My favorite thing about New START…

…is that of the few people in Russia’s government who are against the treaty, their big complaint is this:

The lower house’s Communists and Liberal Democrats opposed ratification, saying the treaty’s provisions will weaken national security.

“We think this treaty means a strategic defeat for Russia as it in no measure limits the development of the U.S. antiballistic defense,” said Leonid Kalashnikov, a Communist legislator and first deputy head of the International Affairs Committee. “The treaty also doesn’t take into account the nuclear arsenals of the U.S. NATO partners, which leaves us with a 30% inferiority in the number of warheads.”

Both of these issues were picked up by some of our crappier members of Congress (Kyl, McConnell). The difference lies in the fact that they lied about the treaty and said it weakens the U.S. anti-missile defense. Weird, huh? But they do converge with the dissent in Russia when they lament that their country might not have enough nuclear weapons. Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure a handful would more than do the trick.

Anyway. I’m glad the Republicans were unable to hold together as their usual stubborn group that prevents anything good from happening.