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Obama Must Be Given Time For Proving His Election Is Right

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This was real a big miracle of the world history when Barack Obama, a black person has made his way to the White House, a place for white people. This may be the well of God that He has given the chance to Obama to head the mightiest state in the world. There will be no denying the fact that he has made progress both on Pakistan and Afghan fronts. He very successfully tackled terrorism in Pakistan while using diplomacy as weapon. Now terrorists are the most hated people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Credit must be given to Obama administration. This is true on home front he has faced some embarrassment, but on the foreign front he remained successful.

Now Obama has been trying to make this world a secure place. This is the reason that he has signed a historic deal with Russia regarding reduction in nuclear weapon. There are reports that Obama wants to make this world nuclear free zone. But still internal politics has been hampering his initiatives.

Actually the people of tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border who have been facing war for the last eight or seven years fully support Obama initiative for peace. They fully support the Obama administration. They think Obama will one day announce an end to war on terrorism. Then there will be peace in the whole world. That will be the day when Obama will be loved by all and sundry.

The new arms control treaty with
Russia, whose ratification now seems assured, was initially envisioned as a speed bump on President Obama's nuclear agenda, a modest reduction in nuclear forces that would enable him to tackle much harder issues on the way to his dream of eventually eliminating nuclear weapons

It turned out to be a mountain. And while Mr. Obama is savoring another major victory, just days after he won repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" rules that dominated the lives of gay and lesbian members of the military, his own aides acknowledge that the lesson of the battle over the treaty is that the political divide on national security is widening. The next steps on Mr. Obama's nuclear agenda now appear harder than ever.

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While Mr. Obama overwhelmed Republican opponents of the treaty, called New Start, it would be a much heavier lift to get the next Senate to approve a long-languishing treaty to ban all nuclear tests. The world's newest nuclear powers -- led by Pakistan, an ostensibly close American ally -- have been maneuvering to kill Mr. Obama's plan to stop production of more fissile material, the building blocks needed by nuclear aspirants like Iran. And the next treaty with Russia on how to deal with its small, tactical nuclear weapons promises to be a bigger fight.

"If the Start treaty was this hard, you can only imagine how difficult the rest will be," said William J. Perry, a secretary of defense during the Clinton administration and one of the four former cold warriors who helped formulate the goal of a world without nuclear weapons that Mr. Obama has embraced. "But even though it was small, it was vital -- because everything we need to do in the future, starting with halting the Iranian program, requires working with Russia and showing that we are serious about bringing our own nuclear stockpiles down."

None of that takes away from the historic nature of Mr. Obama's victory. Democratic presidents have a terrible history of getting nuclear arms control agreements approved, especially with Russia or its predecessor, the Soviet Union. That was largely accomplished by presidents with names like Nixon, Reagan and Bush. Republicans, it turned out, would vote for such treaties only if they were negotiated by other Republicans.

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So Mr. Obama's accomplishment stands in contrast to President Jimmy Carter's failure to win passage of the SALT II treaty, which was negotiated in 1979 but never ratified after the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. Two decades later, the Senate rejected President Bill Clinton's treaty to ban all underground nuclear testing, in a 51-to-48 vote.

Mr. Obama came to office vowing that the United States would finally join that accord, called the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, soon after New Start passed. Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. repeated that pledge this year.

So it was telling when John Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat and the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who led the advocacy in the Senate for New Start, gave a curt answer for a question about the test ban treaty: "There's just been no talk about that right now, none whatsoever."

As Mr. Obama thinks about the next steps in his nuclear agenda, particularly how to maneuver it through an altered Senate, he has to contend with the fact that the Republican Party is now split into two nuclear camps, the formers and the futures.


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Muhammad Khurshid, a resident of Bajaur Agency, tribal areas situated on Pak-Afghan border is journalist by profession. He contributes articles and news stories to various online and print newspapers. His subject matter is terrorism. He is also (more...)

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