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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The Senate Should Reject New START Treaty

Last April, President Obama went to the Czech Republic and signed an arms-control treaty called New START. It's called New START because the original treaty called START expired last December. We hope the U.S. Senate will refuse to ratify it because this treaty would be very dangerous to U.S. national security.

The New START treaty revives the old Cold War policy known as MAD. That's an acronym that stands for Mutual Assured Destruction, the policy that was supposed to deter nuclear attack because of the threat that the United States was committed to retaliate and dump massive destruction on the Soviet Union. In the years of the Cold War, we assumed we were dealing with an enemy who, even though dedicated to world conquest, dared not risk such devastating retaliation. That may not be true of today's potential adversaries, who have trained their younger generation to believe that suicide is noble and their key to Heaven.

The New START treaty is based on the foolish notion that the United States can create "a world without nuclear weapons." But we only have power to create a world without American nuclear weapons, a condition that would make us a sitting duck for countries that have evil objectives. New START does nothing whatever to protect us from a nuclear Iran or North Korea or Syria or even China.

The State Department admits that Russia has cheated on all its arms-control treaties. U.S. intelligence experts believe that Russian cheating can not be detected, and the State Department claims that potential Russian cheating on the New START nuclear-arms treaty would not be significant. Well, we're all wasting a lot of time if Russia consistently cheat on arms-control treaties and we say that cheating doesn't matter anyway. The New START treaty is a big victory for Russia and a defeat for the United States. Tell your U.S. Senators to vote No on New START.

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