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  • U.S. will cut deployed nuke missile force by 50

    04/08/2014 4:54:22 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 21 replies
    Associated Press ^ | ROBERT BURNS
    The resulting launch-ready total of 400 Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missiles would be the lowest deployed ICBM total since the early 1960s. The decisions come after a strong push by members of Congress from the states that host missile bases - North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana - to not eliminate any of the silos from which the missiles would be launched. Fifty silos will be kept in “warm” status - empty of missiles but capable of returning to active use. Sen. John Tester, a Montana Democrat, called the Pentagon’s announcement “a big win for our nation’s security and for Malmstrom...
  • U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials

    04/08/2014 9:18:10 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 61 replies
    U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials 11:32am EDT By David Alexander WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will scale back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under a New START treaty with Russia but not retire a ballistic missile squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials told Reuters. The U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on each of its 14 U.S. nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said on condition of anonymity. The plan...
  • U.S. Says Russia Tested Missile, Despite Treaty

    01/30/2014 8:36:45 AM PST · by Seizethecarp · 23 replies
    New York Times ^ | January 29, 2014 | MICHAEL R. GORDON
    The United States informed its NATO allies this month that Russia had tested a new ground-launched cruise missile, raising concerns about Moscow’s compliance with a landmark arms control accord. With President Obama pledging to seek deeper cuts in nuclear arms, the State Department has been trying to find a way to resolve the compliance issue, preserve the treaty and keep the door open to future arms control accords. Other officials, who asked not to be identified because they were discussing internal deliberations, said there was no question the missile tests ran counter to the treaty and the administration had already...
  • New Russian ICBM Test Fuels Worries Over Violation of 1987 Missile Treaty

    10/24/2013 7:20:23 AM PDT · by george76 · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 24, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    Russia’s latest flight of a long-range intercontinental ballistic missile this month appears to be another circumvention of a 1987 nuclear missile accord, U.S. officials and private arms specialists said. A test of what the Pentagon calls the SS-25 road-mobile Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) took place Oct. 10 and traveled less than 2,000 miles, indicating it could be a missile banned by the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty. Russia’s military also failed to notify an international group set up in 2002 to prevent missile proliferation called the Hague Code of Conduct about the test. The flight test two weeks ago...
  • Russians Inspect Missile Defense Base in California

    08/22/2013 5:25:15 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 7 replies ^ | August 22, 2013 | Bill Gertz
    Russian officials this week carried out a secret inspection of the U.S. strategic missile defense base in California as part of the New START arms treaty, according to Obama administration officials. The inspection of five missile defense interceptors is the only one allowed under the 2010 arms accord. The treaty requires cuts of U.S. and Russian deployed strategic warheads to 1,550. A defense official said the visit was a treaty verification visit hosted by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency. A State Department official declined to comment on the inspection but confirmed it was related to New START. “Implementation activities under...
  • Russia's Noncompliance with Arms Control Obligations

    07/31/2013 8:47:56 AM PDT · by george76
    Gatestone Institute. ^ | July 31, 2013 | Mark B. Schneider
    Perhaps the strongest argument against a new agreement with Russia is the virtual certainty that Russia will violate it. It is now clear that the Russians are in violation of major arms control treaties and that the current Administration is ignoring these violations. The current proposal will create major nuclear disparity in Russia's favor and leave the U.S. vulnerable to Russian air and missile defense. The Administration reportedly intends to circumvent congressional approval -- a clear indication of how bad they expect the outcome to be. When Obama, in June 2013, announced his agenda for the next round of nuclear...
  • Stop Complaining and Start Doing

    06/28/2013 2:16:16 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 78 replies ^ | June 27, 2013 | Jedediah Bila
    One of the best lines of advice I've ever gotten came from my aunt Rose in the third grade: "Stop complaining about what you don't like, and do what you can to change it." I took her advice that afternoon, had a much better school year because of it, and promised myself I'd never forget her words of wisdom. So here I am today, immersed in a sea of politics and culture wars, TV and radio debates, panel discussions and Q & A sessions where I'm challenged to think hard about who I am, what I value, and what messages...
  • How About More Scandal, Incompetence, Venality, Hubris, Vanity and Error to Start

