It goes without saying that Americas relationship with the UK is an intimate one. We share a history starting from before our country was founded. The blood of our soldiers has been spilled on both continents in battles fought with and against each other. England, the UK, is our friend. Or at least it was before the current administration has done all that it can to destroy that relationship. The insults and demagoguery were one thing but now Obama has gone beyond the pale and has provided Russia with the UK’s nuclear armament secrets!
The Wikileaks website has released some diplomatic cables that shows that the United States provided Russia with sensitive nuclear intel on the UK’s nuclear deterrent capabilities AFTER the UK asked them not too. All of this was a demand made by Russia as part of the new START Treaty. A treaty that provided no benefit to the United States and had NOTHING to do with the UK.
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.
This is just one more example of the disease to our foreign policy that this administration is. I mean look at the incompetent neophytes that he is putting in charge of our diplomacy. Obama had no choice but to fire Cynthia Stroum, his Ambassador to Luxembourg. She raised a lot of money for Obama during his campaign and somehow that was enough for him to hand her an Ambassadorship. She has left the Embassy in a shambles and unable to perform its duties.
According to an internal State Department report released Thursday, less than a week after she quit, Stroum’s management of the U.S. Embassy in the tiny country was abysmal. The report says her tenure of about one year was fraught with personality conflicts, verbal abuse and questionable expenditures on travel, wine and liquor.
Sounds like Nancy Pelosi’s sister was in charge there.
Wine and liquor expenditures aside this woman is a walking talking disaster area.
… the report paints a picture of a corrosive atmosphere at the small embassy, with the ambassador running roughshod over staff, threatening to read their e-mails, largely concerned about job-related perks and involved in improper purchases.
The situation was so bad that the inspector general recommended that the State Department dispatch medical personnel to Luxembourg to test the stress levels of embassy employees. It said at least four staffers quit or sought transfers to Iraq and Afghanistan during her tenure, unusual steps for diplomats assigned to a modern, Western European capital.
As I said I hope our relationships with our allies survive this administration.
The next one will definitely be spending a lot of time repairing those relationships.
I am not knowledgeable enough about such matters to know what can be done about this now but it NEEDS to be investigated and some one needs to be taken to task over this.
God Bless America…..we’re going to need it.