Secretary Clinton's Remarks on Senate Approval of New START

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
December 22, 2010
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Secretary Clinton released a statement today after Senate approval of New START. The statement said:

"Today the Senate took a great step forward in enhancing our national security by providing its advice and consent to ratification of the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty between the United States and the Russian Federation. I congratulate the Senators of both parties who worked tirelessly to ensure that New START was approved, and I thank all the Senators who voted for this treaty for their commitment to our national security.

"Once this Treaty enters into force, on-site inspections of Russia's strategic nuclear weapons facilities can resume, providing us with an on-the-ground view of Russia's nuclear forces. The information and insight from these inspections forms the core of our ability to 'trust but verify' compliance with New START. A responsible partnership between the world's two largest nuclear powers that limits our nuclear arsenals while maintaining strategic stability is imperative to promoting global security. With New START, the United States and Russia will have another important element supporting our 'reset' relationship and expanding our bilateral cooperation on a wide range of issues.

"President Obama and Vice President Biden have been unwavering in their dedication to this treaty to both strengthen our domestic security and reduce the international threat of nuclear weapons. This day would not have been possible without their leadership or the efforts of Secretary Gates and Admiral Mullen. I also thank President George H.W. Bush and all the former Secretaries of State who added their support to this Treaty and worked to see New START approved. I and all my colleagues at the State Department look forward to working with our Russian partners to conclude the approval of New START in Russia, bring the Treaty into force, and deliver the global and national security benefits of New START."

The text of the statement is also available here.

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Eric
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New Mexico, USA
December 22, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

To All Concerned in the US gov.;

Mankind just got an early Cristmas present.

Like as in a safer world to live in.

What I want to know is why is it always like pulling political teeth to acomplish this?

Anyways, congrats to all who worked so hard to get this treaty signed, sealed and ratified.

I would now ask for the immediate resignation of all Senators standing opposed to it, for their failure to protect the American people's well being for political purposes....there being no other rational explanation for their votes otherwise.

I watched the debate and all the false arguments pesented in opposition to it, and the worst of all of them was that "Russians cheat"...well it's not in their interests to cheat on this treaty if they love their children as much as we do, and they do. Only the dysfunctional would think otherwise.

And when it comes 'round to next election time I think folks will be held accountable for their opposition to sanity and their insistance on promoting fear with their opposition to creating a more peaceful world to live in.

The partsaianship in Congress has got to be put aside for the duration of the war we are in, if we want to win it sooner, rather than later.

As I've said a number of times here on this blog it is "The Sane vs. the Insane" and is fought on many battlefields.

Chalk this one up as a win for the sane.

Thank you very much to all those in favor!

Granddad would have been proud of you.

EJ

Patrick W.
|
Maryland, USA
December 24, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

.....It soundes like we made a great advancement in our relationship with the people of Russia.

....Way to Go ! :) Nice team work on both sides.

See Ya Guys, and Eric in New Mexico, nice comment on the teeth pulling thing. :)

But they did get it done,so it's all good.

Merry Christmas Eric and States Department
Team.

Ronald B.
|
New York, USA
December 26, 2010

Ronald B.B. in New York writes:

Kool Yule.... for Nukes

Twas the nite be4 xmas
and all thru the world,
not a silo was buzzin'
or a missle was hurled...
the nukes were all nestled
and counted and tracked..
so the people could rest
and be peaceful...relaxed.

So remember this treaty
is only a START...and Imagine...
a planet with one beating heart.

Happy New Years......and get the suitcase Nukes too!

Eric
|
New Mexico, USA
December 26, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Quote of the Day (a day or two late)

"Despite the opposition from what can only be called the Dr. Strangelove caucus, I think 70-plus votes (for New START) suggests the consensus is there to move forward, and I believe the administration will do just that."

--Arms Control Association Executive Director Daryl Kimball, on hopes for future arms control measures in the increasingly Republican-dominated U.S. Congress.

Source; "http://gsn.nti.org/gsn/"

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@Patrick,

Yup, the Senate got a grip on itself and that's a good thing, and we all have a new lease on sanity as well because of it..assuming the Russians ratify the treaty as well.

Rather than get into political name calling, I just asked for resignations...and offered purposely mild commentary on why. (choice wording redacted for tender ears)

But if the label fits and the price is high enough and it stinks to the nostrils of the many, it will be attached with super-glue to those who engage in politicaly motivated obstructionism at the expense of public safety.

What comes around, goes around, and that's just a universal truth.

It took almost as long to negotiate, come to terms, get presidential signatures on it, debate it in committee and move it to the floor of the Senate for general debate, and finaly ratify NEW START; as it did to produce the very first atomic bombs from scratch, with only theories to go on.

Had it not been ratified, it would have taken longer than that in next year's sessions of Congress.

27 months Patrick is what it took granddad and his fellow scientists and engineers to construct and test one successfully at White Sands, NM, and then end WW2 with two of them he built.

Now folks have to get on with talking about the tactical nukes with Russia and all points inbetween, to give our children a legacy they can be proud to thank us for.

There's still a lot of work to get done before that happens.

Thankfully folks have made a good start with this. But I suggest that there be less dysfuntionality in the doing from now on...(chuckle).

Happy New Year!

EJ

Patrick W.
|
Maryland, USA
December 27, 2010

Patrick W. in Maryland writes:

Happy New Year! Eric And Ronald B.

I like your thoughts about this subject.
Hopefully things can only get better from here on out.:)

See ya Guys. Have a good one this New Years Eve. And Cheer's! I will problely say this again on New Years Day! LOL :)

Ronald B.
|
New York, USA
December 28, 2010

Ronald B.B. in New York writes:

Back to the Future....

In the mid-90's, I was in Moscow on anti-drugs work, and heard many stories about nuclear dual-use commodities and technologies, which were for sale to anyone with hard currency.

The idea of a nexus between drugs-traffickers, organized crime groups, and terrorists was roundly denied at UN meetings...How can we continue to be so blind?

Chapman.Henry.Charles
|
Missouri, USA
December 28, 2010

Chapman H.C. in Missouri writes:

Tired of being victimized by our systematic government please secretary hillory clinton i met you in france along with bill please get me i have to much on my mind to rot away while everyone just acts.

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