Comments on: Senate Republicans ask: What’s the hurry on the new START treaty? Tracking U.S. politics Wed, 16 Nov 2016 03:39:51 +0000 hourly 1 By: WHartung Tue, 03 Aug 2010 15:13:51 +0000 Sen. Mitch McConnell asserts that the Senate needs more time to consider the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty with Russia, but nothing could be further from the truth. The treaty was signed more than a year ago, and the Senate has held at least 20 hearings on it. It is supported by an impressive number of members of the Republican foreign policy establishment, including former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, George Shultz,James Baker and Colin Powell; former Defense Secretary James Schlesinger; and former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley. The text of the treaty places no limits on U.S. development of missile defenses, and, as noted in the article, the Obama administration will seek substantial increases in funding for the nuclear weapons complex in parallel with the implementation of the treaty. Last but not least, there is real urgency to ratifying the treaty as soon as possible. When the prior START agreement lapsed last December, the elaborate system of verification measures that allowed the United States to keep close tabs on Russian nuclear developments lapsed as well. As seven former heads of the Strategic Air Command and the U.S. Strategic Command noted in a recent letter to Congress, we will know more about Russia’s nuclear program with New START than without it — a significant benefit to our security. The time to ratify New START is now.