President Barack Obama is hopeful of Senate ratification this year of the arms reduction treaty with Russia he is signing in Prague today, a White House official said.
White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said "we hope and expect" ratification would be completed this year. Mr Gibbs, who briefed reporters during Mr Obama's flight to Prague, said there had traditionally been bipartisan support for nuclear treaties.
Mr Gibbs and White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes said they expected Iran would be among issues discussed in Mr Obama's meeting with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev in Prague today, and that they felt Russia was on board with sanctions. Mr Obama has now arrived in the Czech Republic for his meeting with Mr Medvedev.
Dozens of world leaders gather in Washington next week for an unprecedented meeting on nuclear security, with Mr Obama hoping they can agree on how to keep atomic bombs out of terrorists' hands.
Although the gathering of 47 countries will not focus on individual nations, the nuclear programs of Iran and North Korea - and possible new U.N. sanctions against Tehran - are expected to come up in Mr Obama's bilateral meetings with Chinese President Hu Jintao and other leaders, as well as in the speeches of Israeli and other participants.
I heard this on the BBC twice today. It is more great news for American leadership and the world.
NO PERSON OR COUNTRY BY THEMSELVES can save the world
No one/single person can save the world
sanctions wont help..sanctions would make iran far more stubborn..
Thank you Irish, I have never seen a President move so well in International affairs.
This guy is the goods. The loons can jerk off as much as they like, it won't stop this guy from being elected for a second term.
Fortunately we're not yet at the point where presumptuous, self-important foreigners directly vote in our elections (though I'm sure obama will be working on that one as well...) so in 2012 he will be sent packing back to Chicago where he belongs.
I was just thinking about you, and when you would arrive!
I totally agree with earnest.
This is a big deal.
And he's not afraid to do it.
Wonder why Prague to do the signing? It must be symbolic of something?
I don't mind where it is signed and nor does it matter. What a terrible thing for an American President to do! Rid the world of the nuclear threat! What? Must be the anti-christ! sab oh you are just sad.
You'd last about half a second in a state of nature. He hasn't eliminated anything but part of our deterrent power.
I want my nation to be secure more than I want it to be popular.
Nuclear weapons create world peace based on mutual destruction. Think of all the wars that could have happened if it weren't for them.
Which wars, name them? Seem to be plenty of wars going on even with the threat of nuclear deterrants floating around
The one between the US and the Soviet Union that would have consumed your country like a dry twig in a bonfire, for one.
If there were no nukes that war couldn't have happened - it would have had to have been a land-based war fought in Europe or maybe through Asia. No nukes makes for a safer world for everyone.
If there had been no nukes that war would have been an inevitability somewhere in those 60 years, and it would have made WWII look like a slapfight. The likelihood that your nation would have survived it would have been slim.
Which would have been much worse than a cold war...
"f there were no nukes that war couldn't have happened - it would have had to have been a land-based war fought in Europe or maybe through Asia. No nukes makes for a safer world for everyone."
but there were nukes.. so live in reality in stead of might have beens and oh lordy we could have had paradise.
I suppose that all shoe banging, threats of burying the children of the US and we will destroy you. must have slipped past your radar.
what wars. you mean the ones that both sides were very careful to keep from spinning out of control. vietnam.. the proxy conflicts in South America, Africa and the middle east..
how about twenty times I personaly know of that we were minutes away from launching till some one backed down. the last time I know of was the attempted coup in Moscow.
I got the call, grabbed kit and went on Duty as Pro Soviet generals moved nukes and troops to the borders. Then Yelsten climbed on top of the BTR and things began to calm down.
Amazes me just how little my fellow Americans know about what really went on during the cold war.
I can't name wars that never happened...
None of those wars involve counties that both have nuclear weapons.
you're high when we sign a treaty with anyone we are the only ones to abide by it Russia will laugh at our stupid naive Jr senator from Illinois because thats what he looks like everyday he is in office thank GOD he will be gone in 2012 unless he declares martial law and suspends elections
It's actually not a big deal, nor is it a good deal, for America. Obama continues to show weakness and inexperience in dealing with foreign nations. I doubt this treaty will be approved by congress.
Can we ever trust the Russians,Chinese or any other communist regimes.The Chinese is building their armies and submarine fleets, the Russians have been supplying arms to Iran since the Clinton years, India and Pakistan have a bombs.
We have many bombs in our arsenal, the purpose is to be the detriment against any aggressor.
Hope that peace will always be ours.
I think if Obama decided to seize all private property in the US but he called it "Feed The Children Initiative" people would fall prone at his feet. All hail the mighty deceiver.
From: Charles Krauthammer
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/co … 02363.html
The pursuit of such an offensive weapons treaty could nonetheless be detrimental to us. Why? Because Obama's hunger for a diplomatic success, such as it is, allowed the Russians to exact a price: linkage between offensive and defensive nuclear weapons.
