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  • Obama's New START Half Truths Have Consequences

    Is President Barack Obama sowing the seeds of mistrust in Washington by playing “fast and loose with the truth in pursuit of political ends”? Heritage’s James Carafano writes that revelations about the President’s signature New START Treaty certainly make it look that way.

    Under the treaty, Russia will be permitted to build a dozen more nuclear weapons if they so choose — and Russian officials have said they plan to build more launchers. The United States, though, must cut weapons and platforms, including a quarter of its launchers. And that’s contrary to the representations the Obama Administration made in pushing for the treaty. Carafano explains:

    As [scholar Keith] Payne notes, in pressing for Senate approval of the arms pact, the State Department emphatically declared, “The Treaty does not force the United States to reduce unilaterally.”

    Indeed, the Obama administration promised the treaty would reduce U.S.-Russian nuke inventories by 30 percent. The facts revealed in the data exchange sure make it look like, in selling New START, the White House sold the Senate a bill of goods.

    There are other revelations, too, calling into question the President’s approach to national security. Carafano notes that the President threatened to veto a bill that would have modernized U.S. nuclear stockpiles, despite his promise to update the arsenal when pushing for the treaty. And the White House is also pursuing deeper reductions in nuclear arms.

    Carafano says that Obama’s nuclear half truths will have repercussions among U.S. allies.

    America’s friends and allies are waking up to the fact that our president does not always mean what he says on matters of foreign policy and national security. Czech officials announced last week they are pulling out of Obama’s new missile defense plan for Europe . . .

    Questioning allies, questionable promises and quizzical policies suggest a national security approach that keeps left and right hands distant strangers.

    Read more in The Washington Examiner.

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    7 Responses to Obama's New START Half Truths Have Consequences

    1. Bobbie says:

      This man is abusing his authority at the cost of America! It must be stopped! He has to be addressed bluntly for the safety and protection of this country and people! It's crystal clear, America is not in his favor!!! The circumventing of the constitution and laws, the corruption, puts us in grave danger because of his hatred for this country. I know it's not just him. "He" just has a name and an undeserving position that he also circumvents.

    2. JimmyZ says:

      Interpreting Obama is pretty straightforward. If our enemies are for it, Obama is for it. If our enemies are against it, Obama is against it. If it hurts our country, diminishes our people or security – he is for it. if it strengths the US, reinforces freedom, or promoted the "American Way" – he is against it. If his lips are moving, he is lying. The greatest enemy of our nation sits in the Oval Office. May God have mercy on us all.

    3. Dee says:

      I AM ASHAMED OF MY CONGRESS FOR SITTING BACK AND LETTING A NON CITIZEN LIKE OBAMA TO JUST KEEP ON DESTROYING OUR COUNTRY….IF CLINTON COULD HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED THEN WHY CANT OBAMA BE IN PEACHED FOR OBAMA HAS DONE SO MUCH MORE TO OUR COUNTRY THEN CLINTON…….WHAT IS WRONG WITH THIS COUNTRY THAT THEY DONT STAND UP FOR OUR CONSTITUTION???? :( :(

    4. Jon says:

      JimmyZ You took the words right out of my mouth! Amen.

    5. snydrhrry says:

      I can't think of even one policy promulgated by BHO that has helped the country. Everything he does seems to weaken the U.S. in some way. Further, as others have also said, this is deliberate policy of Obama (and his various advisers). If the country collapses, some who have positioned themselves properly will benefit just in the defeated South and conquered France (in 1940).

    6. tara says:

      ALL of the formerly posted comments are wonderfully expressed. you all saved me a long while typing! thank you!

    7. LISA WALTER says:

      Theodore "Teddy" Roosevelt ( ; October 27, 1858 – January 6, 1919) was the 26th President of the United States (1901–1909). He is noted for his exuberant personality, range of interests and achievements, and his leadership of the Progressive Movement, as well as his "cowboy" persona and robust masculinity. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived PROGRESSIVE ("Bull Moose") Party of 1912. Before becoming President, he held offices at the city, state, and federal levels. Roosevelt's achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.

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