April 17, 2014
While America’s arsenal of nuclear weapons is declining under the 2011 New START agreement, Russia’s stockpile is not. If anything, Russia’s nuclear arsenal is increasing.
This unilateral reduction is problematic not only for the U.S. but for the rest of the world as well. The Heritage Foundation’s Michaela Dodge and Rebecca Robison explain:
With Russia’s recent invasion of Crimea, the Kremlin has demonstrated that it is willing to use brute force to dismember a national state. This behavior is a clear indication that the U.S. must recalibrate its position—as articulated in the 2010 Nuclear Posture Review—that Russia is no longer an adversary and that the potential for a conflict between the two countries is low. With Russian forces still menacing Ukraine, now is not the time to further undermine U.S. nuclear weapons posture.
Dodge and Robison recommend that the U.S. immediately withdraw from New START, because it is “a treaty that only serves Russian interests.”
Should America be party to a treaty that serves Russia’s interests ahead of our own?