Russia Announces Withdrawal From Arms Agreement

Discussion in 'Politics' started by pspr, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. pspr


    So much for Obama's reset with Putin. Putin sees a weak U.S. withdrawing from the world stage under Obama.

    Russia announces it will withdraw from a post-Cold War deal to dismantle nuclear and chemical weapons when it expires next year. Is this what President Obama meant by a "reset" in U.S.-Russian relations?

    The so-called Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction program, which had been renewed twice by the U.S. and Russia, was a major post-Cold War success.

    It led to the deactivation of more than 7,650 strategic warheads from the old Soviet Union, and seemed to put the former USSR onto a far more peaceful path. It helped seal President Reagan's hard-won U.S. victory in the Cold War against its former foe.

    But after four years of Obama's weak stewardship of our nation's national security, the Russians are saying "nyet" to renewing the deal in 2013. It's easy to see why.

    Everywhere they look, they see U.S. weakness and a failure to respond to overt provocations by others.

    They see world affairs as the U.S. retreats from previous strong alliances, such as those with Britain and Israel, and ignores or downplays others, including our ties with Japan.

    Why continue to disarm after losing a cold war if your enemy is already busy disarming itself?

    In announcing the move, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov seemed to take a contemptuous dig at both the U.S. and the president. "The agreement doesn't satisfy us," he said, "especially considering new realities."

    Those "new realities" no doubt include Obama's feckless "reset" — another word for U.S. capitulation to the New Russia's neo-imperialism under its strutting dictator wannabe, Vladimir Putin.

    It's enough to make you wonder, isn't it? From the very beginning, Obama's "reset" has included a series of diplomatic moves that clearly weaken the U.S. position in the world, particularly against Russia.

    One of the first things Obama did on entering office was to break America's promise to its allies in Eastern Europe, Poland and the Czech Republic, to place missile interceptors and radar on their soil. This was a huge gift to Russia.

    Not a year later, at the New Start talks in 2010, Obama gave away America's nuclear edge, agreeing to disastrous cuts in our nuclear arsenal far in excess of what Russia promised and putting missile defense on the negotiating table.

    The idea, Obama says, is a nuclear-free world — a utopian idea that has proved dangerous as Iran, North Korea and other rogue nations pursue nuclear weapons. Not only is the world not "nuclear-free," but some of the most dangerous regimes on Earth are now on the verge of threatening us with nukes.

  2. Lucrum


    Putin probably finally saw that video of Odumbo throwing a baseball. And thought to himself. "HA! I'm not worried about that girly man."
  3. 377OHMS


    Man, no kidding. Can you imagine a prize fight between Putin (aged 60) and Obama (aged 52)? Putin would kick the living shit out of our girly-man President.
  4. gee whiz pspr, thinking along the same lines here. I posted a question on a different thread. hmnnnn.. thanks for posting the article, guss I'm not the only one doesn't know what the heck is going on.
  5. pspr


    So, Clinton really was our first black president and Obama IS our first female president.
  6. pspr


    You've got to keep up on these things, nutmeg. :)
  7. Kind of puts this into context now.

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