Another shoe drops on New START

December 3, 2010 06:38

The New START treaty, its protocols and annexes all limit U.S. missile defense options. Don’t just take our word for it. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says so too, insisting that “linkage to missile defense is clearly spelled out in the accord and is legally binding.”

By Owen Graham and Michaela Bendikova at the Daily Caller


Unconfirmed reports of a secret side agreement to the New START nuclear arms treaty started circulating in mid-October.

Yesterday [12-1-2010], the State Department released a fact sheet admitting that the Obama administration has been negotiating with Russia on missile defense “cooperation.” Awkward!

The sound you hear is that of the administration’s missile defense credibility crumbling.

The fact of the matter is that a missile defense system fully capable of defending the U.S. and its allies from non-Russian missiles can’t help but alter the strategic balance with Russia. Conversely, a system that does not affect that strategic balance will leave us and our allies vulnerable to missile attacks from other sources.

Senators who are leaving office, most by the invitation of the voters in November, lack the necessary democratic mandate to make such a momentous decision.

Owen Graham and Michaela Bendikova work in The Heritage Foundation’s Davis Institute for International Studies.


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