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Pacific Stars And Stripes (Newspaper) - February 18, 1983, Tokyo, JapanFriday february 18, 1983 Pacific stars and stripes viewpoint 13 Zero option other missiles count i f president Reagan As vice president bus suggests is now ready to consider an interim solution to the problem of inter mediate Range missiles in Europe one Thorn problem obviously concerns the Independent French and British nuclear said on lbs television that Reagan would not necessarily make a new proposal but i seems Clear that the Zero option the president offered in 1981 no longer has much support Amon the Western allies except As a Long term goal. Moscow has rejected it. Someone has to move i the talks on theater missiles Are to get anywhere. If Reagan does make a new proposal or if an development promises an agreement the French and British nuclear forces can hardly be neither is under the command of the nato Alliance and the . Government has no authority to decide anything concerning them in its negotiations with the soviet Union. Tom Wicker How difficult this Issue could be was shown Bya letter to the new York times from France s ambassador to Washington Bernard Vernier Salliez. He objected strenuously to what he said was a Call in this column for a negotiate solution on intermediate Range missile forces that would take into account French and British Mitterrand he said had declared that France does not and will not accept an inclusion of French forces in the current negotiations because these Independent forces unlike soviet or american medium Range mis Siles Are a decisive element in France deterrence capability and military Security. I understood this Strong French View when wrote the article to which Vernier Salliez objected. But the phrase take into account French and British forces is the ambassadors not mine. It implies that recognition of these forces should be formally incorporated into a soviet american Deal but of course neither Paris nor London could or should accept that. I wrote something i think quite different that soviet and american negotiators could count the French and British weapons specifically adding that these forces would not be limited in any surely this is no More than the most obvious reality because these weapons exist 18 land based and 80 sea base French missiles a total of 98 warheads 64 sea based one warhead British missiles 162warheads altogether. And the report by the International Institute of strategic studies on military balance 1982-1983" says the British will soon Arm their 64 missiles with Chevalie warheads each bearing six independently target Able nuclear weapons raising their total to 384.As one soviet official said of the British missiles they re not aimed at the Moscow can hardly be expected to write off their existence since they can reach the soviet Union nor can Reagan and Bush reasonably Call for the abolition of intermediate Range missiles from the face of the Earth if they mean All except the French and British versions. But counting them into a finally accepted East West balance without limiting Britain s or France control of its own weapons seems to me so in fact suggests one possible approach for a new Reagan proposal to restore the approximate balance in warheads that existed before Moscow unwisely and without cause began deploying its Mobile three warhead ss-20 missile in 1977. That balance tacitly included French an British warheads and it could again if such a balance were re established by soviet-. 1963, when the . Deliberately withdrew its Thor and Jupiter missiles from the continent nato deployed no intermediate Range missiles Moscow on the other hand aimed a Many As 650 ss-4 and ss-5 single warhead missiles at Western Europe. To deter their use nato relied on intercontinental weapons based i North America on missile bearing submarines in european Waters on a variety of aircraft capable of delivering nuclear weapons on the soviet Union from Western Europe and on French and forces though without actual control of them. That s a major reason Why the Zero option i unrealistic. It would require the russians to give up All their approximately 600 intermediate Range missiles new and old in return for a nato decision to forgo future deployment of 572pershing ii and cruise missiles in Europe. But none of the weapons with which nato countered the soviet missiles after 1963 would have to be dismantled or removed from Europe and adjacent Waters. The pre-1977 warhead balance could be restored if the russians destroyed All their old missiles and about 100 of the new ss-20s, and Finato deployed none of the planned 572 Pershing ii and cruise missiles. That might be unattainable Deal and if Reagan really wants to abolish intermediate Range missiles someday surely he d be nearer that goal if he did not deploy More of them now. . Times a though today s Busy world has become one of our time most commonplace excuses for incompetence i had t realized How Busy it really is until one minute bedtime stories came along. Her Ewe have 20 popular children s stories bedtime stones ours Are on the Boob tube Russell Baker condensed according to the advertising copy so they can be read by a Busy Parent in Only the compiler condenser Shari Lewis thought the Book would be an Aid for working parents who do want to read to their children but just Don t have the time or Energy for the much longer versions of these tales according to the and a Veteran Reader of bedtime stories i am appalled. A bedtime Story should last As Long As it takes for the Sandman to close the children s eyes. Unless you Are dealing with a very sick child on minute will not do the Job. Why it should be More Embarrass ing for a Parent to be caught Reading. Himself a bedtime Story than to be caught watching television is a mystery but nevertheless it s a fact. I mention television viewing be cause that presumably is what parents who want to read to their children but Don t have time or Energy to do it for More than on minute do when the one minute bedtime Story is finished. This Assumption rests on the statistic that the typical american watches five hours or 300 minutes of television daily. My guess is that the Parent works off some of the television viewing while working and eating but eve then there in t going to be much time left to fill the daily viewing quota Between the bedtime Story and Midnight. This is probably Why it s embarrassing to be caught Reading himself bedtime Story but not Embarrass ing to be caught watching person caught Reading a bedtime Story is a person who is derelict about meeting his television viewing Don t want to suggest that there is something wrong about getting three or four hours of television after you be read your one minute bed time Story. Evening television after All is really just bedtime stories for grown . For people who turn in after primetime the stories Are not in a class As a Rule with Hans Christian Ander son s. Even those who stay up to watch the local to news people summarize the police blotter Don t hear bedtime stories As hair raisings the Grimm fairy tales which the children get earlier. . Times an authorized unofficial publication of the . Forces overseas published daily except l january at 23-17, Roppo Ngi 7-chome, Minato Kun Tokyo 106 Japan Apo san Francisco 96503. This newspaper is an authorized unofficial publication of the department of defense for authorized persons overseas. Contents of p5&5 Are not necessarily the official View of the . Government or the department of defense. Available to authorized personnel for 25 cents daily a a scrip i is. $6.50 monthly paid in Advance per a 230-1 apr 176-1. 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Hutchens executive editor 229-3310, 3140 Don Mccaffrey Pacific editor Tokyo 229-3152 Dwight trimmer Usan Washington Bureau chief Pentagon 227-6695 Steve Davis Usa Korea Bureau chief Yon san 7650, 7050, 7447 Helen Webb Usa Japan Bureau chief Tokyo 229-3374,3153 Dave Ornauer Usan Pacific sports writer Tokyo 229-3153 Danny Layne usic Okinawa Bureau chief Mak Minato 637-1680 Pete a her us Philippines Bureau chief Subic Bay 88-46381 Laura Neitz Guam Bureau chief Navy regional medical Center 671 342-2190 circulation Telephone numbers Japan military 225-4505, 4506, 4507 or commercial 404-9449 Singapore 2931422 Kuala Bumpur 23737 Hong Kong 3 025251 ext. 20 Korea Yon san 7650 Okinawa Butler 635 2010 Philippines area manager Clark 25202, Clark distribution 43296, 25284, Subic Bay distribution 48123, Manila embassy 59-80-11 ext. 2752guam andersen366-2187

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