Wednesday, April 7, 2010

U.S.-Russia Arms Control Treaty Off to a Bad START

We are less than 24 hours away from President Obama signing a new START treaty with Russian President Medvedev and the Russians are already publicly talking about opting out of the agreement.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said, "Russia will have the right to abandon the Start treaty if a quantitative and qualitative build-up of the US strategic anti-missile potential begins to significantly affect the efficiency of Russia's strategic forces."

This tells me the Russians don't think the treaty is worth the paper on which it is printed.

By abandoning ballistic missile defense in Poland and in the Czech Republic last year President Obama has tied our hands behind our back. Obama has given the Russians the power to draw a line in the sand they know he won't dare cross.

I don't care how many pens President Obama uses to sign this arms control agreement because it is already off to a bad START.

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