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    New START Treaty Weakens America

    The New START Treaty, a treaty signed between the United States and Russia is promoted by the Obama Administration as a means toward a reduction of nuclear weapons between the nations.  The problem is that President Obama was a terrible negotiator and made concessions that will harm American national security.  … More

    Parsing the 'Partisan' Politics of New START

    In recent weeks, WikiLeaks published tens of thousands of classified documents, giving Taliban fighters a virtual death list of Afghan “collaborators.” At the same time, critics of the New START pact with Russia argued that the Senate should give the arms control treaty more deliberate, careful scrutiny before voting on it. … More

    Iran Announces Acquisition of S-300 Air Defense Systems

    According to Iran’s Fars news agency, Iran has obtained four S-300PT air-defense missile systems. Fars claimed that this report was first revealed last year by another news agency—one linked to Hezbollah—and that Iran never disputed the story. The report claimed that two of the four systems came from Belarus; details … More

    New START Proponents Should Stick to Policy, not Politics

    You can always tell you’re winning a policy debate when your opponent starts name-calling. Now that Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) has pulled New START off his Senate Foreign Relations Committee schedule, that’s exactly what the treaty’s supporters are doing. So Brent Scowcroft, U.S. National Security Advisor under President Gerald Ford, … More

    What Missile Defense and Nuclear Disarmament Have in Common

    Responding to James Carafano’s July 29 critique of New START, William Hartung asserts that the proposed nuclear arms treaty imposes no limitations on U.S. missile defense options. It’s a faithful parroting of the administration line.  But given Hartung’s longstanding views regarding missile defense, arms control and nuclear disarmament, this argument—coming from … More

    Morning Bell: Let's Not Make a Deal

    At the height of the debate over Obamacare, when the White House’s leftist allies were in full panic mode, The Washington Post’s Ezra Klein accused Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) of being “willing to cause the deaths of hundreds of thousands of people.” Lieberman’s crime? He opposed including an expansion of … More

    Morning Bell: New START, New Slogan ... Trust But Don't Verify

    In 1987, at the signing of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF), President Ronald Reagan summarized his approach to arms-control by citing an old Russian proverb: “doveryai, no proveryai.” Translation: trust, but verify. When Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev noted, “You say that at every meeting,” Reagan shot back, “I like … More

    Senate Should Not Rush to Ratify START

    The New START treaty imposes significant limitations on U.S. ballistic missile defenses, and new limitations continue to be revealed as the treaty is scrutinized. The newest restriction—which has not yet been addressed by the Administration or proponents of the treaty—is a limitation on test-target missiles and their associated launchers, which … More

    A Better Way to Arms Control

    Supporters of the New START treaty want you to believe that 1.) All who oppose it are nuke-loving troglodytes; and 2.) Its an “all or nothing” deal, the only way to a world without nuclear weapons. They’re wrong on both counts. Critics of New START do not oppose all arms-control … More

    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 … More