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  • 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...
  • Russians Inspect Missile Defense Base in California

    08/22/2013 5:25:15 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 7 replies
    http://freebeacon.com ^ | 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...
  • Mourdock for Indiana (National Review editors endorse Richard Mourdock)

    04/16/2012 7:44:37 AM PDT · by Qbert · 14 replies
    National Review ^ | APRIL 16, 2012 | The Editors
    One need not support formal term limits to recognize the existence of informal ones, and the tightening polls in the Indiana Senate Republican primary suggest voters there may be starting to think Senator Richard Lugar has been in Washington long enough. The conventional wisdom has been that the six-term incumbent Lugar is a safer general-election bet than his opponent, state treasurer Richard Mourdock. But the primary has heretofore shown Lugar to be out of touch with Hoosiers, an institutionalized Capitol Hiller who for a spell was ruled ineligible to vote in his own primary after a local board determined he...
  • Medvedev Uncorks a Stunner on U.S. Missile Defense Shield

    05/26/2011 4:11:02 PM PDT · by Qbert · 9 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 26, 2011 | James Rosen
    President Obama had just finished touting the “outstanding relationship” he and Dmitry Medvedev have built between themselves and their nations – the American leader even used the “reset” button metaphor again – when the Russian president turned to the thorny issue of Washington’s plan to upgrade its missile defense shield, and uncorked a stunner. “I have told my counterpart, Barack Obama, that this issue will be finally solved in the future,” Medvedev told reporters in Deauville, France, “like, for example, in the year 2020.” It wasn’t merely that Medvedev had chosen a date almost comically far into the future to...
  • 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...
  • THE GLOBALISTS’ TAKEOVER OF AMERICA: Part 3 – WEAKEN MILITARY & CIVILIAN DEFENSE

    04/18/2011 5:36:22 PM PDT · by Whenifhow · 3 replies
    President Obama placed our soldiers under UN NATO control for his war in Libya without consulting the United States Congress. Using our soldiers and our military assets according to what the “international community” global elites decide is clearly what Obama is interested in doing. Another example of weakening America’s military defense was Obama’s push to enact the START Treaty. In short, the START Treaty places decisions about America’s defense in the hands of Russia and the global elites. Since when has an American president ceded our ability to defend our country by placing it in the hands of globalists who...
  • China deemed biggest threat to U.S.

    03/10/2011 7:35:39 PM PST · by traumer · 31 replies
    China’s nuclear arsenal poses the most serious “mortal threat” to the United States among nation states, Director of National IntelligenceJames Clapper told the Senate on Thursday. In candid testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee, Mr. Clapper said he considered China the most significant threat among nation states, with Russia posing the second-greatest threat. He later clarified the comments by saying he did not assess that China or Russia had the intention to launch an attack on the United States. The testimony contrasts with statements by Obama administration officials who have sought to highlight the dangers of Iran and North...
  • With Russia's $650 billion rearmament plan, the bear sharpens its teeth

    03/01/2011 12:16:52 PM PST · by americanophile · 26 replies
    CSM via Yahoo! News ^ | Feb 28, 2011 | Fred Weir
    Moscow – The graying bear is getting a make-over. Russia's military is launching its biggest rearmament effort since Soviet times, including a $650 billion program to procure 1,000 new helicopters, 600 combat planes, 100 warships, and 8 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines. Analysts say Russia, while already the world's fifth-largest military spender, needs strong conventional forces to reduce its overreliance on its aging Soviet-era nuclear missile deterrent. Valentin Rudenko, director of the independent Interfax-Military News Agency, says it could create "a whole new ballgame." "For about two decades we've had no real modernization, at least not like what's being proposed now,"...
  • Report: Russia warns US over missile defense plans (Reserves right to withdraw from new START)

    02/07/2011 8:51:50 AM PST · by Qbert · 17 replies
    AP via KLTV.com ^ | 2/7/2011 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW (AP) - Russia sees the planned U.S. missile defense system as a potential threat to its nuclear forces and may review its participation in a landmark nuclear arms treaty, officials said Monday. The New START deal, the centerpiece of Barack Obama's efforts to reset ties with Russia and the most significant arms control pact in nearly two decades, took effect last week. It limits each country to 1,550 strategic warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200. The treaty doesn't prevent the U.S. from building new missile defense systems, but Russia has warned that it reserves the right to...
  • SECRET DEAL: US AGREES TO TELL RUSSIA UK’S NUKE SECRETS

