Doing the Right Thing on START Treaty?

Columnist Judith Miller believes approving Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell has led to“scuttling” the new START Treaty with Russia. What? Her advice to Republicans is to do the right thing, man up and approve START.

Senator Harry Reid (D-NV) said START will make it “harder for terrorists to get their hands on a nuclear weapon.” The Washington Times answers:

“The treaty has nothing to do with terrorism, and the word doesn’t appear anywhere in the text. The treaty limits strategic nuclear warheads, weapons that terrorists wouldn’t be able to deploy even if they had them.

The only possible linkage to terrorism would be if the treaty limited the 2,000 to 6,000 Russian tactical battlefield nuclear warheads, which it doesn’t.”

When the GOP questioned the treaty preamble and how it might prevent or stall proper self-defense in this country, Obama wrote a letter of assurance,’ in answer to the request for the details of the treaty – rather than supplying the records of the negotiations, as Congress requested. ‘ The question remains, where’s the negotiation records?

…the Obama administration – in another violation of the president’s promise of government transparency – has sealed the negotiation record.

On Dec. 7, she [Rose Gottemoeller, assistant secretary of state for amrms control, verification and compliance] said letting the Senate see what was discussed “would have a chilling effect on future negotiations and overall have a deleterious effect onU.S. diplomacy.” Mrs. Gottemoeller‘s comments defeat her purpose; if there is something that important in the record, then by all means the Senate must know what it is. Treaties cannot be decided the same way House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rammed through Obamacare legislation, in which lawmakers could only find out what was in the bill after they voted for it.

Will Miller see every future military issue tied to DADT? Speaking of “weirdness of our times,” (which she did)  where are the negotiation records? Why is the administration refusing the release?

  • The Republicans need to stop this thing. This is too important to be rammed through with no hearing and little debate. The democrats are grossly irresponsible

  • There is nothing transparent about the Obama administration other than the fact that those of us who have been paying attention can see right through their agenda to weaken America in every conceivable way. I sincerely hope our gutlesss Republicans find their spines and stop this thing, but I heard earlier today that as many as nine RINOS were fixing to pass it.
    I’m still reeling from the UNANIMOUS approval that the weak kneed Republicans gave in passing the government takeover of our food supply. They have not hear us AT ALL!

    PS Off-topic… Maggie, I am so excited, I finally learned how to install the CommentLuv on my own blog! I have wanted it ever since I first saw it here. I just have it applied to new posts though, because I didn’t want to lose comments to my older posts. I sure do love free ways to upgrade stuff!

  • Excellent questions Maggie. Judith Miller amazes me sometimes. I agree with her on many things, then she comes our of left field (and I do mean LEFT) on too many others. This one is just a head-banger.

    The START treaty will do nothing for US security except weaken it, there is no other way to look at it.

  • 26 Senators saw fit to try and protect our Country. I am so close to throwing in this towel, it ain’t funny.