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New START Weakens America

From The Foundry blog:

“The New START Treaty, a treaty signed between the United States and Russia is promoted by the Obama Administration as a means toward a reduction of nuclear weapons between the nations. The problem is that President Obama was a terrible negotiator and made concessions that will harm American national security.  The most important factor in assessing whether a Senator should support the idea of a treaty is whether the treaty will increase or decrease the national security of the United States. Sadly, this treaty would devastate missile defense and provide a strategic victory to a traditional strategic enemy – Russia. Some Senators are sounding the alarm that this treaty, pending before the United States Senate, may do irreparable harm to the national security of all Americans.

Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) authored an Op Ed in U.S. News & World Report arguing that ‘the concessions President Obama made to Russia to get the New START signed are precisely why the Senate should not ratify it.’ Sen. DeMint made four great points regarding the failings of the New START Treaty:

“1. Russia locks in an advantage in tactical nuclear weapons. ‘The treaty mandates strategic nuclear weapons parity with the progeny of an old Cold War foe, yet allows the Russians to maintain a 10-to-1 tactical nuclear-weapons advantage. Whether in warhead and launcher limits, verification, or missile defense, America loses.’ A Treaty has the force of law and would allow Russia to force the United States into a position where the Russians would have less of a deterrent to nuclear hostilities.”

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