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Senate Proceeding on Dec 16th, 2010 :: 2:52:10 to 3:04:50
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Johnny Isakson

2:52:07 to 2:52:28( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: underneath some of these red herrings than they appear to eye at first blush. i yield the floor. the presiding officer: the senator from georgia. a senator: are we scheduled to recess at 12:30? just checking. i'm not going to make a one-hour speech, but i might go beyond 12:30.

Johnny Isakson

2:52:10 to 3:04:50( Edit History Discussion )
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Johnny Isakson

2:52:29 to 2:52:49( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: the presiding officer: no, we are not required. mr. isakson: i was at the floor and i addressed my concern about the omnibus and the dual track process we're on right now. that statement's been made. i come to the floor this morning to address the new start treaty. i voted for it to come out of the foreign relations committee

Johnny Isakson

2:52:50 to 2:53:10( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: to the floor of the united states senate and i want to go through my reasons for having done that and i want to talk about what the new start treaty is, not what it is not. first of all i want to pay tribute to dick lugar. senator liewg hars been a bastion of -- senator lugar. i want to thank senator kerry

Johnny Isakson

2:53:11 to 2:53:34( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: for the time he gave us to go through hour after hour after hour of hearing and hour after hour after hour of secure briefing in the bowels of the new visitors center where we read the summary of the notes of the negotiations of the new treaty. we read the threat initiative and the estimate of the threat

Johnny Isakson

2:53:35 to 2:53:57( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: initiative and all of the -- what is critical -- it is critical to consider and debate this treaty. i want to talk about two united states senators, one a democrat and one a republican and with all due respect to the chairman, it's not him. it's a democrat by the name of sam nunn from georgia who chaired the armed services committee, who, along with

Johnny Isakson

2:53:58 to 2:54:19( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: senator lugar, put together the nunn-lugar initiative. i sought out senator nunn as i have sought out senator lugar in my deliberations during the committee debate and my considerations of what i would do in that committee vote and later a vote on the floor. i want to make a couple of notes about the success of the nunn-lugar initiative. the nunn-lugar initiative is a

Johnny Isakson

2:54:20 to 2:54:40( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: commitment to see to it that nuclear materials are secure. it is a commitment to see to it that loose nucleares around the world don't fall into the hands that would kill my grandchildren, your grandchildren or all of us in the united states of america. i don't think it's been mentioned on the floor of the senate, but as a result of the initiative of the nunn-lugar

Johnny Isakson

2:54:41 to 2:55:03( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: initiative, they have reduced the number of loose nukes in the world by 7599, belaruse, the ukraine no longer have nuclear arsenals, they destroyed the weapons and they've turned weapons of mass destruction into plow shares and are powering

Johnny Isakson

2:55:04 to 2:55:24( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: power plants in that part of the world. the nuclear threat initiative does not mean you get out of the business of having a nuclear arsenal. it means you get into the business of security for the nuke that are there. now, from my history as far as this it goes back to the 1950's.

Johnny Isakson

2:55:25 to 2:55:46( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: in fact, it goes back to ms. hamburger's first grade class in the 1950's when i remember getting under the school desk once a week to practice what we would do if a nuclear attack hit the united states of america. my history goes back to october of 1962 when as a freshman at the university of georgia i stood in fear with all my colleagues and watched what was

Johnny Isakson

2:55:47 to 2:56:08( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: happening in cuba, watched the blockade, watched the strength of president kennedy and facedded russians down and faced what would have been a strike against the united states. and then i remember the night in october in 1986 when i had the honor to introduce ronald reagan in atlanta, georgia, the night

Johnny Isakson

2:56:09 to 2:56:29( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: before he flew to iceland to begin the negotiations on nuclear treaties at that time. in one speech it has been made that reagan rejected what was offered. reagan rejected not doing research and development and building a nuclear arsenal.

Johnny Isakson

2:56:30 to 2:56:50( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: he did invest on verification of what both countries were doing so we could never have a situation of not having transparency, not having intelligence and not knowing what the right hand and left hand were doing. it was out of that rejection that the beginning of the negotiations of the start treaty were began and they were signed in 1991 under the administration

Johnny Isakson

2:56:51 to 2:57:11( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: of george h.w. bush. until december 5 of last year that start treaty had been in place and for those years the united states had transparency, it had verification, and it had cooperative communication back and forth between the two countries that controlled 90% of the nuclear weapons in the united states -- in the world. so my history with this goes all

Johnny Isakson

2:57:12 to 2:57:32( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: the way back to climbing under a school desk to introducing president ronald reagan to serving on the foreign relations committee of the united states senate in washington, d.c. my decisions to support the bill coming out of the committee were based on four principles that i want to talk about for a second. first of all is inspections.

Johnny Isakson

2:57:33 to 2:57:53( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: now, it has been said that the inspections have been reduced but what has not been said is the number of sites inspected have also been greatly reduced. the number of inspections is corresponding with what is necessary to inspect the russian arsenal and knowing whether they're complying with the treaty or not.

Johnny Isakson

2:57:54 to 2:58:15( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: we learned what happens if you don't have human intelligence on the ground where you need it. what happens is you get surprised. what happened to us on 9/11 is almost 3,000 citizens of the world died at the hands of a heinous attack by radical terrorists because we didn't have as good of intelligence as we needed to have. that's why i don't want to turn my back on the opportunity to

Johnny Isakson

2:58:16 to 2:58:36( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: have human intelligence on the ground, in the russian federation verifying that they are complying with a mutual pack that we have made with them. correspondingly the transparency they have to inspect our nuclear arsenal in the united states of america. now, the second point i want to make that caused me to come to the conclusion it was the right

Johnny Isakson

2:58:37 to 2:58:58( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: thing to do to support the treaty in committee was the verification process. now, i've heard some people say that this verification process is not as good as the old verification process. i'm not going to get into that argument. but i will tell you one thing, this verification process is a heck of a lot better than no verification process at all which is exactly what we have today.

