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Commentary > China Post > Peter Brookes
One of the common "sky is falling" claims of Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) supporters like Hillary Clinton and John Isaacs of the Council of a Livable World is that unless this treaty with Russia is ratified, we'll have nothing binding to make us continue reducing our nuclear weapons arsenal.
 
With Herculean-like effort, the Obama Administration continues to insist that the New START treaty between the United States and Russia will not limit U.S. ballistic missile defense or the strategic options available to the President. However, numerous limitations and other problematic issues have continued to be exposed throughout the treaty.
 
Just when you thought that bumbling Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale had retired for good, the FBI uncovers an 11-person, deep-cover Russian spy ring stretching from Boston to Washington.
 
The Obama administration is urging the Senate to ratify the U.S.-Russia Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty -- but it won't release the negotiating record for "New START" to senators who've asked for it.
 
One of the most under-reported national security stories is the growing angst over our ability to continue to produce some high-tech components for our most advanced defense systems.
 
Nuclear proliferation trends are not positive. In 1998, there were just six nuclear states; today, there are nine with a 10th -- Iran -- moving in that direction. An undeclared nuclear program in Syria , which was being built by North Korea , only adds to the jitters.
 
At a near-breathless pace over a month's time, the Obama administration released a nuclear strategy, inked a new strategic treaty, hosted an all-world atomic affair and attended a major nonproliferation conference.
 
While Americans focus on the significant challenges at home, they must also not forget the growing national security challenges that our nation faces abroad.
 
It turns out the Russians got a great deal on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, which U.S. President Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev signed in Prague last month.
 
The South Korean government is now reporting that a large undersea explosion (e.g., a torpedo) is likely responsible for sinking its warship Cheonan in the Yellow Sea in March, with the loss of more than 40 souls.
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