    02/05/2011 11:31:39 PM PST · by runninglips · 17 replies
    London Telegraph ^ | 9:25PM GMT 04 Feb 2011 | By Matthew Moore, Gordon Rayner and Christopher Hope
    WikiLeaks cables: US agrees to tell Russia Britain's nuclear secrets 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.
  • 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.
  • Russian parliament ratifies arms pact with US

    01/25/2011 8:21:16 AM PST · by La Lydia
    Washington Post ^ | January 25, 2010 | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV
    MOSCOW -- Russia's lower house of parliament on Tuesday ratified a landmark nuclear arms pact with the United States, virtually assuring passage of an agreement President Barack Obama has described as the most significant arms control deal in nearly two decades. The State Duma voted 350-96 with one abstention to pass a bill to ratify the New START treaty, which was approved by the U.S. Senate late last year. The treaty will now go to the upper house for final approval. The New START would limit each country to 1,550 strategic warheads, down from the current ceiling of 2,200 and...
  • 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...
  • Why Senators Corker and Alexander (TN) voted for the START Treaty

    01/15/2011 3:24:05 PM PST · by 30Moves · 22 replies
    Self | 1-15-11 | 30Moves
    I got an email from my Senators that explained why they voted for the treaty. They made a deal with Obama. Tax dollars for Tennessee! They met with him told him they would vote for the treaty and for money to update our nuclear weapons facilities and asked that he request those funds in his budget (quote): Implementation includes spending $3.6 billion for a new secured area at Oak Ridge, covering 15 acres instead of the current 150. It means tearing down the last 17 Cold War buildings. The more efficient facility will save taxpayers $200 million each year in...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • AMERICA GETS PUNKED… Russians Say START Treaty Covers Antimissile Defense Systems

    01/04/2011 9:25:56 AM PST · by luv2ndamend · 120 replies
    http://gatewaypundit.rightnetwork.com ^ | January 4, 2011, 9:47 AM | Jim Hoft
    They Told Us the START Treaty Could Not Wait – It Had to Be Signed Before Christmas– The Obama Administration insisted that passing the START Treaty would not impact the US antimissile defense systems. They Told Us the START Treaty Could Not Wait – It Had to Be Signed Before Christmas– The Obama Administration insisted that passing the START Treaty would not impact the US antimissile defense systems.
  • Jack Colwell: START a big victory for Lugar (RINO Barf alert)

    01/04/2011 10:08:49 AM PST · by Qbert · 12 replies
    Howey Politics Indiana ^ | 1/4/2011 | Jack Colwell
    SOUTH BEND - Republican leaders in the Senate, anxious to hinder President Obama, no matter the cost, turned what they could have hailed as a Republican success into a major victory for the president, a stinging defeat for them.      Ratification of the New START treaty is really a victory for a Republican senator, Indiana’s Richard G. Lugar, a leader in the fight for ratification of the treaty with Russia for mutual reduction of nuclear warheads.      Ratification is really a victory also for the dozen other Republican senators who put country ahead of divisive politics and provided the needed...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • MAINE MANIACS – Olympia Snowe (R) & Susan Collins (R)

    12/28/2010 6:37:00 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 14 replies · 2+ views
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 12-28-2010 | AJ
    What can I say about Maine’s Senators that you don’t already know? Yes, they voted to ratify the dangerous New START Treaty and they failed to research Russia’s alliance with countries like Iran, China, North Korea and Venezuela. To ensure Senator Collins’ vote in support of the treaty, it appears she received a letter according to the Washington Post: “For example, concern was ignited across Europe recently when stories appeared about Russia moving tactical nuclear weapons near the border of NATO countries. During last week's Senate treaty debate, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates...
  • TENNESSEE TRAITORS – Lamar Alexander (R) & Bob Corker (R)

    12/28/2010 6:30:16 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 24 replies · 2+ views
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 12-28-2010 | AJ
    Backroom deals won’t do Tennessee much good if America’s national security is compromised. Tennessee Senators Lamar Alexander (R) and Bob Corker (R) must not have considered national security when they decided to vote in favor of ratifying the dangerous New START Treaty. They also failed to research Russia’s alliance with countries like Iran, China, North Korea and Venezuela. It appears the Tennessee Senators were interested in bringing home the pork at the expense of our nation’s security. Zachary Roth’s December 23rd article states: “It will likely include more than $6 billion dollars for a uranium processing facility, to be built...
  • SCOTT BROWN (R-MA) IS A TRAITOR