    06/08/2013 4:57:02 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | June 8, 2013 | John Ransom
    Lost amidst the White House he-said-she-said of finger pointing, scandal, incompetence, venality, hubris, vanity, error, greed, gluttony, embarrassment, cover up, stupidity,  amateur bungling, brownnosing, grandstanding, photo-opting and hearings as the result of a few minor mistakes made by the Obama administration- an administration which rode roughshod over a several outdated laws, certain small parts of the Bill of Rights written by irrelevant white dudes; an administration that got people killed, violated civil rights, harassed government employees, ignored it’s basic responsibilities and common sense- are these small, little, niggling details: The folks in charge are freaking hypocrites; and because the are...
  • Reckless Lunacy (Oliver North on Obama & disarmament)

    08/23/2012 4:55:07 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 24 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | August 24, 2012 | Oliver North
    WASHINGTON — Americans following this year's presidential campaign would never know it from mainstream media coverage, but the commander in chief we hired four years ago has set the United States on a course for unilateral disarmament. The following people hope you won't notice until after Nov. 6: Vladimir Putin, Liang Guanglie, Kim Jong-un, Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, Sayyed Ali Hosseini Khamenei, Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, A.Q. Khan and of course, Barack Obama. The 10 individuals above share a common fascination: nuclear weapons. Vladimir Putin, Russia's modern czar; Liang Guanglie, minister of national defense for...
  • The Struggling Housing Recovery: Multifamily Starts Fell 21.31%, Job Openings Dive

    06/19/2012 7:47:42 AM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 06/19/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    According to the Department of Commerce, housing starts fell 4.8% in May to a 708,000 annual rate from a revised 744,000 rate in April. The previous month was the highest since October 2008. The forecast by economists was for 722,000, a substantial miss on the downside. This might explain why yesterday’s homebuilder confidence rose by only 1 point. With mortgage rates falling to new lows, home affordability is the highest its been in decades. Building permits rose 7.9% from a revised rate of 723,000 in April to 780,000 in May. Economists were expecting 780,000. This is a big miss to...
  • Alabama Bans U.N. Agenda 21 Sovereignty Surrender

    06/07/2012 7:44:52 PM PDT · by raptor22 · 38 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | July 7, 2012
    Property Rights: Few have heard of Agenda 21, the U.N. plan for sustainable development that tosses property rights aside. But Alabama has, and it recently secured a victory as important as that over union power in Wisconsin. After Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's stunning triumph over the excesses and abuses of public-sector unions, the London Telegraph's James Delingpole, an indefatigable opponent of global warming fraud, opined in a piece titled, "How Wisconsin And Alabama Helped Save The World," that we should take note of "an equally important but perhaps less well-publicized victory won in the Alabama House and Senate over the...
  • The Flexible Flip-Flopper

    04/02/2012 6:14:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin ^ | April 2, 2012 | Dan Holler
    President Obama’s hot mic moment defined his trip to South Korea and may very well define his reelection bid. The reason his uncensored remark resonates is that it supports a pre-existing narrative that President Obama’s promises are not to be trusted. Before he backed off the campaign trail, no one made this argument more frequently than Newt Gingrich. After his second place finish in Florida, he said, “If he [President Obama] can have a record this bad, unemployment this bad, deficits this bad, policies this bad, gasoline prices this high, and still get re-elected, you can’t imagine how radical he’ll...
  • “Dangerous Dick” Lugar and the Marxist Led “Peace” PAC

