F.R. Duplantier reporting Behind The Headlines
Week of:
February 20, 2000
Gravest Threat: Long-range Missiles

F.R. Duplantier

by: F.R. Duplantier

"Long-range missiles are the only weapons against which the Clinton Administration has decided, as a matter of policy, not to field any defense."

"The most dangerous security threat facing the United States comes from long-range, nuclear-armed missiles that could reach American soil," warn Baker Spring and James Anderson of the Heritage Foundation. They emphasize that this grave threat "stems not only from the fact that these weapons are the most destructive ever created, but also from a decision by the Clinton Administration to extend the Cold War policy of purposeful vulnerability to these weapons."

Spring and Anderson are the authors of a chapter on missile defense in the Heritage Foundation's new briefing book for Presidential and Congressional candidates, called Issues 2000. "Many issues of critical importance to national security are debated in Congress," the two defense analysts acknowledge. "None, however, is as important as the Administration's counterproductive policy toward missile defense. The outcome of this debate," say Spring and Anderson, "will affect the very survival of the United States. If Russia or China launched even a small portion of their missile arsenals at the United States today, millions of Americans would die and millions more would be wounded within minutes."

According to Spring and Anderson, the growing threat of missile attack "derives, first and foremost, from long-range missiles already possessed by China and Russia. It involves not only the possibility of their intentional use, but also the potential for accidental or unauthorized launches. Some 20 Third World countries have or may be developing weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile delivery systems," they report. "The list of countries stockpiling such weapons includes Iran, Iraq, and North Korea."

Spring and Anderson argue that the first order of business for the next Administration and the next Congress is to discard the policy of "purposeful vulnerability" and begin rapid deployment of a missile defense system, as required by the National Missile Defense Act of 1999. "The old ABM Treaty," they affirm, "barred the deployment of a missile defense system capable of defending all U.S. territory and established the policy of intentional vulnerability. But the purpose for this vulnerability," Spring and Anderson emphasize, "evaporated with the dissolution of the Soviet Union."

What we need now are leaders who value American security above personal and partisan interests. That leaves Al Gore out. He may just be the most arrogant, irresponsible, and corrupt candidate ever to run for President. Oh yes, that includes Bill Clinton. Al Gore, after all -- Al Gore Jr., that is -- is a second-generation influence peddler. He's following in his father's footsteps. His father, Al Gore Sr., was perfectly willing to put his own interests above those of our nation, and to jeopardize our security in exchange for filthy lucre. Al Jr. learned his lesson well: There's quite a lot of money to be made, and power amassed, as an unregistered agent of foreign influence. Al Gore wasn't tainted by his association with Bill Clinton. He was tainted already. Instead of rewarding him with a four-year term, let's give him (and Bill) what he deserves: a life sentence.

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