Monday, August 16, 2010

Missile Seance

More "West Wing" Nixonalia: In season two, episode 12, White House chief of staff Leo McGarry (the late John Spencer) is indulging his quixotic passion for expensive missile defense systems that don't work. When he attempts to enlist his nemesis Lord John Marbury (Roger Rees), the incoming British ambassador, to the cause, Marbury argues that the proposed system violates the ABM treaty -- which was signed by Richard Nixon in 1972 as relations with the Soviets thawed.

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