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Bush / Missile Defense System #196890

ABC Evening News for Tuesday, May 01, 2001
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) Report introduced.

(White House: Terry Moran) President Bush's outline for a missile defense system reviewed; details given of concerns that a new arms race with China or Russia could be triggered. [At the National Defense University, BUSH - says we need a new framework to counter the threats of today's world; says the '72 treaty enshrines the past; adds he told Russian President Vladimir Putin to think beyond the old days.] [Senator John KERRY - calls Bush's announcement "silly."]

(Studio: Peter Jennings) Admission from Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld that the missile system does not have to be foolproof noted.

(Pentagon: John McWethy) The limits of the costly Bush-proposed defense system examined; details given of the development status on aspects of the system. [Carnegie Non-Proliferation Project Joseph CIRINCIONE - says they are trying to present the system as a "scarecrow" deterrent.] [Senator Jon KYL - comments on the system.] [MIT professor Theodore POSTOL - calls Bush's proposals "bewildering" because the science and technology are unproven.]

Jennings, Peter;
McWethy, John;
Moran, Terry

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