The Missile-Defense Standoff

American Voices ISSUE 37•26 Aug 1, 2001

The U.S. and Russia are clashing over the Bush Administration's plans to develop a missile-defense system, which would defy 1972's ABM Treaty. What do you think?

  • “Good for Bush. I always thought Clinton was a little weak in the pissing- off-the-Russians-over- nuclear-weapons department.”

    Carl Cox –
    Systems Analyst

  • “Do you realize that the U.S. and Russia have held enough disarmament talks to bore the world to death 50 times over?”

    Dana Coleman –
    Homemaker

  • “I've got a missile-defense idea: We genetically engineer a race of bird-men to fly up and defuse the missiles with their beaks. That'd be cheaper and just as effective.”

    Irene Schmid –
    Arts Administrator

  • “Gee, George, way to telegraph the sneak attack. Now they'll totally know.”

    Bill Poulent –
    Cab Driver

  • “Speaking of which, don't use the can for a while. I just violated one hell of a B.M. Treaty myself.”

    Bobby Post –
    Landscaper

  • “As Kenny Rogers says, you gotta know when to hold 'em, know when to fold 'em; know when to walk away, know when to use humanity as a bargaining chip in a game of nuclear brinksmanship.”

    Don Banks –
    Podiatrist

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