Archived News Articles: NMD and Foreign Policy
7/16/2001 From AP:
Bush to Repeat Kyoto, Defense Stance
By LAWRENCE L. KNUTSON, AP White House Correspondent
Monday July 16 3:47 PM ET
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Bush says he will renew his
defense of his positions on global warming and missile
defense during his second round of discussions with
European and other world leaders.
``On both issues I have made my positions clear,'' Bush
said Monday. ``People shouldn't doubt where the United
States stands.'' ...
7/17/2001 From Reuters:
Bush Stands Firm on Missile Defense And Kyoto
By Ralph Gowling
Tuesday July 17 7:41 PM ET
LONDON (Reuters) - President Bush said on Tuesday he
would not back down over his plans for a national
missile defense system or his opposition to the Kyoto
global warming pact.
Although Russia views the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile
(ABM) treaty as the cornerstone of strategic arms
control and opposes Bush's plans for a U.S. missile
defense system, the U.S. leader made clear he would not
let the ABM stand in his way.
``We should not adhere to a treaty that prevents the
United States and other freedom-loving people from
developing defenses -- not offensive weapons but
defenses,'' Bush told BBC television in an interview
before this weekend's Group of Eight summit in Genoa,
``I've made it very clear that the ABM treaty...we need
to set it aside, we need to move forward,'' he said. ...
7/17/2001 from Reuters and AP: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010717/pl/arms_usa_missiles_dc_4.html
Pentagon Presses Congress for Anti-Missile Support
By John Whitesides
Tuesday July 17 2:01 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Top Pentagon officials warned
Congress on Tuesday that failure to pay fully for
research on a missile defense system could impair the
administration's ability to negotiate a new arms pact
with Russia. ...
China Leader: Security Is Treaty Goal
By VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV, Associated Press Writer
MOSCOW (AP) - A day after the two nuclear powers
reiterated their opposition to U.S. plans to deploy a
missile defense shield, visiting Chinese President Jiang
Zemin said Tuesday the new 20-year friendship treaty
between Moscow and Beijing was aimed at protecting
``No country can build its security by abridging the
security interests of other nations,'' Jiang told
students at Moscow State University where he was joined
by Russian President Vladimir Putin. ...
7/18/2001 from Reuters and ABC: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010718/ts/crime_usa_warning_dc_4.html
U.S. Warns of 'Terrorist' Threat in Gulf Area
...``The United States government has strong indications
that individuals may be planning imminent terrorist
actions against U.S. interests in the Arabian
peninsula,'' the State Department said in a statement.
The peninsula comprises Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain,
Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman and Yemen. ...
U.S. Upgrades Terrorism Warning
" ... Sources told ABCNEWS that the information the
government has received suggests two possible sites for
an attack - Saudi Arabia and Kuwait - and indicates a
terror assault could occur Thursday.
The sources said the quality of the information is good.
It is derived from a coded message believed to have been
sent to a very important operative in Osama bin Laden's
organization, a person suspected of heavy involvement in
coordinating terrorist attacks in the past, the sources
said. ... "
7/18/2001 from AP:
Laser Anti-Missile Test Planned
By ROBERT BURNS, AP Military Writer
Wednesday July 18 2:44 PM ET
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Pentagon is on track to
attempt the first shooting down of a ballistic missile
by an airborne laser weapon as early as 2003, an Air
Force officer (Col. James Forrest, deputy director of
the program)said Wednesday. ...
The airborne laser is among several laser technologies
the Bush administration is developing in pursuit of a
missile defense system with global reach. The Pentagon
also is in the early stages of developing a space-based
laser, although officials working on that project said
Wednesday it could not be ready before 2020. ...
The administration hopes this interceptor could be ready
for limited use by 2004. In the meantime, it is pressing
ahead with more futuristic technologies using lasers and
other forms of directed energy.
Forrest spoke to reporters at an Army-sponsored missile
defense forum where other officials on Tuesday said the
Pentagon is planning to conduct the first-ever test of a
space-based interceptor in 2005 or 2006.
The interceptor would be a projectile launched from an
orbiting space vehicle and would be designed to destroy
its target by ramming it. The laser, while also based in
space, would use an intense beam of light to burn a hole
in the target missile's fuel tanks, thus destroying it.
Forrest said the first Boeing 747 to be equipped with a
laser is being modified at the company's plant in
Wichita, Kan.; it is due to make its first flight in
Two months later, it is to be delivered to Edwards Air
Force Base, Calif., where six laser modules will be
placed aboard. ...
