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Following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, “Hope and Change” President Barack Obama becomes the “Dope and Cringe” president as his words reek from the past to haunt him like a hidden corpse.
In 1994 Ukraine agreed to destroy the nuclear weapons, and to join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The seeds of the Ukraine-Russia conflict go back to President Bill Clinton, and Obama enhanced Clinton’s mistakes.
After the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991, about one third of the Soviet nuclear arsenal remained in Ukraine. At urging of the United States and European Allies, Ukraine transferred all their nuclear weapons on the Ukraine territory to Russia. President Bill Clinton said that Europe would be more stable if Russia were to become “the only nuclear-armed successor state to the Soviet Union.”
Ukraine had the third largest number of nuclear weapons in the world (almost 4,000) at the time with the capability to design and produce nuclear weapons.
In 1993, International relations theorist and University of Chicago professor John Mearsheimer published an article in Foreign Affairs [PDF] with a prediction that Ukraine without any nuclear deterrent was likely to be subjected to aggression by Russia. Mearsheimer wrote that President Bill Clinton was wrong to assert that Europe would be more stable if Russia was the only USSR successor state to have nuclear weapons. But, Clinton’s sentiment with many supporters ruled the spirit of the day.
During the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, President Obama, was caught on a hot mic reveal during an exchange with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev. President Obama said, “On all these issues, but particularly missile defense, this can be solved, but it’s important for him [incoming Russian President Vladimir Putin] to give me space.” “This is my last election,” he continued. “After my election I have more flexibility.”
Obama critics were quick to recognize that the president was not committed, as he was telling the American people, to deploy a robust ballistic missile defense system to protect America and European allies. Obama had already been gutting missile defense for the United States, and critics said the President was using the ballistic missile shield for Europe as a bargaining chip with the Russians while working to reduce nuclear weapons.
After President Barack Obama scaled back on advanced missile defense systems, and when Biden became president, Forbes Senior Contributor on Aerospace and Defense Loren Thompson asked if President Joe Biden would make the same mistakes regarding missile defense.
Thompson’s explanation of how Obama gutted US defense …
“When President Obama entered office in 2009 … he brought with him a team of policymakers who were at best ambivalent about the value of national missile defenses. In addition to concerns about the potentially destabilizing effects of building defenses and the high cost of trying to “hit a bullet with a bullet” (to use a favorite phrase of critics), some of these policymakers thought warnings about North Korean and Iranian nuclear efforts were exaggerated.
Obama, who had dreams of a nuclear-free world, accepted that counsel. He proceeded to kill most of the defensive efforts begun by his predecessor.
First, he limited the number of interceptors in the midcourse system to 30, rather than the planned 44.
Second, he canceled a “multiple kill vehicle” program that would have enabled each interceptor to be more lethal.
Third, he terminated programs aimed at intercepting hostile missiles in the initial, boost-phase of their trajectories, such as the Airborne Laser.
Fourth, he slowed and ultimately abandoned an effort to orbit sensors that could track hostile missile warheads while they were coasting through space towards the U.S.
Fifth, he halted plans to build a third site for the midcourse system in Europe to intercept Iranian long-range missiles, opting instead for a regional defense focused on shorter-range threats.
To put it succinctly, Obama gutted efforts to defend the homeland against nuclear attack. The Ground-based Midcourse Defense survived, but even that received minimal funding and went for years without being tested.”
President Barack Obama was caught on microphone telling Dmitry Medvedev that he would have more flexibility after November’s election deal with contentious issues such as missile defense. Notice Obama’s guilty glance at the audience and his calculating stare at Russian President Medevev after “after election have more flexibility” comment caught on a hot mic. YouTube Tips ⓘ
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The Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances included security assurances against threats or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, Belarus, and Kazakhstan. In compliance with the agreement, between 1994 and 1996, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Ukraine relinquished their nuclear weapons. Ukraine had physical control of their weapons, but operational control was doubtful. The nuclear weapons were controlled by the Commonwealth of Independent States formed following the dissolution of Russia (Member states: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan; Associated state: Tukmenistan; Observer states: Afghanistan, Mongolia). Belarus and Kazakhstan are members of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO), which also includes Russia, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Former members include Azerbaijan, Georgia, Uzbekistan. CSTO is an intergovernmental military alliance in Eurasia that includes some post-Soviet states.
In 2009, regarding the nuclear arms reduction treaty (START Treaty) between the United States and Russia, the two countries released a joint statement that the Budapest memorandum’s security assurances would still be respected after the expiration of the START Treaty. A new START Treaty served as a replacement on April 8, 2010.
Following the annexation of Crimea in southern Ukraine by Russia in 2014, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States stated that Russian involvement was a breach of the Budapest Memorandum obligations to Ukraine. The annexation of Crimea was also considered in violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity. On March 4, 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin replied to the Budapest Memorandum controversy, that Russia was not obligated to force any part of Ukraine’s civilian population to stay in Ukraine against its will. Putin countered, suggesting that the US was in violation of the Budapest Memorandum and described the Euromaidan as a US-instigated coup.
Currently in 2022, the Russian invasion has been classified by analysts as instigated by false flag operations, which Russia then justified as cause to provide protection for Russian separatists “attacked by Ukraine.”
Memorandum on Security Assurances in connection with Ukraine’s accession to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
Budapest, 5 December 1994
The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland,
Welcoming the accession of Ukraine to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons as a non-nuclear-weapon State,
Taking into account the commitment of Ukraine to eliminate all nuclear weapons from its territory within a specified period of time,
Noting the changes in the world-wide security situation, including the end of the Cold War, which have brought about conditions for deep reductions in nuclear forces.
Confirm the following:
1. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the CSCE Final Act, to respect the Independence and Sovereignty and the existing borders of Ukraine.
2. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their obligation to refrain from the threat or use of force against the territorial integrity or political independence of Ukraine, and that none of their weapons will ever be used against Ukraine except in selfdefense or otherwise in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations.
3. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to Ukraine, in accordance with the principles of the CSCE Final Act, to refrain from economic coercion designed to subordinate to their own interest the exercise by Ukraine of the rights inherent in its sovereignty and thus to secure advantages of any kind.
4. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm their commitment to seek immediate United Nations Security Council action to provide assistance to Ukraine, as a nonnuclear-weapon State Party to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, if Ukraine should become a victim of an act of aggression or an object of a threat of aggression in which nuclear weapons are used.
5. The United States of America, the Russian Federation, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, reaffirm, in the case of the Ukraine, their commitment not to use nuclear weapons against any non-nuclear-weapon State Party
SOURCE: PDF from PIR CENTER PDF is in English language, website is detected in Russian language in Google Translate.
PIR Center is an independent nongovernmental organization, which carries out research, as well as educational, public awareness and publishing activities, and provides consulting services. From the time of its founding in April 1994 to this day, the priority areas of the Center’s research studies remain international security, control and nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction. PIR Center is in consultative status with the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC).
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