    03/25/2012 10:19:08 AM PDT · by mojitojoe · 18 replies ^ | 3/23/2012 | Trevor Loudon
    Veteran Indiana GOP senator Richard Lugar, faces a serious primary challenge this election cycle. Every patriotic American should be praying that “Dangerous Dick’” is soundly defeated and is never elected, or appointed, to any form of public office again. Richard Lugar is not merely a leftist Republican – there are plenty of those. ”Dangerous Dick” is in a league all of his own. What makes Lugar so dangerous is his long standing ties to an anti-American Marxist led “peace” Political Action Committee, which has campaigned to cut US military preparedness and defense capabilities for 50 years. The New START Disarmament...
  • Obama lied on START treaty – suckered congress

    03/02/2012 2:29:49 PM PST · by Nachum · 12 replies
    us action news ^ | 3/2/12 | Michaela Bendikova at Heritage Foundation
    According to Rebeccah Heinrichs, an adjunct fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, President Obama’s fiscal year 2013 budget request reveals that “that the president has utterly failed to make good on his promises” on nuclear modernization and missile defense. During the ratification debate on the New Strategic Arms Reductions Treaty (New START), President Obama promised to modernize the U.S. nuclear infrastructure, claiming that such investment is “essential to facilitating reductions while sustaining deterrence under New START and beyond.” However, the Administration failed to include in its budget the additional $4.1 billion that was promised for the nuclear weapons...
  • Medvedev: Russia may target missile defense sites

    11/23/2011 6:00:15 AM PST · by cutty · 32 replies
    ap ^ | 11-23-2011
    President Dmitry Medvedev says Russia will aim its missiles at the U.S. missile defense sites in Europe if Washington fails to address Russian concerns on its missile defense plans. ... He also said ...that Moscow may opt out of the New Start arms control deal
  • Giving Away the Farm--Obama admin is freely giving Russia sensitive info about missile defense

    06/12/2011 7:05:50 AM PDT · by Ooh-Ah · 59 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | JUNE 7, 2011 | JAMES WOOLSEY, REBECCAH HEINRICHS
    President Barack Obama's administration recently threatened to veto the defense budget, citing "serious concerns" over provisions that limit the U.S. missile defense know-how that the White House is permitted to share with Moscow. This is the sort of information that Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, in his earlier days, would have assigned his spies to steal. Through its single-minded pursuit of "resetting" relations with Russia, the Obama administration may simply be willing to hand over this information and, in doing so, weaken U.S. national security. Only two days after issuing the veto threat -- and as Obama tried to warm...
  • West to have 80,000 cruise missiles by 2020 - interview

    05/28/2011 5:17:21 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 31 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 28/05/2011
    West to have 80,000 cruise missiles by 2020 - interview Russian military experts forecast that Western nations will have 80,000 cruise missile by 2020, a deputy commander of the Russian General Staff said on Saturday. "We expect Western countries to have at least 80,000 cruise missiles by 2020, including about 2,000 of them nuclear-powered," Gen. Igor Sheremet said in an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station. He added these missiles are clearly not simply designed for drilling or intimidation purposes. "They can deliver disarming or even 'decapitation' strikes," Sheremet said. Hence, he said, the plans to develop Russia's air...
  • Russian president warns of new Cold War over missile defense

    05/18/2011 3:05:24 PM PDT · by Qbert · 7 replies
    AFP via NY Post ^ | 5/18/2011 | AFP
    SKOLKOVO, Russia -- President Dmitry Medvedev on Wednesday warned of a new Cold War era if Russia and the West fail to agree on missile defense, in the first major news conference of his presidency. Despite the startling warning to the United States and Europe, Medvedev confounded expectations he would use the event to finally announce if he intends to seek a new Kremlin mandate in 2012 elections. Russia is increasingly worried about US plans to build missile defense facilities in ex-Communist eastern Europe and is also offended that NATO appears to have shunned its proposals for a joint missile...
  • Mortal threat

    03/12/2011 1:01:09 PM PST · by jmaroneps37 · 6 replies ^ | MARCH 12TH, 2011 | Jim Emerson, staff writer
    While briefing the US Senate Committee about Worldwide threats, Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper was asked by Sen. Joe Manchin D-West Virginia on which country is the greatest threat to America. In Gen Clapper’s assessment was that Russia and China are the greatest threats. Their nuclear arsenals do pose a mortal threat to the U.S. mainland. However, the DNI did point out that the U.S. does have a Nuclear Treaty with Russia but not with China. The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is an arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia. Like it or not it is...
  • GAFFNEY: Obama's sneak attack on U.S. defense

