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David Krieger, president of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation, hopes to stimulate discussion about nuclear disarmament. He says:
It looks as though the United States is determined to enter the new millennium with no change in its policy regarding nuclear weapons. According to Presidential Decision Directive (PDD) 60, nuclear weapons remain the cornerstone of our security policy. When the history of our time is written, I hope that we will have come far enough that the failure of the Clinton Administration to provide any leadership or to act in this area will be understood as its greatest failure. It is a failure not only of Clinton and his Administration, but of the American people. We can't seem to grasp that this issue, above all others, expresses our immorality, our lack of respect for international law and for humanity, and undermines our democracy and our future. We have also failed to keep the promises we made for good faith negotiations on nuclear disarmament as far back as 1968, when we signed the Non-Proliferation Treaty. In our present military policies, nuclear and otherwise, we are showing increasing disregard, even contempt, for international law. Academics have a major responsibility for providing the so-called intellectual underpinning for our present policies.
Some key figures of past US Administrations have reached similar conclusions, such as Robert McNamara, General Lee Butler and, most recently, Paul Nitze.
I have little doubt that if we don't rethink and recast our security policies, we are headed toward disasters of unparalleled proportions, and the US will pay a terrible price in the future. I offer these comments and the short papers attached to encourage discussion of this issue by WAIS.
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Ronald Hilton - 12/11/99