From remarks by Sen. Sam Brownback (R.-Kan.), chairman of the subcommittee on Near Eastern and South Asian affairs, during a Fox Morning News interview yesterday:

Josh Binswanger: You were a part of the majority that voted against the Comprehensive nuclear Test Ban Treaty. What sort of a message does this send to Pakistan, to India and to the rest of the world?

Sen. Brownback: Well, and also to Russia and to China and to North Korea and Iraq and Iran -- all of which have been testing or attempting to build weapons of mass destruction. The thing that we want to say . . . is that the United States is not going to unilaterally disarm. . . .

During the period of time that we have stopped testing since 1992, all of those nations I've listed have either continued to test or are attempting to build weapons of mass destruction.

We have never been able to have peace through paper. It's always been peace through strength that the United States has put forward. And we're going to have to continue to do that.

Q: This vote was pretty clearly along party lines. . . . A lot of people saw this as a result of almost seven years of poor relations between President Clinton and congressional Republicans. Is it, in your opinion?

A: No. And I think the treaty should have been pulled. I think the president should have said: "I will not bring this treaty up during an election year."