    11/15/2010 6:12:36 PM PST · by pissant · 5 replies
    Wash Times ^ | 11/15/10 | Frank Gaffney
    President Obama has set the stage for an acrimonious relationship with the newly elected senators of the 112th Congress. As they come to Washington this week for freshman orientation, his welcome message amounts to, "I want to disenfranchise you." This "unwelcome" applies especially to those occupying six new Republican seats in the Senate come January. It bears most particularly on two issues that will profoundly affect U.S. security over the next six years of these newly minted senators' terms in office and far beyond: the so-called New START treaty and the repeal of a statute prohibiting homosexuals from serving in...
  • Lugar to Tea Party: "Get real" (RINO attacks Tea Party over START, his support for Obama)

    02/11/2011 7:26:26 PM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 22 replies
    (snip) Among other criticisms, Tea Party activists have taken Lugar to task for supporting the new START nuclear arms treaty with Russia, claiming the U.S. is giving up too much and Russia is not giving up enough. "I've been working systematically for 20 years going to Russia trying to help direct a situation in which we're taking warheads off of missiles every day, destroying missiles that were aimed at us; destroying submarines that carried misslies up and down our coast," said Lugar. "I've got to say 'Get real'. I hear Tea Party or other people talking about they were against...
  • Lugar still waving red flag at Tea Party

    02/10/2011 3:15:02 AM PST · by Scanian · 19 replies
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | February 10, 2011 | Ralph Alter
    The bombast and bluster emanating from the office of Senator Dick Lugar of Indiana suggest that he knows he's going to have a fight on his hands to retain his seat. Lugar, current king of the RINOs in the upper chamber, is clearly unwilling to give up the perks of office, particularly the accolades slathered upon him by the beltway media. Like John McCain, Lugar simply doesn't comprehend the fact that he is lavishly praised by the mainstream press precisely to the degree he is willing to turn his back on the traditional American values of his constituents. Lugar's response...
  • Is New Start Compatible with the U.S.–U.K. Mutual Defence Agreement?

    02/09/2011 5:04:00 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies ^ | 2/9/11 | Theodore Bromund
    The Special Relationship between the U.S. and Britain has many facets, but at its core is close cooperation in the military and intelligence realms. And at the heart of our military cooperation is the U.S.–U.K. Mutual Defence Agreement. Signed in 1958, and renewed every 10 years—most recently in 2004—the agreement provides for Anglo–American collaboration in nuclear technology. It provides the legal basis for the transfer to Britain of U.S.-made Trident II missiles—the launch platform for Britain’s nuclear deterrent—and for the much broader sharing of nuclear information between the two countries.
  • Obama stabs England in the back

    02/05/2011 5:07:57 PM PST · by Starman417 · 21 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 02-05-11 | DrJohn
    And continues the capitulation of the US to Russia. In 2009 Barack Obama scrapped plans for a missile defense of Eastern Europe, including the installation of the radar system. It was seen a a victory for Russia The shift is a triumph for the Kremlin, which has long and vehemently argued that the shield is aimed at neutralising its intercontinental missiles; Moscow had warned of a return to a cold war arms race, and threatened to deploy nuclear missiles in its Kaliningrad exclave, surrounded by EU states. and a betrayal by Eastern European allies But some in Poland and...
  • New START nuclear arms treaty with Russia goes into effect

    02/05/2011 7:53:07 AM PST · by Dubya-M-DeesWent2SyriaStupid! · 34 replies ^ | 02/05/11 09:14 AM ET | Bridget Johnson
    After extended wrangling among lawmakers in both countries, the new START treaty between the U.S. and Russia went into effect Saturday at the global security conference in Munich. "The principles of equality, parity, equal and undivided security lay a solid foundation for the modern Russian-American cooperation in various spheres," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, appearing with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to exchange the treaty documents, said, according to RIA Novosti.
  • WikiLeaks cables: US agrees to tell Russia Britain's nuclear secrets

