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.