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Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Remember Pearl Harbor -- Defeat New START

Today is the 69th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, the day President Franklin D. Roosevelt said would "live in infamy." It was the event that plunged America into World War II. Our enemies are different countries now, but we still live in a dangerous world in which some other countries hate us and want to destroy us.

Unfortunately, President Obama and his Administration are promoting the policy that will make the United States weaker in the modern weapons that are the most destructive. The treaty Obama signed in Czechoslovakia earlier this year called New START will make us a sitting duck for any country that wants to strike us with nuclear weapons. The treaty sounds like it was written by the Russians, as it gives Russia every advantage. The treaty sets a limit on the number of missiles. This limit allows Russia to build new and modern missiles to reach the limit, while it obligates the United States to destroy some of our missiles to reduce to the limit. The treaty contains fuzzy language that the Russians interpret as prohibiting the United States from building any anti-missile defenses. That's a longtime goal of the Russians.

We used to think we could deter the Russians from firing their missiles at us because they knew that, if they did, we would fire back and wipe them off the face of the earth. Today we face a different kind of enemy -- people who are glad to commit suicide because they think that is their key to heaven. Obama's goal of a nuclear-free world is pie in the sky -- we can't stop other countries from building nuclear weapons. The slogan "Remember Pearl Harbor" should remind us that a military attack on America today would be nuclear, and that would be a thousand times more fatal than the original sneak attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941.

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