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  • Executive Memorandum posted April 8, 1999 by Thomas Moore White House Steps Back from National Missile Defense -- Again

    The Clinton Administration's antipathy toward anti-missile protection for the American people apparently runs so deep that it soon may reject the most significant national missile defense (NMD) legislation put forth in recent years. In the face of overwhelming public and congressional support for this legislation, however, President Bill Clinton and his national…

  • Executive Memorandum posted March 1, 1999 by Thomas Moore The Cochran-Inouye National Missile Defense Act: An Historic Opportunity

    The U.S. Senate soon will have an historic opportunity to reverse a decades-old policy of vulnerability and move America toward protection from long-range ballistic missiles carrying nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons. The National Missile Defense Act of 1999 (S. 257), co-sponsored by Senators Thad Cochran (R-MS) and Daniel K. Inouye (D-HI), would enact into…

  • Backgrounder posted December 14, 1998 by Kim R. Holmes, Ph.D., Thomas Moore Beware the Clinton Trap on Missile Defense

    After years of delay, it appears that President Bill Clinton may announce a decision to deploy a limited national missile defense, perhaps in his State of the Union message in January. Many supporters of missile defense will be tempted to view this as a victory. Their reason: Any defense of the American people from long-range missiles, however limited, is better than…

  • Backgrounder posted April 23, 1998 by Thomas Moore Flouting the Constitution: Clinton's New ABM Treaty Lacks Senate Consent

    The Clinton Administration is quietly implementing a package of arms control agreements that will have a profound impact on the ability of the United States to defend itself against ballistic missiles. In effect, these sweeping new agreements, signed in New York on September 26, 1997, will regenerate the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty between the United…

  • Backgrounder posted March 23, 1998 by Thomas Moore Americans Still Vulnerable to Missile Attack

    In February 1998, almost seven years after a Scud missile killed 29 U.S. soldiers in Dharan, Saudi Arabia, the United States was poised to go to war once again against Iraq--but without a missile defense that could insure such tragedies did not recur. The Iraqi missile that fell on Dharan in 1991 killed and wounded more U.S. soldiers than any other episode during…

  • Executive Summary posted March 23, 1998 by Thomas Moore BG1166es:15 Years and Counting: Why Americans Still are Vulnerableto Missile Attack

    On March 23, 1983, President Ronald Reagan launched the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) and raised the possibility of a new deterrence policy for the United States. Instead of deterring a nuclear attack by the Soviet Union through the threat of nuclear retaliation, President Reagan proposed using advanced technology to destroy enemy missiles in flight, to "save…

  • Executive Memorandum posted May 12, 1997 by Thomas Moore, Baker Spring The Senate's Right to Approve ABM Treaty Changes Must Be Upheld

    The Clinton Administration recently proposed a new agreement to replace the original partner (the defunct Soviet Union) of the United States in the original Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty with four successor countries: Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine. This agreement would "multilateralize" the ABM Treaty--a substantive change that would require the…

  • Backgrounder posted April 23, 1997 by Thomas Moore Six Faulty Reasons for Supporting the Chemical Weapons Convention

    INTRODUCTION This week the Senate will vote on ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). The vote will be a defining moment for this venerable institution to see if it will carry out its constitutional role properly in safeguarding the country's security. The Clinton Administration, with its allies and surrogates in the arms control community, has…

  • Commentary posted January 16, 1997 by Thomas Moore ED011697: Still Not Serious About Foreign and Defense Policy

    Americans hoping the second-term Clinton administration will get serious about foreign and defense policy are in for a big disappointment. In fact, as the 105th Congress prepares to tackle America's problems, lawmakers should heed the warnings of experts like former Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger, who says in his new book, "The Next War" (Regnery Publishers),…

  • Backgrounder posted February 1, 1996 by Thomas Moore, James Phillips Beware of Deploying U.S. Peacekeepers on the Golan Heights

    Introduction Israel long has sought a comprehensive peace with its Arab neighbors, and has made great progress since the landmark 1991 peace conference in Madrid. It signed a peace accord with the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1993 and concluded a peace treaty with Jordan in 1994. But negotiations with Syria have proceeded at a glacial pace. One of the…

  • Backgrounder Update posted December 15, 1995 by John Hi Lien, Thomas Moore Clinton's Bosnia Venture Threatens What It Is Supposed to Uphold - The Atlantic Alliance

    (Archived document, may contain errors) 12/15/95 267 CLINTON'S BOSNIA VENTURE THREATENS WHAT IT IS SUPPOSED TO UPHOLD-THE ATLANTIC ALLIANCE (Updating Backgrounder No. 10 12, "Don't Let Bosnia Destroy NATO," December 28, 1994.) Ayear ago, The Heritage Foundation warned that the North Atlantic Treaty Organization's credibility was being severely damaged by…

  • Executive Memorandum posted August 1, 1995 by Thomas Moore The Missile Defense Act of 1995: The Senate's Historic Opportunity

    Americans concerned about the growing threat of ballistic missiles can take comfort in the National Defense Authorization Bill for Fiscal Year 1996, S. 1026, recently reported from the Senate Armed Services Committee. Soon the full Senate will begin consideration of S. 1026, which contains a new Missile Defense Act. If enacted, it could infuse new life into the…

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