New Start treaty is a huge mistake

President Obama's New Start nuclear weapons reduction treaty with the Russians and its approval and ratification by the Senate is a huge mistake. It will prove dangerous and not consistent with the national security interests of our country.

This treaty will now effectively limit further U.S. anti-missile defenses. It simply is not adequately verifiable, and the Russians now can and will engage in significant violations.

This will now likewise reduce the flexibility and survivability our strategic military forces.

New Start will also solidify a large Russian superiority in nuclear weapons, and it could force cuts in some of our conventional military capabilities such as in heavy bombers and missile defenses of the homeland.

The New Start treaty will make us less safe and more vulnerable to an attack from our enemies, and it should never have been ratified by the lame duck Congress.

Al Eisner, Silver Spring

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