The Dangerous Allure of Arms Control; Negotiate without a Clear Baseline of What Forces Are Needed?
Byline: John Bolton, SPECIAL TO THE WASHINGTON TIMES
The Ringwraiths of arms control are again with us, returned from well-deserved obscurity, and back in the saddle in Washington. Through public statements and private preparations the Obama administration is signaling clearly that its approach to Russia will center on Cold War-era arms control precepts and objectives.
Although the Washington-Moscow relationship has, at Moscow's behest, become increasingly contentious and unpleasant, arms control is an odd and backward-looking way to try to improve relations and ameliorate Russia's objectionable international conduct. A long Cold War history demonstrates that arms control tends to make the relationship even more adversarial than it needs to be, concentrates attention on peripheral issues, and fails to deliver the security that …
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Publication information: Article title: The Dangerous Allure of Arms Control; Negotiate without a Clear Baseline of What Forces Are Needed?. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: February 27, 2009. Page number: A25. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 2009 Gale Group.
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