    12/24/2010 12:39:41 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 54 replies · 3+ views
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 12-24-2010 | AJ
    Anyone paying attention and doing their own homework knows that the New START Treaty is dangerous and constrains our ability to protect our nation. The treaty gives Russia what they want, ensures America ’s vulnerability, and fails to acknowledge Russia’s alliance with countries like Iran, China, North Korea and Venezuela. Scott Brown’s failure to fully research the national security implications of the treaty as well as the Shanghai Cooperation Organization before voting to ratify the treaty are inexcusable. Now Scott Brown secures his place as one of the 13 Republican Senators who betrayed America by voting Yes on the New...
  • Is it Really Hillary Clinton's START Treaty?

    12/24/2010 12:35:46 AM PST · by neverdem · 3 replies
    HUMAN EVENTS ^ | 12/22/2010 | John Gizzi
    For all the bows the president is sure to take for certain ratification of the New START arms treaty in the Senate this week, there is strong evidence another administration figure played the decisive role in securing pivotal Senate votes that put the controversial arms control agreement over the finish line: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Before and after the word came through to the regular White House press briefing yesterday that the ninth Republican vote in the Senate required to ensure ratification of START had been secured, talk was rampant that it was Clinton and not Obama whose calls...
  • Russian lawmakers in no hurry to ratify START treaty

    12/23/2010 7:42:47 PM PST · by Frankusa · 8 replies · 1+ views
    President Obama and Democratic lawmakers refused to postpone a vote on ratification of the new START treaty until January of next year, citing the urgent need to reset US/Russian relations without delay. However, while some Russian officials have indicated that the new treaty could be ratified in the the Russian Parliament as early as Friday, others have suggested that Russian lawmakers, unlike their Democratic counterparts in the US Congress, are in no hurry to ratify the treaty: Russian lawmakers need more time to examine a U.S. resolution ratifying the START nuclear arms reduction treaty before approving it, a senior MP...
  • Russian lawmaker: Russia able to up nuclear arms potential after new START treaty

    12/23/2010 7:18:17 PM PST · by Frankusa · 3 replies · 2+ views
    The Russians are celebrating their victory!: Russia will be able to increase its nuclear arms potential after a new arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia is ratified, a top Russian senator said on Friday. "If one reads the text of the document carefully then it becomes clear that Americans will really have to reduce the number of [nuclear] warheads, while if we [Russia] want to reach the levels defined by the document, will actually have to increase the amount of warheads," Mikhail Margelov, the head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Federation Council, said in an...
  • WHICH REPUBLICANS SOLD OUT?

    12/22/2010 7:24:53 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 47 replies
    Dick Morris .com ^ | December 22,2010 | Dick Morris
    With the new Republican power in Washington, it is doubly important to keep a close eye on the doings of GOP Senators and Congressmen to spot those who are straying from orthodoxy, seduced by power and the insider clubiness that characterizes Washington. In the Lame Duck session, we want to draw attention to six Republican U.S. Senators who voted with the Democrats on a key issue. We should all bear their apostasy in mind and, in particular, make them mindful of the possibility of primary challenges to their re-nomination. Two Senators, in particular, deserve to have primary challengers take them...
  • Obama Wins Senate Approval of START Nuclear Arms Pact With Russia

    12/22/2010 1:04:20 PM PST · by brytlea · 155 replies · 6+ views
    Fox News ^ | December 22, 2010
    President Obama secured another major legislative victory Wednesday with the Senate ratification of a nuclear arms treaty with Russia. Vice President Biden presided over the Senate's 71-26 vote with Secretary Hillary Clinton in attendance.
  • Senate ratifies New START nuclear pact

    12/22/2010 12:44:46 PM PST · by jazusamo · 45 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | December 22, 2010 | Desmond Butler - AP
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Wednesday ratified a new arms control treaty with Russia in a major foreign policy win for President Obama. The vote was 71-26...
  • Some In GOP Cave On New START

    12/21/2010 5:43:50 PM PST · by Kaslin · 30 replies
    IBD Editorials ^ | December 21, 2010 | Staff
    Strategy: The heirs of Ronald Reagan abandon his legacy and dream of defending America from nuclear attack. Our security will rest on ambiguous language and vague assurances, not on the genius of U.S. technology. Peace in our time, or should we say appeasement in our time, as a sufficient number of GOP senators signed on the New START treaty to give the Democrats and President Obama the 67 votes needed for ratification. The Hill reported that Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., became the 10th Republican to support the treaty on Monday. Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., was No. 9, saying on Monday...
  • GOP 8 who voted for START phone numbers

