Well, maybe not. After all, Russian leaders have certainly voiced their opposition to a U.S. missile defense. And the Obama administration, according to Heritage Foundation defense expert Baker Spring, “offered a unilateral statement to Russia at the time New START was signed that states in effect that the U.S. intends to limit its missile defense program so that it will not affect the strategic balance with Russia.”
In short: We’ll make sure U.S. missile defenses can’t shield us from the type of long-range ballistic missiles that Russia possesses -- the same type of missiles that countries such as North Korea are working feverishly to acquire. To make Russian leaders happy, we’ll make ourselves vulnerable to attack by others. What sense does that make?
But there’s an easy way to settle the matter and ensure, as the White House claims, that New START does not “contain any constraints on testing, development or deployment of current or planned U.S. missile defense programs.” And that’s to make the details of the side agreement available to the senators who wrote to Secretary Clinton.
There are many areas of our government that would benefit from more transparency. Surely our national security -- a matter, literally, of life and death -- tops the list.