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Senate Ratifies START Treaty Before Holiday Break

December 27, 2010 by  

Senate ratifies START treaty before holiday breakThe Senate has ratified the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) between the United States and Russia, which would reduce the number of nuclear warheads in both nations by one-third of their current levels.

The Russian Duma Defense Committee must approve the measure before it is enacted. According to Reuters, Russia's lower parliament house was expected to ratify New START by the end of last week.

On Dec. 22, the U.S. Senate voted 71 to 26 to approve the agreement, exceeding the two-thirds majority that is required by the Constitution for treaty ratification. Although there were two nonbinding amendments added to the resolution of ratification, Republicans' efforts to alter the treaty's language were defeated by Democrats who argued that any significant changes would have effectively killed the deal with Russia.

Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.), who is the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, said that the treaty will send a message to Iran and North Korea that the international community is determined to quell the nuclear ambitions of unlawful nations. He added that Americans will also benefit from having "fewer Russian missiles aimed at them."

In response to the Senate's ratification, the European Union (EU) congratulated lawmakers for moving forward on disarmament commitments.

"I now look forward to the further ratification by the Russian parliament which will give both countries an historic opportunity to enhance global security by reducing the number of deployed strategic warheads and their delivery systems and by establishing a verification system to the benefit of both sides," said Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs. 

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  • http://marcum@wildblue.net coal miner

    Happy Holidays Everybody

  • http://google Florence

    I think We should not try anything where We don`t know what the other side will do and what it wants to do.

  • Will Wharton

    What we have done is to volentarily given up our defensive weapons system (read ‘our guns for home security’). So now we can be pillaged by the countries having ICBMs. Will

    • Dogma-Free

      *eyeroll*

      For the sweet love of beer, people…drain the rest of what’s left in your bladders, change your panties, and then please try to stop living in constant fear of other countries, and what they may or may not have.

      Your paranoia is absolutely absurd.

      America, in just one nuclear submarine, has 30,000 times the nuclear yield as all of North Korea’s full nuclear arsenal.

      Think about that for a second. Just one single American submarine has THIRTY THOUSAND times the ability to f**k sh!t up, as North Korea’s whole entire arsenal does.

      In my own personal opinion, Russia is no longer a nation people need to fear – they need to be respected, as ALL other nations should be…but the days of McCarthy-era fear, to me, should be just an embarrassing part of American history. Now, China, on the other hand…I might be a little concerned about them…though, fortunately, they seem to be mostly quite peaceful, and intent on making money.

  • eddie47d

    It’s not how many nukes you have but how effective are the ones that are remaining. I’d like to see a nuclear free world but that won’t happen in my lifetime. There are also many other problems in the world and even in our own country. We need to concentrate on the other dangers that we face and not be so obsessed with these devices of mass destruction. Financial stability,clean water,a well functioning electrical grid,educational incentives will probably be a greater show of force to the rest of the world than nukes.

    • Dan az

      eddie
      the fact is russia is just going to sell the material to the highest bidder.
      The dirty little secret known by a few highly-placed officials is that the risk of a devastating nuclear attack today is greater than it has ever been in history. After the fall of the Soviet Union, hundreds of tactical nuclear weapons were missing… “suitcase nukes” that could fit into a backpack and kill hundreds of thousands of people in a few seconds… and tens of thousands more who would suffer and likely die from the fallout.

      • eddie47d

        There isn’t much we can do about the chaos that followed the collaspe of the Soviet Empire. The Start Treaty is a separate issue and should be encouraged. Suitcase nukes would go under the category of terrorism and there is probably not much we could do to Russia for those loose nukes.

        • Dan az

          Eddiee
          thats the problem know one seems to care where it goes at least not in the treaty.

