A Fix Noise Re-START Of A “Russkie” Ruse

Leave it to the media wing of the Republican Party to concoct more “Ooga Booga!” scare headlines, such as in this account which tells us the following…

Russia and the United States have tentatively agreed to a weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads.

The plan, which Fox News has learned was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the U.S. has ever accepted.

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said publicly Tuesday that the two nations have made “considerable” progress toward reaching agreement on a new strategic arms treaty.

The 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires in December and negotiators have been racing to reach agreement on a successor.

Gee, trying to abide by internationally agreed upon and ratified treaties and protocols, huh? How “pre-9/11” can you get?

(OK, I’m removing my tongue from my cheek now.)

I don’t know how the Roger Ailes BS Factory arrived at the conclusion that the weapons inspection program is “the most intrusive” we’ve ever accepted, but I do know the following (from here, concerning the treaty we’re currently trying to revive after years of Bushco neglect)…

The Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START I), first proposed in the early 1980s by President Ronald Reagan and finally signed in July 1991, required the United States and the Soviet Union to reduce their deployed strategic arsenals to 1,600 delivery vehicles, carrying no more than 6,000 warheads as counted using the agreement’s rules. The agreement limited deployed warheads by imposing limits on delivery vehicles and requiring the destruction of excess delivery vehicles. The destruction was verified using an intrusive verification regime that involved on-site inspections and regular exchanges of information, as well as national technical means (i.e., satellites).

Signed December 8, 1987, the INF Treaty required the United States and the Soviet Union to verifiably eliminate all ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers. Distinguished by its unprecedented, intrusive inspection regime, the INF Treaty laid the groundwork for the verification component of the subsequent START I agreement on strategic nuclear reductions. The INF Treaty entered into force June 1, 1988, and the two sides completed their reductions by June 1, 1991, destroying a total of 2,692 missiles. The agreement was multilateralized after the breakup of the Soviet Union, and current active participants in the agreement’s implementation include the United States, Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Ukraine. Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan are also parties to the agreement but do not participate in treaty meetings or on-site inspections. The ban on intermediate-range missiles is of unlimited duration.

Of course, Faux News is counting on its audience being too stupid to realize that the “tentative inspection program” it describes has existed roughly for about the last 30 years.

And it complements the goal of a previous president who once said, “[M]y dream is to see the day when nuclear weapons will be banished from the face of the Earth” here.

And given that, it kind of makes we wonder what the person who spoke those words would think of individuals claiming to represent his beloved political party while also ridiculing the current Oval Office occupant acting in accordance with The Gipper’s vision.


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