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BIG George W. getting ready to race!!!

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December 13, 2001 Posted: 7:22 PM EST (0022 GMT)


By Manuel Perez-Rivas

CNN Washington Bureau


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President

Bush said Thursday the United States

has notified Russia that it intends to

pull out of the 1972 Anti-Ballistic

Missile Treaty, starting a six-month

timetable for withdrawal and opening

the way for the creation of an

anti-missile defense system.


"Today I am giving formal notice to

Russia that the United States of America is

withdrawing from this almost 30-year-old

treaty," Bush said in the White House

Rose Garden. "I have concluded the ABM

treaty hinders our government's ability to

develop ways to protect our people from

future terrorist or rogue state missile



The announcement came after months of talks in which U.S. officials hoped to

persuade Russia to set the treaty aside and negotiate a new strategic agreement. But

a breakthrough did not materialize, and Bush decided to go ahead with a unilateral



Bush said he and Russian President Vladimir Putin "have also agreed that my

decision to withdraw from the treaty will not in any way undermine our new

relationship or Russian security."


The President of the United States has executive

authority to negotiate or withdraw the United States

from treaties without seeking congressional

approval. The Senate only has authority to ratify



In response to the White House announcement,

Putin said both countries should move quickly to

create a "new framework of our strategic

relationship." But he called Bush's decision to

abandon the treaty a "mistake."


Yet Putin, who went on national television in Russia

to address the nation, said the U.S. move "presents

no threat to the security of the Russian Federation."


The ABM pact, negotiated with the former Soviet

Union during the Cold War, specifically forbids

testing and deployment of a ballistic missile defense

system. Bush believes such a system is critical for

U.S. defense in the 21st century, and for months he

has advocated scrapping the ABM treaty, calling it a

relic from a much different time, a theme he

repeated on Thursday.


"The 1972 ABM treaty was signed by the United

States and the Soviet Union at a much different

time, in a vastly different world," he said. "One of

the signatories, the Soviet Union, no longer exists and neither does the hostility that

once led both our countries to keep thousands of nuclear weapons on hair-trigger

alert, pointed at each other."


Today, he said, both nations face different enemies. "Today, as the events of

September 11 made all too clear, the greatest threats to both our countries come not

from each other, or from other big powers in the world, but from terrorists who

strike without warning or rogue states who seek weapons of mass destruction,"

Bush said.


Some question consequences


Arms control advocates have argued against abrogating the ABM treaty, saying

amendments to allow the defense system tests should be negotiated with Moscow

and the treaty left in place.


Congressional Democrats greeted the news with skepticism. Some called Bush's

plan a misguided and poorly timed decision.


"We don't know what effect this will have yet. We do know that it poses some

serious questions regarding our relationship with our allies, with Russia and with

China, that we're going to have to consider very, very carefully," Senate Majority

Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota, said Thursday.


Daschle said he was concerned withdrawal from the ABM treaty could "rupture

relations with key countries around the world," and raises serious questions about

future arms races involving other countries.


Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Joseph Biden, D-Delaware,

admonished the White House on the Senate floor after Bush informed congressional

leaders of his plans on Wednesday. Biden said the move would cause an arms

buildup not just in Russia but also in Pakistan and India, increasing tensions in

southern Asia.


Biden later called Bush's priorities "out of whack." He said America should be

more worried about terrorists with weapons of mass destruction than countries with

long-range ballistic missiles.


"September 11 indicated our country is vulnerable," Biden said. "The thing we

remain the least vulnerable to is an ICBM attack from another nation."


Bush cites terrorism threat


The administration's position is just the opposite: The September 11 attacks

demonstrate that if rogue nations which support terrorists develop long-range

missiles, they would undoubtedly use them.


"We know that the terrorists and some of those who support them seek the ability

to deliver death and destruction to our doorstep via missile," Bush said Thursday.

"And we must have the freedom and the flexibility to develop effective defenses

against those attacks."


Still, some Democrats questioned the urgency to pull out, saying the missile

defense system could have been tested without breaching the ABM treaty. Daschle

said pulling out was "a high price to pay for testing that was not required this early

in the schedule for missile defenses."


But White House officials said missile defense testing would soon "bump" into the

ABM treaty, and the president felt it was best to proceed with withdrawal.


"All along, the United States has been concerned with the fact that the timetable to

develop a test to protect the country on missile defense was bumping into the ABM

Treaty. The bump was about to take place," said White House spokesman Ari



Therefore, he said, "the president's judgment was that the most productive way to

proceed to maintain good relations would be to proceed with clarity. And that

clarity is to move beyond the treaty so that the United States will not be inhibited

in any way of developing a robust testing system."


Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said the treaty is outdated and "does not reflect

the strategic realities of today."


"It did not and does not protect the American people from attack. It failed to

recognize that the Soviet Union is gone and that Russia is, of course, not our

enemy," he said.


Rumsfeld said he plans to meet with the Russian defense minister next week in

Brussels to continue discussions on what framework should replace the

longstanding treaty. Rumsfeld and other administration officials noted that Russia

and the U.S. have agreed to reduce offensive strategic nuclear weapons, and

relations between the two countries are good.


In Moscow on Thursday, Putin, for the first time publicly offered specifics in

response to Bush's plan to reduce the U.S. nuclear arsenal. Putin said the reduction

should be 1,500 to 2,200 warheads, a figure slightly lower than the one proposed

by Bush, who set it at 1,700 to 2,200.


Administration seeks to quell concerns


"We still have exactly the same attitude and approach that the president and

President Putin announced, and that is that we are looking forward, we're not

looking back. That we do not consider them an enemy. And that the basis that we

want to go forward is to find ways that we can deal with transparency and

predictability with respect to the behavior of each country on offensive and

defensive nuclear weapons," Rumsfeld said. "And we intend to do that."


Fleischer noted that Bush also consulted by telephone with the leaders of China,

Britain, France, Germany and Japan. He added that leaders of other countries,

including Spain, Italy, Hungary and Poland have expressed support for the move.


China's President Jiang Zemin, who has expressed perhaps the greatest concern over

the U.S. withdrawal, told Bush he "looked forward to further high-level dialogue

on the topic," Fleischer said.


The Chinese, who have a much smaller nuclear arsenal than Russia, are concerned

that the U.S. national missile defense plan could be used to block their missiles,

thereby upsetting the nuclear balance of power. Critics have said the move could

push China to add more nuclear weapons to its stockpile, reigniting the arms race.


But Bush sought to assure Jiang when they met in Shanghai this fall that

development of a national missile defense "is not a threat to China," Fleischer said.

"China, which can launch many [missiles], could not be stopped."


Administration officials have made efforts to ease worries in other nations as well.

During stops this week in Berlin, London and Paris, Powell tried to quell European

concerns about the consequences of scrapping the treaty, U.S. officials said.


"I don't see the basis for an arms race in anything that we have done," Powell said

Thursday. "I see a basis for increased strategic stability, and I look forward to

working with my Russian colleagues, as does Secretary Rumsfeld, in pursuing



Bush said he looks forward to visiting Moscow next year to continue working with

Putin to develop a new strategic relationship that will "last long beyond our

individual administrations, providing a foundation for peace for years to come."


"The Cold War is long gone," he said. "Today we leave behind one of its last

vestiges. But this is not a day for looking back. This is a day for looking forward

with hope and anticipation of greater prosperity and peace for Russians, for

Americans and for the entire world."

:confused: :confused: :confused: :confused: :confused:


why on earth would he do this it is nothing but bad news!!!!!!

anybody remember the sirens going off during school????

well get ready for it again!

:mad: :mad: :mad:

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