Re "Plan to Quit ABM Treaty Called Timely," Dec. 13: If George W. Bush thinks that his questionable election gave him a mandate to end the Antiballistic Missile Treaty and begin the testing and buildup of nuclear arms all over again, he's crazier than I thought. There has been no debate about this issue in our society, and if Bush thinks there was, he lost it by 200,000 votes.
Bush, Dick Cheney, John Ashcroft, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz--these people are all in the war business, not the peace business. Cheney's former company even constructs front-line bases and facilities for the military. He's a war professional. Now, these same men are about to resume the arms race and militarize outer space. Everyone else in the world favors building on the ABM treaty, while we alone pursue a path of destructive rearmament.
The Times writes about the "timeliness" of Bush's announcement. That's just politics. The idea itself stinks. Americans should be taking to the streets to protest this shameful travesty.
The president says the Sept. 11 attacks prove that we need anti-missile defenses (Dec. 12). Did I miss something? Those attacks proved to me how easy and cheap it would be to bypass such defenses. I have heard no credible argument for abandoning the ABM treaty. The emperor is wearing no rationale.