  • http://Walkermedia.org ARTHUR

    WHY SHOULD PEOPLE TRY TO VOTE IN THE INTERNATL POLITICIANS, SEEMS THEY ARE ALL ALLIED UNDER INTERNATL CONTROL. HAVE WATCHED THIS INTERNATL CONTROL ALL WAY BACK TO FRANKLIN ROOSEVELT. IT HAS GOTTEN STRONGER AND STRONGER. EVEN OUR MILITARY HAS ALLIED WITH INTERNATIONAL GROUPS OF TRAINEE ARMY PERSONEL. SURPRISINGLY THE ONLY LAST DITCH SUPPORT AMERICA HAS IS THE GARDEN GROWERS, MILK COW OWNERS, CHICKEN OWNERS, PIG RAISERS, AND PLENTY OF AMMO. THAT IS WHERE CONTROL STOPS AND LIBERTY IS PLENTIFUL. THE BIG SQUEEZE IS FROM THE IGNORANCE OF VOTERS BELIEVING THEY CAN CHANGE THINGS BY A LEVER IN A VOTING BOOTH. SORRY FOLKS, THE BLACK MARBLES ARE PLENTIFUL BUT THEY SEEM TO CHANGE COLORS WHEN VOTES ARE COUNTED. WE ARE NOT CONTROLLED YET EXCEPT ON PAPER. REMEMBER CHRISTS CRUCIFIXION WAS LEGAL. BUT NAPOLEON PROVED THE CANON HAD THE LAST ANSWER. LIBERTYS ATTITUDE IS PREVALENT, BUT ITS ARMY IS UNORGANIZED. CUBA WAS TAKEN OVER BY 13 MEN, BELIEVE IT? ONLY 13. AMERICA IS CONTROLLED INADVERTENTLY BY THE FALSITY OF VOTES.

    • Anthony

      And, the Silent Revolution of 1913 [aka: The Federal Reserve Bill] was put into play with only 3 votes of Congress, during Xmas Break that season. Followed by the 16th & 17th Amendments, which effectively ruined the People’s ability to monitor and govern with real State Sovereignty.

      I don’t see much difference. What I do see, is people on the street making excuses for what we have, mostly tempered by ignorance of the situation. And, to partner up with that, we see an inability to stand up and commit a reasonable defense against this Karl Marxian nonsense.

      See: From Freedom to Fascism, by Aaron Russo (Documentary)

  • Norm

    For once the Senate actually did something that makes sense.
    Maybe this is the beginning of a new trend – But I doubt it.

    • FlaJim

      Most idiotic comment I’ve seen in weeks (above).

      Hopefully, a GOP president in 2 years will abrogate this treaty with all dispatch.

      • JC

        And everything else the Kenyan has done. Then maybe we start going back and repeal every single unConstitutional law ever written….I can dream, can’t I? ;)

    • Norm

      Under the treaty, Russia and the United States agree to limit the number of nuclear warheads to 1,550 each, down from the ceiling of 2,200. The pact also establishes a system for monitoring and verification. The treaty was signed by Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on April 8.
      You don’t think 1550 is enough nukes??? We could turn the earth into one huge cinder.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Start

      • http://naver samurai

        We can always get around that Norm. We can have 1550 missiles in our arsenal, but make them all MX missiles. You know, the missiles that carry 10 warheads a piece? Introduced during the Reagan administration? Ergo, we can have up to 15,500 warheads. Gee, isn’t it a good thing to know math? One Russian missile = one target. One U.S. missile = 10 targets. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • Norm

          samurai
          The Russians are a lot of things but unlike many Americans stupidity is not a major trait.

          • http://naver samurai

            That is still 1550 missiles. Remember norm, you said 1550 missiles, but you didn’t say what could be inside them. It seems I’ve out flanked you again, moron! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • J.M.R.

    norm your brain [if you have one] gets weaker by the day. a strong defense is the best way to protect whats yours. i guess you want to live under the commies, and if we don’t stop the commies in this country we will be living under the commies.

    • Norm

      J.M.R.
      Paranoia is a sad condition. See a good shrink.

      • http://naver sook young

        In my professional opinion, Norm suffers from delusions and has lost his grasp of reality. I really think you are the one that needs a psychiatrist. Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

        • Norm

          sook young
          Opinions are like a**holes – everyone has one.

          • http://naver samurai

            Except yours just so happens to be bigger. Just think about it norm! If this treaty is ratified and we go by the guidelines of it, it’ll put us at a tactical disadvantage. Are you saying that you want this country holding the perverbial “short end of the stick” on this matter, norm? Just like a lib to want this country at a disadvantage to the russians. I guess you all won’t stop till there’s no America left. As for me, I want this country to have the tactical advantage in everything under the sun. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • Norm

          sook young
          Exactly what profession are you in madam?

