APUSH Russia Speech Extra Credit

Joe Springer Hr. 2 Dr. Irina Bystrova brought up many interesting points Tuesday night relating to the military relationship between America and Russia, yet in the end she failed to state a call to action as to how any of these problems could be fixed. Dr. Bystrova mentioned many treaties over the past few years that have shaped our nuclear relationship with Russia. The START II treaty in 1996 was the start of peaceful negations yet failed to establish itself official as US congress voted against renewing it in 1997, thus rendering the act useless thereafter. It was replaced with the SORT treaty, a treaty that while thought to be similar, contained a much different set of rules. The SORT treaty did not call for an elimination of nuclear devices as the START II treaty did, but rather to set a limit on how much each country may produce. Both countries at this time were highly against banning all nuclear weapons as a terrorist group may possibly get their hands on one and then have complete domination of the nuclear field market, leaving the US and Russia defenseless. The SORT treaty is set to renew in December of this year. Another key treaty mentioned was the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. The treaty allowed two fixed, ground-based defense units of 100 missiles each. One would act to guard each nation’s capitol (Moscow and Washington D.C.) , and another that would guard the general ICBM field to protect the rest of the country. These units were built by each country in 1976, and since then, America has taken both of its units out of operation while Russia has only taken one out. While Dr. Bystrova does a good job at reading the paragraphs of information off of her slides, she fails to really educate the audience further into what should happen next. I failed to really understand the stance she took. Were these treaties a good thing? Should we simply renew the SORT treaty in December and live on as usual? Or does action need to be taken? Are these Nuclear Treaties only a bigger threat to our planet? Even during the question and answer portion of the lecture, Dr. Bystrova failed to go any further then the general scope of her poorly made PowerPoint. Overall, I would say that Dr. Bystrova presentment good information, yet failed to go into any sort of real analysis. Where did she stand? What should we do next? Although I’m sure any Russian buff would have been happy to hear the plethora of facts she emitted, one can defiantly concluded that Dr. Bystrova created wonderful pieces of rich, meaty chicken and thick noodles, yet failed to dump them all in a chicken broth worth entertaining the room.

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