Days later, the White House seemed surprised when Russia announced that Russia and the U.S. had reached agreement on a new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Spokesman Robert Gibbs thought we were “close,” while the Kremlin insisted there was already an agreement. That tough stance eliminated the possibility of any further Russian concessions.
Recall that, as an early step toward this deal, the Obama administration broke our promises to American allies Poland and the Czech Republic to build missile defense facilities in their countries. So, we’ve abandoned our allies and embraced an agreement with a traditional rival. Is this what “working together” means? Meanwhile, nobody seems certain exactly what’s in the new START.
A White House fact sheet insists, “The Treaty does not contain any constraints on testing, development or deployment of current or planned U.S. missile defense programs or current or planned United States long-range conventional strike capabilities.” But a Russian statement insists there’s a “legally binding linkage between strategic offensive and strategic defensive weapons.”
The U.S. Senate should learn which position is correct before it considers ratifying this treaty, and it should ask some other important questions, too.
The United States is engaged in a long war against extremists. We can use all the help we can get. Too bad the Obama administration can’t seem to tell which countries are with us, and which aren’t.