Legal Insurrection reports on one of the stupidest trade-offs in American political history:
In the recent arms control treaty signed with the Russians we agreed to count each of these new conventional weapons towards the nuclear weapons limits in the treaty, meaning that for each of these new non-nuclear weapons, we would have to eliminate a nuclear weapon. As reported by The Times:
In coming years, President Obama will decide whether to deploy a new class of weapons capable of reaching any corner of the earth from the United States in under an hour and with such accuracy and force that they would greatly diminish America’s reliance on its nuclear arsenal.
Yet even now, concerns about the technology are so strong that the Obama administration has acceded to a demand by Russia that the United States decommission one nuclear missile for every one of these conventional weapons fielded by the Pentagon. That provision, the White House said, is buried deep inside the New Start treaty that Mr. Obama and President Dmitri A. Medvedev signed in
Prague two weeks ago.
The technology involved is a Hypersonic Cruise Missile, and it is a game changer. According to the article in The Times, the Russians and Chinese have a concern that these weapons could have a destabilizing effect because it would not be known if they carried a nuclear or conventional weapon, so if it is deployed, steps would need to be taken to make clear that they were non-nuclear. That is all well and good. Verification with the Russians and Chinese to prevent a destabilizing effect is one thing. Counting conventional weapons the same as nuclear weapons, however, is nonsensical.
I love the sound of these new weapons systems – that’s exactly the sort of thing I expect from the American military! That kind of technological advantage is what allows us to kick some serious a$$ and rip our opponents to shreds on the battlefield. Still, LI is exactly right – this is the equivalent of preparing for the Daytona 500 by trading Jimmy Johnson’s stock car for a 1992 Ford Tempo. Sure, it’s a car that’ll move you around the track, but anyone who thinks it’ll bring home the checkered flag is an utter fool.
Only the liberal Leftists in the federal government would actually bet our national security on such a Ford Tempo.
Barack Obama’s unimaginable lack of responsibility on national security with fatally stupid policies like this is going to get American citizens killed; it’s only a matter of time.
Of course, there’s always this, from Michael Ramirez:
There’s my two cents.