The Senate will soon consider whether or not to ratify a crucial new treaty to reduce the U.S. and Russian arsenals of nuclear weapons.
Despite broad bipartisan support for the treaty from the nation's most respected foreign policy experts and leaders, some politicians and organizations, who are stuck in a Cold War mindset, have organized a national campaign to defeat the treaty.
The United States and Russia together possess 95 percent of the world's approximately 20,000 nuclear weapons. These weapons are a liability, not an asset. Not only do they not protect us from current threats like terrorism, but there is enormous risk for accidents or for them to fall into the wrong hands.
In April, President Obama and Russian President Dmitri Medvedev signed the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START), a modest, but critical agreement that is widely viewed as an essential first step in a renewed global effort to reduce the grave risks posed by nuclear weapons and to chart a path to a safer world.
The treaty must be ratified by the Senate to go into law. If it is not ratified, global efforts to reduce the threat of nuclear weapons and prevent their further spread will be seriously undermined.
Urge the Senate to ratify the START treaty and reduce nuclear dangers today.
Nuclear weapons are a liability, not an asset. Not only do they not protect us from current threats like terrorism, but with some 20,000 warheads around the globe, there is enormous risk for accidents or for them to fall into the wrong hands.
The new treaty limits the number of deployed warheads for each country to 1,550, but the United States will continue to maintain thousands of nuclear weapons, both deployed and in storage. The treaty also contains extensive verification measures, allowing us to track Russia's nuclear activities and verify the reductions they've committed to. It has broad bipartisan support from many well-respected former government officials and foreign policy experts and sends an unambiguous signal to the rest of the world that both the United States and Russia are serious about reducing nuclear dangers.
If this treaty is not ratified, global efforts to stop nuclear terrorism and prevent other countries from developing nuclear weapons will be seriously undermined.
I urge you to ratify the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty and support other efforts to reduce the grave threat posed by nuclear weapons.