Earlier today, Newsmax broke a story (albeit under-reported) that Russia states that Obama signed away the U.S.' right to missile defense. According to the author, Russia's parliament states that the ratification of the START treaty prevents the U.S. from developing future missile defense systems. Of course, Washington disagrees.
The exact wording of the treaty includes “interrelationship between strategic offensive arms and strategic defensive arms”. This word and direct connection to strategic offensive and strategic defensive arms should raise concerns that the ratification by the U.S. Senate, violates the U.S. Constitution. Specifically, the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution calls for the U.S. government to 'provide for the common defence' (spelling correct for writing of U.S. Constitution).
The allegations made by Russian leaders (see Newsmax article) should bring pause to the U.S. judicial branch, who has authority to review the ratification of the treaty (pursuant to Article III, Section II of the U.S. Constitution). Thorough review of the treaty and its components must be done to ensure that the U.S. continues to have the liberty to ensure we can defend its citizens, property and interests around the world.
What President Obama and the Democrats in the U.S. Senate fail to realize that that agreeing to such a treaty is not about securing a political victory. Agreeing to such a treaty must always center around whether it will allow for the protection of the U.S. and its citizens. National security must always trump image.
NOTE: As this article was being written, Russia has said NO to this treaty. While this may be a thumb of the nose against Obama and the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, it is a victory for all Americans. Let the warnings signs of this article be a reminder that national security must be a priority.
Oh and Delaware, Chris Coons and Tom Carper approved the ratification of the START Treaty. Remember that the next time you have an opportunity to vote.