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1/28/2005

J.D. Crouch II

Laura Rozen reports the rumor that J.D. Crouch II is "set to become deputy national security advisor, working under Stephen Hadley." Crouch was recently ambassador to Romania [Romanian Embassy site]. He was a fellow at the Claremont Institute, where he wrote against gun regulation, and a member of the Board of Directors at Frank Gaffney's Center for Security Policy.

Laura understates his lunacy.

Jim Lobe:

A champion of U.S. withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) treaty, Crouch has supported military action against Cuba; defended the development of offensive chemical weapons; opposed the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT); and advocated the development of new nuclear weapons for such purposes as destroying underground facilities (bunker-busters).

Before his appointment in 2001, he also strongly criticised the previous Bush administration decision to withdraw nuclear weapons from South Korea, and called for Washington to unilaterally destroy suspected nuclear and missile installations in North Korea unless Pyongyang complied with an ultimatum to dismantle them.
The details are in this Council for a Livable World report. Here's [PDF] his case for missile defense, presented to the Senate Armed Services Committee in March 2003. He was instrumental in the development and promotion of the 2002 Nuclear Posture Review.

Update, Tuesday 2/1/05, 12:29 AM EST: Laura reports that the rumor is confirmed, that Crouch is in as Deputy National Security Advisor. Coincidentally, Rumsfeld has just come out for resources for the bunker buster nuke, a controversial aspect of the 2002 NPR which was closely associated with Crouch. On January 10th, Rumsfeld sent a memo to then-Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham:
"I think we should request funds in FY06 and FY07 to complete the study," Rumsfeld wrote. "Our staffs have spoken about funding the Robust Nuclear Earth Penetrator (RNEP) study to support its completion by April 2007." He added, "You can count on my support for your efforts to revitalize the nuclear weapons infrastructure and to complete the RNEP study."

 

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