Friday, February 4, 2011

Backstabbin' the Brits: US agrees to tell Russia UK nuke secrets

If returning Winston Churchill's bust and giving tacky gifts to Gordon Brown and the Queen weren't enough, the Obama administration has given the UK the ultimate swift kick in the pants.  Recent Wikileaks cables shows that the Obama administration gave Russia the serial numbers of the Trident missiles it transfered to the UK as part of the START agreement.  The serial numbers can be used to help determine the size of the UK's arsenal. 
UK Telegraph: A series of classified messages sent to Washington by US negotiators show how information on Britain’s nuclear capability was crucial to securing Russia’s support for the “New START” deal.
Although the treaty was not supposed to have any impact on Britain, the leaked cables show that Russia used the talks to demand more information about the UK’s Trident missiles, which are manufactured and maintained in the US.
Washington lobbied London in 2009 for permission to supply Moscow with detailed data about the performance of UK missiles. The UK refused, but the US agreed to hand over the serial numbers of Trident missiles it transfers to Britain.
Professor Malcolm Chalmers said: “This appears to be significant because while the UK has announced how many missiles it possesses, there has been no way for the Russians to verify this. Over time, the unique identifiers will provide them with another data point to gauge the size of the British arsenal.”
Duncan Lennox, editor of Jane’s Strategic Weapons Systems, said: “They want to find out whether Britain has more missiles than we say we have, and having the unique identifiers might help them.”
While the US and Russia have long permitted inspections of each other’s nuclear weapons, Britain has sought to maintain some secrecy to compensate for the relatively small size of its arsenal.
Damn, talk about throwing someone under the bus.  The thing I don't get is why Obama is willing to give up so much for the SALT treaty.  [MORE]
Just think of all those people in the UK who wanted Obama to be president.  They felt that Obama could improve America's image around the world.  How's that working out for everybody? Something tells me those Bush "Miss Me Yet" billboards will soon be popping up in the UK. 


Gorges Smythe said...

I used to just think America should hang him for treason. Maybe if we're lucky, some other nation will bump him off first.

ozzie said...

Thanks for picking up this story- It is a huge deal that deserves an enormous amount of attention as it plays into the rushed START at the end of the last Congress.

I watched the debate and it became so clear that they were intent on passing it all while ignoring the simple fixes to the obvious loopholes that they just pretended did not matter.

There is much more to be uncovered, I'm sure, and there needs to be real investigatory work into this.

Janelle said...

Can anyone explain why Russia needs to know anything about the UK missiles? Actually, can anyone name a more clueless and less experienced executive branch?

bd said...

ref GS: need to tone that down(!) not good talk

However - whatever bho lacks in marxist gusto he makes up for in sheer negligence/incompetence

either way, an abomination

the country may not stand a 2nd term - americans had better quit ODing on celebrity and salaciousness and get serious about taking the conservative philisophical/policy fight to the leftists and sycophants of government

joetote said...

If this is proven top be true, the U.S. is done as a perceived world leader! If this President has in fact done what is charged in the leaked cables, he must be impeached immediately! As Pat asked above. Were the people in the Senate notified as required of this action? If so, why did the Senate vote to allow this to happen? Or is it possible this is another "we didn't read the entire thing" moment? If in fact the leaders of the Senate did in fact have knowledge of this action then they to should be brought up on charges!

Again, this is alleged but something I feel is in line with the actions of this Marxist we now have in the White House. Very scary!

Leah said...

wow. so here's the obama policy in a nutshell: kiss all our enemies behinds and backstab our allies. yep, that's a winner.

Anonymous said...

Thing I learnt about socialists, and progressives is, they really, really hate Monarchs of any sort. They scoff at the idea that someone/family dared to claim a throne.

I am not surprised at all that Obama and his leftist cabinet would throw the Queen under the bus to other "people's republics" countries such as Russia.

2nd Anony

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