    02/05/2011 7:15:07 AM PST · by Matthew James · 41 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | February 4, 2011 | Matthew Moore
    The US secretly agreed to give the Russians sensitive information on Britain’s nuclear deterrent to persuade them to sign a key treaty, The Daily Telegraph can disclose. Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week. Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal.
  • President Obama Signs START Treaty, Doesn't Allow Reporters in the Room

    02/03/2011 7:42:01 AM PST · by La Lydia · 18 replies
    ABC News ^ | February 3, 2011 | Jake Tapper
    President Obama signed the START nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia this morning. Despite the great attention the president has devoted to this treaty -- and the vast coverage of the treaty negotiations by the media -- the White House refused to allow reporters or TV cameras in the room. Still photographers were the only representatives of the free press permitted to record the historic moment. Those cameras captured President Obama signing the documents, seated at the Resolute Desk. Behind him stood Joint Chiefs Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton,...
  • Caption: Meanwhile, at the White House.. a New START

    02/02/2011 9:48:01 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 2/2/11 | Reuters/Jason Reed
    U.S. President Barack Obama signs the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, February 2, 2011. Looking on are (L-R) Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator John Kerry (D-MA) and Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN). (and many more politicos)
  • Obama Signs START Treaty in Relative Privacy

    02/02/2011 8:42:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 15 replies
    Fox ^ | 2/2/11 | Anne McGinn
    President Obama will host Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) for a private meeting at the White House on Wednesday. It will be the first meeting between the president and his 2008 Republican adversary since Obama took office. The White House said Tuesday night the Oval Office meeting would take place Wednesday afternoon, though there was no indication as to the reason for the meeting, or scheduled topics for discussion. Obama and McCain sat down for talks at transition headquarters in Chicago after the Democrat's election.
  • John Bolton on National Security Challenges

    01/29/2011 12:14:43 AM PST · by BCrago66 · 26 replies
    Cspan Video Archives ^ | 1/28/11 | John Bolton
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton talked about U.S. national security challenges. In his remarks he sharply criticized President Obama’s policies on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia, Chinese Hu Jintao’s recent state visit the U.S., relations with North Korea, and economic sanctions against Iran. He responded to audience members' questions.
  • Russia puts brakes on further nuclear cutbacks

    01/18/2011 9:44:03 PM PST · by george76 · 9 replies
    AFP ^ | Jan 19, 2011
    The cheer over Russia's approval of a new nuclear disarmament treaty is short-lived as it masks Moscow's reluctance to ensure further cuts, threatening US President Barack Obama's vision of a nuclear-free world. Russia is going through the final motions of ratifying a new START treaty ... The US Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists estimates that Russia has 2,050 deployed tactical warheads that could be deployed in small nuclear campaigns in its periphery. The United States has just 500. Lavrov said Russia's commitment under the new START treaty will not be "fulfilled" for another seven years, and some analysts interpreted the...
  • Postscript on New START

    01/18/2011 5:48:58 AM PST · by bt_dooftlook · 2 replies
    National Review ^ | 1/18/2011 | Keith B. Payne
    Postscript on New START The Senate was misinformed about the nuclear treaty. In December of 2010, the Senate offered its advice and consent for the New START treaty. The debate over New START had been contentious, and the treaty finally passed the Senate with more votes against it than any other nuclear treaty the Senate has approved. The Russian Duma (parliament) is now in the process of approving the treaty (there has never been any serious doubt that it would). With New START essentially in hand, arms-control proponents in Washington already are gearing up with numerous exciting seminars and conferences...
  • START may still stop U.S. missile defense

