The Michigan Daily - Friday, October 12, 1984 - Page 5
NATO losing technological edge
LONDON (AP) - NATO has largely lost the technological
edge it had over the Warsaw Pact while the Soviet bloc has
boosted its numerical conventional weapons superiority, the
International Institute for Strategic Studies reported today.
However, the London-based research center stressed in its
1984-85 Military Balance report: "The conventional overall
balance is still such as to make general military aggression a
highly risky undertaking."
ASKED ABOUT possible future trends, institute director
Robert O'Neill said, "A great deal depends on. . . how far the
Soviets will be able, because of the economic stresses we've
seen them coming under in future years, to continue to main-
tain the same level of defense expenditure.
"They may well find they have to change their force struc-
ture quite considerably also."
The International Institute for Strategic Studies, founded
in 1958, is widely respected for its studies of international
security issues. Its analysts come from the United States,
Europe, and Asia.
The institute's report was issued on the same day that
NATO defense secretaries opened their fall meeting in
"The numerical balance - particularly in equipment -
continues to move gradually in favor of the East," the report
said in its analysis of the conventional weapons balance in
Europe. "At the same time, the West has largely lost the
technological edge in conventional equipment which allowed
NATO to believe that quality could substitute for number."
The institute said the superpowers' nuclear missiles are
becoming smaller, more accurate, and more mobile. This, it
said, "is a trend which will make it very difficult to negotiate
verifiable constraints in future years."
VP candidates just can't win critics say
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historic Ferdinand Magellan, a 1928 Pullman car first used by President Truman in 1942, stands ready at Union
on in Dayton to take President Reagan on his whistle-stop tour of western Ohio today.
Bush, Ferraro contrast styles in debate
word could ruin his life. A sneer, and he
could start writing his memoirs.
INSTRUCTIVE is the short history of
vice presidential debates. There's only
been one. It occured in Houston on Oct.
15, 1976, and it wounded the
Republicans, whose candidate Robert
Dole, came across as a mean-spirited
gut-fighter. His thrusts cut too deep; his
well-known sense of humor never
The result boosted the career of the:
Democratic vice presidential candidate
that year. He was Walter Mondale, on
the bottom of Jimmy Carter's ticket.
Dole, a senator from Kansas, was
President Gerald Ford's ticketmate.
It was the bitterest candidates' mat-
chup ever put on television with Dole
declaring the Democrats the party of
war and denouncing "Democrat wars."
Mondale cried foul. "I think Sen. Dole
has richly earned his reputation as a
hatchet man tonight," he said. "Does
he really mean that there was a par-
tisan difference over our involvement
in the fight against Nazi Germany?"
The sniper image damaged Dole
four years later when he sought the
GOP presidential nomination and haun-
ts him yet.
So in Philadelphia the lesson was
clear for Bush, who wants to be
Reagan's heir in 1988.
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\,was and it is," she said. She added
Reagan's tax cut program "darned
near destroyed this country" by leading
to record federal budget deficits."
Bush said there was little difference
ketween himself and Reagan on most
1 sues, and said "the president turned it
the nation) around and I've been with
im every step of the way."
i "I believe firmly in his leadership.
e's really turned this country
ound," Bush said in a firm defense of
e man whose own debate performan-
ce last Sunday worried his supporters
and provided a boost for the
FERRARO'S task was to assist Mon-
dale, but also to quell the doubts that
olls indicate many voters have about
her own candidacy and about having a
woman on a national party ticket for
the first time. She had the added
iressure of participating in the first
ampaign debate of her political
IBush's job was to prevent any ad-
ditional erosion in the president's sup-
sort following Sunday's debate, Ind
restore the small slippage in his own
poll ratings that followed disclosure of
is income tax returns several years
go. I ish and Ferraro clashed sharply
the question of why terrorists were
ble. ty strike three times in 17 months
at U.S. facilities in Lebanon, claiming
more than 300 lives.
"Terrorism is very, very difficult to
stop," said Bush, who drew a distin-
ction between the hostage crisis in Iran,
where a hostile government was at
fault, and the Beirut bombings caused
by "shadowy" terrorists. He said no
one should be blamed, but Reagan has
been "wonderful" in accepting respon-
"I'd like to know what that means,"
replied Ferraro. "Are we going to take
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