May 8, 2000
Dear President Bill Clinton,
You have a few months left to give the people of this country something of lasting value--a world working towards peace through disarmament. This is the only political treasure worth having, or passing on to our citizens as your legacy. Peace through weapons is the lie that has killed millions down the millennia.
I heard the very depressing commentary of Daniel Schorr on NPR, May 1st [I hope you will listen to it if you haven't already--see web address below]*. He describes the machinations of these nuclear death star true believers, and how they've completely lame-ducked you on disarmament. Don't let them do this. You can banish the influence of those who've been sitting in smoke-filled rooms endlessly planning more deadly missiles to protect their scandalous wealth.
Say right now that there will be no Star Wars ABM system--limited or not. What need for further tests in June, or ever? Go to Russia, more a statesman than any we've had in the past 100 years, and negotiate deep reductions in nuclear weapons beyond START II into START III, until they are finished, gone. And we can begin to base our national security on something other than the most lethal machines ever devised, and start having a real peace dividend--work on health, education, and creative ecologically responsible energy technology, becoming true leaders of a free world.
Depiction of projected weapons control from space. Donald Rumsfeld was chairman of this report's commission, until nominated for Secretary of Defense by President-Elect Bush on Dec. 28, 2000
Take time to listen to this year 2000, Daniel Schorr [died last month] report, on the almost impossible U.S. politics of nuclear disarmament.
This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron." --President Eisenhower, 1953