3:01 PM, Jun 21, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
An Air Force vet with experience in the nuclear program writes in:
I appreciated William Kristol's "Ich bin ein Big Talker." I also noted with some interest that the president said in Berlin that "our generals" believe we can reduce deployed warheads to 1000. I remember sitting in the targeting shop during New START run up, trying to resolve all gaps in coverage that would open after treaty implementation. We had to cut warheads, the Russians were already there. We knew this, the brass knew this.
Alas, thepPresident has the authority to upset the strategic balance to his heart's content, so the Generals got in line. Seems like a recurring theme in this Administration: Impose bad policies on the Pentagon, act like it was the Pentagon's idea all along.
Cutting 1/3 of our warheads feels like it's cut from the same cloth as Obama's comments on Afghanistan and Iraq. The reality is we're in an increasingly poly-nuclear world, with more states joining "the club." But wishing makes it so: we don't need these weapons, you see. And look! The generals agree!
Thankfully the president at least had the good sense to do this in conjunction with the Russians. Which is to say, it won't be done. Putin sure isn't going any lower in nukes....
4:00 PM, Dec 7, 2011 • By MARK DAVIS
The Obama administration is using an internal budgetary review of the Department of Defense as cover to undertake what amounts to an off-schedule Nuclear Posture Review—one that ices out Defense and State Department experts usually consulted on nuclear issues. It is also beginning a new round of talks with Moscow here in Washington next week that many observers believe will result in the United States offering to trade U.S. strategic weapons in exchange for reductions in Russian tactical weapons.
1:07 PM, Dec 15, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
White House press secretary Robert Gibbs is angry that Senator Jim DeMint is going to require a Senate clerk to spend 12 whole hours reading the START arms deal aloud before senators vote on it. Says Obama's spokesman in a statement:
2:56 PM, Dec 9, 2010 • By HENRY SOKOLSKI
While nuclear experts in Washington are wringing their hands over the fate of the New START agreement in the U.S. Senate, a formal U.S.-Russian civilian nuclear cooperative agreement came into force today with barely a whisper of public debate. In time, though, this deal which the White House quietly pushed through is likely to cause quite a stir.
1:47 PM, Dec 8, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
In their aggressive push to ratify the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the Obama administration has been wholly unimpressive in the messaging department. Calling the small, bilateral treaty the most pressing "national security issue" of our time, for example, is cause for head scratching. That's especially true while the Pentagon is prosecuting a long, tough war against Islamic extremism.
6:56 AM, Dec 6, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
The key Republican in New START negotiations in the Senate, Jon Kyl, indicated yesterday that the treaty would likely not be ratified in the lame duck session. Politico reports:
We need nuclear modernization whether the treaty is ratified or not. Dec 13, 2010, Vol. 16, No. 13 • By SPENCER ABRAHAM
As the White House endeavors to secure Senate approval of the new START treaty, it is seeking to forge a grand bargain with Senator Jon Kyl: increased funding for the U.S. nuclear weapons enterprise—a long-standing priority of Kyl’s—in exchange for ratification. While this might sound like routine Washington bargaining, it would create a linkage that could actually harm U.S. national security interests.
11:45 AM, Dec 3, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
In the discussion of the relationship between ratification of the new START treaty and the National Nuclear Security Administration’s budget for maintaining our nuclear weapons stockpile, an oft heard war cry in favor of ratification is that the Obama administration’s budget is one that former National Nuclear Security Agency administrator, Ambassador Linton Brooks, has said he “would have killed for.” But how does the budget really stack up against those of years past?
9:06 AM, Nov 29, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with Juan Williams, Mara Liasson, and Liz Cheney, on Fox News Sunday:
7:34 AM, Nov 22, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
Bill Kristol, with A. B. Stoddard, Kevin Madden and Juan Williams, on Fox News Sunday's Panel Plus:
11:43 AM, Nov 16, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
Much hash has been made about President Obama's refocus on foreign policy in the aftermath of an election that wounded his party's political ranks. That initiative may have suffered an equally damaging blow this morning, as Senator Jon Kyl -- the GOP lead on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty -- said that it was unlikely that Obama's prized nuclear weapons treaty will be passed during the lame duck session of Congress. On his website this morning, Kyl announced: