Argument: New START in US interests AND valuable to US-Russia relations
- Debate: New START Treaty - pro argument.
Henry A. Kissinger, George P. Shultz, James A. Baker III, Lawrence S. Eagleburger and Colin L. Powell. "The Republican case for ratifying New START." Washington Post. December 2, 2010: "Obviously, the United States does not sign arms control agreements just to make friends. Any treaty must be considered on its merits. But we have here an agreement that is clearly in our national interest, and we should consider the ramifications of not ratifying it."
President Obama (Sept. 16): "Leaders from across the political spectrum, including Secretaries of State and Defense from Republican and Democratic administrations have endorsed this Treaty. They recognize that it is in our national security interest. It reduces the deployed nuclear forces of both the United States and Russia, provides strong verification measures, and continues to improve relations between our two nations – the world’s two largest nuclear weapon powers, and key partners in global security. Indeed, ratification of this Treaty will reinforce our cooperation with Russia on a range of issues, including one of our highest priorities – preventing the spread of nuclear weapons."