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Tuesday, March 01, 2011

U.S. Need for Anti-Missile Defenses

President Obama successfully pressured the Lame Duck Senate to ratify his New START Treaty with Russia despite Senators' demands for more time to study it. A big issue was whether the treaty restricts U.S. right to build an anti-missile defense. Ronald Reagan believed that an anti-missile defense is essential to protect American lives. His steadfast support of an anti-missile defense was the principal reason he won the Cold War.

The Preamble of New START establishes a "link" between strategic offensive and defensive missiles that we believe is dangerous and reason to reject the treaty. In the Lame Duck Session, Sen. John McCain offered an amendment to New START to delete this language in the Preamble, but his amendment was defeated. Then, McCain attached a so-called "understanding" that rejects the Preamble language as legally binding.

However, this New START Treaty then went back to Russia, which also ratified the Treaty, but stated that the points in the preamble are "indisputable" and must not be ignored. Russia added its own "understanding" that specifically rejected the U.S. Senate's so-called understanding. It looks like the Russians fooled us again.

It's time that Americans wake up to the fact that China is not just a trading partner who manufactures cheap goods for us to buy at WalMart. China is spending the money it gets from its sales to Americans to build the most formidable military force in the world. China is building strategic nuclear weapons with delivery capabilities, submarines and ships, fighter planes and bombers, and China is even deploying a new anti-ship ballistic missile that can sink U.S. aircraft carriers, and it has already undergone extensive testing.
The bottom line is that American needs an anti-missile defense and we need it now.

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