While Obama Resets, Putin Rearms; iIf There Were Medals for Violating Arms-Control Obligations, Russia Would Win the Gold

The Washington Times (Washington, DC), February 4, 2014 | Go to article overview

While Obama Resets, Putin Rearms; iIf There Were Medals for Violating Arms-Control Obligations, Russia Would Win the Gold


Byline: Frank J. Gaffney Jr.

There is an oft-proven adage, "Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me."

When our nation -- under administrations of both parties -- has been fooled, first by the Soviets, and more recently by the Russians, on virtually every arms-control accord we have signed with them, however, it is not simply shameful. It is evidence of systematic official malfeasance.

Last week, The New York Times reported that one of the United States' most egregious arms-control malpractitioners, acting Undersecretary of State Rose Gottemoeller, recently (and reluctantly) briefed NATO about a new threat to the alliance.

It is a Russian ground-launched cruise missile, designated the R-500, which is capable of flying more than 1,200 miles and could be used to target not just U.S. allies and bases in Europe, but also in Asia.

This sort of threat is, of course, something supposedly eliminated by the bilateral Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty signed in 1987.

The stated purpose of that accord was to rid Washington's and Moscow's arsenals of an entire class of nuclear and conventionally armed ballistic and ground-launched cruise missiles with ranges of 300 to 3,400 miles.

Russia's testing of the R-500, reportedly since 2008, constitutes a deliberate and serious violation of that accord.

Such cheating isn't surprising. It is standard operating procedure for the Kremlin. Warnings were issued during the Reagan administration's negotiation of the INF accord that Moscow could exploit its defects to field prohibited ground-launched cruise missiles.

Neither is it surprising that the U.S. government has yet to find the Russians in violation of the INF Treaty.

Even in the Reagan administration, untold numbers of interagency meetings, briefings and memoranda were generated to consider whether the then-Soviet Union had violated the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile (ABM) Treaty by building a massive missile-tracking radar where one was clearly not allowed to be.

The Krasnoyarsk radar, moreover, was just one unmistakable indication of a vast array of prohibited territorial missile defenses the Kremlin had stealthily put in place.

Yet it took two more decades before an American president, George W. Bush, would withdraw from the ABM Treaty to deploy our own, albeit quite limited, anti-missile system. There is no indication that the Obama administration is contemplating repudiation of the INF accord.

Vladimir Putin knows, moreover, that once the Americans sign onto an arms-control agreement, they will observe not just its letter, but its spirit -- often taken to absurd lengths.

Perhaps the most egregious example is the U. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

While Obama Resets, Putin Rearms; iIf There Were Medals for Violating Arms-Control Obligations, Russia Would Win the Gold
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.