Sunday, December 14, 2014

Congress Mandates a Report on Russian Treaty Violations

National Security: It won't generate the buzz that torture allegations do, but a provision in the defense spending bill requires the White House to explain why Russia developed a cruise missile in breach of a 1987 treaty.
President Ronald Reagan coined the phrase "trust but verify" regarding dealing with the Russians for good reason.
American security was to be guaranteed through the strength of our will and the genius of our technology, not through pieces of parchment, handshakes, clinking glasses at conferences, or reset buttons.
Enter President Obama and the age of flexibility, back-stabbing our allies on things like missile defense and letting Russia pretty much do whatever Vladimir Putin wanted, such as moving to reassemble the old Soviet Union, Reagan's evil empire, as Russia rearmed.
While You're at it: WHY have we been 
Dismantling while Putin has his way in Europe?
As we noted in June 2013, shortly after Obama's re-election, Russia was testing and about to deploy the R500 cruise missile with a range that violated the 1987 Intermediate Nuclear Force (INF) treaty's prohibition against the U.S. — and was developing, testing or possessing ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of 500 to 5,500 kilometers, or 300 to 3,400 miles.
The R500 weapon system, known also as the Iskander-K variant, has a range of more than 1,000 kilometers and uses the same road-mobile carrier vehicle and control system as the Iskander-M, but is armed with a turbojet-powered cruise missile.
Now Congress wants the Obama administration to explain the violation and how it was allowed to happen, inserting a provision in the House-Senate defense authorization bill last week requiring the Obama administration to produce a report on the violation within 90 days of the bill becoming law.
The report is to include an assessment of the violation and its impact on U.S. and NATO security and any actions taken or planned by the Obama administration to deal with the violation.
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