Archived News Articles: NMD and Foreign Policy
8/24/2001 from AP at The Washington Post:
Bush Moves to Abandon Arms Treaty
By Sonya Ross, Associated Press Writer
Friday, August 24, 2001; 2:11 AM
CRAWFORD, Texas -- Forging ahead with plans to build a
missile defense shield, President Bush has tapped a
staunch supporter of this administration priority for
his new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Bush was
to announce Friday that he will nominate Air Force Gen.
Richard Myers as Joint Chiefs chairman after meeting
with Myers and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld for
an update on continuing efforts to overhaul the nation's military. ...
Bush was close-mouthed with reporters Thursday when
asked whether Myers was indeed his choice for Joint
Chiefs chairman. But Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., a
member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said an
Air Force contact told him that Myers had been selected.
"It's far enough along we can call it official," Inhofe
said in an interview. He said Myers' strong support of
missile defense enhanced Myers' chances. "I wanted to be
sure we got someone who understands we're under a very
great stress today because we have no defense system,"
Inhofe said. "I can't think of anyone who is going to be
harder for it than Richard Myers."
Inhofe said Myers' extensive background in Asian
affairs, as a former commander of Pacific Air Forces and
earlier as commander of U.S. forces in Japan, is also an
asset. "This leads me to believe that he understands
that China is probably our greatest next threat. I
believe that to be true, and he knows more about China
and Asia than probably anyone else who would have been
chosen," Inhofe said. ...
8/24/2001 from The Washington Post:
Empire or Not? A Quiet Debate Over U.S. Role
By Thomas E. Ricks, Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 21, 2001; Page A01
Retired Air Force Sgt. Charged With Espionage
By Brooke A. Masters, Washington Post Staff Writer
Friday, August 24, 2001; 4:28 PM
8/24/2001 At Pravda:
ANSWERING THE 'WOLFOWITZ DOCTRINE'
8/24/2001 from AP:
China Urges Bush on Missile Defense
BEIJING (AP) - China urged President Bush on Friday to
heed international concerns and act cautiously after he
said the United States would withdraw from the
Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. ...
8/24/2001 from Reuters and all:
U.S. and China Wrap Up Missile Talks in Beijing
Thursday August 23 11:56 PM ET
BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the United States have
ended talks on missile proliferation after the U.S. side
said it was not fully satisfied China would stick to a
pledge not to spread its ballistic missile technology. ...
US arms experts arrive in Beijing for missile talks
The Bush administration has despatched negotiators to
Beijing to investigate whether Chinese firms have been
selling nuclear technology to Pakistan
US arms experts started talks in Beijing yesterday on
allegations that China has violated a pledge not to
spread ballistic missile technology, the US embassy
China says it has stuck by its commitments on missile
proliferation and demands that the US lift a ban on
issuing licenses for US satellite exports to China in
exchange. But the White House is likely to delay
indefinitely a decision to remove the ban until it is
satisfied by China's assurances, US officials say. ...
U.S., China Discuss Missiles
By TED ANTHONY, Associated Press Writer
8/24/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010823/ts/arms_nuclear_silo_dc_1.html
U.S. to Explode Last Missile Silo Under Arms Treaty
PETERSBURG, N.D. (Reuters) - The U.S. military prepared
on Thursday to blow up an underground Minuteman missile
silo on the plains of North Dakota, the last such
destruction under a Cold War-era treaty between the
United States and the former Soviet Union. Air Force
officials said they would set off 800 pounds of
explosives on Friday to destroy the silo, which once
held a nuclear guided missile.
The silo near Grand Forks Air Force Base in North Dakota
is the last to be demolished under the first Strategic
Arms Reduction Treaty, known as START I.
Under the agreement, the groundwork of which was
negotiated in the 1980s by former U.S. President Ronald
Reagan and former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, each
side committed to reducing nuclear warheads in their
intercontinental ballistic missile forces to no more
than 6,000 each. The deal was signed in 1991 by
Gorbachev and former U.S. President George Bush and took
effect in December 1994. …
9/3/2001 from The New York Times:
Putin, Sizing Up Bush, Says the Retinue 'Makes the King'
By PATRICK E. TYLER
September 3, 2001
... Speaking to the Finnish interviewer, Mr. Putin
expressed concern that the United States under Mr. Bush
might be taking the position that "America is so strong
that it does not need any negotiations and any
agreements." He said this represents the "most extreme"
and "toughest" approach to international relations. …
9/4/2001 from The Washington Times at FAS:
The Big Chill
Anti-leak Proposal Threatens Good Government
by Steven Aftergood
9/4/2001 from The New York Times:
U.S. Germ Warfare Research Pushes Treaty Limits
By THE NEW YORK TIMES
This article was reported and written by Judith Miller,
Stephen Engelberg and William J. Broad.
