What Did Presidents Obama and Medvedev agree to when negotiating the New START treaty? Photo: White House
Yesterday, 66 Senators agreed to move towards a vote on the New START agreement with Russia. Now, one could argue that ratification is in the bag at this point. But Heritage’s Conn Carroll points out that there two major questions remain unanswered: where are the negotiating documents and when will we be allowed to see them?
These documents are crucial to our understanding of the treaty. And our leaders are actually considering ratifying the Treaty without them? This is irresponsible, Carroll argues. We need to know what concessions were made to the Russians and why.
All along, the White House has claimed that New START will not limit our ability to defend against ballistic missile attack. Then why did Russians insist on inserting language limiting our missile defenses?
These are questions we need answers to. After all, as Heritage foreign policy expert Steven Groves notes, “American foreign policy must ultimately be controlled by the American people.” This is how the Founding Fathers intended it, and how it is written into our Constitution.
As it stands, Carroll explains, the New START Treaty is one “no true conservative could support.”