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August 04, 2010

The Left Pushes START with Blinders On

The Left Pushes START with Blinders On

The Heritage Foundation

By Bethany Murphy

As he did with Obamacare, the President is aiming to pass his most important foreign policy goal, the New START treaty with Russia, at any cost necessary. In this case, the cost of passage is the security of the American people and the sovereignty of the American government.

In April, President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed the treaty, which now requires Senate ratification. To pass, the treaty needs support from a two-thirds majority. And The Heritage Foundation has fought from the beginning of the debate to ensure lawmakers have the facts about how bad New START really is.

Congressional conservatives like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) have come out strongly against the treaty, stating that it is a throw-back to Cold War-era foreign policy, where America's only enemy was the Soviet government. The treaty requires that America reduce its nuclear deterrent, without any verification that the Russians are keeping up their end of the bargain.

In a recent opinion piece in the Washington Examiner, Heritage's James Carafano, a leading foreign policy expert, notes:

A deliberately self-weakened United States will exert little influence on the nuclear inventories and programs of other nations...Rather, potential competitors will feel emboldened. They'll step up their programs. Allies will feel increasingly insecure and take matters more into their own hands.

Obama has told Senate conservatives that the new treaty will not weaken the American strategic position, and has promised increased funding ($100 billion over the next 10 years) for strategic systems. But we've seen a number of promises go stale under the President's watch. And Senators should remember that as they contemplate signing away our national security.


Stop the New START

By Ed Feulner
(Dr. Edwin Feulner is president of The Heritage Foundation, a Gold Partner)

The first major problem with the treaty: It would definitely reduce the number of American weapons, but it wouldn’t necessarily trim the number of Russian ones.

That’s 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 1,700–2,200 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 Russia’s 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 won’t 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 treaty’s warhead and launcher limits, but tactical nuclear weapons wouldn’t be counted. That’s 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 we’ll still have something the Russians won’t, 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.” That’s certainly how the Russians see things.

Gen. Yevgeniy Buzinskiy says that Russia wouldn’t 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 it’s safe to assume that we won’t 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 there’s 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.


Wild Thing's comment.......

There seems to be no end to the treason committed by Obama and his cronies.

This from Big Government blog:

"Senator John Kerry said on Bloomberg TV that Republicans may not be given access to the negotiating agreement, but may be tossed a promise for modernization. Kerry said of the negotiating record “on the negotiating record. And they want assurances with respect to the modernization program on nuclear weapons. They ought to have that and we are willing – you know, I am going to try and get two out of three of those and the third is really up to the administration. The question on the negotiating record is the administration’s decision.” This seems to indicate that Senate Republicans will not be given the negotiating record. This is circumstantial evidence that they have something to hide."

....Thank you Mark for sending this to me.

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Posted by Wild Thing at August 4, 2010 05:48 AM


As always, we come out on the bottom on the treaty. Putin must be enjoying a great laugh at this feeble attempt to promote peaceful intentions. I still remember Reagan walking out on a rigged nuclear treaty in Iceland. That was the right way to negotiate with the Russians. I also remember Bush 41 having all those B52s cut up. Damn these globalists.

Posted by: TomR, armed in Texas at August 4, 2010 11:51 AM

And the democrats push this crap down our throats and its the yound who will pay for it. It's the same with everything this Kenyan Misfit does. Our grandchildren will pay for it,in spades no pun intended.

Posted by: Mark at August 4, 2010 05:53 PM

(1) The #1 nuke idea by the Obama administration is, "Zero Nukes In The World," in reality: "Zero US Nukes," and deeply present in the Nuclear Posture Review 2010 (NPR 2010), in the US-Russia New Start Treaty, as well as, theirs and Congress´un-American NO!!!, towards new US nuclear weapons systems, and/or new US nuclear modernization, new US delivery systems, enhancement of US missile defense, and full scale US underground testing.

But, this dangerous idea, and argument for, "Zero Nukes In The World," i.e. "Zero US Nukes," is NOT NEW, it´s already DEEPLY ROOTED in "The Communist Takeover Of America - 45 Declared Goals," January 10, 1963, at , with an in-depth analyse of the document, at , as well as, has an in-depth analyse of the Obama administration, and its purpose of, "Exposing Communists in US Gov´t."


Say No To Zero US Nukes
Say No To NPR 2010
Say No To The New Start Treaty

Say Yes To New US Nukes
Say Yes To US Missile Defense
Say Yes To US Underground Testing

(My remark: Previously posted by me at , 7/27/10 8:51 PM.)

(2) "Top 10 Reasons Not to Trust Russia," This is a Factsheet on Russia and Eurasia, Published on July 29, 2010, at , short summary:

1. A Long History of Arms Control Violations.
2. The West Is Still Their #1 Threat.
3. Helping Iran and North Korea.
4. Still Building a Nuclear Arsenal.
5. Not in Compliance on Other Treaties.
6. No Regard for Georgia Independence.
7. Responds Offensively to Defensive Measures.
8. Ties to Terrorist Organizations.
9. Natural Gas as a Political Weapon.
10. An Authoritarian Regime.


Don´t TRUST Russia, and say NO to the New Start Treaty.

(My remark: Previously posted by me at , 7/31/10 3:19 PM.)

Posted by: Anon at August 4, 2010 08:58 PM

Some video links on the New Start Treaty, Communism, and the destroying of the US nuclear arsenal:

1. .
2. , June - August, 2010.
3. .

Posted by: Anon at August 4, 2010 11:43 PM

My correction: , June - August, 2010.

Posted by: Anon at August 4, 2010 11:50 PM

Tom, amen to all you said. I am so upset about how many globalists we have had in power. I wish there had been more awareness from day one about this. But even today there are still people that will argue there is no New World Order.....hello to them get with what is happening.

Thanks Tom.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 5, 2010 12:17 AM

Mark, well said, yes it is going to effect big time the future of the children. I forget who said it on FOX, several people were talking and one said, it will take years. It might have been Bill Crystal saying it to Krauthammer. Years not just one term, to take our country back and change things obama has done so far.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 5, 2010 12:20 AM

Anon, thanks for the information and the links.
My gosh this is all so bad and so few people have even heard of New Start and what obama is doing.

Posted by: Wild Thing at August 5, 2010 12:22 AM