    12/21/2010 5:28:42 PM PST · by GailA · 35 replies · 1+ views
    12/21/10 | GailA
    Call Mitch McConnell's office he is after all susposedlly IN CONTROL of his senators. Remind them of NOVEMBER and we are taking names and recording votes of GOP breaking their oath of office and siding with bambi. KEEP HITTING REDIAL Mitch McConnell 202-224-2541 Sen. Corker’s office 202-224-3344 Sen. Lamar Alexander 202-224-4944 Olympia Snowe Toll free in Maine: (800) 432-1599 (202) 224-5344 Susan Collins (202) 224-2523 Scott Brown (202) 224-4543 Judd Gregg (202) 224-3324 http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2646057/posts Richard Lugar (202) 224-4814 George V. Voinovich (202) 224-3353 Johnny Isakson (202) 224-3643 Lisa Murkowski 202-224-6665 Thad Cochran 202-224-5054 Bob Bennett (202) 224-5444 Toll-Free number to...
  • New START treaty passes key Senate vote (Cloture passes 67-28, 11 R support)

    12/21/2010 1:25:07 PM PST · by Innovative · 113 replies · 2+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Dec 22, 2010 | Lisa Mascaro and Michael Muskal
    The Senate voted 67-28 to pass a cloture motion, seemingly enough to assure final ratification. Eleven Republicans joined with 56 Democrats to pass the cloture motion. It will take 67 votes to ratify the New Start pact, which would give the Obama administration its top foreign policy goal in the lame-duck session. Among Republicans announcing their support were Richard G. Lugar of Indiana, George V. Voinovich of Ohio, Scott Brown of Massachusetts, Olympia J. Snowe and Susan Collins of Maine, Lamar Alexander and Bob Corker of Tennessee, Johnny Isakson of Georgia, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Thad Cochran of Mississippi, and...
  • Reagan Aide Perle: START 'Seriously Flawed'

    12/21/2010 12:41:19 PM PST · by Qbert · 28 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/16/2010 | Dan Weil & Ashley Martella
    Instead of pressuring reluctant Republican senators for rapid ratification of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, the Obama administration should just drop it, says Richard Perle, a key architect of President Ronald Reagan’s strategy to end the Cold War. “It’s a seriously flawed treaty,” Perle, now a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, says during an exclusive interview with Newsmax.TV. “It’s certainly not the kind of treaty Ronald Reagan fought for and accomplished.” The pact is very weak on verification, he says. “For example, our right to inspections is limited to sites the Russians declare . . ....
  • More Support for Arms Control Treaty (BOTH TENNESSEE GOP SENATORS)

    12/21/2010 8:07:09 AM PST · by GailA · 24 replies · 1+ views
    NYT ^ | 12/21/10 | Peter Baker
    “I’m convinced that America is safer and more secure with the New Start treaty than without it,” Mr. Alexander said, just a week after voting along with other Republicans against bringing the treaty to the floor for debate.
  • Jon Voight says Barack Obama capable of destroying the US in lame duck session

    12/21/2010 4:27:47 AM PST · by Suvroc10 · 16 replies
    Examiner ^ | December 21, 2010 | Marc Schenker
    Jon Voight says Barack Obama capable of destroying the US in lame duck session. On last night’s Hannity on FNC, actor Jon Voight was asked by fill-in host Mark Steyn (Sean took off for Christmas early) about Obama’s Start Treaty ambitions. Sporting a new mustache, the actor showed a grasp of foreign policy knowledge that was far superior to that of all Democrats and liberals combined. His message to the American people was simple: Call your senators today and make certain that you put pressure on them not to vote yes on Obama’s Start Treaty and the underhanded way that...
  • Ten key Republican swing votes on Start Treaty with Russia

    12/20/2010 7:28:24 PM PST · by FR_addict · 26 replies
    DickMorris.com ^ | 12/20/2010 | Dick Morris
    Dear Friend, On Tuesday — tomorrow — the lame duck Senate will vote on ratifying the START treaty with Russia. It needs 67 votes and we must not let it pass!!! While maintaining parity in strategic nuclear weapons, it locks in a 10,000 to 200 Russian advantage in tactical nuclear weapons and bars the US from developing interceptor missiles as part of a shield against incoming warheads — whether Russian or Iranian or North Korean. Putin snookered Hillary and Obama and they are desperate to pass the treaty to appease the left. There are ten key Republican swing votes. Please...
  • Russia Warns Senate Not to Amend Arms Control Treaty

