Friday, November 19, 2010

Questioned missile claims by GOP jeopardize NewSTART treaty

Missile security is a bone of contention among countries that compete against each other for a global advantage. But conflicts over missile defense have become internalized within the United States Senate. The issue has been co-opted by GOP senators to stand in the way of President Obama’s national security goals. In this case it is the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty signed by President Obama and Russian President Dimitri Medvedev in April.

NewSTART associated with relationships between the United States and Russia

Many Republicans are using the NewSTART treaty which relies on missile security for making for fun politics even though it was supported until this week. The Obama administration trying to improve national security and U.S./Russia relations has relied on NewSTART treaty for this. It’s extremely significant that the NewSTART treaty go through by the Senate. Even U.S./Russia relationships haven't been hurt by the extradition of Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout to the United States of America or the Russian spy scandal that happened last year due to this. But this week, veteran Arizona Republican senator Jon Kyl and 10 freshly elected GOP senators are trying to get the vote delayed until next year, when Democrats lose six u.s. senate seats.

The GOP taking the steps to START again

Starting back up on-the-ground inspections and stopping strategic nuclear missiles is actually essential for the NewSTART treaty. The old START treaty expired in 2009 meaning this is even more important. Kyl and his new acolytes are saying the U.S. Senate needs to start over because more cash is needed for modernizing the arsenal that remains after the reductions. The point had already been brought up and addressed though. $4.1 billion was added for that. In the treaty, specific language is used for the treaty. They say that U.S. missile security choices may be restricted because of this.

Exactly what the NewSTART is actually about

The NewSTART treaty does not talk concerning the number of missiles the United States of America can build. No limit was put in there. It also does not require the United States to cut any already existing systems. The NewSTART treaty reduces restrictions on missile security based on Military Security Agency chief General Patrick O'Reilly who said this in front of the Senate Armed Services committee in April. The United States of America can now test missiles that would be there to take out other missiles; which was limited within the old START treaty.


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