“Treaties are like pie crusts, they are made to be broken” – Vladimir Lenin.
The stakes are high America’s nuclear arsenal is facing suicidal reductions while what’s to remain is already decades old. Lets also not forget the personnel in charge of the nuclear deterrent are facing burnout and removal for petty scandals, let alone witnessing unprecedented incidents where, for example, 50 missile silos go offline unexpectedly. Meanwhile, China and Russia are both modernizing their nuclear forces and will eventually attain first-strike capability. Don’t expect anything meaningful in terms of results to come out of the political ‘outrage’ that the government expresses whenever a new security threat is revealed, as past actions have time and time again been almost nothing in response — all bark and no bite.
The consequences for turning a blind eye will be irreversible and deadly. In 2013, America is still buying New Lies for Old.
For just a few additional examples of many, click the following links:
- The Network for America’s Nuclear Arsenal Is Falling Apart And Making The Air Force Uncomfortable
- Inside the Ring: Russia builds up, U.S. down
- China Conducts Another Mobile ICBM Test
- Confidential report lists U.S. weapons system designs compromised by Chinese cyberspies
- Two-Faced — Russia building up missile defenses while seeking to limit U.S. defenses
- The Nation’s ICBM Force: Increasingly Creaky Broken Missiles
- Russia to Create “Son of Satan” Missile
- The Warhead Gap
- Medvedev Says Russian Rearmament On Level With WWII
- Pentagon: Growing Threat as China Expands Missile Arsenal Development
Senior Obama administration officials informed congressional lawmakers in a closed-door 2012 briefing that Russia was not abiding by a bilateral arms control accord that bans the fielding of intermediate-range missiles, the Daily Beast reported on Tuesday.
The 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty required both Russia and the United States to eliminate all of their nuclear and non-nuclear ballistic and cruise missiles with maximum flight distances between roughly 300 miles and 3,400 miles. Russia’s testing of the SS-25 mobile intercontinental ballistic missile and of the new-model RS-26, optimized for penetrating missile defenses, may have raised the concerns about violating the accord’s range restrictions, according to the website. However, the alleged focus of the cheating remains secret.
Last November during a classified session, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs Madelyn Creedon and acting Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Rose Gottemoeller told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that Moscow was in breach of the INF accord, according to the report, which cites two unnamed U.S. officials who were at the briefing.
Then-Committee Chairman John Kerry (D-Mass.) blasted the reported treaty transgressions: “If we’re going to have treaties with people, we’ve got to adhere to them,” he was said to have groused.
“The administration’s been candid with Congress about a range of countries where we have ongoing treaty compliance issues … and that includes concerns we have raised with Russia,” an anonymous Obama official told the Daily Beast. “Determinations about non-compliance are made after a careful process, but Congress is in the loop.”
Full article: U.S.: Russia Repeatedly Cheating on Nuclear Missile Treaty (Defense One)