Carl Levin, the Chairman of the Armed Services Committee of the US Senate, intends to bring in a bill to the US Congress in early 2002 to ban funding of the national missile system tests that violate the Russia-US Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. According to the senator, the ban must be valid until the Congress takes a vote on the issue. In Levin's opinion, the United States' one-sided withdrawal from the ABM Treaty will trigger a chain reaction by forcing the sides to create more and more technologies, both offensive and defensive, including anti-missile countermeasures. This "arms race won't make us more protected," stressed the senator.
Since the likes of the traditional Inauguration Day in the national Capitol are likely never to be witnessed again, take this opportunity from one who has been there to relate some truth about the experience