The audacity of Republican ‘leadership’

The U.S. and Russia have long had a deal – dating to the Cold War, in fact – where they have allowed ground inspections of the other nation’s nuclear arsenal. This helps to ensure the other side doesn’t have a secret buildup happening. This deal adds meaningful weight to reduction treaties. It also contributes to security for both sides – but especially the U.S. – because there is more transparency in terms of where nuclear arms are being sent around the world, if anywhere.

But the Party of No doesn’t really give a shit.

One of President Obama’s top foreign-policy goals suffered a potentially ruinous setback when the Senate’s second-ranking Republican said the U.S. nuclear treaty with Russia should not be considered until next year.

The statement Tuesday by Sen. Jon Kyl (Ariz.) stunned the White House and Democrats, who scrambled to save the pact. It came just days after Obama declared that ratifying the treaty was his top foreign-policy priority for the lame-duck session of Congress.

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New START) needs 67 votes to pass. Because of Democratic losses in the midterm elections, it would be harder to approve next year, requiring at least 14 Republican votes rather than nine now.

Kyl is making a political stand designed purely to embarrass the President. His actions serve no purpose – especially since Obama has already done a little backscratching by committing money to modernizing the country’s nuclear complex already, as requested by Kyl. The toolsac just wants to make a political move.

Kyl, of course, is taking his cues from Sen. Mitch McConnell. You know, that’s the guy who said the Republicans Party’s number one goal over the next two year is to kick Obama out of office? Yeah, that guy. For once a Republican wasn’t bullshitting. This is really their whole plan – do whatever it takes to embarrass the President. And then when the economy starts to recover as a result of natural growth plus all the Democratic policies put in place that have strengthened our country, they will take credit for that. I promise that when we start seeing good growth and shrinking unemployment over the next 18-20 months, the Republicans will start taking credit – despite getting nothing done by being the Party of No.

But let’s not bother to inspect Russia’s shoddy nuclear complex. I’m sure no weapons will end up in the wrong hands. What reason do we have to be distrustful of that nation, anyway?

3 Responses

  1. I might be wrong but the other parties goal is always to throw the current parties president out of office in the next election.

    Perhaps they don’t agree that the arsenal should be reduced. These people are elected to vote individually, not based on what the president goals are and regardless of any embarrassment to the president.

  2. Nuclear arms reduction has been a goal of both parties for 50+ years. This is purely a political stance by the Republicans and probably a political stance by the Democrats. The partisan politics of the last 12 years sucks.

  3. You’re probably right to a point.

    The republicans are most likely holding out for more money for modernization or something and the democrats are probably just looking for some victory to tout, however small.

    I don’t see this not being ratified, even if it waits until the next congress. It’s not an emergency either so there isn’t much rush. Aside from the inspections and I wouldn’t be surprised to see those continue even if this isn’t ratified soon.

    (a bit of searching told me that our stockpile has been decreasing since 1967, from 33,000 ish)

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