Obama Administration Not Worried About Russian Nuke Treaty Cheating
WASHINGTON — Even large-scale Russian cheating on a new nuclear arms treaty would not hurt U.S. security because U.S. nuclear strengths would more than offset any Russian violations, the Obama administration has concluded.
James Miller, the Pentagon’s leading authority on nuclear arms, on Tuesday outlined for the Senate Armed Services Committee how the administration came to this previously undisclosed conclusion.
He was challenged by Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., who asked in an incredulous tone why the Obama administration bothered to negotiate the treaty if Russian cheating is of no consequence.
“Why have a treaty?” McCain boomed.
“To say that (Russian cheating) has little, if any, effect, then we’ve been wasting a lot of time and money on negotiations,” he added.
After the hearing, Miller told The Associated Press that the U.S. does not have, nor does it seek, nuclear superiority over Russia.