          • http://naver sook young

            I’m a psychiatric nurse with a MSN and 20 years of experience. What exactly is yours? Thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai

  • http://com i41

    JMR, the START give away is just some more stupidity. Russia has 100,000 nuke missles and warheads, and USA has a few 100. Also we can not develope and new tecknology. The only thing dictators and gangs understand is harsh force. steady eddeeee the raindancer, just doesn’t understand what harsh force means apparently. His people wandered around wasting resorces and losing half of their members every year due to starvation and never advancing past a s–tting up a camp and moving on when containation of water and cleanlyness and smell became too much. All we have to do is look at the Afghan troops, illerate as hell and stone aged intelligence at best. Indians only won at the Big Horn with over whelming numbers, and their oppant was an aggorant elitist self centered white corrupt fudger on facts, almost like the non stop vacation purple lipped marxist muslim crossbred. I don’t think Russia will be nice enough to give USA citizens millions of acres and pump in billions every year for our hertitage feel good crap. Before USA can do anything it must be approved by Russia, great f–k ups, you bastard socialist union communist party idoits.

    • Norm

      i41
      Repeat:
      Russia and the United States agree to limit the number of nuclear warheads to 1,550 each, down from the ceiling of 2,200. The pact also establishes a system for monitoring and verification. The treaty was signed by Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on April 8.
      Get the facts before you go on a rant.

      • http://naver samurai

        And who will monitor this situation, moron? The U.N. or the IAEA? Yea, now there is two things that do a good job, not! The IAEA couldn’t stop North Korea and Iran from having nuclear weapons, do how will they control this situation between Russia and the U.S.? The U.N. has no authority or ability to make a country do anything. Well, it sounds like the libs are at it again with this “save the world” crap again. Besides norm, we both know that the Russians will cheat on this treaty just like they have done on the rest of them. Once during Reagan administration, the Russians had a treaty with us to cut the size of it’s army. Of course the Russians cheated. How? They just transferred certain combat units to their navy. The called them naval assult units. To be able to deploy at an amphibious landing. So they took 10,000 men from the army and put them on the navy’s books. Have to study just a little bit harder norm. Wait a minuite. A lib study? OMG! I need another cup of coffee, because to think a lib would study is pure fiction. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • http://charter howe

    Since when could we ever trust a bunch of communists in Russia to create treaties in the name of peace. Did they join us in Iraq or Afghanistan or anywhere else except the space station to steal our military secrets. The liberals in this country have convinced the ignorant that the objective is world peace. Much of the legislation has not been properly vetted, screened by committee and most importantly, it has not been representive of the will of the constituents. The Stark treaty will not allow us to protect ourselves from nutjobs like the Iranian President or the North Korean dictator. I am gettting really angry with the lame duck agenda which is stealing the vote of 63 new house members and six new Senate members that were voted into office by WE THE PEOPLE and should be the ones voting for all these legislative measures being introduced. Not the politicsl failures who have been voted out of office by WE THE PEOPLE. Gee, I am really comforted knowing that only 2000 Russian nuclear missiles are being aimed at us instead of 3000 and the sad part is we actuallly gave Russia a big boost since they were going to cut back anyways, because their economy has been teetering on the brink of bankruptcy and they can’t afford any kind of an offensive financial military budget. Merry Xmas Mr. Russian President. Obama’s delusions of granduer with his narcistic idea of being the CEO and CZAR of the global New World order has allowed him to forget his primary duty as President to protect Americans from all enemies foreign and domestic. To think my 29 military years were trashed by a bunch of liberal hypocrits who condemn water torture one day and use drones on the same day to target and blow up insurgents along with innocent victims who were unlucky enough to be close to the terrorists. I favor any kind of harsh treatment necessary to derive combatant information that will save hundreds if not thousands of innocent men, women and children from being systematically murdered by the left wing of radical Muslim groups. What I hate is hypocrits who politicize the war effort to create devisiveness and thats what Obama, Pelosi, Kerry and many other liberals have done with great skill. 2012 has to be about eliminating the progressive liberals from our Congressional representatives and I hope everyone is up to the task. I also challenge everyone to keep a watchful eye on the 24 member Hispanic caucus which has voted solidly in favor of the Obama, Pelosi, Reid agenda and will continue to grow their ranks, which will create another Constitutional dilemma, since their only agend is supporting spread the wealth and transforming our nation into a Hispanic refuge for everyone in Mexico and the USA that wants to enjoy the entitlements on the backs of the taxpayers.

