Have a little faith...
By now you should understand that what he wants or thinks isn't the end of all things, the presidents personal opinion can guide a process however the process is based on facts. Issues regarding defense and security are not something the president dreams up himself. For example the president may want to close Guantanamo but when you take office facts might be presented that force you to reconsider, this happens in any country. "Giving" information to the Russians wasn't something he himself came up with.Its part of some strategy devised deep within the pentagon with experts who know whats to gain and loose.
Have a little faith and if not look at the countries history there is nothing new going on.
Ok, so Medvedev got reach, but Obama will have more flexibility! (Damn you, Mass Effect! ) Sorry, couldn't resist.
I'm kind of skeptic about proposed tactical weapons cuts. There is no such effective means of control like in case of strategic weapons. There is always a chance what the partner/adversary have some hidden stockpiles. Nuclear artillery shells, tactical missiles warheads, cruise missiles is too small, don't reqire a complex storage infrastrucure, easily transportable and can be fielded in just few hours. If ageement would be signed, it will be just a worthless piece of paper (just like the "New START", btw).
You guys might forgot, but Medvedev is a goner too.
[SIZE=2][FONT=verdana][*******#000000]I’d be happy to give up European BDM’s for a free pass to drop MOP’s. [/COLOR][/FONT][/SIZE]
Russia, by the way, had to raid their retirement homes to get those missile programs on track, and the performance of more than one is still suspect. And a series of quality-control failures in their largely military-run Space Program could be a warning sign for their strategic weapons.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/buzzfeedpoli...rattles-poland[*******#111111][FONT=Lucida Grande]The headline in the largest Polish tabloid, Fakt: “Were they trading Poland? Puzzling Obama talk with Medvedev about the missile shield.”[/FONT][/COLOR]
[SIZE=4]Barack Obama doesn't care about Pole people. [/SIZE]
...........[*******#000000][FONT=Lucida Grande]“The Beschloss-Talbott book directly quotes Bush as telling Gorbachev in 1987 that in the coming presidential campaign he would be saying things in his speeches that would displease Gorbachev but that Gorbachev should disregard. He had to make such speeches, Bush said, because of “the marginal intellectual thugs” around President Reagan.”[/FONT][/COLOR]
And what build-up? As another poster wrote, Russia has REPLACED warheads and still the number Russia fields is shrinking, as they can't afford to keep up the numbers.
Now this is my first post on here so forgive any naivity but im keen to get involved.
It doesnt seem to me like anything Obama would do could compromise US national security, with that armada of advisors etc. that he has. Maybe Obama wants to save any plans he has for deals on Russia involved with arms/ strategic weapons after the election so he can make some vote winning promises in regards to foreign relations in his campaign?