Russian-American Academic Backs Joint Missile Defense
July 10, 2007 • 2:41PM

Edward Lozansky, the President of the American University in Moscow, enthusiastically supports the Bush-Putin initiative for joint missile defense announced at Kennebunkport, in an article published as a paid advertisement in today's Washington Times.

"Every time the Russians and Americans were on the same side, we got great results, as during World War II, in Afghanistan in 2001, in space exploration, and other areas. However, when we consider the world as a chessboard and try to out do each other, we both lose."

But, Lozansky warns, while Bush seemed to agree with Putin's proposal on joint missile defense, the U.S. President then told Putin he has no intention of changing the U.S. plan to put NMD elements in Poland and the Czech Republic. Lozansky asks why would you want a system that costs a lot, has a questionable performance record, is aimed at threats that may never exist, and will antagonize a powerful and reliable ally in the war on terror? He notes that Bush's NMD plan is not welcome in the House or Senate, that it will have an adverse effect on NATO, and will exacerbate anti-American sentiment in Central and Eastern Europe. And that it will spur a huge expansion of Russia's defense industry, hence the title, "Is George Bush Boosting the Russian Military-Industrial Complex?"