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President Bush and the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty

Uploaded by Christin_Dangel on Feb 10, 2002

When the Cold War came to a finish in 1972, the Soviet Union and the United States of America knew some sort of action needed to be taken to evade a nuclear war in the future. The U.S. wanted an agreement with the Soviet Union for the limitation of “strategic offensive arms”. From this dilemma, the Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty was produced, and signed, by both countries to put an end to their aggression towards each other and to limit anti-ballistic missile systems designed to defend against strategic ballistic missiles. After nearly 30 years of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty being in effect, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, and extenuating circumstances taking place in the United States, President George W. Bush has made the right decision to pull out of the treaty.

Although it was made for the purpose of preventing countries to acquire an anti-missile defense system, that was in the past and things are dissimilar now. Time has changed, and along with it, so have methods of defense. Many events have occurred in the previous thirty years that make the treaty out of date, so President Bush made the correct decision for our nation by making the choice to remove the U.S. from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

The ABM Treaty may have banned anti-ballistic missile systems, but it did allow the research, development and limited deployment of some type of ground-based anti-ballistic missile system. However, this was written and signed with the idea of a certain type of technological approach in mind at the time and since then, technology has greatly advanced. Other countries have recently given the United States reasonability to be removed from this treaty. The United States government has obviously considered alternatives and has taken the correct actions to guard this country.

A number of terrorist attacks against the United States have taken place over the years, when this system could have possibly prevented some them. A build up of arms has begun between the U.S. and European countries to cause America to believe, beyond reasonable doubt, that an anti-ballistic missile system is the preeminent option for citizens of this country. September 11th, 2001, is just one example that the United States has first-rate reason to be against the treaty and find better ways to protect the U.S.

President George W. Bush, although only beginning the second year of his Presidency, was forced to make this decision...

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Uploaded by:   Christin_Dangel

Date:   02/10/2002

Category:   Politics

Length:   3 pages (770 words)

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