The new START treaty WILL constrain America’s missile defense


Today, Obama signed a disastrous START treaty with his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev. The treaty is fundamentally flawed, and Obama is trying to convince reluctant Republican Senators to vote to ratify it by lying to them that this treaty will not limit missile defense anyhow.

Obama is lying. The treaty WILL constrain America’s missile defense. The entire treaty is flawed, disastrous and unacceptable for any defense conservative, but the most disastrous clause of all is the missile defense clause. Obama and his Republican useful idiot, Richard Lugar (a liberal Republican from Indiania), claims that the clause is only declaratory and that it’s not legally binding. Obama is lying, because the clause IS legally binding, as confirmed by the Russian foreign minister:

“It appears that Russian Defense Minister Sergei Lavrov isn’t quite ready to pop the champagne on the new nuclear arms reduction agreement due to be signed in Prague this week:

Russia will have the right to exit the accord if “the U.S.’s build-up of its missile defense strategic potential in numbers and quality begins to considerably affect the efficiency of Russian strategic nuclear forces,” Lavrov told reporters in Moscow today.

The issue of missile defense was the major sticking point in negotiations over the treaty, particularly after the United States announced plans to build new facilities in Bulgaria and Romania.

Russia insists that the agreement includes a link between offensive and defensive systems.

“Linkage to missile defense is clearly spelled out in the accord and is legally binding,” Lavrov said today.”

The sources: http://blog.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2010/04/06/lavrov_russia_may_pull_out_of_nuke_deal_if_us_expands_missile_defense

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2010-04-06/russia-may-exit-new-arms-deal-if-u-s-boosts-missile-defense.html

Of course it is legally binding. That is EXACTLY why Russia forced Obama to agree to that clause as a precondition without which Russia would’ve never signed the treaty. Russia’s goal was not only to convince the US to gut its own nuclear arsenal and the delivery systems – the nuclear arsenal will be reduced to just 1550 nuclear warheads and the number of delivery systems will be reduced only 800 – but also to constrain America’s missile defense so that it will NOT develop any further and will NOT appear anywhere beyond the US.

And the Russian foreign minister warned the Obama Administration and the American public, in no uncertain terms, that if America does develop its missile defense, Russia will withdraw from that treaty, just like it withdrew from the START-II treaty after President Bush withdrew America from the ABM Treaty and began building a missile defense system.

So this treaty is a 100% victory for Russia, a capitulation by Obama to the Russians, a boon for Russia and all other aggressors around the world. Moscow, of course, will never comply with the treaty – just like it didn’t comply with SALT treaties. It has managed to convince the US government to gut its own nuclear deterrent while also surrendering missile defense.

The only institution that can stop this disastrous treaty now is the US Senate.

So please call your Senators and tell them that you will NEVER vote for them if they vote for this treaty.

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