TITLE

COMMENT: Bombs Away

PUB. DATE
November 1991
SOURCE
Progressive;Nov91, Vol. 55 Issue 11, p7
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article presents the author's opinion on the announcement of reductions in nuclear weaponry by U.S. President George Bush in September 1990. It was, indeed, as the president proclaimed, an occasion when he seized and made the most of a historic opportunity. But the opportunity Bush exploited was, in fact, the opportunity to put on a razzle-dazzle show--a surprise that would win media plaudits and uncritical appreciation. And the unfortunate likelihood is that Bush's proclamation of what the news media called sweeping reductions in weaponry will diminish the pressures at home and abroad for real steps toward nuclear disarmament and a world free of military coercion. The genius of Bush's new arms policy is that he can apparently have it both ways, at least for the moment. At the same time, he caters to the needs of America's military economy and preserves the imperial objective by sustaining and expanding the major strategic-weapons systems. And while doing so, he wins praises as a statesman and peacemaker. We should not allow ourselves to be fooled. So far as the menace of nuclear weapons is concerned, the goal is still one that has never even passed the president's lips in a whisper: the total elimination of nuclear arms. But there is an even larger and more urgent goal: The renunciation of military force as an instrument of national policy.
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10543878

 

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