Why New START Treaty is Old

“Our top political priority over the next two years should be to deny President Obama a second term in office,” said Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, describing a common-sense strategy for influencing needed legislative action.  He was right in more ways than one.

In addition to denying the current administration reelection due to a persistent neglect for needs in domestic policy, Obama’s use of foreign policy for his own political gain now has the potential to leave Americans exposed to real danger.  His sense of selfish negligence is now recommending that the Senate waste priceless time with ratification of the New START treaty, negotiated by Obama, to limit America’s arsenal of strategic nuclear weapons.

But Russia is showing that it couldn’t care less about the ratification of New START, due to the greater danger posed by tactical nuclear weapons, which aren’t addressed in Obama’s treaty.

Russia’s military is able to evade Obama’s New START by freely maneuvering tactical nuclear weapons as desired.  And a wire service reports that Russian President Dmitri Medvedev, in his annual state of the nation address, emphasized that a new arms race could result, regardless of New START, without an American foreign policy that instead focuses on cooperation with missile defense.

“Either we reach agreement on missile defense and create a full-fledged joint mechanism of cooperation, or … a new round of the arms race will begin.”

Echoing Medvedev’s remarks, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warned that Russia could always pull out of the New START Treaty, limiting offensive weapons, if the nation is left out of America’s defensive umbrella for security.

Foreign policy experts Timothy Lynch and Robert Singh explain how Russia’s concern about the threat of nuclear weapons has nothing to do with Obama’s New START.

Islamism has killed far more Russians than it has Americans.  Some 15,000 Soviet soldiers died fighting the Mujahedeen in the Afghanistan War (1979-90).  Islamist separatists killed 344 Russian civilians (186 of them school children) in Beslan (September 2004).  In its war against them in Chechnya since 1994, Russia has lost an estimated 25,000 soldiers.  The Russian war against Islamism has a longer and fiercer history than America’s.  It is likely to remain at least as protracted.

In light of diplomatic information recently leaked through Obama’s mishandling, confirming that Russia’s capital can now be reached by strategic missiles that North Korea‘s dictator supplied to Iran, the United States Senate and House of Representatives should judge it as necessary and expedient to focus on cooperating with Russia on a robust missile defense system.  Eliminating the potential for ratification of a New START that’s already outdated, Congress would be free to allocate scarce resources on domestic policy needs neglected by Obama.

“The only way to do all these things it is to put someone in the White House who won’t veto any of these things,” McConnell said, describing his ultimate goal for 2012: electing an American president with the physical, mental, and emotional attributes most likely to effect safety and happiness for Americans, while further promoting the United States’ way of life to the applause and affection of a great patriotic ally.


Timothy J. Lynch and Robert S. Singh, After Bush: The Case for Continuity in American Foreign Policy (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Condoleezza Rice, “Promoting the National Interest,” Foreign Affairs, Vol. 79, No. 1 (Jan. – Feb., 2000).