It gives me a great pleasure to say that President Obama has announced what hopefully will be the first of many new nuclear weapons treaties with Russia. Indeed, he has referred to it as “a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty [START],” a direct continuance of the recently expired START treaty.
According to the President’s statement, “the new START Treaty makes progress in several areas. It cuts – by about a third – the nuclear weapons that the United States and Russia will deploy. It significantly reduces missiles and launchers. It puts in place a strong and effective verification regime. And it maintains the flexibility that we need to protect and advance our national security, and to guarantee our unwavering commitment to the security of our Allies.”
It specifically does not address the missile defense systems that are still being deployed. I know Russia has a lot of anxiety about that. And personally, I don’t think they work for anything except wasting a lot of money. Do people that were not deficit hawks until two months ago have anything to say about that?
Bravo to President Obama for having the foresight and persistence to get this through. Note that it was announced just days after the health insurance reform act was signed into law. That says a lot about his presence of mind and ability to really get stuff done. Bravo, Mr. President.