    01/17/2011 9:06:04 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 1/16/11 | Joel McKean
    Historically, the Russian Duma acts quickly to ratify international treaties that the country's leaders have signed. In the case of international treaties with the U.S., the process is short and takes place only after U.S. ratification. In an interview with a Soviet ambassador, I was once told that although the process entails several steps, it is pro forma once the treaty is signed by both parties and ratified by the U.S. Congress. The SALT II Treaty, signed by Presidents Carter and Brezhnev in 1979, was never ratified by either party. On Jan. 3, 1980, President Carter requested the Senate majority...
  • Moscow Discusses the Future Development of ICBM’s

    01/14/2011 9:09:48 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 3 replies
    Jamestown Foundation Eurasia Daily Monitor ^ | 1/13/2011 | Pavel Felgenhauer
    The ruling United Russia faction has revealed in the Duma the amendments it will attach to the new START III arms control treaty. The ratification draft will contain several points that mimic two US Senate non-binding resolutions approved together with the ratified treaty, requiring the spending of $85 billion over ten years to modernize the US nuclear arsenal and a pledge to continue unrestricted development of ballistic missile defense (BMD). The Duma draft is lengthy, but not precise: it demands the “upholding of Russia’s strategic nuclear potential on a level, sufficient for safeguarding national security,” calls for the “development, testing,...
  • Russia launches arms race with new intercontinental ballistic missile

    01/14/2011 2:04:01 PM PST · by george76 · 33 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 14 Jan 2011 | Andrew Osborn
    Russia is developing a replacement for the world's most devastating intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in a move that risks reviving a global nuclear arms race. the head of Rosobshemash said the new missile would be capable of overcoming any nuclear missile shield that the Americans or indeed anyone else might build. "This applies in the fullest sense to the USA's anti-missile defence system and to Nato's (planned) European missile defence system," said Artur Usenkov. Russia is developing the new missile despite recently negotiating a new landmark Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with the United States which will see both countries make...
  • Russia nears arms pact approval, warns on pullout

    01/14/2011 6:35:50 AM PST · by Hoodat · 11 replies
    Reuters ^ | 14 Jan 2011 | Steve Gutterman
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia's parliament moved closer to approving a landmark arms reduction treaty with Washington Friday by amending domestic legislation to stress that Moscow could withdraw from the pact if it felt threatened by the West. The amendments required for Russia to ratify the New START treaty do not change the pact itself and were introduced before the second of three ratification votes in the State Duma, the lower house of parliament. The U.S. Senate included its own interpretations of the treaty -- the centrepiece of a "reset" that has improved long-strained relations between Moscow and Washington -- when...
  • The Ulsterman Report: Confirmed – Russians Play Obama for a Fool

    01/05/2011 10:13:29 AM PST · by bkopto · 15 replies
    Newsflavor ^ | Jan 3, 2011 | Ulsterman
    ...With the Russian’s most recent interpretations of what the START treaty actually imposes against the United States, lawmakers in DC – even some Democrats, are pointing fingers once again at an ineffectual Obama White House. The Obama administration had assured these lawmakers the Russians would not attempt to impose limitations on America’s missile defense capabilities – that those Republicans warning of just such a thing were, “playing politics with national defense.” Now it appears the Obama White House and the Democratic Party leadership either lied, or have been utterly played for fools by their Russian counterparts.
  • The Death of Illusions

    01/03/2011 6:01:59 PM PST · by cricket · 9 replies · 1+ views ^ | January 3, 2011 | Valeria Novodvorskaya
    [Below is a translation of several major excerpts from a speech given by Valeria Novodvorskaya on Dec. 30, 2010 to The New Times News, a Russian newspaper. She is discussing Russian dissidents’ loss of faith in the West and in Obama -- and for this reason she calls the new year the “Death of Illusions.” The video of her speech (in Russian) can be seen on YouTube. [1]] I think that it is time to turn to Tolkien, for darkness is descending upon the world. This is not because of the volcano (or whatever it was called), but because a...
  • START Treaty: Epic Fail

