Bob Dole Stands on Missile Defense
United States Cannot Protect Itself From Missile Attacks
If a terrorist group or rogue state launched a missile with a nuclear, chemical
or biological warhead at the United States, most Americans think that our
military could destroy it. That is not true.
We currently do not have the ability to shoot down even a single ballistic
missile before it reaches the United States.
Bob Dole Will Build a National Missile
That is why Bob Dole introduced the Defend America Act in Congress this year.
The Act would require a national missile defense system by the year 2003 to
protect Americans from foreign missiles. The technology to create the system is
available and affordable.
As President, Bob Dole will deploy an effective national missile defense system
which will keep Americans free from nuclear intimidation and reduce the
incentive of rogue regimes to acquire weapons of mass destruction.
Bill Clinton Stands in the Way Defending
Unfortunately, President Clinton has thwarted all efforts to use our
technological ability to shoot down incoming missiles:
- He vetoed the 1996 Defense
Authorization Bill, which made it U.S. policy to create a national missile
- His Administration signaled
that it will veto a measure to create an effective national missile
defense system by 2003.
He claims that no rogue nation can develop a ballistic missile within the
next ten to fifteen years that could reach the continental United States.
The threat to Alaska and Hawaii are ignored.
Bill Clinton's own former CIA director, James Woolsey, has harshly
criticized the Clinton Administration's opposition to missile defense:
"Ballistic missiles can, and in the future they increasingly will, be
used by hostile states for blackmail, terror and to drive wedges between
us and our friends and allies. It is my judgment that the Administration
is not currently giving this vital problem the proper weight it
deserves." (Testimony to House
Committee on National Security, March 14, 1996)
At least 20 countries already have or are building nuclear, chemical or
biological weapons. Many of these nations are hostile to the United
- North Korea, Libya and Iran
have biological weapons programs.
- North Korea has sold and is
negotiating to sell its missiles to countries hostile to the U.S.
- When China felt threatened
over U.S. support for Taiwan, it threatened Los Angeles with nuclear
- China is developing three
new intercontinental range missiles.
- Libya is building a huge
underground chemical factory.
- North Korea is developing
two long-range missile systems, one of which could be able to strike
Alaska or Hawaii in three to five years.
- Iran is aggressively
building nuclear weapons that may be ready in just a few years.
A Better America
As President, Bob Dole's ballistic missile shield will keep America safe
from missile attacks.
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