The Republican party should endorse the strategic arms treaty with Russia.
The Republicans are intent on opposing Obama’s treaty on nuclear weapons with the Russians in the senate where the treaty needs to be ratified. They are however worried that it is a bad deal for America and that it will limit missile defence/defense. But does the threat from Russia even matter anymore? We are no longer in the cold war and the big worries are about terrorism. It may indeed be a ‘bad’ deal for the US in that it accepts parity with a power that is now obviously militarily inferior. Without the treaty the US could produce many more nuclear weapons than Russia if it wanted to. So should the Russians endorse the treaty?
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In light of the recent spy crisis and the resultant swap; the claim that the cold war is over is hard to digest. The cold war is not over. Kremlin is stronger than ever. Anna Chapman; (the pretty young Russian spy whose picture has been splattered all over the international news media) is a celebrated heroine in her hometown; an honored citizen. A Russian newspaper held a songwriting competition in her honor (line from the winning lyrics: “You have not been broken by jail; you gave up none of our secrets”).
The cold war is not over. The animosity between Russia (what remains of the former U.S.S.R) and the U.S is going strong. Ronald Regan would have been done proud by Obama’s peace offering. There are tensions to be addressed and threats should not be cockily ignored. Even the weakest enemy can throw the hardest blow; when taken lightly. [[Newsweek, “What career for an ex-spy?”-Owen Mathews]]
Okay, they’re happy their spy is back. Americans are also happy that the spy she (among others) was swapped for is back in the U.S.A. That doesn’t mean Russia is a credible threat to the United States in the near future.
It only means that Countries are happy to have their citizens home. In the unlikely scenario that Russia, attacks the U.S.A meeting a force stronger than itself, she will lose. America has to deal with other issues: terrorism, the climate crisis etc. This is not the time to entertain and appease non-threats.
Ronald Regan couldn't have done it better himself
And so a democrat is preserving the legacy of the only republican leader, in the last few decades; worth being proud of.Joining hands with Russia translates to (much-needed) geographic presence and power in the East. Russia is close to Afghanistan, is a nuclear power and may be the force we need to successfully combat the Taliban. United we rise; divided we fall.
We won't be united; the rivalry will not stop. And the rivalry was good in a sense; it fed competitive creativity. But now Russia is considerably weaker than the U.S and America is to blame. A few gifts in the form of a Trojan-horse treaty will not whitewash the angst of all that has been done.
Russia will not buy this. Old wounds remain sore. More will have to be done to achieve Russian cooperation and then where will it stop? The treaty allows Russia to build even more nuclear warheads; it gives Russia immense power; power they cannot be trusted to use for American interests.
The reds continue to commemorate their Anti-American spies; Obama is missing the big picture.
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Former governor Mitt Romney; finds fault in everything Obama has done to date. Reverse arbitrage does not suit him. Giving something for nothing is not the mark of a good trader. But to the hypercritical Mr.Romney the ratification of this treaty would be Obama's worst mistake.
As noted earlier, we have other problems to deal with. To waste resources in the direction that only makes the United States appear weak; is wrong. The treaty reads as though it were written by the Russians not the U.S. Russia was a real threat in Regan's day; this is just a means to achieve international embarrassment. Regan would not have approved.
Trust a member of the Grand Old Party, to be humiliated by a friendly gesture. A gesture that could mean the end of nuclear arsenals; a dawn, we have been longing for since Hiroshima-Nagasaki.
This is definitely a step in the right direction; and the trusted Obama will follow through with Regan's posthumous blessing.
What do you think?