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Obama OKs Disarmament Deal With Putin

From a giddy New York Times:

Obama Completes Arms Control Deal With Russia

By PETER BAKER and HELENE COOPER

March 26, 2010

WASHINGTON — President Obama finalized a new arms control treaty with Russia on Friday that will pare back the still-formidable cold war nuclear arsenals of each country. The agreement brings to fruition one of the president’s signature foreign policy objectives, just days after he signed into law the most expansive domestic program in decades.

Ending a year of sometimes topsy-turvy negotiations, Mr. Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev of Russia sealed the deal in a morning telephone call, confirming resolution of the last outstanding details. They then announced they will fly to Prague to sign the treaty on April 8 in a ceremony designed to showcase improved relations between the two countries.

“With this agreement, the United States and Russia, the two largest nuclear powers in the world, also send a clear signal that we intend to lead,” Mr. Obama said, appearing in front of reporters at the White House to announce the agreement. “By upholding our own commitments under the nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty, we strengthen our global efforts to stop the spread of these weapons, and to ensure that other nations meet their own responsibilities.”

Mr. Obama was flanked by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Adm. Mike Mullen, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

“It took patience, it took perseverance,” Mr. Obama said, referring to the months-long talks. “But we never gave up.”

In Moscow, the Kremlin hailed the accord.

“The presidents agreed that the new treaty marks a higher level of cooperation between Russia and the United States in the development of new strategic relations,” a Kremlin statement said.The new treaty will reduce the binding limit on deployed strategic nuclear warheads by more than one-quarter, and on launchers by half. It will reestablish an inspection and verification regime, replacing one that expired in December. But while the pact recognizes the dispute between the two countries over American plans for missile defense based in Europe, it will not restrict the United States from building such a shield.

Instead, the two sides each drafted separate nonbinding statements reiterating their positions on missile defense. Russia warned in its statement that it reserved the right to withdraw from the new treaty if it decided that American missile defense plans were developing in a way that threatened its security. The United States asserted in its statement that it would develop missile defense as it saw fit, but offered assurance that the program was not aimed at Russia nor at undermining the security balance between the two countries.

The Kremlin statement on Friday also hinted at Russia’s concerns about plans for an American antimissile system.

“The status of the interconnection between strategic offensive and strategic defensive weapons will be registered in a legally binding form, as well as the growing significance of this relationship in the process of reducing strategic nuclear weapons,” it said.

Mrs. Clinton said that she did not anticipate any trouble getting the agreement ratified by the Senate, noting that arms control agreements in the past have sailed through. And, in a moment of levity, she joked that the Obama administration would be happy to help the Russian government get the treaty through the Duma.

“President Obama has said that he will send Rahm Emanuel to Moscow” to help out, she said, laughing, referring to Mr. Obama’s bulldog chief of staff. “We all endorsed that offer.” …

Mr. Obama hopes that signing the treaty with Mr. Medvedev will strengthen his hand heading into two back-to-back nuclear summit meetings, where he wants to push toward the nuclear weapons-free world he envisions. At the two meetings, Mr. Obama hopes to forge an international consensus to limit the spread of weapons and secure materials that could be vulnerable to terrorists, efforts that could be accelerated by the new treaty…

The Times spends most of the article trying to assure us that disarming this way is no big deal.

It is a big deal. And it sends the worst possible signal at the worst possible time.

Which is undoubtedly Mr. Obama’s real intention.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, March 26th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “Obama OKs Disarmament Deal With Putin”

  1. Right of the People says:

    “President Obama has said that he will send Rahm Emanuel to Moscow” to help out, she said, laughing, referring to Mr. Obama’s bulldog chief of staff. “We all endorsed that offer.” …

    As long as they keep him, I’m down wid that.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    “The new treaty will reduce the binding limit on deployed strategic nuclear warheads by more than one-quarter, and on launchers by half.”

    I’m curious, “reduce the binding limit” can be interpreted in a variety of ways.

    “.. it will not restrict the United States from building such a shield.”

    Well, no .. ‘cuz the o-blah-blah putz cut out the funds for it and took it off the table anyway!

    “Instead, the two sides each drafted separate nonbinding statements reiterating their positions on missile defense.”

    More “nonbinding” stuff again. So in other words, this is all for show – smoke and mirrors.

    “Russia warned in its statement that it reserved the right to withdraw from the new treaty if it decided that American missile defense plans were developing in a way that threatened its security.”

    Defense plans “threatening their security”?!?!? Whatha … ?!?!? The only time a defense plan might screw up someone’s “security” is when it’s an effective defense plan!

    Russia (and the world) need not worry about us having an effective plan of any sort under this administration!

    Russia’s playing games and o-blah-blah is plain stupid and inept. George Bush gave Russia the ability to inspect these (proposed) defensive missile sites so they could satisfy themselves that they were purely that – defensive sites. A defensive missile carries no warhead; and is easily identified. Apparently, o-blah-blah didn’t get that memo. He must of been “present”, huh.

    Russia clearly checkmated us in this round.

    God bless us .. God bless America!!!

  3. bill says:

    Obozo will get the treaty through the Senate with reconciliation.


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