Senate Approves S.T.A.R.T. Treaty

Now Russia’s questioning the US approval of the S.T.A.R.T. Treaty.  What next?  Link Here for the story from Heritage.  And link here for another story, from Liberty Central.  Briefly, here’s the gist of the Russian vs. American perspective…”the chairman of the Duma’s committee on International Affairs has stated that Russia views the preamble to the treaty as binding on both nations. President Obama on the other hand, has argued that the preamble contains nothing more than a ‘non-binding gesture‘ to Russia on missile defense. The parliament will reportedly adopt amendments to the accord to clarify that it does in fact, impose restrictions on America’s missile defense plans.”  This quote is from Liberty Central.  We’ll see  – look for a delay until at least late January.  Meantime, let’s hope the new Congress can get a handle on what the full import will be.

This is from BearWitness: While Russia is getting ready to sell five battalions of S-300PMU-1 air defence systems to Venezuela, Iran is getting ready to place medium-range missiles and possibly long range missiles capable of reaching America on Venezuelan soil, Obama’s administration response is to sign the Start treaty and to refrain from building a missile shield system to protect America…Link Here for the rest of this important post.

Link Here for the story in the L.A. Times.  It’s done and the vote was lopsided.  So on we go.  We’ll see how it plays out as it gets put into place.  Thanks to all of you who worked on this important issue.

Link Here for the Heritage For America story.  Here is part of what that article says:

Senate Ratifies President’s Dangerous TreatyWed. 12-22 | Protect America Posted by: Dan HollerDecember 22, 2010 By Dan Holler 6 Comments

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate voted to ratify President Obama’s dangerously flawed New START Treaty.  The treaty, touted by the White House as a major foreign policy victory, would undermine America’s national security by restricting our missile defense capabilities, limiting our non-nuclear offensive arsenal and ignoring the threat posed by Russia’s tactical nuclear arsenal.

Heritage Action’s CEO Michael A. Needham made the following statement:

All eyes are now on the Obama administration.  Throughout the debate, they assured Senators and the American people that New START would not harm our national security.

 

If the Russian government attempts to use the treaty to limit missile defense, refuses to negotiate in good faith regarding tactical nuclear weapons or continues to aid and abet Iran, the administration should immediately withdraw from the treaty.

New START is historic, though not in a good way:

– never has a major treaty been rammed through the Senate during a lame duck session;

– the most significant opposition to a ratified treaty in more than three decades; and,

– places America’s interest squarely behind those of the Russians.

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