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  • New START Will Not Make Us Safer Tomorrow: A Response to Senator Carl Levin

    Senator Carl Levin (D–MI), Chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, released an op-ed last week arguing that the new START Treaty is good for the U.S. and the world. This follows similar op-eds from Sen. John Kerry (D–MA) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R–IN). Given the number of such publications over the past couple of weeks, it is becoming clear that this treaty is finally getting the level of attention it deserves. It is also becoming increasingly evident that this Administration is worried the opposition voice is growing stronger.

    In his article, Senator Levin argues this treaty sends all the right signals to the international community that America is serious about the threats posed by nuclear weapons. However, Levin fails to realize we have been serious about this commitment for decades and do not need a treaty to make it any clearer. The U.S. provides nuclear guarantees to 30 countries across the globe, which ultimately means these nations do not need to build arsenals of their own. This nation has already done more for non-proliferation than any treaty will be able to accomplish.

    In fact, it is quite likely that the START treaty will only lead to a new arms race. As the U.S. will continue to reduce its weapons stockpile, Russia will modernize its nuclear arsenal and further develop its tactical nuclear weapons program, both of which are permitted under the new START treaty. The newly installed Russian First Deputy Defense Minister, Colonel-General Vladimir Popovkin (Retired), has stated that his first procurement priority is Russia’s strategic deterrent, including its nuclear forces, the early warning system, and the air and air-space defenses. This will lead to greater instability in the region as both China and North Korea will seek to facilitate development of their weapons programs.

    Senator Levin also tries the same line as the Administration by claiming that the treaty is focused on offensive weapons and therefore in no way limits U.S. missile defense. Nevertheless, such statements contradict plain facts. Article V of the treaty is a direct limitation on the missile defense system. As noted by Ambassador Robert Joseph, former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and former U.S. Special Envoy for Nuclear Nonproliferation, “Initially, the Obama Administration gave numerous assurances that there would be no limitations on missile defenses in the treaty—‘no way, no how.’ Later, once the treaty text was made public, the line changed to ‘no meaningful’ limitations and ‘no constraints on current and planned’ programs.” Just because it is not in the plans now, however, doesn’t mean it may not be needed tomorrow. If this treaty is ratified, it will prevent the U.S. from making any progress on missile defense architecture for 10 years. This is unacceptable.

    Opposition to the treaty is growing stronger each day. Heritage has recently assembled statements by 25 current and former government officials summarizing the dangers posed by the new START Treaty. As the potential dangers brought about by this treaty become more evident, hopefully the numbers will only grow larger.

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    6 Responses to New START Will Not Make Us Safer Tomorrow: A Response to Senator Carl Levin

    1. Pingback: U.S. State Department: U.S. Should Not Worry Over Russian Cheating On START « Read NEWS

    2. Mike, Atlanta says:

      A treaty that lowers strategic weapon counts is acceptable, even desired. But one that limits missile defense is wholly unacceptable. The US finally has the technology to end the unholy, immoral policy of MAD, which operates by holding hostage millions of innocent civilians for the good behavior of their leaders. At some point in the future, some nation or group around the globe will choose to launch nuclear missiles. Without missile defense, we cannot prevent a terrible catastrophe.

    3. Al Padilla Detroit M says:

      Carl Levin our GREAT LEADER from Michigan again has put his policies and judgements in place and DAMN the rest of us. Lovely just Lovely what an idiot

    4. G-mama, PA says:

      I don't agree with Sen. Carl Levin, Sen. John Kerry and Sen. Richard Lugar that the new START treaty is good for the U. S. and the world. Are they working for the Russians or for us? Why do we have to reduce our weapons stockpile and let the Russians modernize its nuclear arsenel and further develop its tachtical nuclear weapons program? We need missile defense and also to modernize our nuclear weapons. This is absurd!!!!

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