- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 30, 2000

For a member of an administration that has boasted of boldly taking the United States across the bridge to the 21st century, Vice President and Democratic presidential contender Al Gore is a surprisingly nervous sort of fellow. Dangers are all around in Mr. Gore's world, so it would seem.
Now Mr. Gore is trembling at the thought of Texas Gov. George W. Bush's National Missile Defense and arms reduction proposal as laid out on the opposite page of this news paper last week. "An approach that combines serious unilateral reductions with an attempt to build a massive defense system will create instability and thus undermine our security," Mr. Gore told graduates at the West Point graduation ceremony. "Nuclear unilateralism will hinder, rather than help, arms control." Even when unilataralism means cutting nuclear arms on our side? That's hard to imagine.
Clearly, the Democratic candidate, who has been floundering in the polls since the spring primaries, has hit on the theme for his candidacy timidity.



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