Next year the Pentagon is to begin building a test
facility at the Stennis Space Center in Mississippi for
work on the space-based laser.
The Pentagon also is developing a laser weapon it hopes
can be deployed aboard Army Humvee utility vehicles for
use against short-range targets like rockets, artillery,
mortars, pilotless aircraft and helicopters, officials
said. This work is being done jointly with Israel.
7/19/2001 from the Westchester County Weekly:
Star Wars Inc. - the men and the money behind space weaponry
Call them the Star Wars Lobby, but understand that their
ties to key congressmen and officials in the executive
branch make them much more than a lobbying group.
By Edward Ericson, Jr.
America's looming--if not inevitable--plan to spend $100
billion dollars or more on "missile defense" is the
result not of sober analysis and enlightened leadership,
but of single-minded lobbying by a few large and
medium-sized defense contractors and a small coterie of
determined men, many of whom have close business
relationships to those companies. ...
7/19/2001 from Common Dreams News Center:
Media Deception & Iraq
by Jeffrey Weiss
Published on Wednesday, July 11, 2001
7/24/2001 from AP:
Carter Criticizes Bush's Term
Tuesday July 24 3:32 PM ET
PLAINS, Ga. (AP) - In a rare instance of one former
president criticizing a current one, Jimmy Carter is
taking issue with just about everything George W. Bush
has done in office.
Carter criticizes Bush for not pressuring Israel to
withdraw from the Gaza Strip, for threatening to abandon
the anti-ballistic missile treaty and for not supporting
human rights more strongly. He says Bush has ignored
moderates in both parties and calls Bush's proposed
missile defense shield a ``technologically ridiculous''
idea that will ``re-escalate the nuclear arms race.''
``I have been disappointed in almost everything he has
done,'' Carter told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer in an
interview last week from his home in Plains. Carter also
was critical of President Clinton during the fellow
Democrat's administration, calling the Monica Lewinsky
scandal an embarrassment and disparaging Clinton's
policy in North Korea and Haiti. ...
7/24/2001 from Vermont's Bernie Sanders:
For Immediate Release, JULY 18, 2001
Sanders Stunned By Fed Chairman Greenspan's Admission
That He Would Abolish The Minimum Wage
WASHINGTON - Congressman Bernard Sanders (I-VT) was
stunned today by the remarks of Federal Reserve
Chairman, Alan Greenspan during his appearance before
the House Financial Services Committee. When asked by
Sanders if he was in support of abolishing the minimum
wage, Greenspan replied, "I would say that if I had my
choice, the answer is, of course, yes." ...
7/24/2001 from USA Today:
Bush vows to push missile defense if Putin slow on agreement
Analysts warn president needs deal with Russia
By Laurence McQuillan and Bill Nichols
President Bush said Monday that ''time is of the
essence'' in reaching a deal on a U.S. missile-defense
shield, and he vowed to proceed with the controversial
system if agreement with Russian President Vladimir
Putin is not reached quickly. ...
* His comments Monday were a clear effort to counter
complaints from proponents of a missile shield that
talks with Russia could be drawn out indefinitely to
delay a U.S. missile defense. ''There is a considerable
danger that what Mr. Putin has in mind is less a set of
discussions that will clear the way for American missile
defenses than a setup designed to ensure that goal is
never realized,'' the Center for Security Policy warned
Monday. The center in Washington is a think tank
directed by Frank Gaffney, who was an assistant
secretary of Defense in the Reagan administration. ...
7/24/2001 from The Nando Times (AP):
Bush looking for quick agreement on framework for
arms control talks
By ANGELA CHARLTON, Associated Press
ROME (July 23, 2001 10:10 a.m. EDT) - President Bush
said Monday that he is looking to reach quick agreement
with Russia on a framework for new arms control talks,
but will allow President Vladimir Putin and European
allies "ample time" to get used to the idea of scrapping
a nearly 30-year-old arms treaty. "I've told President
Putin that time matters, that I want to reach an accord
sooner rather than later," Bush told reporters during a
news conference here with Italian Premier Silvio
"The Russian position is that we should maneuver through
sophisticated diplomatic positions to where the United
States will be forced to abrogate the treaty, and we
will expose the United States as a crude aggressor,"
said Moscow defense analyst Pavel Felgenhauer. "And then
Russia will do nothing because the Kremlin knows there's
no military threat coming from the American missile
defense, at least for the next 20 years." ...
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