Obama Pushes For Nuke Treaty Ratification

President Barack Obama says American leadership on scores of global challenges could be damaged by failure to ratify a new arms control treaty with Russia.

In the weekly radio and Internet address, Obama pleads with the Senate to approve the treaty, a dearly held foreign policy priority in the waning days of Congress' lame-duck session.

Obama says ratification "is about the safety and security of the United States of America," not scoring political points.

The fate of the treaty is uncertain in the Senate, where it requires a two-thirds vote for passage. Senators are juggling it along with other contentious issues Obama wants to see completed before Congress recesses for the holidays. Those issues include a repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy on gays in the military, which will be debated today.


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  • by sea trout Location: hide county on Dec 19, 2010 at 07:05 PM
    A treaty is not worth the paper its written on. It is superior power which is going to become the difference. We have had treaties before and will have them again, I ask any historian about their worth.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2010 at 09:37 AM
    The obama presidency makes our country less safe. Period.
  • by ibxer on Dec 19, 2010 at 04:54 AM
    For those of you who want to vilify Obama for everything including today's rainy weather have you forgotten that START is based on Reagan's historic words: Trust but verify? Seven former commanders of the U.S. Strategic Command support it. A Secretary of Defense or State from every administration since Richard Nixon's is on record in support of the new START treaty. And George HW Bush and Condeleeza Rice have both called for its passage immediately. All current US military support it. The Republican "just say no to Obama" stance makes our country less safe. Period.
  • by Anonymous Location: New Bern on Dec 19, 2010 at 04:42 AM
    obama's so stupid he wouldn't know a nuke from a nickel. Please keep this guy out of our national treaties.
  • by Anonymous on Dec 19, 2010 at 02:00 AM
    President Obama is in so far over his head that i'm truely afraid for our country. The Russians are trying to get away with as much as they can until we can get a strong president in 2012.
  • by Reality on Dec 18, 2010 at 10:02 PM
    Reading these comments makes me realize just how stupid American have become.
  • by jerry Location: enc on Dec 18, 2010 at 05:50 PM
    Everyone should learn the Russian national Anthem and how to pray while facing Mecca.
  • by voter Location: nc on Dec 18, 2010 at 02:43 PM
    And,,,meanwhile, back at the whitehouse,,,the president remains silent about the russian sale of missiles to hugo chavez. i'm surprised the moron in chief didn't simply sell US missiles to argentina,, under the guise of putting americans to work. i recall JFK having a similar issue with cuba,, which was handled differently. but then,,,JFK was an american.
  • by Kathleen Shaw Location: Pitt on Dec 18, 2010 at 01:24 PM
    Hmmmm Lets see here. First of all, we have a problem controlling unarmed hispanics from enering this country undetected. Our next problem stems from our country giving aid and jobs to those who enter this country illegally, alongside putting an end to terrosim in this country once and for all. We have given our land, rights and freedoms away under this president, now we are giving away our nukes and selling weapons to rogue nations. Heres an idea : Produce more nukes, more assault weapons and allow every american citizen in this country to own as many guns as they want, making it a law that if you don't carry a gun you will be penelized as seen under "OBAMA CARE." This president has screwed this country up beyond repair. Why not wave a white flag made of silk and the finest linens and transer control over to the russians, because thats what a nuke treaty will acheive.
  • by Sitting Duck? on Dec 18, 2010 at 12:50 PM
    Really???? If the bombs go flying we are all dead anyway.
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