The world has changed dramatically since the original START treatise.
A generation was dominated by the prospect of nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the new fear was of soviet nuclear material flowing into the hands of terrorists.
The possibility of a US/Soviet war stopped being the primary nuclear threat to the world when the Soviet Union stopped existing.
At this moment in time the Middle East, China and rogue nations are more likely to prove major nuclear threats than the former Soviet Union.
I am thrilled that President Obama is seeking ways to reduce the nuclear arsenals of the world. Yet I wonder why we rushed to sign a bi-lateral treatise based on a resolved conflict when the world is experiencing nuclear proliferation among rogue nations.
The smarter approach to nuclear disarmament would have the United States and Russia working together to stop worldwide nuclear disarmament.
A bilateral treaty that ties the hands of the United States effectively lessens the ability of the United States to engage rogue nations in disarmament talks.
I am left wondering why we just witnessed an unprecedented effort to rush a major treatise through a lame duck Congress.
The START Treatise of 2010 looks more like a desperate drive by a narcissist to earn peacenik stripes than a serious contemplative step to make the world a safer place.