Obama is showing his true colors. He’s a clueless idealist willing to sacrifice our country’s safety and security for pipe dreams of a “world without nuclear weapons” (his own words). This type of “change” makes terrorists and totalitarian regimes around the world jump for joy. Folks, we’re in serious trouble with this sorry excuse of a president.
AP | BARRY SCHWEID | Feb. 5, 2009
The Obama administration, reversing the Bush administration’s limited interest in nuclear disarmament, is gearing up for early negotiations with Russia on a new treaty that would sharply reduce stockpiles of nuclear warheads.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has notified Congress and her staff that she intends to get started quickly on talks with the Russians, who have voiced interest in recent weeks in settling on a new treaty calling for cutbacks in arsenals on both sides.
The 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty expires at the end of the year. It limited the United States and Russia to 6,000 nuclear warheads each. The American stockpile is believed to be about 2,300 warheads, and the Russians’ even lower.
Clinton’s spokesman, Robert Wood, said the new administration was serious about negotiating reductions in nuclear weapons. A replacement treaty for START “will be put on a fast track,” Wood said. […]
“I can’t give you a time frame when we will be able to complete a review,” Wood said in an interview Thursday. In that vein, he said, the administration was “clearly committed to reducing the numbers” but has not decided how deep to slash.
Internal talks on what position the U.S. should take in overall disarmament have begun within the State Department and with the White House, said officials aware of the discussions. Those discussions are expected to accelerate when the key posts are filled, said the officials, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to talk publicly.
While the officials said they hoped the nomination process and Senate confirmation would not take long they did not know when the administration would be ready for talks with the Russians.
Daryl Kimball, executive director of the private Arms Control Association, said “it appears that reductions down to 1,000 warheads are possible.” That would be a cut of more than 50 percent on the U.S. side.
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