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Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, December 24, 2010

START: Stating The Obvious

Vice Admiral Jerry Miller, USN (Ret) has some very specific thoughts about the recently-ratified START treaty, and it's readily apparent the Admiral doesn't think Mr Obama is much of a negotiator.

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.”

Something was immediately amiss when I heard that the Russians were "threatening" that the START treaty could not be modified by the United States in any way.

In my estimation, the Russians are in absolutely no position to dictate terms -- except where capitulation is the only considered result on the US side.

Read this, and notice one sentence in particular on which the Russians have focused -- like a laser beam -- for years:

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.”

Encapsulated, it's this: the Russians are scared shitless that we should develop a missile defense shield. Something capable of DEFEATING their INCOMING missiles. Hello??

So they've done and are doing their best to politically ensure we cannot enable -- not develop, but enable -- same.

We have it. We can't politically use it.

And Mr Obama just gave that up so he can "feel good."

Welcome to 2011, you Leftist bastards.



Blogger Old NFO said...

Sad... sad... sad...

Thu Dec 23, 09:06:00 PM PST  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

There goes much of our capability for national defense.

The Obama administration is gutting the United States in so many ways.

You who voted for Obama: I hope that you're satisfied with the undoing of our nation. Your children and grandchildren will suffer as America declines. Great legacy to leave your descendants, huh?

Fri Dec 24, 04:27:00 AM PST  
Blogger Well Seasoned Fool said...

Someone needs a glass belly button.

Fri Dec 24, 09:02:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bushwack said...

And notably passed by folks the American people FIRED for incompetence.

Lame Duck Congress passed some of the most liberal/progressive laws ever... How is this possible? Because as we stated prior to the election, they are power hungry and we took away their toys.. This was a tantrum and it was enabled by the RINO's in office. When their time is up for re-election I suggest we remember these enablers as traitors and vote them out.

Oh and Blew-A-Deacon... Foxtrot Yankee

Fri Dec 24, 09:47:00 AM PST  
Blogger Paul Champagne said...

Perhaps too much vodka was present at the negotiating table. The Russians have a much higher tolerance for the stuff than we do.

Fri Dec 24, 10:26:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Paul C: first, welcome aboard and thanks for taking the time to comment. I've been an admirer of Stoly; also of Grey Goose.


Fri Dec 24, 11:15:00 AM PST  
Blogger Toaster 802 said...

There seems no limit on what these frauds will do, and what the American public will allow them to get away with.

On that happy note, Merry Christmas BZ.

Fri Dec 24, 12:36:00 PM PST  
Blogger Greybeard said...

Merry Christmas deaconbleu.
May all your wishes come true, (for you personally).

Fri Dec 24, 05:52:00 PM PST  
Blogger A Jacksonian said...

Barack Obama - saving us from the problems of the 1970's and making things worse, not better...

When will we be able to get rid of the fossilized ideals of the Left?

Sun Dec 26, 11:53:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

AJ: yes indeed, re-CREATing the problems from the 70s all over again.



Sun Dec 26, 01:12:00 PM PST  

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