    12/20/2010 10:54:25 AM PST · by balls · 80 replies
    nyt ^ | December 20, 2010 | PETER BAKER
    WASHINGTON — Russia warned the United States Senate on Monday not to rewrite the new arms control treaty being debated on Capitol Hill as American lawmakers clashed about the politics of ratification in the waning days of the Congressional session. Republican critics of the treaty, known as New Start, offered more amendments to the treaty’s language on verification and launcher limits. But any change to the treaty text would require both countries to return to the negotiating table, and Moscow made it clear that senators had to accept the treaty or reject it as it is, without amendments. “I can...
  • START loses key GOP support--Senate Democrats say they still have votes to ratify treaty

    12/19/2010 6:04:16 PM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | December 19, 2010 | Eli Lake
    Key Senate Republicans on Sunday announced that they do not support ratification of a U.S.-Russia arms control treaty, upsetting White House plans to win passage of the pact during the lame-duck session of the Senate. Despite these statements, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senate Democratic leaders said they have the 67 votes needed to ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START). On Sunday, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, said they will not be voting to approve the U.S.-Russia arms treaty in the final days of the 111th Congress....
  • Republicans dig in their heels on nuclear treaty as Dems push vote

    12/19/2010 11:38:03 AM PST · by onyx · 46 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/19/10 10:08 AM ET | Alexander Bolton and Bridget Johnson
    Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) predicted victory Sunday for the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty, but his Republican counterpart said that unless there are changes to the preamble he is "absolutely" voting no. "I think whether there are the votes to ratify depends on how much the Senate is jammed," Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) said on "Fox News Sunday," saying his "prediction is coming true" that other business including the DREAM Act and the omnibus had swallowed time senators needed "to do it adequately." Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (Ky.) announced on Sunday morning that he would oppose...
  • GOP Senator to Dems: If you try to pass DADT, Republicans won't pass START

    12/17/2010 1:48:09 PM PST · by roses of sharon · 42 replies
    UPDATE, 4:11 p.m.: In an interview with me just now, Senator Bob Corker doubled down on his contention that if Dems move on DADT, Republicans will be less likely to support START. "I felt like momentum was growing for START," Corker said, adding that since Reid announced he was holding votes on DADT and DREAM, it has had a "chilling effect." "I'm watching support for the treaty erode, because of highly partisan political issues being brought up solely because activist groups in the Democratic Party want this done," he continued. Corker said he wasn't issuing a personal threat, and was...
  • Governor Palin: Senate Republicans: Vote No on New START;Update

    12/17/2010 11:43:47 AM PST · by American Dream 246 · 14 replies · 2+ views
    conservatives4palin ^ | 12/17/10 | Whitney Pitcher
    Governor Palin writes the following piece at the National Review: "The proposed New START agreement should be evaluated by the only criteria that matters for a treaty: Is it in America’s interest? I am convinced this treaty is not. It should not be rammed through in the lame duck session using behind the scenes deal-making reminiscent of the tactics used in the health care debate. New START actually requires the U.S. to reduce our nuclear weapons and allows the Russians to increase theirs. This is one-sided and makes no strategic sense. New START’s verification regime is weaker than the treaty...
  • [Sarah Palin]Senate Republicans: Vote No on New START

    12/17/2010 12:14:45 PM PST · by onyx · 50 replies
    NRO - The Corner ^ | December 17, 2010 12:13 P.M. | Sarah Palin
    The proposed New START agreement should be evaluated by the only criteria that matters for a treaty: Is it in America’s interest?  I am convinced this treaty is not.  It should not be rammed through in the lame duck session using behind the scenes deal-making reminiscent of the tactics used in the health care debate.  New START actually requires the U.S. to reduce our nuclear weapons and allows the Russians to increase theirs.  This is one-sided and makes no strategic sense.  New START’s verification regime is weaker than the treaty it replaces, making it harder for us to detect Russian cheating.  Since we now know...
  • Senate Republicans: Vote No on New START (Sarah Palin)

