I know we’ve been playing this game with the Russians for a long time. We inspect their nukes, they inspect our nukes. We both smile and nod knowingly that we’ve hidden some stuff and chuckle about it. Fox News has the story of a tentative inspection agreement, but I can’t find the part in the story concerning reciprocity.
So here’s the story at Fox News …
Russia and the United States have tentatively agreed to a weapons inspection program that would allow Russians to visit nuclear sites in America to count missiles and warheads.
The plan, which Fox News has learned was agreed to in principle during negotiations, would constitute the most intrusive weapons inspection program the U.S. has ever accepted.
Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, who met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, said publicly Tuesday that the two nations have made “considerable” progress toward reaching agreement on a new strategic arms treaty.
The 1991 Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or START, expires in December and negotiators have been racing to reach agreement on a successor.
Clinton said the U.S. would be as transparent as possible.
Shouldn’t this mean the Russians should also be as transparent as possible? I’m just saying… nothing leaked about how transparent Russia will be in return?
Bill Bowman over at examiner.com thinks radio talk show host Michael Savage blew the story out of proportion, but I can not find reference to a tentative agreement that the United States gets to inspect any of Russia’s nuclear sites. Like I said, inspections have been going on for decades and I would not be surprised if the Obama administration opened the door even wider than previous agreements.
As for Bowman, maybe he’s got something against Savage but goodness dude … did you read the story? Clinton used the “transparent” phrase and Fox News used the “we have learned” phrase which just reflects reporting and sources.