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Senate Proceeding on Dec 21st, 2010 :: 6:32:00 to 6:36:25
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Benjamin L. Cardin

6:31:57 to 6:32:17( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: point because i do pleeive that the fellows from the military that are assigned to our office are exstrombly valuable in our work. i was fortunate to have commander andrei coleman in my office from the navy. i can tell you that it was so important to me -- what i learned from his presence in the office it really made me much more informed on decisions that we have to make in the united states senate.

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:32:00 to 6:36:25( Edit History Discussion )
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Benjamin L. Cardin

6:32:18 to 6:32:39( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: so this program is a very valuable program. i was pleased to yield so you could recognize the person who was in your office from the navy. it was a navy officer, is that right? well, the navy officers are always best coming from maryland and the naval academy. so we're pleased we could provide some help to the senator from alabama. let me, if i could, continue on the new start treaty.

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:32:40 to 6:33:00( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the real test here is the national security of our nation. and when you listen to the advice given to us by our military experts, they tell us that the ratification of new start will enhance our national security. when you talk to the people who are responsible for collecting intelligence information and

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:33:01 to 6:33:22( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: analyze that information, they tell us that it is in our national security interest to ratify the new start treaty. when you talk to the political experts, those that are charged with managing our foreign policy considerations around the world, they tell us that the ratification of new start will help protect our national

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:33:23 to 6:33:44( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: now, the reason for that, look at this treaty and find out what's in this treaty that restricts what the united states can do, you look at the number of deployed warheads that we're permitted to have, you look at the delivery vehicles that we're permitted to have, and our military experts say that those numbers are numbers that are clearly achievable for us without compromising whatsoever

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:33:45 to 6:34:05( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: all of our national security interests. that's what they he will us. these numbers were not developed by the political system. they were developed by the military experts as to numbers that are reasonable as far as limitations on deployed warheads. when you look at what other restrictions -- we've heard a

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:34:06 to 6:34:28( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: lot of debate on this floor that we're restricted on other defense issues. there's nothing agreement that limits the missile defense issues. that's going to be a matter for our national debate. it is going to be a matter for working with ash allies. it is going to be a malt of analyzing where our current risks come from. we're not restricted at all by

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:34:29 to 6:34:50( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: the new start treaty as to how we make those judgments. but what is in this treaty is our ability to verify what the russians are doing with their nuclear stockpile, what they're doing with your warheads, what they're doing with their delivery systems. it allows us to have inspectors on the ground. since the end of last year, we

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:34:51 to 6:35:11( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: have not had insperktz on the ground. that's intelligence information that is extremely valuable for us to have. you can't substitute for that. yes, we can get certain intelligence information from our assets that we have, but having boots on the ground is critically important to our national security. without the ratification of new start, we do not have the inspectors on the ground,

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:35:12 to 6:35:33( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: telling us in fact what russia is doing, inspeghting the warheads and inspecting their delivery systems. but there's a third reason, in addition to it being important from the point of view of what our experts are saying, in addition to the fact that it gives us verification. it also is a very important part of our national security system

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:35:34 to 6:35:55( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: and working with other countries. yes, we want to make sure that we know what russia is doing. yes, we understand that russia is a country of interest to the united states. but when you look at cunts that are developing nuclear weapons -- but when you look at countries that are developing nuclear weapons, we need the international community working with us to make sure that we prevent countries such as iran

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:35:56 to 6:36:16( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: from becoming nuclear weapon states. the ratification of this country will help us in those political effort so when you put all of this together, it gives us what we need for verification, the restrictions in this treaty was worked out by our military as

Benjamin L. Cardin

6:36:17 to 6:36:25( Edit History Discussion )

Benjamin L. Cardin: being what they believe was right, and it gives us the ability to continue to lead internationally, not just on strategic arms reductions but on

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