The headline is correct, the Republicans are Playing Politics with START Treaty. As the parties last candidate for president John McCain is the leader of the republicans and he supports doing anything to make President Obama a one termer.
Over many months of negotiations, the administration committed to spending billion to do that over the next 10 years, and on Friday offered to chip in .1 billion more over the next five years. As a gesture of commitment, the White House had made sure extra money for modernization was included in the stopgap spending resolution now keeping the government operating, even though almost no other program received an increase in money. All told, White House officials counted 29 meetings, phone calls, briefings or letters involving Mr. Kyl or his staff. They said they thought they had given him everything he wanted, and were optimistic about completing a deal this week, only to learn about his decision on Tuesday from reporters.
Who is Jon Kyl?…What Is His Major Malfunction?….Was there a shortage of letters in the alphabet when he was named?
How is it that having 1,550 nuclear weapons (the number AFTER the treaty) is not enough? Because while the treaty would reduce nuclear weapons on both the U.S. and Russian sides, we would still obviously have more than enough to say, wipe any two continents off of the map immediately, and most likely the rest would die off from nuclear winter. Not to mention that reducing nuclear weapons means a reduction in spending, as nuclear weapons really don’t look after themselves.
The GOP says that they need to study the issue further, which of course is the standard phrase that they say now when they want to block something until such a time as when they are back in the majority and hold the White House, and then they can declare what a wonderful thing they have done when they pass the exact same idea off as their own.
While Jon Kyl, a Republican from Arizona has said he wanted to halt the treaty, another Republican at least realizes that hey – maybe it might be a good idea if we could actually monitor what happens to nuclear weapons in Russia.
Dick Lugar demands passage of New START Treaty. In doing so he proves that leadership in the GOP is not totally dead. There is still a weak spark of love of country and doing the right thing for the people. Click and view.
I think President Obama and the American people will win this one.
As John McCain has said many times “I can’t believe that guy beat me for president”. John really means it.
John has been on every side of every issue during his long stay in Washington but due to his poor and failing memory he thinks every one of his positions is brand new. Recently re-elected John has realized his dream of riding out his time as a Senator. He has found a place where his temper is tolerated and faulty memory is par for the course. As a GOP Star he has no responsibility for anything and can devote 100% of his time to partisan dirty deeds and naps.