  • barbm

    we don’t trust them, they don’t trust us. this is never going to work. we’ll all just get better at hiding them.

  • ONTIME

    John 2FK the flip flopping senatorial clown who lives with a rich drunken heiress and is a communist hero, is that the clod who thinks this is a good deal, do you think he has read it or objected to the fact that no one else in the congress has either? What would you give for the word of a rich communist sympathizer who cannot look the truth in the face????

  • chuckb

    this treaty has little to do about nuclear missles, it does however, stop us from implementing a missle defense on russias bordering neighbors, this is what russia has been after from the beginning and our liberal politicians are giving in feeling they have made it safer for the world and russia will behave, this will give russia time to catch up with us. we have to be fair. if kerry thinks this is good deal we better take a closer look at this treaty we may have given away most of our technology. kerry is the biggest loser in the senate. we lose again in a big way.

    • FlaJim

      Anything Kerry thinks is a good deal is highly suspect.

  • Norm

    A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation survey released Tuesday indicates that a majority says that Moscow would live up to its obligations if the START treaty is approved.
    Seventy-three percent of people questioned in the poll say the Senate should approve the nuclear treaty, with 24 percent saying senators should reject the accord.
    The numbers are in-line with an NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released last week.
    According to the CNN survey, 86 percent of Democrats and 75 percent of independent voters say that lawmakers should approve the START treaty. Fifty percent of Republicans say the accord should be approved, with 45 percent saying senators should reject the treaty.
    So essentially what you’re seeing in the GOP opposition to the treaty is little more than Senators with national ambitions playing to the party’s base.

    • chuckb

      norm

      the people polled probably don’t understand anymore about this treaty than the liberals and rino’s do. barry probably hasn’t read it and wouldn’t understand it anyway, we know for sure kerry doesn’t.

      • Norm

        chuckb
        Judging from some of the moronic statements above, a lot of people on this blog are totally clueless as well.

        • http://naver samurai

          If you believe what the MSM tells you, then you are the moron, norm! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • http://none Henry Stumpf

    Kerry,you and Hussein and Pelosi and Reid Please listen to the words of a once Great President, ” Undertake not what you cannot perform, but be careful to keep your promise.”
    Can you understand this ???

  • Dan az

    WASHINGTON — As President Clinton met with Russian President Putin in Moscow to discuss nuclear arms control over the weekend, an old story from the Cold War has resurfaced that sheds doubt on Russia’s reliability as a negotiating partner: nuclear-tipped SS-23 missiles that the Soviet Union never declared to the United States, in direct violation of a 1987 arms-control agreement.

    These missiles, which are now slated to be dismantled in Slovakia this month, were hidden by the Red army in deep underground bunkers in Czechoslovakia, despite Soviet promises to withdraw all nuclear theater missiles from Europe and destroy them.

  • Dan az

    With more nukes to dismantle the threat of more dirty bombs exist Given the fact that profits are high from nations that want to harm us to those who could care less.
    Recently leaked intelligence reports reveal that al Qaeda operatives have already purchased at least one of these weapons for approximately $30 million dollars. Now imagine our porous southern border, (which the government refuses to secure) and the millions of illegals who have crossed the border unchecked, carrying with them backpacks, bags and even entire truckloads of unchecked material!

  • JoAnn Taylor

    Well, Well. I guess none of you are old enough to remember the Cold War. During that time, Russia said: “We Will Bury You” (meaning the USA). Thanks to our current goverment, They won’t have to do a thing. We’ve done it for them.

    • eddie47d

      Reagan fixed that early animosity with the Soviets and helped make the world a safer place. There is still plenty more to do so get on board and be a part of the process…and no matter who is President.

    • chuckb

      joann taylor

      you are wasting your time on these children of the sixties, they don’t have a clue about the true history of the cold war or as far as that goes they only know what started ww2 in what they see on tv. they grew up listening to dan rather and walter kronkite, cbs, abc and nbc then later got their masters on pbr it looks like barry got his diploma in the ghetto’s if he ever had one.

  • Dan az

    Thanks chuck b I never would of thought that 60yrs would be just children to ya I feel better already!

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