Magazine May 3, 2010, Issue

A Treaty for Utopia

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The Senate should be wary of Obama’s nuclear-weapons deal with Russia

On April 8, in Prague, the United States and Russia signed what they call the “New START” bilateral arms-control agreement, important specifics of which, in hallmark Obama-administration fashion (see health care), were still being negotiated. Nonetheless, the president and his acolytes are calling for the treaty’s swift ratification.

The Senate would better protect our country’s future by actually deliberating before rushing over the precipice. A vital constitutional imperative, the Senate’s role in making binding treaty commitments, is at stake. While some consider it passé to insist that legislators read and understand what they vote upon, senators should insist on their constitutional

John R. Bolton — Mr. Bolton is a former national-security adviser to President Trump and a former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

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