Join a Discussion With Under Secretary Tauscher on the New START Treaty

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May 20, 2010
Conversations With America A Discussion on the New START Treaty

Update: We regret that due to conflicting schedules, this event has been canceled. We hope to reschedule soon and will post the new day and time when announced.

On Tuesday, May 25, 2010, Ambassador Steven Pifer, Director of the Brookings Institution's Arms Control Initiative, will hold a conversation with Under Secretary for Arms Control and International Security Ellen Tauscher, on the new Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) and the Obama Administration's agenda in Prague. The discussion will be moderated by Philip J. Crowley, Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of Public Affairs. The event will be streamed live on DipNote at 1:00 p.m. (EDT). You will have the opportunity to participate through the submission of questions, some of which will be selected for response during the live broadcast. Submit your questions now here on DipNote.

This is the second in the new Conversations with America video series recently launched by the Bureau of Public Affairs in which the State Department's senior leadership will hold monthly conversations live, online, with leaders of prominent non-governmental organizations. Discussion topics will include foreign policy and global issues. These forums will provide a view of how leaders from the foreign affairs community engage the Department on pressing foreign policy issues and how both the U.S. government and civil society are working across the globe on issues that concern Americans most.

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James W.
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Texas, USA
May 26, 2010

James W. in Texas writes:

I am against the Start treaty and most everyone I know and have discussed the issue with are also against it.

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 26, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Susan,

If it will help, you can watch the entire hearings and find the answers were given to just about every question posed here in the comments.

foreign.senate.gov/

In fact, to the the one who asked where the full text was, it is in the links above under

Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).

You can get a sense of how the Russians and Iranians are actually getting along in the News item I just posted to Saman B.

I forgot to note the source of that article:

gsn.nti.org/gsn/

Trust is earned, so we're giving Russia the opportunity to earn it.

That doesn't come at the expense of our ability to defend ourselves.

So we'll just have to agree to disagree until further proof one way or another is obtained, eh?

That much we can agree on I think.

Saman B.
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Iran
May 27, 2010

Saman B. in Iran writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico,

As usual you pay attention,it's kind of you. I didn't assume at first; in my mind I'd connote to elder offices and other; today the mysterious notes is in question.

Thank You

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 27, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Saman,

When I first saw the statement by Hojjat-ol-Islam Baqer Kharrazi- "We are able to produce atomic bombs and we will do that. We shouldn’t be afraid of anyone. The US is no more than a barking dog” I saved it on my computer as noteworthy and a useful insight into intent.

I suppose if there's question about whether it is true or not, the Iranian people can always question Rasfanjani or him about that conversation, if they arn't thrown in jail for trying.

I look at what he said about "selecting leaders" and it seems that has come to pass now that the Grand Ayattollah is the puppet dancing from strings controlled by the Rev. Guard.

I suppose if the publication that first reported it in Iran has not been shut down by decree, it would be strait forward to verify they published those renmarks, and the accuracy of them.

I'm sure my own government knows about it, if that's who you were refering to by "elder offices", and one might call it a "mystery" I suppose, if there wasn't after five years some pretty telling evidence that the agenda outlined in his speech is being carried out to the letter.

It is what it is.

And the regime can't even keep its "story" strait, so what else can I say?

Aminidijad seems to be sitting on a gaping hole in the carpet of his rhetoric.

Do you have any idea what it takes to get both the French and the Russians mad at your government to the point they describe Iranian leadership as being on a "mad race" implying insanity, ( quote from Sarkozy)and now the Russians citing a historical truth implying Aminidijad may be here today-gone tommorrow?

"No one has ever managed to retain their authority through political demagoguery," the official said (Agence France-Presse V/Spacewar.com, May 26).

I'd say that was one hell of an achievment by your leadership, getting the French and Russians to agree with America that we have to apply pressure on Iran.

Couldn't have done it without Aminidijad's help.

What a guy!

Carol P.
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North Carolina, USA
May 27, 2010

Carol P. in North Carolina writes:

Under Secretary Tauscher, I have serious concerns about the New START treaty.

Can Senators have access to the negotiating records? Last week, Secretary Clinton rejected Senator DeMint’s (R-SC) request for the negotiating records. Even though Senator Kerry (D-MA) acknowledged such a request was not unprecedented, he said there was no need for Senators to review the official negotiating records. The treaty text and Administration talking points leave many critical questions unanswered. Senators cannot be certain America’s security and sovereignty are protected unless the State Department releases the negotiating records.

