Sunday, November 21, 2010

START Treaty is a bad treaty - Senate should vote NO

Senators should vote NO to the START Treaty. 

This treaty is controversial and undermines our current nuclear weapons status in several critical ways. Under the treaty, nuclear warheads would be reduced by one-third and the missiles and other vehicles carrying them would be cut by half. But the treaty coincides with the release of the administration's new nuclear weapons policy, which rules out the use of nuclear weapons against most non-nuclear countries and states the United States does not intend to build or test new nuclear weapons. 

Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., expressed concern about that policy, that "We have to make darned sure our nuclear warheads are capable, are modern," Lieberman said. Lieberman said the administration will have a hard time getting the votes to ratify in the Senate unless it commits to modernizing the stockpile. 

Also, it is not clear if the Russians would consider pulling out of the treaty if the United States pursues its missile defense shield. 

Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., considers the administration's nuclear policy "troublesome. It takes away our ambiguity about our use of nuclear power." 

For several other reasons, this treaty is controversial and deserves full consideration in the 112th Congress, not this lame duck session.   
* Could lead to more, not less, nuclear weapons
* Undermines America’s missile defense 
* Favors the Russians 
* Severely weakens America’s security 

Neither Senator Lieberman nor Senator Alexander feel that the START treaty should be approved this year. Please ensure that the controversial new START Treaty is considered in accordance with the regular order in the course of the 112th Congress. 

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