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Trick or Treaty

Thursday, 03 May 2001 12:00 AM

Even before President George W. Bush announced U.S. plans for development and deployment of a National Missile Defense (NMD) plan, the political left and its media comrades were squealing about the ABM Treaty signed in 1972.

"How can we," they whined, "just back out of an agreement with the Soviet Union? After all, we made a commitment!"

Yeah, except for one small detail: THERE IS NO SOVIET UNION ANYMORE!

And of course 30 years ago the prevailing theory for avoiding nuclear war was that "mutually assured destruction" was the best deterrent.

Yet Bill Clinton proceeded to ink further agreements with Russia and several other former Soviet states based on that outmoded ABM theory, contrary to international and U.S. law.

So here we are, faced with a growing and varied nuclear threat, and the left would have us honor an agreement that is no longer valid – legally or politically – just to placate China, North Korea, Iran, Iraq and others who feel threatened at the prospect that we will be able to defend ourselves against a nuclear attack.

President Bush is right and he has demonstrated leadership and courage in moving the U.S. toward a realistic approach for our defense in the 21st century.

The left has also been less than honest in its portrayal of the ill-conceived Kyoto Treaty that was recently wisely disavowed by President Bush.

Media liberals have been bemoaning the president's action while purposely keeping silent about the truth: that the Senate voted unanimously to reject the treaty as untenable and unfair to the U.S. in a 95-0 vote.

By refusing to place this nation at a grave economic disadvantage, the president demonstrated the kind of backbone that had been AWOL for the past eight years.

It's amazing what a straightforward, honest leader can mean for achieving real accomplishments as opposed to a two-bit pol only seeking to make himself look good, most often at our expense.

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Dan Frisa represented New York in the United States Congress and served four terms in the New York State Assembly.

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