Skip to comments.Stop the New START
Posted on 06/09/2010 2:21:28 PM PDT by Kaslin
In the final season of the TV show 24, an idealistic president finds herself sacrificing her principles one by one in an attempt to preserve a peace process. She eventually manages to hammer out a flawed treaty, but cant bring herself to sign it.
In the real world, the Obama administrations overly idealistic pursuit of a reduction in American and Russian stockpiles of nuclear arms has led it to actually sign a woefully flawed treaty. The goal may be worthy. The pact is not.
The first major problem with the treaty: It would definitely reduce the number of American weapons, but it wouldnt necessarily trim the number of Russian ones.
Thats not how the administration sees things, of course. It claims that the new pact would reduce the number of strategic warheads each country could deploy by 30 percent. And yes, if ratified by the U.S. Senate, New START would set a limit of 1,550 deployed strategic warheads, fewer than the 1,7002,200 allowed under the existing Moscow Treaty.
But there are loopholes large enough to fire an ICBM through.
If Russia exploits the legal lapses in New START, there is no actual limit in the new treaty on the number of strategic nuclear warheads that can be deployed, writes the New START Working Group in a recent paper for The Heritage Foundation. The number of Russias strategic nuclear warheads would be limited only by the financial resources it is able to devote to strategic forces, not by New START warhead ceilings -- which would be the case without this new Treaty.
And the Russians are making no secret of the fact that they wont cut their forces.
After the pact was signed, Gen. Nikolay Makarov, chief of the Russian General Staff, insisted, The Strategic Rocket Forces will not be reduced. The Forces will be armed with modern mobile missile launchers.
Furthermore, under New START, U.S. conventional warheads would be counted toward the treatys warhead and launcher limits, but tactical nuclear weapons wouldnt be counted. Thats a problem, because Russia enjoys a 10-to-1 numeric advantage over the United States in such weapons, according to the 2009 report of the bipartisan Congressional Strategic Posture Commission. So the U.S. could find itself facing an actual nuclear-missile gap.
But well still have something the Russians wont, right? A tested, effective and expanding missile-defense system? Well, not quite.
As the Working Group explains, New START contains many provisions relating to missile defense (including legal prohibitions) and could set the stage for further limitations without the advice and consent of the Senate. Thats certainly how the Russians see things.
Gen. Yevgeniy Buzinskiy says that Russia wouldnt hesitate to withdraw from the new treaty if the U.S. tries to expand our European missile defenses. The sides agreed that the present strategic defensive arms are not undermining the viability and effectiveness of their strategic offensives forces. This makes it possible for us, in case the Americans increase their strategic ABM system, to claim that they are not observing [the terms] of the treaty.
To get the Russians to sign this START, the Obama administration scrapped plans to build missile defenses in Poland and the Czech Republic, sites that the Bush administration had negotiated long and hard to establish. So its safe to assume that we wont be installing any new defensive positions, out of fear that doing so would cause the Russians to pull out of the treaty.
International agreements can help maintain peaceful relations between nations. But theres no question that maintaining a strong and capable American military is the best way to keep the peace.
New START would take us several steps in the wrong direction. It would make America more vulnerable, not less. When asked to ratify the treaty, Senators should recognize it for what it is -- a non-starter.
“Gates to Brief Senate on New START Treaty”
DEFENSE.gov (AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE) ^ | May 6, 2010 | By Elaine Wilson
Posted on May 6, 2010 11:38:45 PM PDT by Cindy
“Statement by President Barack Obama on the Release of Nuclear Posture Review”
Whitehouse.gov ^ | April 6, 2010 | n/a
Posted on April 7, 2010 12:28:32 AM PDT by Cindy
“Obama, Medvedev Commit to Reduce Nuclear Arms, Reset Relationship”
AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE ^ | April 1, 2009 | Fred W. Baker III
Posted on April 1, 2009 4:18:57 PM PDT by Cindy
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This article is stating the obvious. The Neo-Soviets do not plan to abide with the new treaty. As Lenin has said "Treaties are like pie crusts, they are made to be broken". The Russians know this and use this lesson.
This article is stating the obvious. The Neo-Soviets do not plan to abide with the new treaty. As Lenin has said “Treaties are like pie crusts, they are made to be broken”. The Russians know this and use this lesson.<<<
Should someone tell obama?
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