Hey, when the Russian president call's Obama's arms-reduction plan a "reasonable compromise", then you know we are getting screwed, big-time.
And either Barack Obama is too dumb to know it, or he is allowing himself to be taken to the Russian cleaners in order to have an excuse to destroy America's worldwide military capabilities. See, it ain't just about the nukes:
The planned START replacement pact - the centerpiece summit agreement - calls for each side to reduce strategic warheads to a range of 1,500 to 1,675, and strategic delivery vehicles to a range of 500 to 1,100. Current limits allow a maximum of 2,200 warheads and 1,600 launch vehicles. The new treaty, as conceived, would run for 10 years. Each side would have seven years to reach reduction goals with the final three years used for verification.
It's those "strategic delivery systems" that are the key, and Russia knows it:
... the Russians don't care much about our warhead numbers (which will be chopped to a figure "between 1,500 and 1,675"). What they really wanted -- and got -- was a US cave-in regarding limits on our nuclear-capable bombers, submarines and missiles that could leave us with as few as 500 such systems, if the Russians continue to get their way as the final details are negotiated.
Moscow knows we aren't going to start a nuclear war with Russia. Putin (forget poor "President" Dmitry Medvedev) wants to gut our conventional capabilities to stage globe-spanning military operations. He wants to cut us down to Russia's size.
Our problem is that many nuclear-delivery systems -- such as bombers or subs -- are "dual-use": A B-2 bomber can launch nukes, but it's employed more frequently to deliver conventional ordnance.
Putin sought to cripple our ability to respond to international crises. Obama, meanwhile, was out for "deliverables" -- deals that could be signed in front of the cameras. Each man got what he wanted.
Yeah, I can't bear to look at him either...
Obama gets a signing ceremony, tosses red meat to his far-left base, and will certainly recieve adoration from the mainstream media for his movement on "arms control", even if it is all one-sided.What does America get? Less strength, less negotiating leverage, and less presence on the world stage as we continue to diminish ourselves financially and militarily under the Obama regime.
No doubt they're laughing in Moscow, and lifiting the shot glasses up in toast to their latest victory....