Does Barack Obama hate Great Britain?

February 14, 2011

I mean, selling-out an ally’s nuclear secrets isn’t something one usually does to an ally one likes, is it?

Here’s what happened: According to WikiLeaks, a series of classified cables were sent from the U.S. negotiators to the State Department explaining that the Russians wanted to know the full extent of Great Britain’s nuclear capability. This was hardly surprising, as throughout the Cold War they had been trying to get this information. Now they were insisting on it as a price for Russian support for the New START deal. They could gauge this information from examining the “unique identifer” serial numbers on the Trident missiles that the U.S. has sold the UK over the years. The State Department has called these reports “bunk”.

Instead of telling Moscow that Britain was an independent power not party to the treaty, and therefore information about her nuclear deterrent was non-negotiable, the leaked cables show that the Obama administration lobbied the British Foreign Office and Ministry of Defense in 2009 for permission to simply tell Moscow this data about the number, age, and performance capabilities of Trident.

Needless to say, the U.K refused, because not letting the Russians know the full extent of its deterrent has long been key to its success. Yet astonishingly—and in my view despicably—the Obama administration seems to have simply rode roughshod over British objections and—according both to WikiLeaks and the Daily Telegraph of London—“The U.S. agreed to hand over the serial numbers of Trident missiles it transfers to Britain.”

If this is the way Obama treats one of our closest allies, I’d hate to see how he treats our enemies.

Oh, wait. I have:

Obama with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez

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In other words, 13 Republican senators were idiots

January 27, 2011

That’s the number of senators who crossed the aisle to ratify the new START treaty with Russia that the administration rammed through last December, during the lame-duck session. That’s also the same number of senators who, per William Jacobson, failed to see that it did not decrease Russian launchers and warheads at all. In fact, they can still increase them. Only we have to make cuts.

Genius!

Anatoly Serdyukov, the Russian defence minister, told Russian senators that the treaty would not damage Russia’s interests and would have little impact on its nuclear arsenal however.

“The limits on delivery vehicles and nuclear warheads outlined are substantially more than our current possibilities,” he said. “We do not possess so many (warheads and delivery vehicles).” The treaty’s future hung in the balance towards the end of last year when Republicans, who are sceptical about the agreement, won more seats in the US Senate.

Remember, START stands for “Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.” I didn’t realize it had been changed to STAART: “Strategic American Arms Reduction Treaty.” If these are the fruits of Smart Power, I’d hate to see what Moron Power could do.

And speaking of morons, here’s the list of Republican senators who, in a spirit of bipartisanship, failed to do even the basic due diligence the Constitution requires of them and instead voted for this bad joke of a treaty:

Republicans Yes

Alexander, Tenn.; Bennett, Utah; Brown, Mass.; Cochran, Miss.; Collins, Maine; Corker, Tenn.; Gregg, N.H.; Isakson, Ga.; Johanns, Neb.; Lugar, Ind.; Murkowski, Alaska; Snowe, Maine; Voinovich, Ohio.

Thanks, guys. Glad to know you’re watching out for our interests.

AFTERWORD: Some may look at that quote above from Defense Minister Serdyukov and wonder why on Earth the administration agreed to this: Were they nuts or incompetent? Is this report false?

In short, the answers are no, maybe, and no.

The decision to lower our nuclear arms while Russia doesn’t fits the behavior of an administration hell-bent on weakening America. It’s the result of a leftist worldview that sees American dominance and the unequal distribution of power and wealth in the world in our favor as a problem, not, as most of us would, as a good thing. There is an excellent article by Charles Krauthammer you should read called “Decline is a choice” that outlines this strategy — for that’s what it is.

Oh, and regarding the “maybe.” While this may be part of a deliberately executed strategy, that doesn’t mean its authors aren’t incompetent.

UPDATE: Welcome Ace of Spades readers! Have a look around and feel free to leave a comment. 🙂

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)


Russians make RINO, squish, aisle-crossers look like chumps

December 24, 2010

Because they ARE chumps. For weeks during this recent lame-duck session of Congress, the White House, Democratic senators, and the liberal media were telling us that the latest START arms-reduction treaty with the Russians had to be  approved now, in spite of serious, legitimate concerns. It absolutely could not wait until the new Senate was seated with new members who would actually reflect the will of the voters as expressed in the recent election. Nope, it had to be done now, or the universe would implode… or something.

So they finally found some “bipartisan” Republicans and ratified it.

And now the Russians say that, gosh, they won’t be able to get it done on their end until next year:

Russian lawmakers gave preliminary approval on Christmas Eve to the so-called New START treaty with a vote in the lower house of parliament. But Konstantin Kosachev, head of the State Duma’s foreign affairs committee, said it would take until next month “at the earliest” for the treaty to receive its three required readings and get a final vote. Lawmakers’ vacation lasts until Jan. 11.

The assessment seems to put the brakes on the document President Obama called a top priority as he whipped up the Republican votes needed to pass it before the end of the lame-duck session. Vice Adm. Jerry Miller said the Russians appear to be having some fun at U.S. expense.

So, explain to me again, Senators Lugar, Alexander, Bennett, Brown, Cochran, Collins, Corker, Isakson, Johanns, Murkowski, Snowe, and Voinovich: what was the big rush? Couldn’t you have waited for a Senate that had an actual mandate from the people to do more than minimal government business? And do you hear the chuckles coming from Moscow? How does it feel knowing you’ve been played — again?

Idiots.

LINKS: Power Line calls the Republicans listed above Obama’s useful idiots. Jennifer Rubin, who’s been critical of the treaty, points out that, inter alia, we did get something to protect missile defense. The Russian press respectfully disagrees. Legal Insurrection wonders if Republicans will ever learn. Ace of Spades thinks Putin “Pwned” Obama, again.

(Crossposted at Sister Toldjah)