New START in the News

Happy, Tuesday.  New START is in the news.  Here is a brief run down of the top 3:

POLITICO: Morning Defense

MORE STRUGGLES FOR NEW START – Heritage Action on Monday condemned the White House for reportedly putting out feelers about adding $4 billion in nuclear spending to get the Senate to ratify the treaty this year.

The extra spending, which would be on top of the $10 billion to which the administration is already committed, is likely an effort to get Arizona’s Jon Kyl to lift his objections to ratification; it was first reported Saturday by the WaPo’s Mary Beth Sheridan and Walter Pincus. But Heritage Action, the sibling of The Heritage Foundation, continued to insist the treaty is a bad deal:

“America’s security cannot be viewed as some chit for nuclear modernization,” said Heritage Action CEO Michael A. Needham. “No amount of money can obscure the treaty’s fatal flaws, including inadequate verification measures and limits on missile defense.”

Washington Post: All Eyes on Sen. Kyl as Obama presses nuclear treaty

Kyl’s office did not return a call for comment Monday. But two prominent Republican senators indicated that they could support the treaty – as long as Kyl was satisfied.

Aviation Week: An End to New Start, or a proper Kickstart?

But even though New Start has strong support from U.S. policymakers, past and present, some conservative groups are still adamantly against the new treaty.

“No amount of money can obscure the treaty’s fatal flaws, including inadequate verification measures and limits on missile defense,” said Michael Needham, chief executive of the conservative think tank lobby group Heritage Action for America.

Heritage and others see any overt restraint on U.S. missile defenses to be undesirable, and they argue that in New Start America gives too much away to Russia, which does not face the same global military needs. The reference to inadequate verification refers to the lower amount of inspections compared with older Start practices.

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