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In search of a legacy, President Clinton concluded two days of talks with
Russian President Vladimir Putin about arms control. What Clinton didn’t
tell the American people was that Russia has never lived up to previous
agreements — and is, in fact, still flagrantly violating them even today.
Make no mistake: Clinton knows this. He is deliberately obfuscating the
truth in his desperation for more empty promises from Moscow.
The only tangible accomplishment from the talks was an agreement for each
country to destroy 34 tons of their stockpiles of weapons-grade plutonium.
But, despite joint monitoring systems, you can bet Russia is already
devising the means to disguise its actions and true objectives.
WorldNetDaily’s Kenneth Timmerman reported,
we now have hard proof that Russia never declared to the U.S. nuclear-tipped SS-23 missiles in direct violation of a 1987 arms-control agreement.
These missiles, which are now slated to be dismantled in Slovakia this month, were hidden by the Red army in deep underground bunkers in Czechoslovakia, despite Soviet promises to withdraw all nuclear theater missiles from Europe and destroy them. Did Clinton ask about these missiles and the egregious violation of an old accord? No. Did he point it out to the Russian and American people in his press conference? No.
The existence of these missiles that were supposed to have been destroyed long ago raises the question of Russia’s credibility as well as its intentions toward the United States.
An equally disturbing question is: Are there more missiles we don’t know about?
That’s the basis of the
second part of Timmerman’s series today.
It is not only possible, but likely — given Moscow’s track record — that much bigger reserves of weapons are still being hidden within Russia’s own borders. Of immediate concern is a vast underground site built into the Ural Mountains known as Yamantau.
Yamantau is believed to conceal one of Russia’s darkest nuclear secrets — a secret which President Clinton, members of Congress, and the U.S. military top brass have, according to intelligence sources, raised repeatedly with Russia’s leaders, without ever receiving a response.
According to U.S. intelligence sources, the Russian government has pumped more than $4.5 billion into building a sprawling underground complex at Yamantau — impervious to direct nuclear assault — that spans an area as large as Washington, D.C., inside the Beltway, or some 400 square miles.
President Reagan’s slogan with regard to arms control agreements was: “Trust but verify.” Well, 15 years later we have verified that Russia has consistently cheated and is still doing so today. There has been no penalty exacted from Moscow. In fact, we are still transferring vast amounts of American taxpayer wealth to pay for these meaningless arms control agreements.
Instead, that money would be much better spent developing a missile defense system that could actually protect American lives from missiles fired from Russia or some other rogue state — today, tomorrow or well into the future.
The Clinton administration has spent nearly eight years delaying the deployment of such a system. The president prefers to suggest that our very lives should be dependent upon the goodwill of men like Putin and his unknown successors.
One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. That seems to be the U.S. arms control policy toward Russia.
How many times do we need to witness Russian cheating on missile pacts before abandoning a misguided policy? What will it take to wake up U.S. leaders to such international duplicity — a nuclear attack? What do you suppose that nuclear war-fighting bunker in Yamantau is for — an underground housing development? Why should Americans be asked to trust foreign leaders when we can’t even trust our own?