Skip to comments.President Obama seeks Russia deal to slash nuclear weapons
Posted on 02/03/2009 7:29:03 PM PST by CalifScreaming
President Obama will convene the most ambitious arms reduction talks with Russia for a generation, aiming to slash each countrys stockpile of nuclear weapons by 80 per cent.
The radical treaty would cut the number of nuclear warheads to 1,000 each, The Times has learnt. Key to the initiative is a review of the Bush Administrations plan for a US missile defence shield in Eastern Europe, a project fiercely opposed by Moscow.
Mr Obama is to establish a non-proliferation office at the White House to oversee the talks, expected to be headed by Gary Samore, a non-proliferation negotiator in the Clinton Administration. The talks will be driven by Hillary Clintons State Department.
No final decision on the defence shield has been taken by Mr Obama. Yet merely delaying the placement of US missiles in Poland and a radar station in the Czech Republic which if deployed would cost the US $4 billion annually removes what has been a major impediment to Russian co-operation on arms reduction.
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Such a wonderful idea. It’s amazing nobody has thought of this before His Zeroness arrived on the scene.
Yep and what about China also? I don’t consider them our friends either.
and Russia continues to do what they want. We are so screwed with this ZERO
China would really like that idea.
Jeez he is soooooooooooooo full of himself. All this pie-in-the-sky crap is really immature.
This fool is going to destroy this country. I hope all of the changebots who voted for him can explain to their kids and g-kids why the US lost its world leadership.....
What is WITH these idiots and their fascination to go back and try to re-live history -only doing it THEIR way this time ‘round???
Reagan took care of Russia, barry... And the war in Iraq is NOT Vietnam!
Libs today feel that they missed out on all the GOOD stuff or something! They’re just insane!
I can’t believe that idiot McCain did not bring up his plan to completely gut our defense and stop development of future weapons, including space. We are ceding our position of power in the world with Obama as President. I cannot wait until this garbage ends. Little do people know our military power and economic power are pretty closely related. When are on the decline in both right now thanks to this God awful presidency.
Russia will hide its nuclear weapons and we won’t look for them. This happened during the 1970’s under Carter, when we didn’t enforce the SALT II treaty, but the Russians were allowed to see our stuff.
The only thing that allows me to get any kind of sleep at all at night these days is the knowledge that we can blast the heck out our enemies many times over. (Although with O at the helm, it’s much less likely to happen, even if we are hit first). We shouldn’t reduce our arsenal by a single warhead.
This would most certainly lead to WW3 ... and our demise
Suddenly the Times is concerned about what things cost.
One more pleasant though. O also said he was against Star Wars programs. At the very least we HAVE to have that, You know to buy time to rebuild the nukes we end up destroying so we can fire back.
Maybe we’ll get lucky enough and Russia will protect us by not agreeing.
Don’t laugh, it’s more likely than our own President protecting us.
Russia will happily slash 80%.
The 80% that won’t work anymore.
Instead of destroying our weapons, can we just speed things up and hand them over to Iran?
No kidding - Obama may as well turn his plans for ‘changing’ the USA over to Putin’s underground, the KGB. OPEN YOUR EYES PEOPLE! PAY ATTENTION!
This guy is stuck in the sixties.
Expect the “peace in our time moment” where he take a big bow for the removal of Nuks.
Then he finds that Commie-KGB-Russians lie.
Only were stuck without a nuclear deterrent and he skates.
Having this IDIOT ideologue negotiate this deal IS A VERY BAD IDEA.
To help me to understand by the numbers; how many nuclear weapons do we have and how many do the Iranians have? Thanks
Its almost as if he wasn’t paying attention when President Reagan talked with the Russians.
Reagan of course took the exact opposite approach, insisting on maintaining the development of the missile shield regardless of what the Soviet strongman offered.
Now, he wants to give it up even in advance of any talks as a precondition.
We will be screwed as Obama pulls out all the stops in his campaign for his own Nobel peace prize.
What an idiot. Whose @ss did he pull that number out of? His or Rahm's? Russia is just going to laugh at him (or say, "sure, you first" and laugh at him later). Ask for something modest (and realisic), then toot your horn when you negotiate beyond that. As it stands, this ridiculous 80% number just gives his enemies a club to use against him.
is going to destroy is destroying this country. Just that his voters haven't seen it yet. Or they don't care.