Johnny Isakson

2:58:59 to 2:59:20( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: since december 5 of last year, over a year from now, we haven't had the human intelligence, we couldn't verify. verification is critically important because with verification comes communication, with communication comes understanding and from that understanding and communication comes intelligence. while our inspections are to make sure that the quantity of

Johnny Isakson

2:59:21 to 2:59:41( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: the nuclear arsenals and the warheads are within compliance of the treaty, it gives us interaction to learn what others may know about nuclear weapons around the world that are not covered by this treaty. which, by the way, brings me to one other point, it has been said by some that bilateral treaties are no longer useful,

Johnny Isakson

2:59:42 to 3:00:03( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: we need multilateral treaties. i have to ask you this question, if we reject the one bilateral treaty over nuclear power, how are you going to get to a multilateral treaty? you're not going to do it. i think it is important to have a bilateral treaty between two countries who control 90% of the weapons so we see to it as other

Johnny Isakson

3:00:04 to 3:00:24( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: countries gain nuclear power, we can bring them to a regimen that has transparency and accountability too. you will never do that if you reject it between yourself and the russian federation. i mentioned senator nunn before. he served as armed services chairman and so did john warner, the distinguished republican member of this united states

Johnny Isakson

3:00:25 to 3:00:46( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: senate. they released a joint statement not too long ago and raised a point that i had not really thought of and i want -- if you'll beg my doing this read on the floor of the senate one of the points they made that were supportive of this treaty. i quote from senator nunn and senator warner.

Johnny Isakson

3:00:47 to 3:01:09( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: "washington and moscow should expand the risk of nuclear risk reduction centers and other members of congress established with president ronald reagan to further reduce nuclear threats. for example, to improve both nation's early warning capabilities, the centers could exchange data on global missile launches.

Johnny Isakson

3:01:10 to 3:01:30( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: it would provide the basis for a giant initiative involving russia, the united states and the north atlantic treaty organization on a structure for europe that would help address other key issues like tactical nuclear weapons vulnerable to theft by terrorists. when the stwrs proposed, they were envisioned to help prevent catastrophic nuclear terrorism.

Johnny Isakson

3:01:31 to 3:01:52( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: these initiatives can go tabored a new start treaty." i thought that observation was very telling and looking prospectively into the future about again having the two nations, the russian federation and the united states, bring in other people like nato to be a part of a treaty and a missile defense system that's agreeable with all parties in the absence

Johnny Isakson

3:01:53 to 3:02:13( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: of negotiation, the absence of transparency, the absence of cooperation ensures that that cannot happen. my fourth point is this: the thing i fear the most as a citizen, the thing i fear the most as as a senator and the thing i fear the most as a father of three and grandfather of nine is a nuclear fissionable material getting into the hands

Johnny Isakson

3:02:14 to 3:02:34( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: of a radical terrorist. that is the fear that all of us have. it is critical when you look at what the nunn-lugar initiative has done and the destruction of loose nooks, 7,599, what the original start treaty, the foundation it gave us to begin to reduce nuclear weapon proliferation without the ability to defend ourselves and

Johnny Isakson

3:02:35 to 3:02:55( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: to launch strikes that are necessary to protect the people of the united states of america. but i worry about one of the radical terrorists getting ahold of one of these materials, and i fear in the absence f with the absence of transparency, we run the risk of playing into their hands and making that type of a material more and more

Johnny Isakson

3:02:56 to 3:03:17( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: available. what's known as the lugar doctrine is very important to understand at this stage of this debate. doing my research on the treaty and the work that dick lugar and others have done on nonproliferation, i came upon what is known as the lugar document. i would like to read it because it answers the question i just raised about a loose nuke

Johnny Isakson

3:03:18 to 3:03:38( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: getting in the hands of a rogue terrorist. "every nation that has weapons and materials of mass destruction must account for what it has, spend its own money or obtain international technical and financial resources to safely secure what it has and pledge that no other nation sell or cause will be allowed to access its use." that is as clearly and

Johnny Isakson

3:03:39 to 3:04:01( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: succinctly you can state the future fear that all of us have for this country of what might happen with nuclear weapons. so, in closing my remarks, i went through interviews with sam nunn, listened to the chairman and the ranking member, listened to the testimony, read the documentation which everybody else can read, in the secure

Johnny Isakson

3:04:02 to 3:04:22( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: briefing room, cainldz to the conclusion that verification is better than no verification at all. transparency is what prevents things like 9/11 from ever happening again. you can never expect multilateral negotiations with countries that have some degree of nuclear power if the two greatest powers refuse to sit down and negotiator and extend the understanding they've had

Johnny Isakson

3:04:23 to 3:04:45( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: since 1991. only through setting the example, without giving in or capitulating a thing do we moaflly give hope to the future that my grandchildren and yours can live in a world that is that will not be free of nukes but that we can ensure that loose nukes will not be in the hands

Johnny Isakson

3:04:46 to 3:04:50( Edit History Discussion )

Johnny Isakson: of bad people and still have the ability to defend ourselves. it is for those reasons that i supported the new start treaty

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