TITLE

Bombs Away

AUTHOR(S)
Crowley, Michael
PUB. DATE
September 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;9/1/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 9, p14
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
It seems safe to assume that Curt Weldon is the only member of the United States Congress who carries his own nuclear weapon. Not a real one, of course, but a decidedly realistic replica. Weldon is a longtime connoisseur of terrorism nightmares. For much of the past decade leading up to 2003, he has been perhaps Congress's most ferocious advocate for a national missile defense system. Weldon is an internationalist who prefers negotiating with unsavory foreign leaders to fighting them. In fact, Weldon can sound rather like a liberal when it comes to diplomacy. Although some Democrats find Weldon a bully, others see him as a refreshing independent thinker in a dogmatic Republican Party House of Representatives. It is little surprise, then, that President George W. Bush administration hawks tried to thwart a planned Weldon visit to Pyongyang, North Korea in May 2003. Weldon's plan calls for incremental concessions by both the United States and North Korea, leading to an end to North Korea's nuclear and missile programs in return for a U.S. nonaggression pledge and up to $40 billion in international economic aid.
ACCESSION #
10644188

 

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