Why destroy , why doesn’t he just gift the nukes to Iran ? They have been working hard at it and I am sure A’jad would appreciate a friendly gesture.
This will not work.
After smallpox was eliminated from the world as a contagious disease, the Russians initiated a huge program weaponizing smallpox. They even developed a warhead (1993) capable of keeping the virus refrigerated so it wouldn’t be destroyed by heat when the warhead reentered the atmosphere. Please note: we were at that time in 1993 sending billions to Russia, helping them rebuild their shattered economy - and they were making improvements to WMD weaponry!
They will double-cross us on any move to reduce nuclear weapons. The Russians, the Chinese, the Persians (Iran) cannot be trusted.
Making every crack job potentate dream of being a nuclear super power.
And other Russian and Chinese allies like North Korea.
Doesn’t seem like us or the former Soviets are trying to blow up the world lately.
Perhaps he should focus on the parts of the world interesting in building more nukes (Iran, N. Korea, etc..)
California Screaming? (on such a Nuclear winter’s day...)
1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
'Goals' 4-45 can be found here or at many other sites through a web search for "45 goals":
Obama Pledges Cuts in Missile Defense, Space, and Nuclear Weapons Programs
February 29, 2008 :: News
A video has surfaced of Presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama talking on his plans for strategic issues such as nuclear weapons and missile defense.
The full text from the video, as released, reads as follows:
Thanks so much for the Caucus4Priorities, for the great work you've been doing. As president, I will end misguided defense policies and stand with Caucus4Priorities in fighting special interests in Washington.
First, I'll stop spending $9 billion a month in Iraq. I'm the only major candidate who opposed this war from the beginning. And as president I will end it.[i.e. not win it]
Second, I will cut tens of billions of dollars in wasteful spending.
I will cut investments in unproven missile defense systems.
I will not weaponize space.
I will slow our development of future combat systems.
And I will institute an independent "Defense Priorities Board" to ensure that the Quadrennial Defense Review is not used to justify unnecessary spending.
Third, I will set a goal of a world without nuclear weapons. To seek that goal, I will not develop new nuclear weapons; I will seek a global ban on the production of fissile material; and I will negotiate with Russia to take our ICBMs off hair-trigger alert, and to achieve deep cuts in our nuclear arsenals.
You know where I stand. I've fought for open, ethical and accountable government my entire public life. I don't switch positions or make promises that can't be kept. I don't posture on defense policy and I don't take money from federal lobbyists for powerful defense contractors. As president, my sole priority for defense spending will be protecting the American people. Thanks so much.
Article: Obama Pledges Cuts in Missile Defense, Space, and Nuclear Weapons Programs:
"MissileThreat.com is a project of The Claremont Institute devoted to understanding and promoting the requirements for the strategic defense of the United States."
New Pentagon Report: China's Growing Military Space Power
By Leonard David
Special Correspondent, SPACE.com
March 6, 2008
GOLDEN, Colorado A just-released Pentagon report spotlights a growing U.S. military concern that China is developing a multi- dimensional program to limit or prevent the use of space-based assets by its potential adversaries during times of crisis or conflict.
Furthermore, last year's successful test by China of a direct-ascent, anti-satellite (ASAT) weapon to destroy its own defunct weather satellite, the report adds, underscores that country's expansion from the land, air, and sea dimensions of the traditional battlefield into the space and cyber-space domains.
Although China's commercial space program has utility for non- military research, that capability demonstrates space launch and control know-how that have direct military application. Even the Chang'e 1 the Chinese lunar probe now circling the Moon is flagged in the report as showcasing China's ability "to conduct complicated space maneuvers a capability which has broad implications for military counterspace operations."
To read the entire publication [29.67MB/pdf], go to (U.S. Dept of Defense) :
From the Sino-Russian Joint Statement of April 23, 1997:
"The two sides [China and Russia] shall, in the spirit of partnership, strive to promote the multipolarization of the world and the establishment of a new international order."
