Elder Statesman, Senator Lugar, Stands up to Republican Leadership on the New START Treaty and calls for Immediate Passage of the Treaty before 2011
On Wednesday, 11/17/2010, Senator Lugar at a press conference with Senator Kerry and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton encouraged his fellow Republicans to do what is right for the country and pass the New START Treaty now before January 2011. Throughout his political career Senator Lugar has reached across the aisle to work with fellow colleagues on national security and foreign policy issues on behalf of all Americans.
Lugar demands passage of New START Treaty
Lugar stated in his press conference with Senator Kerry and Secretary of State Clinton,
“It is the voice of the American people that has to inform Senators that his treaty must be ratified, and it must be ratified in this session of the congress.”
Lugar went on to say that “since last December 5, 2009, we’ve had no boots on the ground to inform us about what is in fact occurring with regard to the nuclear weapons of Russia. This is very serious.” He further stated that “There are 13,300 nuclear warheads aimed at us…Any one of those warheads could obliterate the city of Indianapolis.”
Senator Lugar passionately implored the Senate to pass the New START. He also said, “We’re talking today about the national security of the United States of America. The point is not simply a debate amongst Senators.”
Republican Senator Lugar worked with former Democratic Senator Nunn to create the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. On the website it states:
The goal of NUNN-LUGAR is to lessen the threat posed by weapons of mass destruction, to deactivate and to destroy these weapons, and to help the scientists formerly engaged in production of such weapons start working for peace.
President Obama and President Medvedev Signing New Nuclear START Treaty
President Obama Today is A Milestone for Nuclear Security & Nonproliferation
The world will be safer and more secure with reductions of nuclear weapons that can be verified through a comprehensive verification regime. Passage of this important Treaty will signal to the world that the United States is committed to working towards a world free of nuclear weapons. It will also demonstrate to all nuclear and non-nuclear nations that the U.S. is determined to stand by its word to create a more peaceful world for all and fulfill its obligations to implement the NPT.
As President Obama said at the signing of this landmark Treaty in Prague on April 8, 2010:
“Nuclear weapons are not simply an issue for the United States and Russia. They threaten the common security of all nations. A nuclear weapon in the hands of a terrorist is a danger everywhere, from Moscow to New York. From the cities of Europe to South Asia.”
“This ceremony is a testament to the truth that old adversaries can forge new partnerships.”
President Obama said the above phrase at the signing ceremony in Prague. However, the words are also fitting for Republicans to come together with Democrats and pass this important Treaty that will make the world safer for Americans and all people of the world. As Senator Lugar implored, the time has come for all Senators to do what is right for all Americans, pass the New START Treaty in this session of Congress.
During his remarks at the signing ceremony in Prague, President Obama recalled the recent words of the Russian Nuclear Scientist Arkady Brish, who helped build the Soviet Union’s first atom bomb. President Obama said, “At the age of 92, having lived to see the horrors of a World War and the divisions of a Cold War, he said:
“We hope humanity will reach the moment when there is no need for nuclear weapons. When there is peace and calm in the world.””