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  • Stop Rushing New START!

    Obama and Medvedev sign new START

    In their most recent op-ed in The Washington Post. Secretary of State Hilary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates assert that “Until a new treaty comes into force, our inspectors will not have access to Russian missile silos and the world’s two largest nuclear arsenals will lack the stability that comes with a rigorous inspection regime.”

    Obviously, this is an effort by the Obama Administration to push the Senate to vote on the treaty during the “lame duck” session of the current Congress. But there are many reasons why New START should not be voted on during the “lame duck” session of the Congress.

    The Senate does not have time to adequately evaluate the treaty during the packed “lame duck” schedule; especially because the newly seated Senators need time to become educated on the content of the treaty. In addition, the Russian Federation does not appear committed to New START ratification: On October 29 Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Russian State Duma International Affairs Committee (loyal to the Kremlin) proposed to his committee that it reconsider its earlier position in favor of ratification.

    It is ironic that the Administration is citing the need for verification as justification for treaty ratification—after all, the present verification problem was created by the Administration. The White House did not take the advantage of a five-year extension possible under START I and instead insisted on negotiating a separate agreement. At that time, the Administration justified its approach by saying that it was more important to get the treaty right rather than get the treaty soon. The Senate considered the original START for nearly a year. The Moscow Treaty, which was far less complex than New START, was before the Senate for nearly nine months. The Obama Administration took more than 12 months to negotiate New START but has sought approval from the Senate in less than five. The rush to ratification undermines the important role of “advice and consent” that the Senate must exercise on any treaty of this magnitude.

    The Administration’s claim for the urgent need to pass New START and initiate its verification provisions blatantly contradicts the Administration’s own public statements about the absence of any Russian military threat to the United States or U.S. allies. New START would increase U.S. reductions relative to Russia, and “concessions to Russian demands make it difficult to support Senate approval of the new treaty,” according to Ambassador James Woolsey.

    Treaties such as New START, a major nuclear arms agreement, require more scrutiny than others. The Senate needs access to the negotiating record that includes all draft versions of New START, memoranda, notes, and communications between U.S. and Russian negotiators. This record is critical to clear up questions on key provisions in the treaty and specifically, how the Russians interpret them. The Senate is constitutionally mandated to give due diligence in its consideration of New START. This responsibility is not consistent with the rushed process the White House is seeking.

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    8 Responses to Stop Rushing New START!

    1. Steve S. California says:

      Google Jon Kyl's website and let him know what you think. I did this morning.


    2. Buck Crosby Hubert , says:

      I just tried to call Senator Kyle regarding the new start vote , the messaging was full , I hope he realizes the tea party is against this assualt on our nations security and votes against it . I hope he is not up for sale . Remember , he is not their to vote his conscience but our demands .

    3. Pingback: National Security Shouldn’t Be For Sale! « A Nation ADrift-Why?

    4. Dr dbiggs,CA says:

      Pres OBOZO: "Tea Bagger-in-Chief"

      You Can LIE but can you READ?

      Invasion by illegal ie "Criminal Aliens"

      Obviously you have never read the United States Constitution or

      else feel that in your ivory tower and wealth that it does not apply to you!!

      I feel you need to read the following and act according to the peoples wish

      not your wishes or special interests wish list!

      There are three references to the words "invasions," "invaded," and

      "invasion" in our U.S. Constitution:

      Article I, Section 8: "The Congress shall have Power To Provide for calling

      forth the Militia to execute Laws of the Union, suppress

      insurrections and repel Invasions."

      Article I, Section 10:"No State shall, without the Consent of Congress, lay any

      Duty of Tonnage, keep Troops, or Ships of War in time

      of Peace, enter into any Agreement or Compact with

      another State, or with a foreign Power, or engage in War,

      unless actually invaded, or in such imminent Danger as

      will not admit of delay."

      Article IV, Section 4:"The United States shall guarantee to every State in the

      Union as Republican Form of Government, and shall

      protect each of them against invasion, and on

      Application of the Legislature, of of the Executive (when

      the Legislative cannot be convened) against domestic


      Your Oath of Office and sworn duties as referenced mean you must Act and

      put a Stop to the Invasion of all the Illegal immigrants we are experiencing.

      Our U.S. Constitution mandates that invasions shall be repelled by Congress.

      and that means the persons in the House of Representatives and the U.S.

      Senate. Our nation's sovereignty must be protected.

      How can you even stand in front of a mirror and even look yourself in the eyes

      knowing you are a "Bought & Paid Hoe" for special interests and the

      Democratic Party Hacks? Tell me I am wrong, please because I fear for the

      future of our country as you certainly don't care about the people or our


      You go to the SAME PLACE for LYING as you do for STEALING!!

    5. Leon Lundquist, Dura says:

      The devil in the details for New START is how the Administration set up the need for the 'hurry up.' If I were Impeaching Obama for his role (he exclusively represents Foreign Interests) I'd want to ask why he set up the Lame Ducks to pass it fast. Doesn't that prove his criminal intent? "Obama plans to pull a fast one on Congress!" That's a headline! I depend on Heritage for my news, thank you so much Michaela for pointing up the inconsistancies. And this thing is compeletely against our American interests! Oh! But they can say "We had to pass it because we didn't have Verification" as if New START was good for us.

      I am reminded of George Soros' statement, how the Russians ought to name their outfit after him. Imagine all those Soros stooges in Congress pushing a Russian Agenda and getting away with it bleeting "Verification! Verification! We must have verification!" Soros is getting off Obama. Look for Hillary in 2012! She is completely loyal to George (but not to Americans.)

    6. Craig says:

      "…especially because the newly seated Senators need time to become educated on the content of the treaty."

      This line is either a blatant lie, or a near total misunderstanding of facts. There are no "newly seated Senators" in the U.S. Congress at this time. The recently elected Senators will all be installed at the expiration of the incumbent's terms at 12 noon, January 3rd, 2011.

      Get your facts straight. Please.

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