Will the treaty prevent future advances in America’s missile defense system? Russian politicians are characterizing the treaty’s references to America’s missile defense systems as a de facto limitation on America’s future defensive capabilities. Russian President Medvedev indicated that future advances in America’s missile defense capabilities could prompt them to withdraw from the treaty. In effect, the Russians now have veto authority over America’s national security policy.

Is the Administration committed to modernizing our nuclear weapons infrastructure? Last year, 41 Senators sent a bipartisan letter to the President demanding a roadmap for modernizing America’s nuclear weapons infrastructure as a prerequisite to consideration of the New START treaty. The Administration must present a serious plan that can win approval from Congress and address concerning language embedded in the treaty that may prevent some modernization activities.

Will the treaty inadvertently limit our conventional weapons capabilities? The State Department has released numerous “fact sheets” on the New START treaty. In one, they claimed the treaty does not curtail any “long-range conventional strike capabilities.” Yet, a subsequent version of that “fact sheet” did not mention such capabilities and it deleted references to the “construction of silo launchers.” The uncertainty over the future of our conventional force capabilities is likely to make us less secure.

This long, complicated treaty raises serious questions. The Administration must answer those questions and guarantee American security and sovereignty are not undermined.

Célio C.
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Brazil
May 28, 2010

Celio C. in Brazil writes:

Dear Hilary,

I would first apologize for my English and for the errors in agreement and its language. My goal is to express my personal opinion on matters involving my country and the current president of Brazil.

I am part of a large population who do not like and does not accept a foreign policy stupid and contradictory of the current president of my country are not conducive to the direction of foreign policy and very little in terms of citizenship can do at this time, not be showing at the polls next election we want for our country. We were never consulted on Plebiscite or other means about our beliefs, we do not like dictatorships, we do not accept populist governments, we do not like corruption, and we'll never part of this bunch of nonsense and coalitions with people who are fanatics, dictators and leaders harmful as those to which the Mr. Lula insists on showing as great statesmen of minorities.

I mean we are allies of diplomacy, democracy and world order, we hate terrorists and countries that discriminate against women, ethnic minorities, and all these ills we inherit these world leaders that we will maintain our hope for a better world understandable and the quality of relationships among all ethnicities, along with democratic leaders and true as those of your country.

Thanks for the lesson in democracy that you Americans give to the civilized world and God Bless America.

Best regards,
Célio C.

Carole M.
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Florida, USA
May 28, 2010

LCarole M. in Florida writes:

ISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OPF THE USA. THE MAJORITY WANT CHANGE IN THE FORM OF STATES RIGHTS AND MAJORITY RULES. WHERE ARE YOU? WHY CAN YOU NOT HEAR THE VOICE OF THE MAJORITY OF AMERICA?

Tenn S.
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Tennessee, USA
May 28, 2010

Tenn S. in Tennessee writes:

All Concern raised re START Treaty. Options for use of ALL DOD weapons should be PUBLIC DOMAIN information PRIOR to implementation.

START Treatys prior to this one sold the USA into untenable defensive positions in the past. SUN TZU would not approve Semper Fi end

Saman B.
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Iran
May 28, 2010

Saman B. in Iran writes:

@ Eric in New Mexico

Hi Eric, let me convince you.

In the previous part I omitted in writing the -your- phrase, so[your elder offices]. I'll do my best to leave correct texts.

And the main topic; so much as I remember in history Iran has had a lot loony tyrants brink of its old old perpetual briber colonists so the Turkey, Russia, and recently communist members China, Brazil, Venezuela,.....especially Turkey regime and its antique nation, who apparently have a European gesture so inwardly are Turk; the world forgot the era 1917 who Turkish leaders massacred the christian Armenians; anyhow!

About these genius positions(here), we turns a deaf ear to their nonsenses, Don't mind them! but you will be serious in their threats.

In troth their educational degree is 3,5,7 of grad if so lot diploma,no rather who named themselves doctorate and every day in give together a present of these degrees.

Thank You

Eric
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New Mexico, USA
May 29, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

@ Saman B.,

You are absolutely right, when Aminidijad said bin Laden was in Washington DC as a guest of the US government, it is indeed hard to take the organ-grinder's monkey seriously.

