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    "Lame Duck" Shouldn’t Equal "Last Chance"

    There have been several press accounts lately outlining Democratic plans to hold off on taking difficult votes before November, and then to have a robust “lame duck” session in November and December, where they can get the rest of their liberal agenda and pork passed. I couldn’t think of a … More

    Romney: New Treaty is a Non-STARTer

    Mitt Romney, the once and future presidential candidate, is the biggest gun so far to come out against the New START arms control agreement. In a no-so-subtlety titled opinion piece “Obama’s worst foreign-policy mistake” in The Washington Post, he flatly states, “[t]he treaty as submitted to the Senate should not … More

    Fact Checking the Fact Checker: A Response to Senator Kerry

    Senator Kerry (D–MA) penned an op-ed in the Washington Post making the case that ratification of the New START Treaty is in the best interest of U.S. national security. His article is in response to former Governor Mitt Romney’s (R–MA) recent op-ed calling the treaty Obama’s biggest foreign policy mistake. … More

    Medvedev-Obama: The Cheeseburger Summit

    Following months of intense diplomacy between the United States and Russia focusing on “resetting” bilateral relations, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev visited the United States for two days. The tour included stops in San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Stanford University, and a Washington, D. C summit with President Obama. In trying to … 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

    Let’s Not START This Again, Mr. President

    The Senate Foreign Relations Committee held its second hearing this week on the New START Treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation.  Led by the chair of the committee, Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), and ranking minority member, Sen. Dick Lugar (R-IN), a number of senators addressed several areas … More

    A Call for Transparency: Provide the Senate with the Negotiating Record

    The administration is launching a full-scale defense of the new START Treaty, as evidenced by two days of testimony in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and an op-ed out this morning in The Wall Street Journal by Michele Flournoy and Ashton Carter. Ms. Flournoy and Mr. Carter rightly point out … More

    Guest Blogger: Will START Treaty Weaken U.S. Missile Defense? Senator Kerry Seems to Hope So

    At today’s Senate Foreign Relations hearing on the START Treaty (a U.S.-Russia nuclear arms pact) that President Obama is seeking Congressional approval for, I asked Senator Kerry a simple question. Should it be the goal of the U.S. to have a missile defense system that renders nuclear threats by other … More

    They Should Reset Before They START

    The president has signed the START Treaty with Russian President Dmitri Medvedev but the Senate still has to ratify the treaty before it means something. Heritage has laid out all the problems of the treaty in a new paper. Here are some of the “highlights”, or “lowlights”, of the current … More

    Senators Should Listen Up to John Bolton's START Smarts

    Ambassador John Bolton’s encyclopedic knowledge of the history of arms control deserves the respect of all senators, who in all likelihood will be asked to consider granting consent to the ratification of the NEW START arms control agreement with Russia later this year. By paying close attention to the details … More