So those wonderful Republican lawmakers are putting their feet down against President Obama—on an initiative they 100 percent agree with.
In case you’ve missed this one, the president is pushing for a vote on an arms-control treaty (known as the New Start treaty) that would, among other things, require the United States and Russia to reduce deployed nuclear arsenals by roughly 20 percent. Why is it important? Because with the expiration of the previous START treaty, America has lost the ability to verify Russia’s nuclear arsenals. With the increasingly unpredictable Russian government, this is very important.
As for politics, well, take it from the excellent Robert McNeary of Catholic University: “START has been endorsed by major foreign policy officials on both sides of the aisle. From the Bush II administration, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Secretary of State Colin Powell, and former National Security Advisor for both Reagan and Bush I Brent Scowcroft, are all fully behind the new START treaty. However, this is also supported by Clinton’s National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, as well as current Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the current President Barack Obama. It has strong support from people on both sides of the aisle.”
So what’s the problem? Simple. Obama gets this passed, he looks like he’s gotten something done. And God forbid he have a legislative victory. What would the Republicans do?
It’s infuriating. I know … I know—the Dems pulled this stuff on Bush. But why is anyone pulling this on anyone? Vote against what you dislike, vote for what’s good for the country. Period. End of story.
Worst of all, one senator, John Kyl of Arizona, is holding the thing up. Says he needs more time. Until, conveniently, the GOP takes over congress. Then he’ll be ready—to reject the bill.