November 9, 2010 10:25

A push to ratify a flawed and dangerous arms limitation treaty to give the president a foreign policy legacy may only succeed in writing our epitaph, leaving our defenses neutered and our enemies emboldened.

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Winston Churchill said in 1946 that he did “not believe that Soviet Russia desires war. What they desire is the fruits of war and the indefinite expansion of their power.” The lame-duck session of Congress may leave us dead ducks by giving it to them in a bloodless surrender.

Our friends who found shelter under the U.S. nuclear umbrella may feel compelled to go nuclear in their own self-interest. Would the world be a kinder and gentler place if Japan and Germany developed nuclear weapons? Iran soon will, and this treaty leaves us defenseless.

Russia has unilaterally asserted that any qualitative or quantitative improvement in U.S. missile defenses would be grounds for withdrawal from the treaty. The treaty explicitly bans, for example, conversion of U.S. missile silos into ballistic missile defense sites. This administration has already gutted U.S. missile defense, scrapping additional ground-based interceptors here and giving up missile sites in Europe to defend against Iranian launches.

The treaty does not ban tactical nuclear weapons, because they cannot reach the U.S. from Russian soil. The 10,000 tactical nuclear warheads Russia possesses can reach our allies, now watching us fold and put away the nuclear umbrella that protected them.


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