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    A Welcome Debate: A Week of START Op-Eds

    In a week dominated by new START op-eds, Senator Richard Lugar (R-IN) penned another piece supporting treaty ratification while rejecting the arguments of former Governor Mitt Romney (R-MA) from earlier this week. This follows the article by Senator Kerry (D-MA) also in support of new START. For Sen. Kerry opposing … More

    Spies or Not, Obama Pushes “Reset” with Russia and NEW START

    Only days before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will conduct hearings on the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (NEW START) verification, the Obama Administration has decided to abruptly terminate the scandal caused by the Russian illegal spy ring arrested in the United States. Instead of viewing espionage on its merits—an activity … More

    New START: Long on Trust, Short on Verification

    Congress must ratify the New START pact quickly, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) asserts in The Washington Post. Why? Because “Every day without its verification regime is a day without a clear view of Russia’s nuclear arsenal.” But if Sen. Kerry wants to keep tabs on what Russia’s doing with its … More

    At Last, the Debate has STARTed

    The weaknesses of President Obama’s New START treaty with Russia are finally starting to surface in Washington. On Monday, Mitt Romney weighed in against the treaty in a Washington Post column. The former Massachusetts governor raised concerns previously aired by Amb. John Bolton (in National Review), by the Heritage Foundation’s … More

    Obama's Other Audacious Stealth Appointment

    Health care rationing czar Dr. Donald Berwick may be stealing all the headlines, but he is not the only bureaucrat President Barack Obama is forcing on the American people without proper Senate review. Unlike Dr. Berwick, at least the Senate got the opportunity to question President Obama’s new associate director … More

    The Only Thing We Are Re-Setting is the Cold War

    Peter Brookes presents an op-ed in the Boston Herald demonstrating this administration’s repeated failure to live up to its promise of transparency and open government. The administration’s reticence to give Senators the negotiating record for the new START treaty is yet another flagrant example. The reasons provided in the START … More

    Obama's Worst Foreign-Policy Mistake?

    Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney makes a strong case against the Obama administration’s New START with Russia in today’s Washington Post. We have posted the entire op-ed below. You can find The Heritage Foundation’s work on the treaty here, including The New START Working Group‘s Independent Assessment of New START. … More

    Guys With All The Right Stuff

    Eleven members of the Senate Armed Services Committee released a letter to the chairman and ranking member of the Committee, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in anticipation of the hearings on the New START Treaty. The senators are calling for a broader spectrum of witnesses, beyond … More

    Five Reasons to Hate New START

    Tim Starks recently penned a piece for Congressional Quarterly titled “Republicans Take Pause at START Accord’s Missile Defense Implications.” His bottom line: “No matter how often Democrats or Obama administration witnesses try to sway them, Republicans continue to express doubts about whether a new arms treaty would constrain U.S. missile … More

    Why the United States Should “reSTART” the “Reset”

    The goal of the Obama administration, made clear from almost day one, was to hit a “reset” button on US-Russian relations. The question of what we are re-setting, however, is something that has been all but ignored. In the mindset of the Russians, they have to change nothing.  Russian Ambassador … More