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You can't help but wonder what was given away

From the WaPo:

The United States and Russia have reached a deal on their most extensive nuclear arms-control agreement in nearly two decades, the Kremlin announced Wednesday. The pact appeared to represent President Obama's first victory in his ambitious agenda to move toward a nuclear-free world.

The new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) would replace a 1991 pact that expired in December. Experts called the new agreement the most significant arms-control accord since the 1993 signing of START II, which the Russians never ratified.

Officials in both countries would not discuss details of the new accord, but the general outlines have emerged during the year-long negotiations. Each side will reduce its most dangerous nuclear weapons -- those deployed for long-range missions-- from a ceiling of 2,200 to between 1,500 and 1,675. And the two militaries will make relatively small cuts in the number of jets and land- or submarine-based missiles that carry nuclear warheads and bombs.

A Kremlin spokesman told reporters that the two countries' presidents would talk soon to decide when to sign the pact. "All documents related to the new treaty have been agreed upon," he said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of diplomatic sensitivity.

The declaration appeared to surprise the White House, with spokesman Robert Gibbs saying that the two sides were "close" to a treaty but that it would not be announced until Obama could speak with President Dmitry Medvedev, probably in the next few days.

Still, U.S. officials confirmed that all major obstacles to the pact have been cleared.

Given who's in charge these days, this doesn't give me any warm fuzzies.

Crossposted at Brutally Honest.


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You can't help but wonde... (Below threshold)

You can't help but wonder what was given away

Don't you remember? Eastern Europe.

Probably Alaska.... (Below threshold)

Probably Alaska.

Before Reagan dealt ... (Below threshold)
recovered liberal democrat:

Before Reagan dealt with Gorby it was "What's ours is our, What's yours is negotiable." Liberals love to get treaties, no matter the cost to America's security, to show how well "diplomacy" works and feel important. As long as liberal statists run the State Dept. we will be in big trouble.

What was given away? Georg... (Below threshold)

What was given away? Georgia (possibly both), the 'stans, the balkans, basically the normal stuff.

Now, when the capitalist dogs negotiate with the communist pigs, how do we tell them apart?

"The declaration appeare... (Below threshold)

"The declaration appeared to surprise the White House,..."

I guess this is the new word; surprised. It will be used regularly to replace "unexpected"

Why does that word "surpris... (Below threshold)

Why does that word "surprised" raise the hair on the back of my neck?

Putin has to be laughing his ass off.

Im surprised at Barry? I th... (Below threshold)

Im surprised at Barry? I thought he was only into cutting US jobs?

The agreement probably stat... (Below threshold)

The agreement probably stated Russia's compliance would be "trusted" and U.S. action would be "verified."

Sucker!The Russian... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:


The Russian nuclear arsenal hasn't been maintained and is mostly scrap-worthy. They haven't budgeted to keep it up to date since the fall of the USSR, and cannot afford to do so.

Obama is trading our working nukes for their obsolete ones.


This administration negotia... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

This administration negotiating with the Russians is sort of like Jerry Lundergaard negotiating with Michael Corleone.

Someone on FoxNews said des... (Below threshold)

Someone on FoxNews said described this bloody charade as a negotiation between two "superpowers."

This despite that the last time I checked Russia's GDP was about 15% of ours, the country was in rapid, terminal, decline and was likely to lose (to the Peking predators) all of its Eastern Empire within 15 years.

Some "superpower, eh? Just like Spain. And Canada.






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