The Cost of Underestimating Weapons of Mass Destruction
Richard Grenier oversimplifies the threat weapons of mass destruction pose to national security ("The Asian missile threat faces West," Op-Ed, July 24). He derides the "antique" Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty as the reason American cities are vulnerable to weapons of mass destruction.
Clearly, ABM systems are inconsistent with the ABM Treaty, an agreement the United States entered into and remains a party to freely and in good faith. If national security requires that we stop observing the treaty's limits, we should abrogate it as openly as we are now party to it.
However, the choice is not that simple. The ABM Treaty promotes stability in the strategic …
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Publication information: Article title: The Cost of Underestimating Weapons of Mass Destruction. Contributors: Not available. Newspaper title: The Washington Times (Washington, DC). Publication date: August 7, 1998. Page number: 18. © 2009 The Washington Times LLC. COPYRIGHT 1998 Gale Group.
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