To show the world that he was worthy of the honor, our Nobel laureate rushed into negotiations with Russia on a new strategic arms reduction treaty. Obama and Russia's then-president Dmitry Medvedev closed the deal on April 8, 2010 -- cutting the U.S. nuclear arsenal in half -- from roughly 3,000 to less than 1,700 warheads. Then, on Dec. 22, in haste to adjourn for Christmas recess, and despite warnings from patriots such as South Carolina Sen. Jim DeMint, the Senate recklessly ratified the treaty. By Feb. 2, 2011, when the president inked the New START Treaty -- that's what he calls it -- the treaty's pro-Moscow bias was evident. To avoid embarrassing questions about damage to our national security, Obama banned the press from the Oval Office signing ceremony.
Unfortunately, the one-sided U.S.-Russia START agreement is just the tip of the iceberg. In arguing for senate ratification of START, Obama promised to immediately begin modernizing the remaining inventory of U.S. nuclear weapons and taking steps to preserve our nuclear triad: land-based ICBMs, strategic bombers and ballistic missile submarines. He lied.
The warhead modernization program is all but defunct. Most of our geriatric ICBMs are over 40 years old; our submarine-launched ballistic missiles are a quarter-century old; and some of the aircraft designated to respond to a nuclear attack on the U.S., with weapons in kind, are twice as old as the 30-year-old pilots flying them. The rest of the world -- Russia included -- is rushing to design and build modern equivalents for all these systems. The O-Team isn't.
Degrading the U.S. offensive nuclear capability and its deterrent factor is bad enough, but the Obama administration's unilateral disarmament plan goes even further -- by eliminating defensive systems to protect our homeland and the American people. They have already killed three promising airborne and space-based missile defense programs and drastically reduced the number of U.S.-based interceptors.
When I was at the Naval Academy, I was a boxer. What Obama has done is tantamount to sending a boxer into the ring against seven opponents, with his hands shackled around his waist. He can't throw a punch. He can't even put up his hands to defend himself.
Worse, we don't know what else is secretly "on the table" in this effort to gut America's defenses. Reporters covering the presidential campaign ask about every conceivable issue but pose no questions about what Obama meant last March when he was overheard begging Medvedev to ask Putin for more "space" until after the election, when he would have "more flexibility." Since then, the O-Team has shrugged off Russian bombers inadvertently penetrating U.S. airspace and a Russian sub trolling around in the Gulf of Mexico.
Arizona Congressman Trent Franks, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, described Obama administration plans to make further cuts in our nuclear deterrence as "reckless lunacy." So, too, is rehiring a commander in chief hellbent on unilateral disarmament.
Oliver North is the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel, the founder and honorary chairman of Freedom Alliance, and the author of "American Heroes in Special Operations." To find out more about Oliver North and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www.creators.com.
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Oliver North is a nationally syndicated columnist, the host of War Stories on the Fox News Channel, the author of the new novel Heroes Proved and the co-founder of Freedom Alliance, an organization that provides college scholarships to the children of U.S. military personnel killed or permanently disabled in the line of duty. Join Oliver North in Israel by going to www.olivernorthisrael.com.
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