I guess it is because the region is the cradle of civilization, in that the folks living there seem unable to put the past in the past and move on.

Our feet point forward and our eyes are in the front of our heads for a reason.

We here in America fondly remember the spontaneous candlelight vigil held in the streets of Tehran by the Iranian people in the days following 9/11. And we remember how your government put a stop to it.

It is unfortunate that Iran today is a divided nation, fighting a struggle you yourself imply is between "the sane vs. the insane".

And you are right, it is one thing to pay no nevermind to the nonsense, it is a completely different animal where that concerns the threats.

It is as if someone were standing on the street outside your home and threatening to kill you in public.

How long would you put up with it?

I'd have to say that 31 years of excercising restraint is proof positive that the US of A has no wish to interfere in Iran's internal affairs.

Or has any "colonial" intent.

A lot is made of the rationale that if this government were to engage in kinetic regime replacement therapy and drag the leadership out of their "hidy-holes" like we did with Saddam, that the "Iranian nation" would be universally opposed, and violently so.

If that day comes, it's important for Iranians to know why we had to drop things on your leadership's pointy little heads.

Donald M.
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Virginia, USA
May 29, 2010

Donald M. in Virginia writes:

When the terrorist hit the World Trade Center it sent shock waves around the world. Let's review that day in history 11 September 2001. As our Fire Fighters were entering the buildings, trying to save lives, smoke billowing from the towers, let us remember the Palestine people were dancing in the streets celebrating our losses. The New York people were faced with a tradegy way beyond anyones comprehension. Our Nation was struck by our own planes. Osama bin laden and the Palestians were dancing, having a wonderful time at our expense, burning our flag, and laughing at the loss of our trademark world trade towers which took years to build and our people lost. The same people that President Jimmy Carter and wife were over in Palestine, discussing the situation between palestine and Isreal, the Hamas group were attacking the Jews. I'm sure someone at the State Department can find the news clip of the Palestine people at that time. I personally met with one of the fire fighters in Iraq that was present at the World Trade Center, shook his hand, and thanked him for his service. We have NOT forgotten what Osama bin laden has done to our Nation. Until he is caught, captured, or Killed, we will continue the search. Until a body is found, Our Country should stay focused, "JaJI Afghanistan, is the place our intelligence and Military needs to be looking for this man." A complete CSI Crime Scene Investigation of the cave Tora Bora, and our country needs to send over equipment that can check for deep tunnels in Afghanistan and the North West of pakistan border area.

Even to this day, My heart will always go out to the New Yorkers, and those that put their lives on the line, Special Note to the Law Enforcement, EMT's, Fire Fighters and those that perished because of the evil doers like Osama bin laden. I think we all felt we lost something that day in History, not just a building, but the people inside it. Personally, I would like to see Osama bin laden dragged through the streets from the back of a Pierce Fire Truck, heading to 1600 PA Avenue, this would be Justice for the most wanted Terrorist of the world.

Ted M.
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Texas, USA
May 29, 2010

Ted M. in Texas writes:

I am astounded that this administration is hell bent on the weakening of our defense in order to apease the russians and other NON-ALLIES, This country deserves better and we should remain the worlds super power, like it or not obama, We like it and we want to show the other countries that wish us harm that they should think twice before makeing any decisions that would harm this country and it's allies, stop the apology tour, upgrade our nuclear defense, get on better terms with Isreal, and tell Russia to take a flying leap.

Josh
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Kansas, USA
May 29, 2010

Josh in Kansas writes:

While we can all understand the importance of renewing a treaty on nuclear weapons, it is important to insure that American interests remain paramount. The current treaty is not properly understood. This must be the case since Russia states that it will stop us from building defensive systems, and the Obama Administration insists that it will not stop said systems.

Since Obama has demonstrated a high degree of capitulence toward other nations, we can expect him to ultimately agree with the Russian interpretation. We must restart (no pun intended) this treaty, (there is still a year left on the old one) and this time make sure both parties agree on what the text says. We must also make sure that the agreement will in no way hinder the ability of our nation or defend and deter our enemies.

One final note: The world of nuclear problems is not limited to just the U.S. and Russians anymore. Any treaty must recognize that deterance and defense abilities must remain in place for nations such as North Korea and Iran.

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