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  • The "No New START In The Lame Duck" Consensus

    SALT I negotiator, START delegate-at-large, Conventional Armed Forces in Europe treaty chief negotiator, and former CIA Director R. James Woolsey in The Wall Street Journal:

    A number of years negotiating arms-control agreements with the Soviets taught me that, when dealing with Russian counterparts, don’t appear eager—friendly yes, eager never. Regrettably, the Obama administration seems to have become eager for a deal in its negotiations on the follow-on treaty to the recently expired Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (Start). Hopes for a boost in efforts to “reset” relations with Russia, and for progress toward the president’s dream of a world without nuclear weapons, apparently combined to trump prudent negotiating strategy. As a result, concessions to Russian demands make it difficult to support Senate approval of the new treaty, known as New Start, as it currently stands.

    Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) today :

    When Majority Leader Harry Reid asked me if I thought the treaty could be considered in the lame duck session, I replied I did not think so given the combination of other work Congress must do and the complex and unresolved issues related to START and modernization. I appreciate the recent effort by the Administration to address some of the issues that we have raised and I look forward to continuing to work with Senator Kerry, DOD, and DOE officials.

    Former-Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) last week :

    And for those of you joining the United States Senate, don’t listen to desperate politically-motivated arguments about the need for hasty consideration of the “New START” treaty. Insist on your right to patient and careful deliberation of New START to address very real concerns about verification, missile defense, and modernization of our nuclear infrastructure. No New START in the lame duck!

    There are at least a dozen fatal flaws in New START that must be addressed before the Senate should even vote on the measure. Woolsey is right, the Obama administration is too eager to get rush this agreement. We can get a better deal.

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    5 Responses to The "No New START In The Lame Duck" Consensus

    1. J.R. Garrett,sr St. says:

      1. Put the President back into the Presidential Chair of position. To govern through his resources, according to the U.S. Constitution.

      2.Stop his meddling & open commenting . Comments that seem to be generated by a brain with some "blind spots".

      3.The Congress, Senate and the structural protocol of each respective Federal Departments should be adequately manned to operate under the Constitution, the Senate armed services, The Congress and the citizenry Watchdogs.

      4.We don't need all the underhanded manipulation & dictatorship action that takes place, "when we get behind clothed doors" (musical love song of adultry).

      5. Empty the fuel tanks on Air Force One, and revoke his passport!

    2. John Stevenson, Circ says:

      In the late 1950's I was a fighter/interceptor pilot in the USAF Air Defense Command. Headquartered out of Newfoundland, the 64th Air Division had three interceptor squadrons and radar sites across the Artic Circle to detect any Soviet attempts. Our interceptors met many Soviet bombers, probably just testing us. So the START process is very improtant to me and fortunately we had strong, knowledgeable people negotiating that first START.

      The New START's negotiators haven't the knowledge, appreciation or real concern to develop a treaty that doesn't sell out our strength in order to be cozy with the Russians. This is heavy stuff and the Administration hasn't the leadership strength as demonstrated in New START. We have to do better!

    3. Greg B Vail, AZ says:

      ANY treaty that restricts our ability to use and develop anti missile technology should not even be considered. An anti missile shield would only put us a hop skip and a jump away from an effective anti meteor system. This in turn would lead to the true development of practical space exploration and development of asteroid mining. We need to set the ground work NOW. The resources of the earth are finite. The eco freaks should love this as it would place all mining and metals refinement off earth were it will not affect the eco system.

    4. Larry Welch, Idaho says:

      Looking for a "better deal" is not a responsible position. Our nation needs and must establish an adequate defense regardless of what the Russians want. Cancelling the missile defense shield in eastern europe was an immense blunder requiring a critical examination of any and all subsequent decisions by the Obama administration. This New START, "just lay down our arms" nonsense should not be given any serious thought.

    5. Bob Farquhar, Bonair says:

      Would someone care to tell me how effective the national missile defense system is? The Aegis based system does OK in testing, but GmD has yet to be realistically tested successfully. Just read the Operational Test and Evaluation reports.

      Are you willing to continuie pouring money into another "pie in the sky" ABM system that does not work? We could add it to Nike, Sentinal, and Safeguard, all systems that were inherantly ineffective..

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