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Questions CNN Did Not Ask on New START

Posted By James Carafano On November 17, 2010 @ 1:00 pm In Security | Comments Disabled

News Flash: “Nearly three out of four Americans say lawmakers should ratify a nuclear treaty with Russia that’s stalled in the Senate, according to a new national poll.” Or so says CNN [1]. But does this poll really show Americans really support the treaty or that they don’t actually understand the treaty? There is a reason that national leaders like Sarah Palin, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and former CIA Director James Woolsey [2] have all come out against considering the NEW START nuclear agreement during lame duck. Here are five questions CNN did not ask:

Question #1. Would you support a treaty that requires the U.S. to cut more weapons and launchers than the Russians; allows them to actually build more launchers; allows Russia to modernize when Obama has already said he will not build modern nuclear weapons; and leaves Russia with many times more nuclear weapons than the U.S.? (hint: Russia has an estimated 10 to 1 advantage in tactical nuclear weapons that is not covered by the treaty [3])

Question #2. Would you support a treaty that requires the U.S. to share sensitive missile defense information with Russia, information that might be passed to Iran to help them plan how to defeat U.S. missile defenses? (hint: the treaty could require sharing telemetry test data with Russia [3])

Question #3. Do you think an independent commission not accountable to the U.S. government should be able to dictate limits to missile defense? (hint: that is in the treaty too [4])

Question #4. Would you vote for a treaty with 12 major flaws in it? (hint: want to guess how many major flaws [3] there are in New START?)

Question #5. Would you want a treaty that, despite White House claims to the opposite, could actually result in more nuclear states and an increased likelihood of nuclear war [5]?

If CNN had included these questions, Americans who are interested in protecting and defending America and understand the importance of missile defense [6] might well have voted differently.


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[1] Or so says CNN: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2010/11/16/cnn-poll-three-quarters-say-ratify-start-treaty

[2] Sarah Palin, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and former CIA Director James Woolsey: http://www.foundry.org/2010/11/16/the-no-new-start-in-the-lame-duck-consensus/

[3] Russia has an estimated 10 to 1 advantage in tactical nuclear weapons that is not covered by the treaty: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/09/Twelve-Flaws-of-New-START-That-Will-Be-Difficult-to-Fix

[4] that is in the treaty too: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/11/New-START-Critical-Limits-on-US-Missile-Defense-Options-Persist

[5] more nuclear states and an increased likelihood of nuclear war: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Reports/2010/09/What-Nuclear-Gaming-Tells-Us-About-New-START

[6] missile defense: http://33-minutes.com/33-minutes/

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