Once the Senate Republicans carry out their threat to block and kill the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, the United States' ability to conduct foreign policy effectively throughout the world will be significantly weakened. The treaty's failure will harm relations with Russia and undermine cooperation on Iran, Afghanistan and securing nuclear materials, and it will make it harder for all foreign governments to take political risks in negotiating future agreements with the United States. In addition to raising doubts about President Obama's ability to win support for accords he has signed, the treaty's fate will show the world that every administration initiative, no matter what it is, will be subjected to constant opposition for narrow political ends. — Daniel Larison, TheWeek.com
The first thing we must all understand about this treaty is that it forces the United States to reduce unilaterally our forces, such as missiles, bombers and warheads, in order to meet treaty limits. On the other hand, the Russians will actually be allowed to increase their deployed forces because they currently fall below the treaty's limits. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence has been looking at this issue closely. As the vice chairman, I have reviewed the key intelligence on our ability to monitor this treaty and heard from our intelligence professionals. There is no doubt in my mind that the United States cannot reliably verify the treaty's 1,550 limit on deployed warheads. The administration claims that New START is indispensable to reap the "reset" benefits with Russia. If a fatally flawed arms control agreement is the price of admission to the reset game, our nation is better off if we sit this one out. — Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo.