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|Can anyone guess incorrectly who the enemies are?|
|07/19/01 at 17:54:15|
|Enemies who threaten Israel & Russia.. i wonder who they could be?|
Copyright 2001 U.S. Newswire, Inc.
July 18, 2001 Wednesday
SECTION: National Desk
LENGTH: 2072 words
HEADLINE: Transcript of Remarks by President Bush In Roundtable Interview With Foreign Press July 17 (2/3)
DATELINE: WASHINGTON, July 18
THE PRESIDENT: I can understand nations that share a large border wanting to work on a friendship agreement. It makes sense to me.
First, let me say we did have a very constructive meeting in Slovenia. It was a very forthright, very straightforward, very open discussion about issues. And I made it very clear to Mr. Putin that Russia is no longer our nation's enemy. And, therefore, I don't think -- the "therefore" of that is that we should not view each other with suspicion, that we ought to think seriously about working together to get rid of a document that codified a Cold War distrust. That's what the ABM Treaty was. It was a document, when Russia and America divided the world into armed camps and we stared each other down with missiles.
I've spoken very clearly to the President that it's time for new leadership to develop a new strategic framework for peace. The threats that the ABM Treaty addressed no longer exists; no longer exists. There are new threats, new forms of terror: cyberterrorism, fundamentalist extremists, extremism that certainly threatens
us, threatens Israel, who is our strong ally and friend, threatens Russia. We've got to deal with it. The threat in Europe at sometime, perhaps. We must deal with that issue. And one way to do that is coordinate security arrangements, is to talk about how to -- as to how to deal with the new threats, but also is to be able to have the
capacity to rid the world of blackmail, terrorist blackmail.
And so we had to have the capacity to shoot somebody's missile down if they threatened us. It's a defense, as opposed to relying on peace -- but with offensive weapons, why don't we think about developing defensive systems. So I've read with interest the statements, I've been reading with interest the statements by a lot of
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