Russia, China flex muscles in joint war games
Reuters: Aug 17, 2007
CHEBARKUL, Russia (Reuters) - Russia and China staged their biggest joint exercises on Friday but denied this show of military prowess could lead to the formation of a counterweight to NATO.
"Today's exercises are another step towards strengthening the relations between our countries, a step towards strengthening international peace and security, and first and foremost, the security of our peoples," Putin said.
Fighter jets swooped overhead, commandos jumped from helicopters on to rooftops and the boom of artillery shells shook the firing range in Russia's Ural mountains as two of the largest armies in the world were put through their paces.
The exercises take place against a backdrop of mounting rivalry between the West, and Russia and China for influence over Central Asia, a strategic region that has huge oil, gas and mineral resources.
Russia's growing assertiveness is also causing jitters in the West. Putin announced at the firing range that Russia was resuming Soviet-era sorties by its strategic bomber aircraft near NATO airspace.
Obama and the case of the missing 'thesis'
July 24, 2008
By Jim Popkin, NBC News Senior Investigative Producer
The hunt for Obamas senior thesis began with a throwaway line in a newspaper article last October. The New York Times story, on Obamas early New York years, mentioned in passing that the presidential contender had majored in political science at Columbia and had spent his time writing his thesis on Soviet nuclear disarmament.
Journalists began hounding Columbia University for copies of the musty document. Conservative bloggers began wondering if the young Obama had written a no-nukes screed that he might come to regret. And David Bossie, the former congressional investigator and right-wing hit man, as one newspaper described him, took out classified newspaper ads in Columbia Universitys newspaper and the Chicago Tribune in March searching for the term paper.
Bossie came up dry, but said the effort was well worth it:
A thesis entitled Soviet Nuclear Disarmament, written at the height of The Cold War in 1983, might shed some light upon what Barack Obama thought about our most pressing foreign policy issue for 40-plus years (U.S.-Soviet Relations), he wrote in an e-mail to NBC News.
Here is the passage from the New York Times that the above article refers to:
"He barely mentions Columbia, training ground for the elite, where he transferred in his junior year, majoring in political science and international relations and writing his thesis on Soviet nuclear disarmament. He dismisses in one sentence his first community organizing job work he went on to do in Chicago though a former supervisor remembers him as 'a star performer.'"
Obamas Account of New York Years Often Differs From What Others Say
By JANNY SCOTT, October 30, 2007:
Screeching troll alert.
God had nothing to do with this idiot being in Office.
Didn't they cheat on every single one we ever signed with them?
Oh that's right. They did.
I truly believe that many more Americans than we may believe are quickly turning on Obama and the Dems. As far as I can see Joe Biden's prediction that a major test of Obama will be forced by a foreign power in six months is way ahead of schedule. My small form of optimism is that the sheer speed to enact bills/policies with long-term repercussions that would fundamentally change the US status internally and externally will in the long term show how dedicated Obama and Co. purposely tried to achieve outright socialism while having denied so to our faces.
The spirit of Nunn - Lugar now occupies the Oval Office.
(That’s my California scream ....) :-)
WOW, How ingenious!! What a guy!!!!
I am surprised nobody ever thought of this before!!!
SALT III treaty?
Jimmah Cahtah part deux.
I hope the fools can explain all the nuclear suitcase bombs that will start going off in our cities. Remember the youtube of him saying he won’t weaponize space and on and on. This got no attention during the campaign, but O is trying to implement his plans as he laid them out for all the world to see.
How’s the rest of your ditty go?
WHat president would not do all he can to protect his country? I can gurantee that other country’s presidents aren’t backing down on their own defenses. They are laughing at the US.
Sometimes God puts evil, bad rulers in place to punish His people who have turned away from Him. Obama could be our punishemt for becoming a nation that constantly tries to remove God from everything everywhere. He knows Obama will lead our nation down the wrong path and that’s ok with Him because we are being punished for our sins. This is how it looks to me from a Biblical point of view.
We did all of this to ourselves.
For me to sleep requires LOTS of scotch..... sigh
I think we’d win WWIII, provided it comes after His Zeroness is impeached.
Obama will be committing national suicide.
Breaking News please.
This is more important than Obama raising taxes this is national suicide.
Obama's all about "national suicide". That's a goal he shares with his friends, foreign and domestic.