ON-Lion Letter
More than 30 former defense or foreign-policy government officials and related experts, including Bradley Prize recipient John R. Bolton, issued an open letter to the U.S. Senate in December as it was poised to ratify the "New START" nuclear-weapons treaty with the Russians.  The former officials and experts expressed their "professional judgment" that the treaty "is not consistent with the national security interests of the United States."

A former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Bolton is now a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research (AEI).  Other signatories of the letter include former U.S. Attorney General Edwin Meese III of The Heritage Foundation and former Pentagon official Frank Gaffney of the Center for Security Policy (CSP).  AEI, Heritage, and CSP are all supported by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation in Milwaukee.

"It is unnecessary and ill-advised for the United States to make these sorts of deep reductions in its strategic forces in order to achieve sharp cuts in those of the Russian Federation," according to the letter.  "After all, the Kremlin's strategic systems have not been designed for long service lives.  Consequently, the number of deployed Russian strategic inter­continental-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs), submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs) and long-range, nuclear-capable bombers will drop dramatically, with or without a new arms control agreement."

New START, the letter notes, also reduces "the survivability and flexibility of our forces -- which is exactly the wrong posture to be adopting in the uncertain and dynamic post-Cold War strategic environment" -- and it is not adequately verifiable.

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