    12/17/2010 10:52:07 AM PST · by Bigtigermike · 11 replies · 2+ views
    National Review ^ | December 17, 2010 | Sarah Palin
    De-link Missile Defense; Defeat New START by Sarah Palin...... The proposed New START agreement should be evaluated by the only criteria that matters for a treaty: Is it in America’s interest? I am convinced this treaty is not. It should not be rammed through in the lame duck session using behind the scenes deal-making reminiscent of the tactics used in the health care debate. New START actually requires the U.S. to reduce our nuclear weapons and allows the Russians to increase theirs. This is one-sided and makes no strategic sense. New START’s verification regime is weaker than the treaty it...
  • DeMint Says More Time Needed to Debate START; Admin. Notes He Missed 7/12 Foreign Relations Hearings

    12/16/2010 9:03:05 AM PST · by Qbert · 24 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News- Political Punch ^ | 12/15/2010 | Jake Tapper & Matt Jaffe
    Frustrated with Sen. Jim DeMint’s support for a move to require an oral reading of the START nuclear disarmament treaty with Russia – a move that could take as long as 12-15 hours in these waning lame duck days -- an Obama administration official notes that DeMint only attended five of the 12 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings on START, nor was he present for the final vote to order the treaty reported on the 16th. DeMint attended the May 18 and 19, June 15 and 24, and July 14 Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings, plus the Committee markup session...
  • DeMint will force readings of START Treaty and omnibus bill

    12/15/2010 9:30:51 AM PST · by Qbert · 68 replies · 2+ views
    The Hill ^ | 12/15/2010 | Michael O'Brien
    Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) will force readings of both a nuclear arms treaty and $1.1 trillion spending bill that could eat up hours of the remaining lame-duck Congress. DeMint will invoke a senatorial privilege to ask that texts of both the New START Treaty and the 2011 omnibus spending bill be read aloud on the Senate floor. The readings could take seven to 12 hours to verbalize the START Treaty, while the omnibus could take 40 to 60 hours, according to a spokesman for DeMint. The readings could eat up a substantial amount of time in the closing days of...
  • Obama may delay start of his Christmas vacation

    12/13/2010 1:21:46 PM PST · by Red Steel · 40 replies · 1+ views
    whtc ^ | Monday December 13, 2010 8 minutes ago | Alister Bull
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama is likely to delay the start of his Christmas vacation to help several of his key legislative goals pass Congress before the end of the year, the White House said on Monday. Obama is tentatively scheduled to depart on Saturday for Hawaii, where the family traditionally spends its year-end vacation. But lawmakers are still debating the extension of Bush-era tax cuts and a new nuclear weapons deal, both of which Obama is eager to see approved. "The president will be here for as long as Congress is here," said White House spokesman Robert Gibbs,...
  • DO SENATORS KNOW? TOP DOWN, BOTTOM UP AND INSIDE OUT

    12/10/2010 5:27:40 PM PST · by Whenifhow · 6 replies · 1+ views
    NoisyRoom.net ^ | 12-10-2010 | AJ
    Liberals are ratcheting up their calls for Revolution. It’s time we send a letter like this to all Senators: Dear Senator, We hope you are aware that Community Organizers are openly discussing the need to riot – to “govern from below.” Their rallying cries espouse violence, as evidenced in their media interviews and university organizations and most troubling is the divisive rhetoric we’ve heard from President Obama (e.g. “punish our enemies”). CNBC reported that the Pentagon is strategizing for a potential uprising and military training for civil unrest is well under way. Those closest to the President – union leaders,...
  • Likely GOP Hopefuls Line Up Against Nuclear Treaty

    12/09/2010 6:44:23 AM PST · by Mozilla · 3 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 12/09/10 | staff
    Republicans weighing a White House bid fiercely oppose a new nuclear arms treaty with Russia and stand in stark contrast to two presidents, Democrat Barack Obama and Republican George H.W. Bush, on a critical foreign policy issue. "It's an obsolete approach that's a holdover from the Cold War and a bilateral treaty without taking into account multilateral threats," former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Wednesday, becoming the latest potential 2012 candidate to object to swift passage of the treaty without changes. Gingrich joins Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, John Thune and Sarah Palin — all outspoken critics of the pact. The...
  • Jon Kyl: No time left for START

    12/09/2010 12:59:46 AM PST · by Red Steel · 4 replies
    Politico ^ | 12/8/10 3:43 PM EST | JEN DIMASCIO
    With Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pressing for quick ratification of the New START treaty, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) reiterated again on Wednesday there wasn’t enough time left in this lame-duck session of Congress to consider it. Kyl — who’s been holding out for more money to modernize the nation’s nuclear research labs, among other things — met with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but there was no public signal of progress afterward. “There’s a lot going on,” Kerry told reporters after the meeting in Kyl’s Capitol office. “We’re trying to make sure that...