June 11, 2009
WASHINGTON- Secretary of Defense Robert Gates is furious with a potential break with accepted US foreign policy. In an attempt to win the support of the Russian government, President Obama has released a statement in which he doubts START I, or the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty.
In a classified statement released through Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, the President writes that "the United States cannot impose its will on foreign nations. This is also true when it comes to the START agreement; our nation cannot force nuclear dearmament on small nations, let alone the largest nation on earth."
"We expect a lot of flak over this," the statement continues. "But those that would be most against it are those looking either for attention or control."
Recent news shows that Russia is not pleased with the current administration because of its stance towards Georgia joining NATO. This step by the President could be a move to gain support from US naysayers.
A spokesman for Admiral Michael Mullen, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, states that the Obama Administration is in talks to allow Russia to produce more nuclear arms than START I stipulates. The spokesperson also stated that the United States would not interfere with the positioning of the armaments.
In a memo to the President, Gates sounded his concerns with the potential actions. In the document, the Secretary of Defense writes that "it is a noble goal to try and reach out to former rivals and nations, but not at the cost of vulnerability. If handled incorrectly, this could have disastrous consequences."
The time frame for these changes are currently unknown, but they are expected to be announced sometime in July.
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