Vice ADM. says Obama "out maneuvered" by Russians on START Treaty

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  1. Maximus

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    http://www.usni.org/vice-admiral-obama-was-outmaneuvered-russians-start

    President Barack Obama was outmaneuvered by the Russians and should have abandoned the New START negotiations instead of seeking a political victory, says former nuclear plans monitor Vice Admiral Jerry Miller, USN (Ret).

    “The Obama administration is continuing a dated policy in which we cannot even unilaterally reduce our own inventory of weapons and delivery systems without being on parity with the Russians,” Miller told the U.S. Naval Institute in Annapolis, Md. “We could give up plenty of deployed delivery systems and not adversely affect our national security one bit, but New START prohibits such action - so we are now stuck with some outmoded and useless elements in our nuke force.”

    After meeting resistance from several Republicans, the U.S. Senate ratified the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) with Russia by a vote of 71-26 on Wednesday.

    “The Soviets/Russians were done in by Reagan and our missile defense program because they cannot afford to build such a system,” said Miller. “They instead try to counter our program with rhetoric at the bargaining table. And they won by outmaneuvering Obama. START plays right into their hands.”

    Former President Ronald Reagan’s Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI) is often credited with bankrupting the U.S.S.R. because the Soviets were unable to keep pace with the technology being developed by the United States.

    “We have always been superior in quality of our nuclear force, so we did not have to negotiate with a party we do not trust,” said Miller. “If Obama wanted to save some money and improve national defense, he should have gotten out of the nuke negations and acted unilaterally. START is simply a political victory for Obama.”

    Miller, who helped prepare the National Strategic Target List and Single Integrated Operational Plan for waging nuclear war and later participated in arms control meetings with the Soviet government, expressed concern that START could leave the United States vulnerable to other emerging threats.

    “The treaty prohibits the conversion of an existing ballistic missile system into a missile defense system,” said Miller. “We might want to do that with a Trident or an ICBM sometime in the future, particularly if the Chinese alleged threat materializes.”
     
  2. Just_A_Mom

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    I would say if the President was 'out maneuvered', then the CJCS Admiral Mike Mullen was 'out maneuvered' as well.

    A recent(?) trend is for retired generals and admirals to weigh in on their opinions on matters of national politics. They are not above seeking their 15 minutes of fame or making a quick buck.
     
  3. SamAca10

    SamAca10 Ensign - DWO

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    You mean like this?



    http://www.kodiakdailymirror.com/?pid=19&id=9421
     
  4. Mongo

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    Not following your reason for posting this at all. Are you saying that Adm Steinman is just following a trend to claim his 15 minutes of fame? Or are you somehow attempting to use a single conflicting example to discount JAM'S overall observation? Or did you mean to post it on the DADT thread where it is truly relevant?
     
  5. Maximus

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    The trend started with good old Wesley Clark :rolleyes: and in
    similar fashion to some past Presidents over the last 10 years, and their weighing in on issues breaking the unwritten rules of Former President decorum.

    As far as Mullen goes, he does what he's told to do.
     

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