Nu­clear fears be­ing re­al­ized

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor - STAN­LEY OR­MAN Rockville, Mary­land EU­GENE FOX Plano, Texas

The re­cent piece by Dov Zakheim (“Meet­ing Rus­sia’s new nu­clear chal­lenge,” Web, Oct. 29) is not just timely; it is way over­due. We were the au­thors of a com­men­tary piece in The Wash­ing­ton Times (“MARS for de­fense,” Dec. 30, 2008) that ad­vo­cated the need for a new con­cept of se­cu­rity we called a “mea­sured as­sured re­sponse strat­egy” (MARS). It was in re­sponse to our recog­ni­tion that na­tions pos­sess­ing nu­clear weapons would not dis­arm and that oth­ers would con­tinue to seek nu­clear ca­pa­bil­i­ties. Our con­cern was that the lack of will­ing­ness of Amer­i­can, Bri­tish and French gov­ern­ments to au­tho­rize fund­ing for new nu­clear war­heads would lead to a less sta­ble world.

Our con­cerns were ig­nored then, and we fear that the gen­uine prob­lems ex­pressed by Mr. Zakheim will be sim­i­larly ig­nored now by an ad­min­is­tra­tion that has been con­sis­tently out-thought and out-ma­neu­vered by Rus­sia. We have to hope that the Repub­li­can nom­i­nee who emerges from the pack takes no­tice of the need ex­pressed by Mr. Zakheim, since we can be cer­tain that no Demo­crat will take heed.

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