Remember how critics of the Bush Administration pulling out of the 1972 ABM treaty would create "another arms race?" Now Russian Defense Minister Sergei Ivanov is wanting to cooperate on ABM technology with the US. While this is a preliminary maneuver, it shows that the ABM treaty was unnecessary, and would not threaten security. Instead, such a system could remove one potential avenue of attack for rogue nations such as North Korea. Again, the hyperbole leveled at the Bush Administration has been challenged by the facts, and againt the hyperbole lost.