    01/03/2011 7:57:38 AM PST · by Neoavatara · 3 replies
    Neoavatara ^ | January 3, 2010 | Neoavatara
    Last month's ratification of the START Treaty was considered a victory for the Obama Administration. They might not view is as such a victory in the weeks ahead. Much of the Republican opposition to the bill centered on the ability of the U.S. military to continue their missile defense program, which is in the later stages of implementation. This has been a critical cornerstone of Republican foreign policy since President Reagan. To ensure that the policy would continue, President Obama signed a Presidential order that stated the START treaty in now way interfered with missile defense, even though the preamble...
  • Russian Duma to link missile defense to START limitations

    01/03/2011 7:55:08 AM PST · by ConjunctionJunction · 11 replies
    Hot Air ^ | January 3, 2010 | Ed Morrissey
    The Russian Duma delivered two embarrassing blows to the Obama administration over the holidays on the START treaty, one of which may end up scotching the deal altogether. First, the Russian legislature refused to do what Barack Obama insisted of the US Senate, which was a quick ratification. More importantly, however, the Duma will do what Senate Republicans wanted, which was to amend the treaty to clarify the relationship between START and missile defense. However, the Duma’s changes will link the two and recast START into a de facto anti-missile defense pact: The State Duma (the lower house of the...
  • New START Treaty -- Moscow Wins

    12/30/2010 7:18:42 PM PST · by Raquel · 3 replies · 137+ views
    Political Blog ^ | December 30, 2010 | Anthony Mele
    New START treaty has nothing to do with a new start but everything to do with finishing up old work first begun by the Soviet Communist in Moscow during the first Anti Ballistic Missile Treaty negotiations of the 1970’s and later SALT II in the 1980s. The primary issue to every Moscow delegation from then to now was to deny the USA the ability to stop an Inter-Continental Ballistic attack on US Soil. The banners that flew over Soviet Moscow reported by American negotiators read: “Plobedo Kommunisma: ETO MIR” – [The Victory of Communism: that is world peace] The American...
  • BYE-BYE from Biden

    12/30/2010 5:52:01 AM PST · by ROCKLOBSTER · 25 replies · 33+ views
    DNC newsletter ^ | 28 Dec 2010 | Joe Biden
    Friend -- I've been in Washington for almost 40 years. I've seen a lot of Congresses come and go. But I can't remember a group of lawmakers who accomplished more than the folks who just wrapped up their work. With their help, we repealed "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" and ratified the START arms control treaty. We passed a new law to rein in the abuses on Wall Street and protect consumers. We reformed the health care system and passed the Recovery Act to get our economy growing again. But do you know why all that happened? Because people like you...
  • Is the Republican Party Finished?

    12/29/2010 3:23:30 AM PST · by Scanian · 106 replies · 24+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 29, 2010 | Michael Filozof
    The lame-duck session of the 111th Congress proved one thing beyond a doubt: the Republican Party does not represent the interests of conservatives. Despite the midterm election tidal wave, in which the Republican Party gained 63 House seats (eclipsing its historic1994 success against Clinton), congressional Republicans failed to leverage their victory into political clout and collapsed like a house of cards in the lame-duck session. The last two weeks ought to have sickened conservatives. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spectacularly failed to hold his caucus together to even delay ratification of the START treaty until the 112th Congress is seated...
  • China's New Missile: A Game Changer?

    12/28/2010 7:43:01 PM PST · by raptor22 · 56 replies · 9+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | December 28, 2010 | IBD staff
    China's Challenge: As tensions elevate on the Korean peninsula, Pyongyang's patron deploys a weapon designed to sink the very ships we are sending to protect an ally. This does not bode well. The prospects that the Korean War, which ended in only an interminable armistice, may resume has become an increasingly real possibility in recent months. That its patron, China, without which North Korea would collapse of its own rot, now has deployed a missile designed to target and sink U.S. carrier battle groups adds a new and disturbing element to any confrontation in the region. Admiral Robert Willard, commander...
  • John Bolton: Obama Administration “Doesn’t Fundamentally Believe In National Missile Defense”

