Once again, Senate Republicans have disappointed and shown a middle finger to their party, its grassroots fans, and conservative principles, by voting to end the debate on the disastrous New START treaty.
Mitch McConnell didn’t even try to force GOP Senators to vote “no”, so 10 RINO Senators (Richard Lugar, Bob Corker, Lamar Alexander, Susan Collins, Olympia Snowe, Scott Brown, Lisa Murkowski, Bob Bennett and George Voinovich) voted to end the debate.
Corker and Alexander are easy-to-buy Senators; Reid probably promised them some pork projects. Bennett is a RINO rejected this year by the people of his own state; Murkowski is a RINO rejected by the Alaskan GOP who won by a plurality of votes and by blocking legal appeals by Joe Miller; the other Senators are unpricipled RINOs.
Credit is due to the 28 Republican Senators who voted not to end the debate, including John McCain and Lindsey Graham, who voted to began the debate in the first instance. Some of these 28 Senators offered various amendments that were aimed to ensure the Russians would not cheat and the US would not be disadvantaged by the treaty, but the Dems and the RINOs rejected these amendments, because they want what is bad for the US. They don’t want America to be adequately protected or to know if the Russians are cheating.
There is one final chance to stop this disastrous treaty. Please call your Senators and tell them that if they vote to ratify this treaty, you will never vote for them again. (UPDATE: The Senate has ratified the treaty by a vote of 71:26.)
A number of credible defense experts have written articles which nicely explain why this disastrous treaty should not be ratified. Among the must-read articles are:
The fourth article, written by my fellow AT contributor John Griffing, cites one of my articles (the one that explains why the New START treaty should not be ratified) as one of its sources.
These articles, however, except Griffing’s work, do not categorically question/refute Obama’s goal of a “world without nuclear weapons”, which is nothing more than a childish fantasy.
It’s a childish fantasy because there will NEVER be a world without nuclear weapons. China, North Korea and Pakistan will NEVER surrender nor dismantle their nuclear weapons, under any conditions.
Nor is a world without nuclear weapons desirable.
America’s nuclear weapons have been shielding the US and dozens of its allies for 65 years, thus preventing any aggressor from ever attacking them. The New START treaty would end this historically-proven policy and replace it with childish assumptions.
American nuclear weapons don’t threaten anyone except rogue states. They are well guarded and cannot be stolen easily. They actually prevent nuclear proliferation by discouraging America’s allies from developing their own nuclear weapons. The US will ALWAYS need a large nuclear arsenal.
Griffing rightly mentioned the 3000 targets that the US military would need to eliminate to conduct a biting retaliatory strike, but even he assumed that nuclear weapons could become irrelevant and unnecessary one day – if the US developed a giant missile defense system. Not only would such a system be very expensive to build, it would not make nuclear weapons unneeded, because the US would still need to be able to eliminate those 3000 targets that Mr Griffing mentioned.
There is no alternative to a large US nuclear arsenal. And this arsenal is not a threat to the US nor to the world. It’s a crucial defensive shield which has protected the US for the last 65 years. As VADM Robert Munroe (ret.) rightly wrote, this is a historically proven policy that should not be ended.
Other defense news:
1) The Russians are working on plasma stealth technology and aircraft that could use that technology.
2) Yesterday, India signed a $30 bn contract to purchase hundreds of 5th generation Russian fighterplanes. That’s a huge deal for the Russian defense industry.
3) The conservative Rep. Howard McKeon (R-CA), AKA Buck, is running for Chairman of the House Armed Services Cmte. If elected, Buck would ensure that the US military would be properly funded and equipped, and would attempt to prevent defense spending cuts. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) is running for Chairperson of the House Foreign Relations Cmte. IRL is a critic of Russia, Cuba and Venezuela and would try to limit the influence of the Kremlin in the Western Hemisphere.
4) According to the Pentagon, America’s GDP, as of 2010, is $15 trillion. This would mean that the FY2010 DOD budget ($534 bn) constituted just 3.56% of GDP, not 3.65% of GDP that I calculated assuming that America’s GDP is still $14.61 trillion.
5) There are still 7 decommissioned Tu-160 bombers in Ukraine. The DOD should buy them and study them.