But taking that one no from the Soviet Union, we then went back into negotiations on their terms. Because Mr. Carter had cancelled the B-1 bomber, delayed the MX, delayed the trident submarine, delayed the cruise missiles, shut down the minute man missile production line. The Soviet Union sat at the table knowing that we had gone forward with unilateral concessions without out any reciprocation from them whatsoever.
I am not talking of scrapping. I am talking of taking the treaty and going back into negotiations. And I would say to the Soviet Union, we will sit and negotiate with you as long as it takes. To not only have legitimate arms negotiation but to have a reduction of these nuclear weapons to the point that neither one of us represents and threat to the other. That is hardly throwing away a treaty and being opposed to arms limitation
I will tell you that I believe with all my heart that our first priority must be world peace. And that use of force is always and only a last resort. When everything else has failed. And then only with regard to our national security.
Which makes me think of a story… Everything makes me think of a story. … about three dogs: an American dog, a Polish dog and a Russian dog. They are all having a visit, and the American dog was telling them how things were in his country. He said, “You know, you bark… after you bark long enough, then somebody comes along, gives you some meat.” And the polish dog said, “What’s meat?” And the Russian dog says, “What’s bark?”
He would live to see the walls come down all across the world. A process no doubt hastened along by his relentless mockery of communism as something both barbaric and laughable
The commissar in the Soviet Union, who went out into one of those state collective farms, grabbed the first worker he came to. Said, How are the crops? Oh, he said, the crops have never been better, just wonderful. He said, how about potatoes? Oh, he said, comrade commissar, if we could put the potatoes in one pile they would reach the foot of god. And the commissar said, this is the Soviet Union, there is no god. He said, that’s alright, there are no potatoes.
Above all, we must realize that no arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is so formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women. It is a weapon our adversaries in today’s world do not have. It is weapon that we as Americans do have
History teaches that war begins when governments believe the price of aggression is cheap.