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  • Concessions for Nothing, Rule-Breaking for Free

    FOX News reports:

    Russia and the United States have tentatively agreed to a weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads.

    The plan, which Fox News has learned was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the U.S. has ever accepted.

    Initial thoughts:

    • The description reported in the press of what has been agreed to is way too vague to know whether there would be a significant security risk.
    • What we know for sure is that the administration is dead wrong in how its approaching verification and transparency issues. These should be negotiated as a protocol to the existing Moscow Treaty and not negotiated through a START follow-on treaty (which requires unrealistic deadlines for signature, ratification and entry into force before the December 5th expiration of START). Pushing for agreements in a slap-dash fashion risks getting really complex negotiations wrong.
    • Before agreeing to new verification and transparency measures the administration should first recognize that Russia has violated the existing such measures under START in multiple ways and on numerous occasions (cataloged in the August 2005 report “Adherence to and Compliance with Arms Control, Nonproliferation, and Disarmament Agreements and Commitments” released by the Department of State). It makes no sense to give new concessions when the Russians are not playing by the existing rules.
    • The administration’s unrealistic rush to negotiate new arms control agreements should give the Senate pause. At a minimum the Senate should insist on a lengthy and thorough review before even thinking about ratification.
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    3 Responses to Concessions for Nothing, Rule-Breaking for Free

    1. Freedom of Speech TX says:

      One of the best "common-sense" articles I have read.

      Unfortunately for all of us, that very thing appears to be in short supply.

      You would have to be a fool to placate ANY country through this means.

      When did "state secrets" for the security of our nation become bargaining chips?

      Let's all hope this administration is NOT THAT naive. They just got what should be a wakeup call with Russian "support" on tough Iran sanctions.

      The diplomats will argue these are "sensitive" issues. We must not hurt feelings, etc. Do the opposing diplomats care about our feelings?

      What utterly dangerous nonsense.

    2. Jeremy, Reno, NV says:

      The Russians already have access to view and count our missiles and warheads This is not New News. This is due to President Bush's START treaty from 2001. Be careful about what you criticize Obama and his administration about, there is enough to attack him on without going after things we are uninfomred about.

    3. Freedom of Speech TX says:

      Dear Jeremy NV – THIS IS NEW NEWS. What does 'the most intrusive" mean to you?

      THEY do not currently have "access" to view and count "all" of our missles and warheads.

      Everything is due to President Bush. I recommend you go back to Clinton and study his presidency. That is where radical changes were made in virtually every area. Where do you want to start?

      The rise of Al Queda? Pacifying N. Korea with oil and food NOT to develop nucs? Don't ask don't tell? CIA?

      The START Treaty had limited concessions compared to what is now being proposed.

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