Readers' forum: CTBT has supporters

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 11 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

In this 2009 photo, former Senator Jake Garn and activist Deb Sawyer talking about the Global Zero summit in Paris.

Stuart Johnson, Deseret News

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A recent letter ("CTBT needs enforcement," Oct. 6) characterizing Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty supporters as having a "serious naivete" makes for flashy rhetoric but rings hollow when applied to actual supporters of the treaty.

Vocal supporters of the CTBT include former Sen. Jake Garn; Generals Brent Scowcroft and Colin Powell; Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and George Shultz; and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, to name only a few. Far from naive starry-eyed idealists, these individuals have dedicated their lives to protecting the United States from security threats since the Cold War.

They now support the CTBT because they understand it to be a critical step towards boosting national security and continuing their work of protecting our nation's interests.

Sarah Tice

Salt Lake City

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