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Here is Zalagdin’s description of his dealing with our current vice president in 1979.

Unofficially, [Senator Joseph] Biden and [Senator Richard] Lugar said that, in the end of the day, they were not so much concerned with having a problem of this or that citizen solved as with showing the American public they do care for ‘human rights.’ …In other words, the collocutors [Biden and Lugar] directly admitted that what is happening is a kind of a show, that they absolutely do not care for the fate of most so-called dissidents.

The heroic Bukovsky was one of those dissidents, subjected to imprisonment in psychiatric hospitals of the USSR.

Have things changed in 31 years? Do Biden and Lugar care today what happens to Russian journalists? Forty-one of them have been murdered since Putin came to power.

Anyone who delves too deeply is in danger.

Has anyone connected the dots on current Russian policy? Putin is Iran’s number one trading partner for nuclear materials. Iran—whom we have identified as the leading terrorist regime on earth. Iran—whose drive for a nuclear weapon is universally said to be the most dangerous foreign policy crisis in the world. Russia is helping the mullahs.

How about Putin in Venezuela? Putin is trading arms to Socialist dictator Hugo Chavez, who may well trade them off to Mexican narco gangters—just across the border from El Paso, Texas.

What, exactly, in Russian diplomacy merits “urgent” attention to the treaty that Russia so obviously wants? What have the Russians done to deserve favored nation treatment by the U.S. administration?

Opposition to this treaty has focused, quite rightly, on how it might constrain U.S. missile defense. Barack Obama has wanted to limit U.S. missile defense since he was an undergraduate at Columbia. His thesis—said to be on Soviet nuclear disarmament—has not been made public. Wouldn’t that thesis be most relevant now?

Stanley Kurtz, in his important book, Radical-in-Chief, places Barack Obama irrefutably at the Socialist Scholars Conference in New York’s Cooper Union in April, 1983. That was the largest meeting of Marxists in America that year.

The Socialist Scholars Conference was held just one month after President Reagan labeled the USSR an “Evil Empire.” And just weeks after he announced his own plans for a missile shield.

President Obama has never disavowed his socialist convictions. Even the Washington Post refers to him as a socialist. Isn’t it time we had a full airing of all of this before we ratify a treaty with the rulers of the Kremlin?

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Ken Blackwell

Ken Blackwell, a contributing editor at Townhall.com, is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and the American Civil Rights Union and is on the board of the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty. He is the co-author of the bestseller The Blueprint: Obama’s Plan to Subvert the Constitution and Build an Imperial Presidency, on sale in bookstores everywhere..
 
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