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Columnist Frank Gaffney, writing at Big Peace, says President Barack Obama seeks Senate approval on START before Christmas. He reminds senators who might agree to a vote during the lame-duck session why, by way of the Center for Security Policy, which released START-related videos.

The Heritage Foundation’s Kim Holmes wrote an op-ed about the treaty for the Washington Times. He makes the case that the president would have had an easier time ratifying START had he consulted with and listened to Republican senators before negotiations. But he pushed the deal through and proceeded to dismissed their concerns. Holmes suggests the U.S. amend the treaty to make it better.

At Heritage’s The Foundry blog, Owen Graham agrees with Senator John Barrasso’s assessment of START and adds that imposes “significant restrictions” in our missile defense, which will impede our ability to build the necessary comprehensive and layered missile defense need to protect us and our allies.

More from Brian Darling at The Foundry:

“The New START Treaty is promoted by the Obama Administration as a means toward a reduction of nuclear weapons.The Treaty is fatally flawed within the four corners of the document and in a side agreement to dismantle missile defense in consideration for Russia‚Äôs signature. And now the Obama Administration and allies in the House and Senate have inserted a position in a draft of the Continuing Resolution to condition money for nuclear modernization on ratification of the Treaty.”

Former secretary of state Condoleezza Rice argued in support of START in the Wall Street Journal. Ironically, she seems to share the same concerns as Republican senators, but still believes the Senate should ratify the treaty. An excerpt:

“First, smaller forces make the modernization of our nuclear infrastructure even more urgent. Sen. Jon Kyl of Arizona has led a valiant effort in this regard. Thanks to his efforts, roughly $84 billion is being allocated to the Department of Energy’s nuclear weapons complex. Ratifying the treaty will help cement these commitments, and Congress should fully fund the president’s program. Congress should also support the Defense Department in modernizing our launchers as suggested in the recent defense strategy study coauthored by former Secretary of Defense Bill Perry and former National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley.

“Second, the Senate must make absolutely clear that in ratifying this treaty, the U.S. is not re-establishing the Cold War link between offensive forces and missile defenses. New Start’s preamble is worrying in this regard, as it recognizes the “interrelationship” of the two. Administration officials have testified that there is no link, and that the treaty will not limit U.S. missile defenses. But Congress should ensure that future Defense Department budgets reflect this.”

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