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Re: DSII Question- Obstacles

From: Thomas Barclay <Thomas.Barclay@s...>
Date: Thu, 19 Feb 1998 12:00:39 -0500
Subject: Re: DSII Question- Obstacles

Los spake thusly upon matters weighty: 

> The ban does not cover antitank mines OR command detonated mines like
> Claymores.

Good thing too. CDMs are an important part of defence of a position.

> Sort of reminds me of thae argument about how safe we all are now that
> weapons aren't targetted at anyone any more. Wow  it takes like 30
seconds to
> reporgramme targets into one of those things. Looks good on TV though
when the
> politicains are saying how safe we all are. WHatever.....

OTOH, isn't that a strictly technical answer? I suspect due to the 
politics and policy issues and the bureacracy involved in such a 
retargeting and the number of confirms etc that this is more than a 
30 second task. However, I assume these weapons aren't 'targetless' 
just differently tasked. Additionally, if we assume US had Russia 
targeted 40x over, retasking 39x leaves 1x still targetted.... 
enought to make a bad day for anyone on the receiving end....

(In short, I agree with you. I think retargeting is more than a 
political move, but I also think the idea that a unified USSR was 
more of a threat is a questionable one - Do I fear the large, 
predictable (mostly) Red Bear with the bomb who has a lot to lose if 
he starts a war, or do I fear 100 little Red/Blue/White/Green/? 
Bearlets that each have some bombs and a lot less to lose and a lot 
less experience in governance or international power plays..... I 
think the answer is the latter). 
Thomas Barclay
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