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  • 41 Senators to Obama: No START Without Nuclear Modernization

    The Obama Administration is currently negotiating with Russia to establish a treaty to succeed the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START), which expired on December 5th.

    As the Heritage Foundation has documented, the Administration’s mishandling of strategic nuclear arms control discussions to date has resulted in a hasty and overambitious process that has threatened to circumvent the U.S. Senate’s role in treaty-making and undermine vital national interests.

    Yesterday, 40 Republican senators and one independent voiced their concerns about the process and pointed out how a START follow-on may threaten U.S. national security.

    The 41 senators—a large enough group to block ratification of a new treaty, which would require 67 votes—wrote a letter to President Obama indicating that they will only endorse a new START accord if it includes specific plans for U.S. nuclear modernization, as outlined in Section 1251 of the fiscal year 2010 National Defense Authorization Act.

    The plurality of senators stated: “We don’t believe further reductions can be in the national security interest of the U.S. in the absence of a significant program to modernize our nuclear deterrent.”

    These members of Congress are right. The Heritage Foundation shares this view and applauds the steps taken by the group of 41 senators to safeguard our nuclear deterrent. As the negotiations proceed, the Senate will continue to have an important role to play—as envisioned in the Constitution—to ensure that a START follow-on is drafted with the highest standards and regard for America’s security.

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    5 Responses to 41 Senators to Obama: No START Without Nuclear Modernization

    1. Anon says:

      Four major stories folded into one comment:

      1. The Global Warming Hoax has arrived at their respective doorsteps at DOE, and LLNL, Mr. Gregory Friedman (DOE), Mr. Paul Ehlenbach (LLNL), and Mr. Benjamin Santer (LLNL), due to the Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla) Climategate investigation, and notifying them to retain documents related to the release of emails from CRU/UEA in UK, November 24, 2009.

      1.1 DOE has paid the Junk Scientist Mr. Phil Jones at CRU/UEA for 25 years, WHY?

      Doesn´t Mr. Phil Jones, DOE, and Mr. Benjamin Santer at LLNL understand the Scientific Method???

      1.2 Defend the Scientific Method!!!

      2. Obama Threatening To Close Offutt AFB If Nebraska Senator Ben Nelson Doesn´t Fall In Line On Health Care, as is reported by the Weekly Standard, Glenn Beck, and Sean Hannity at FNC, Rush Limbaugh, The Obama File, The Washington Examiner, Hot Air Blog, ATLAS SHRUGS, Theodore´s World, BNI, and ACE OF SPADES HQ. (Offutt AFB in Nebraska is the headquarters for US STRATEGIC Command.)

      2.1 Defend Our Defenders!!!

      3. "Harvard Simulation: U.S. Will Fail to Stop Iran Nukes," IsraelNN.com, December 6, 2009, "Iran successfully simulates nuclear warhead detonation – report," DEBKAfile Special Report, December 4, 2009, and "Iran´s Missile Rattling Signals Continued Defiance and Rising Military Threat," December 16, 2009, at http://www.foundry.org/.

      3.1 Defend US Against a Nuclear Armed Iran!!!

      4. "41 Senators to Obama: No START Without Nuclear Modernization," December 17, 2009, at http://www.foundry.org/, and "Don´t Circumvent the Senate´s Important Role in Negotiating Strategic Arms Reductions Treaties," December 9, 2009, by Baker Spring, WebMemo #2725, at the Heritage Foundation.

      4.1 Defend Our Defenders!!!

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    3. bob says:

      Yes this is very important. US intelligence is notorious for overestimating its capabilities and underestimating its opponents.

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    5. Robert Autenrieth, S says:

      Telling the reader that 41 Senators demanded something is meaningless without naming tham.

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