A frantic Margaret Thatcher spent much energy explaining to Reagan how this "zero option
" would fracture the western alliance and leave the USSR in a stronger position.
When the Russians saw we meant business, and that the anti-nuclear movement had failed to stop us, they agreed in 1987 to get rid of their SS20 missiles and to accept the Zero Option
deal: the self-same two-sided deal which President Reagan had offered them right at the outset.
During his meeting Sunday with the Executive Director of the IMF First African Group, who is visiting the country these days, the Minister of Finance that the Sudan said that Sudan has met all the technical requirements that qualify for the exemption of external debt, referring to the international commitment following the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement on Sudan debt relief, calling for the exemption of Sudan and South Sudan debts according to the zero option
, which is supported by the African Union, prompting IMF to support the balance of payments to enable Sudan to continue the economic reform program.
"If we stay on the 2017 zero option
time line Afghanistan will be another Iraq," said former CIA veteran Bruce Riedel, now an expert with the Brookings Institution.
The other day we interviewed a soldier--we were interested because President Obama was talking about zero option
in Afghanistan; having no troops there.
According to him, the long debate over the last two years about whether there should be a zero option
in Afghanistan had led to improved morale for al-Qaida and others.
The failure of signing the security deal between Afghanistan and US could lead to a zero option
that means a complete pull out of US troops from Afghanistan.
"Specifically, President Obama has asked the Pentagon to ensure that it has adequate plans in place to accomplish an orderly withdrawal by the end of the year should the United States not keep any troops in Afghanistan after 2014." 'Zero option
' The White House had previously warned that Karzai's intransigence on a deal painstakingly negotiated last year meant it had no choice but to mull the "zero option
." The statement said Obama was reserving the possibility of concluding a BSA with Afghanistan later this year should the new government be willing.
While the residual force option has always been there for the US to follow, reports are that Washington also has a 'zero option
' strategy, which means pulling out all troops from Afghanistan.
Under the other, so-called zero option
, no American troops would remain.
Two years ago, theU.S.ended its military mission inIraqwith a similar "zero option
" after the failure of talks withBaghdad.