South-Korea? I really don't know if they're still there to protect the border)

OK, before I stray too far off, I will stop. I think I've made my point clear that I rather not see the ABM-Treaty being cancelled.

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Old 12-13-2001, 10:47 AM   #14
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Hell,

Well, Dubya has do it. http://www.cnn.com/2001/ALLPOLITICS/...abm/index.html
[b]Bush announces U.S. withdrawal from ABM treaty[b]

Hello arms race, hello tension in Asia, goodbye safe world.



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Old 12-13-2001, 10:53 AM   #15
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Let me pose a general question:

Do we want MAD (mutual assured destruction) to continue to be the doctrine that governs nuclear policy?

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