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ICBM coalition senators urge DoD to retain missile silos

March 1, 2014

Members of the Senate ICBM Coalition this week pressed Adm. James Winnefeld Jr....

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Mar-04-14 7:44 AM

Since 2009, the current administration's unclassified arms-control compliance reports to Congress have been mum on Russian INF Treaty noncompliance. The most recent report in July 2013 stated that the U.S. had raised no INF compliance issues with Russia in the past year. The unclassified compliance reports in 2011 and 2012 said the same.

It is questionable whether the Senate would have approved the 2010 New START treaty had Russian noncompliance with the INF Treaty been aired at the time. Soft-peddling Russian misbehavior avoids immediate friction, but further nuclear accords will be meaningless, even dangerous, if the U.S. doesn't enforce compliance.

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Mar-03-14 11:20 PM

Getting rid of the missiles is a mistake. Russia and China are both fielding new missiles. Russia can't even abide by the START treaty we have in place and we have no treaty with China on reductions. Nuclear deterrence "Go in Peace", go look it up.

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Mar-02-14 8:01 PM

Keep the silos? By keeping the silos would mean keeping the missiles that go in them. Not much cost saving .Goinpeace

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Mar-02-14 9:20 AM

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Mar-02-14 9:19 AM

Investors Shy Away From Russian Stocks as Ukrainian Crisis Escalates Reuters Mar. 02 2014

Russian hypermarket chain Lenta's stock market debut was clouded by political turmoil in Ukraine on Friday as investors reined in their exposure to Russian companies.

The negative sentiment pushed Lenta shares below their price in its initial public offering, which netted around $1 billion for shareholders including U.S. private equity firm TPG.

Russian stock indexes went on a roller-coaster ride on Friday, first plunging then rising then plunging and rising again, amid conflicting reports about troop movements in Crimea in neighboring Ukraine. The final rally happened after deposed Ukrainian President Victor Yanukovych, who was driven from power a week ago after upheaval sparked by his decision to spurn deals with the European Union and improve ties with Russia."


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Mar-02-14 7:45 AM

Steve Martin playing banjo on PBS right now. I bet he could pluck a chicken faster than anyone we know!!

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Mar-02-14 7:34 AM

I guess I haven't heard of the Russian Soldiers killing anyone during this Military exercise yet, have they?

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Mar-02-14 7:30 AM

As far as Obama I think he just hangs out and hopes it all works out in the end somehow.

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Mar-02-14 7:25 AM

warmweather... according to the news there are two side to the dispute in the Ukraine. So for one side they are intervening and the other side they are assisting. Can you figure that?

It's a modern day Crusade.

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Mar-01-14 9:41 PM

Earlybird do you still believe that Russia is leading the way for a peaceful world. I bet the people in Ukraine might have a different opinion. Where's Obama? Probably playing golf.

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Mar-01-14 4:11 PM

It will take years before this goes through and it will change with the wind. It's just another opportunity for the press and the senators to get their panties in a wad.......Seriously Hoeven should be concentrating on the oil growth and the problems it's causing his state.......

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Mar-01-14 9:40 AM

Jack does know squat! I agree with him because the Military is people from the state and local communities.

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Mar-01-14 9:00 AM

Have hoeven want in one hand and,Na cant say it,Some rightwinger will get mad.Goinpeace

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Mar-01-14 7:01 AM

If these people don't follow the Treaty it proves we are not world leaders. Russia and China are leading the way towards a more peaceful world and have complied with the Treaty. The race to use the other countries resources first has driven us into a very deep hole.

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Mar-01-14 6:51 AM

"Last week the senators learned that the Pentagon believes it has other authority to start the process of eliminating silos, prompting Hoeven to organize a meeting with top Pentagon officials."

Why is Hoeven wasting time and money fighting the terms of a Treaty that reduces nuclear armaments. Somebody needs to pinch him and get him awake. What kind of sneaky snake would try to get out of a Treaty anyway, although this type of activity fits well with the current administration.

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