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Posted on 04/08/2014 9:18:10 AM PDT by Sub-Driver
U.S. to trim air, sea and land nuke launchers under U.S.-Russia treaty: officials 11:32am EDT
By David Alexander
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States will scale back its land, sea and air nuclear missile launchers under a New START treaty with Russia but not retire a ballistic missile squadron as some lawmakers had expected, U.S. officials told Reuters.
The U.S. military will disable four missile launch tubes on each of its 14 U.S. nuclear submarines, convert 30 B-52 nuclear bombers to conventional use and empty 50 intercontinental ballistic missile silos, senior administration officials said on condition of anonymity.
The plan is expected to be formally announced on Tuesday.
One official said the government wanted to maintain flexibility across its land, sea and air weapons systems. "It provides us a bit of a hedge," said the official.
The New START treaty reached in President Barack Obama's first term called for cuts in the number of deployed strategic nuclear warheads in the United States and Russia to 1,550 apiece by 2018, down from the previous ceiling of 2,200. It was agreed in 2010 and went into force on February 5, 2011.
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And just what does Russia give up?.......(crickets)
Damn...look how “flexible” Obama can be.
Treasonous, traitorous bastage.
While Russia is moving across Eastern Europe it’s vital we cut back on our military.
And has Congress ratified this treaty?
Someone set us up the bomb!!!
“And has Congress ratified this treaty?”
The president does not need ratification as all military forces are under his command. He could, for example, order all Air Force and Navy planes scrapped tomorrow at 9:00am. At this point, I’m not certain the order would be complied with, but he has eliminated dozens of command level officers for some reason.
Under Obama’s command, the Minutemen would have brought tea to the British Regulars.
When was this ratified by the Senate?
Obamie must be so proud...in a leftist whacko radical sort of way.
The good think about reducing the number of nukes is that it saves money and makes it easier to safeguard the remaining inventory. The bad thing is that at some inventory level the situation becomes unstable in the sense that a preemptive strike can disable so much of the other side's force that a first strike becomes tactically advantageous for the side that disables the other side's capability. In other words, reducing the stockpile below a certain threshold is destabilizing. It is time (or past time) to start worrying about whether we are there or about to reach that level.
This is insane............................
WTF?!!!!!!!!!!!! What ever happened to 'bargaining chip' and holding this agreement hostage in exchange for a Putin reversal in the Ukraine? Team Barry are the most traitorous administration, EVER!!!!! This smells like Barry is a Soviet-operative. His parents met in a Russian language class, hmmmm....
When it came out of committee(14-4), Kerry and Lugar has a signing ceremony, which Big Henry attended so as to bestow his blessings on the treaty. In the run=up to the senate ratification all the Realist Ex-SOSs came out in a co=ordinated effort of support. Kissinger, James Baker, George Schultz, Colin Powell, Condi Rice.
The NeoCons threw up a big battle to stop it but as I recall it passed with 71 votes
So the ‘outrage a day’ coming from this administration since Jan. 20, 2009 continues without pause or quarter. Traitorous Marxists.
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Treasonous, traitorous bastage.
Perhaps not just him, did this not have to be agreed upon in the Senate too? Perhaps they need a new vote in light of current events.
That’s SOP when there in an enemy combatant masquerading as a “president”.
One day in the not too distant future, we’ll wonder how we missed all of the obvious evidence that our country had been taken over by the Soviets.
I don’t have to.
The Soviets inserted their ideology of class conflict into the minds of disaffected youths in the 50s and 60s. Then through attrition of older traditionalists coupled with exploiting moral and character weaknesses in the upper class
You need to go back to GHW Bush when the first Start Treaty was ratified.
And you need to go back even further.
Ronald Reagan campaigned on Nuke arms reduction which he called SALT3, so as to build on Nixon and Carter. And much of the ground work for the first START was laid in Reagans second term.
Is 5000 nukes not enough?
And just as importantly...what will the Chinese,the North Koreans,the Iranians and the Pakistanis give up?
That’ll show em!/s
And we have a worthless congress that will let him get away with it.
They are true enablers of treason and just as guilty.
...and empty 50 intercontinental ballistic missile silos...
What kind of idiots write this? A Minuteman squadron is 50 missile launch facilities.
Not true. He is merely the CiC. That is all.
The vast control of the military is in the hands of Congress. Only Congress has the authority to set the size of the military and regulate the rules and regulations of the military.
Surely you know the difference between a president who seeks to fundamentally transform this country into a Marxist authoritarian hellhole and who doesn’t have this country’s best interests at heart.......and 2 presidents who sought to reduce our nuclear tensions with Russia through negotiated reduction agreements.
The democrat senate had to ratify it to see what was in it.
Well, that’s a relief. We can afford to do this now that North Korea and Iran have given up their nuclear weapons programs. Uh...they have, right?
Of course I know the differences. But I don't agree with how you might want to frame the differences.
In this particular issue, the differences fall along foreign policy doctrinal lines. Not along political party lines
And one can say it as just one of the many cracks/conflicts in the GOP. In this case it is Realists versus NeoCons. There are so many conflicts in the GOP so it is hard to tell which is the worst.
You may want this to be about Republicans versus Democrats but it is really about Republicans versus Republicans.
We need to retake the Senate and stop this junk. This was done on the Dem/Dem/Obama watch.
Isn’t Russia already in violation of this treaty? What are we doing!!??
As it turns out the Senate did ratify this treaty and it went into force on Jan 26 2011 accordimg to wikipedia.
And eliminated certain Nuclear forces Generals..
Since we're unilaterally disarming, how about we throw in a kenyan commie bastard too!
That will show Russia who’s boss!
People generally return to what is comfortable for them.
By the end of Obama’s term in office, out national defense will consist of an individual packet for the citizen of our nation.
5 tubes of ky-jelly per citizen
3 easy lessons on how to bend over
1 simply lesson on what to do as soon as the ky is gone
I said nothing of republicans vs democrats. You did. This is a new START treaty. Has nothing to do with other treaties. This one is Obama’s and because of that, is suspect. We know for a fact that Obama is an American hating Marxist who wants to see this country destroyed and rebuilt as some commie utopia. Not something I ever worried about Reagan doing. Not once....lol.