This is important for Russia because of the huge American technological advantage in defensive weaponry. We can reliably shoot down an intercontinental ballistic missile. They cannot. And since defensive weaponry will be the decisive strategic factor of the 21st century, Russia has striven mightily for a quarter-century to halt its development. Gorbachev tried to swindle Reagan out of the Strategic Defense Initiative at Reykjavik in 1986. Reagan refused. As did his successors -- Bush I, Clinton, Bush II.
Obama, who seeks to banish nuclear weapons entirely, has little use for such prosaic contrivances. First, the Obama budget actually cuts spending on missile defense, at a time when federal spending is a riot of extravagance and trillion-dollar deficits. Then comes the "pause" (as Russia's president appreciatively noted) in the planned establishment of a missile shield in Eastern Europe. And now the "Joint Understanding" commits us to a new treaty that includes "a provision on the interrelationship of strategic offensive and strategic defensive arms." Obama further said that the East European missile shield "will be the subject of extensive negotiations" between the United States and Russia.
Obama doesn't even seem to understand the ramifications of this concession. Poland and the Czech Republic thought they were regaining their independence when they joined NATO under the protection of the United States. They now see that the shield negotiated with us and subsequently ratified by all of NATO is in limbo. Russia and America will first have to "come to terms" on the issue, explained President Dmitry Medvedev. This is precisely the kind of compromised sovereignty that Russia wants to impose on its ex-Soviet colonies -- and that U.S. presidents of both parties for the past 20 years have resisted.
"Fortunately we're not yet at the point where presumptuous, self-important foreigners directly vote in our elections"
Until you consider the Private Bankers who have controlling interests in the Banks who operate the Federal Reserve Fraud Network.
Mike, give it a rest. We are not going back on the Gold Standard.
The Federal Reserve is not perfect, but it's not the problem you want to make it. And it's not even remotely the conspiracy you imagine.
Give it a rest is right! Talk about a one trick pony!
Anyone who does not understand how the Federal Reserve is run and who pulls the stings is in no danger of being invited to Mensa... that for certain.
Central Banks have destroyed the world already. Anyone not smart enough to see what is going on in Europe right now and how it is tied to Fractional Reserve Banking and Central Banks is a complete idiot.
Iran is flexing its musels - but can they really do anything
Iran will not do more than what it usually does. Make a lot of stupid threats and noise that their own people do not support.
earnestshub - thast my thoughts - it always helps to have a big bad enemy - cold war - hot war - whatever
Whenever I hear about arms sales it is about someone else, never America, yet travelling around America there are munitions factories and military economies all over the states. How much does America make out of arms sales I wonder?
One needs an enemy to have an arms industry this size.
How to wind it down? What about jobs for those in these industries?
A big job ahead for the admin to reduce weapons of mass destruction needs to begin at home!
Must agree - the weapons industry is worth hundres of billions all over the world - we just need to keep finding wars to fill the pockets of the arms dealers - America is not on her own
And I must agree with you too. America is not alone in getting shot by their own bullets, many others do the same. I wish the USA would reduce it's dependence on military spending as a means of employment and change objectives to new industries. Maybe this admin will do that given the chance.
In Ireland it was interesting when the Irish police (An Gardai Siochana) were finding AK47s all over the place....as it turned out they were made in America.....sold to Gadaffi and he supplied the IRA.....strange old world
A gun has never killed anyone...It's the person who pulls the trigger. I have guns in my house and they haven't shot anyone ...yet. Break into my house and I am sure the last sound that person hears is a loud boom...and then a splitting headache.
We are the only deterrent militarily. We can strike any country at anytime of the day or night. You need us...You may not like us or want us around, but when the chips fall who is the first nation everyone calls?....The U.S. If we reduce our military strength then where will everyone else be when they are struck in the middle of the night by an enemy they cannot or will not fight?
"Onward Christian soldiers marching as to war...........
"Sir Hope and Change" isn't going to save a darn thing I'm afraid. He has NO experience in ANYTHING!
http://www.keepandshare.com/htm/biograp … graphy.php
You loonies never let the truth get in the way do you?
Obama is the best President America has had for a very long time, and I would suggest reading the bit about the lies told about him.
Now wait a minute... is Obama running for Elected Office in Australia?
You would think so... pretty easy to praise an idiot who is not destroying your country.
Maybe you should deal with the facts on the page instead of just doing the usual hate thing for your President.
It is true that Obama is popular here, as he is in most of the world outside the teabaggers who look like a pack of mad dogs to all but themselves.
Don't let the truth get in the way eh?
Americas reputation was destroyed world wide by Bush. Australia and England sacked their prime ministers for believing his crud that got Australia and England involved in the destructive war in Iraq, and that we will not forget!
Obama's election was met by street celebrations here.
America has a large effect on Australia's economy.
Our dollar just sank from 94 cents to 83 cents simply because the money is returning to the states through the world markets, so it seems the rest of the world disagrees with you.
America is on the mend, and all the hate mongering against Obama can't change the facts.
That's right, Mike! Everything was running smooth as silk, wasn't it? Did you vote for Obama? Did you vote against Obama? What did you do to help things get straightened out? Let's hear it!
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