    12/28/2010 3:38:17 PM PST · by pissant · 27 replies · 2+ views
    Mediaite ^ | 12/28/10 | Matt Schneider
    Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton appeared with Tucker Carlson last night on Hannity to discuss his strong disapproval of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). Bolton believed the ripple effects of the treaty would cost America “for years to come” and Tucker even described alleged liberal rationale for the treaty as “grotesque.” The START treaty, if ultimately ratified by the Russian parliament, would require the drawing down of nuclear warheads of both the U.S. and Russia over the next seven years from current levels of 2,200 each to 1,550. Tucker was first annoyed that Obama rushed the...
  • Isakson (Rino-Ga) responds to criticism of his START vote [Vanity]

    12/28/2010 1:12:44 PM PST · by Principled · 47 replies · 7+ views
    email from Isakson ^ | 12-28-10 | principled
    Email reply from Sen. Isakson...Emphasis is mine and is what I think he's misleading me about. ...snip... While the New START treaty was pending before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, I was able to successfully amend Senator Richard Lugar's resolution of ratification to ensure modernization and maintenance of the U.S. nuclear arsenal as well as the unfettered ability of the United States to deploy missile defense. I also worked with the committee to support the amendment introduced by Senator Jim DeMint, which reaffirmed the United States' commitment to defend itself by any means possible. ..snip... As the full Senate considered...
  • Nuclear treaty goes easy on Russia: analysts

    12/27/2010 9:33:30 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 19 replies
    AFP via Space Daily ^ | 12/25/2010 | AFP via Space Daily
    The new Russia-US nuclear arms pact may have been hailed as historic but analysts said that all Moscow really has to do is phase out Soviet-era missiles and warheads that are already out of date. The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) was ratified by the US Senate on Wednesday after a passionate months-long debate and given initial approval by Russia's State Duma lower house of parliament two days later. It will face two more hearings in Russia and almost certainly come into force within the next few months. The first nuclear pact in two decades has been feted as...
  • Political Zingers and Musings for the End of 2010

    12/27/2010 6:06:29 AM PST · by red meat conservative · 2 replies
    Red Meat Conservative ^ | 12/27/10 | Daniel
    -  Senator Scott Brown famously declared his Massachusetts Senate seat to belong to the people and not the Kennedy family.  Yet, after voting with the Democrats on almost every fiscal, social, and defense issue, it appears that it is the Kennedy seat after all. -Eight Republicans, including Senators Ensign and Burr supported the repeal of DADT.  Richard Burr attributed his support to the changing times, while many others in the GOP conceded that the change was inevitable.  Really?  The Democrats only had 58 votes and just a few days left until the end of the session.  Based upon the electoral...
  • Kentucky McConnell and the Temple of Pork

    12/26/2010 2:38:28 AM PST · by Scanian · 14 replies · 2+ views
    The American Thinker ^ | December 26, 2010 | Clarice Feldman
    I was really happy when I read in the Washington Post that soon-to-be demoted to Minority Leader of the House Nancy Pelosi has turned to director Steven Spielberg to "rebrand" the House Democrats. The story offered me a way out of my quandary -- what to title this column today. The Tea Party and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skulls, The Sugardaddy Express, Pelosi Park. Anyway, just as I selected the present title, the NY Daily News said the Spielberg story was false. I suppose after fawning all over Castro and making a video montage for Kerry, Spielberg's decided to...
  • Obama’s Fantasy World – START Will Make Us Safer

    12/24/2010 10:08:44 AM PST · by Starman417 · 5 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 12-23-10 | Curt
    This START treaty is bad bad bad....for one very important reason. It reduces our ability to defend ourselves. Ariel Cohen, a Senior Research Fellow in Russian and Eurasian Studies at The Heritage Foundation, notes that the Russians have repeatedly stated they have to right to back out of the treaty if the U.S. missile defense systems is deemed a threat to them. When has it not been a threat? This constraint on our missile defense system was the main reason this treaty should never have happened: Washington has agreed to limitations on its ballistic-missile-defense options (something the administration’s representatives...