9/5/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010904/sc/space_europe_dc_1.html
Astrium Chief Calls for More European Space Effort
Tuesday September 4 7:15 PM ET
PARIS (Reuters) - The Chairman of Europe's space
consortium Astrium called on Europe to increase its
space capacity to better meet 21st century defense
requirements and establish a distinct European defense
``Our capacity to wage war will be more and more space
intensive,'' Armand Carlier told a conference on
``This will entail not only space intelligence and
communications but an anti-missile defense. Satellites
are at the heart of the battlefield,'' he said. ...
U.S. Says Missile Shield Should Not Hurt Relations
By Stephanie Nebehay
Tuesday September 4 6:47 AM ET
GENEVA (Reuters) - The United States on Tuesday
reaffirmed its right to develop an anti-missile defense
shield which it said should not stand in the way of its
relations with Russia or China.
U.S. ambassador Robert Gray also called for the United
States and Russia to develop a new security framework
following an agreement between their leaders to launch
the process. Washington hoped the dialogue would be
fruitful, he added. ...
9/5/2001 from Reuters: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/nm/20010905/pl/russia_usa_iran_dc_1.html
U.S. Official: Russians Help Iran with Arms Programs
By Jonathan Wright
Wednesday September 5 1:46 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russian companies continue to
help Iran develop nuclear, chemical and biological
weapons, in some cases by allowing Russian scientists to
go to Iran, a senior U.S. official said Wednesday.
``We still see evidence that Russian enterprises are
helping Iran develop the expertise to produce WMD
(weapons of mass destruction). ... That still is a sore
point in our relations,'' said the official, who asked
not to be named.
9/7/2001 at Salon.com News:
The backward Bushies
The White House has started a new arms race using old, Cold War logic.
By Arianna Huffington
9/9/2001 from AP and Reuters:
Rumsfeld Defends Missile Defense
Updated: Sun, Sep 09 3:42 PM EDT
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld
said Sunday he would recommend that President Bush veto
a military spending bill that cuts $1.3 billion from his
request for missile defense and restricts testing. ...
Last week, the Democratic-run Senate Armed Services
Committee voted along party lines to reduce by $1.3
billion Bush's request to increase missile defense funds
by $3 billion, to $8.3 billion. The legislation also
would limit the president's ability to conduct missile
defense activities that would violate the 1972
Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty with Russia. ...
The president's national security adviser, Condoleezza
Rice, said "there's a lot of work to do" in consulting
with Russia, China and U.S. allies. The United States
will make an offer that "we think is appropriate. ... We
hope it's an offer they can't refuse," she said on NBC's
"Meet the Press."
Defense Chief Unsure of U.S.-Russia Missile Talks
Sunday September 9 12:16 PM ET
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld
said on Sunday it was ``not knowable'' whether talks
with Russia to alter a landmark nuclear deterrence pact
would succeed by year's end. ...
U.S. national security adviser Condoleezza Rice told
NBC's ''Meet the Press'' program that the president felt
he had to move beyond the ``very restrictive'' ABM
treaty that prohibits missile defense tests in order to
have a robust testing and evaluation program. ``It is
very important to move beyond the treaty,'' she said
while acknowledging there was ``a lot of work'' to do.
``We are going to make to the Russians and others an
offer about a new strategic framework that we think is
appropriate ... we hope it is an offer they can't
refuse,'' Rice said. ...
9/10/2001 from AP: http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/ap/20010909/pl/missile_defense_alaska_3.html
Missile Silos Proposed for Alaska
By JOHN J. LUMPKIN, Associated Press Writer
Sunday September 9 10:03 PM ET
... the military envisions a missile range spanning
most of the north Pacific Ocean. Sites at Fort Greely,
Kodiak Island, and Shemya, Alaska, would augment the
existing test range that runs between Kwajalein in the
Marshall Islands and Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. ...
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