QUOTE for the Day: “If you don’t compete [economically] successfully internationally [in reference to China, India, and Germany], you won’t sustain your security because it is impossible to be the most powerful nation in the world if your not the most powerful country in the world.” Newt Gingrich
Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Dr. Keith Payne, talks about Obama’s New START Treaty with Russia. Dr. Payne made these remarks at the Center for Security Policy’s National Security Group Lunch on Capitol Hill.
The New START video is the first of a series of spots asking whether the Obama Administration’s handling of various vital public policy issues is “Incompetent or Intentional.” Watch this space for the next installment.
There are serious problems with both the New START accord itself and the ominous Obama denuclearization policy from which it has sprung, and which it is supposed to advance. These include:
* New START does nothing to mitigate the most serious nuclear threats in the world today: China, Iran and North Korea. If anything, the otherwise unnecessary U.S. reductions in warheads and delivery systems mandated by the treaty will probably serve as incentives (in any were needed) to the accelerating Chinese effort to establish itself as a 21st Century superpower.
* New START will ensure that the Russians have substantially more warheads (including ten times as many tactical nuclear weapons) than the United States can field. The treaty might be more accurately called New SALT – in keeping with the strategic arms agreements from the détente era that locked in Russian advantages and were repudiated by Ronald Reagan, who insisted on equality.
* New START impinges upon U.S. long-range, conventionally-armed missile options, has serious verification shortcomings and will afford the Russians a de facto veto over American missile defenses. What the Russians wanted, they got from our negotiators.
The larger problem is that Senate consent to new START would be taken as an affirmation of Barack Obama’s bid to “rid the world of nuclear weapons.” Since the President’s Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) expressly prohibits the production of new nuclear weapons, the testing of the obsolescing ones we have and the “devaluing” of the nuclear enterprise – and therefore, ineluctably, the work that requires our most competent scientists and engineers – the only nuclear power that is being denuclearized is ours, through sustained malign neglect and atrophy.
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