Republicans’ unpatriotic resistance to New START

There is simply no modern precedent for the behavior of Republicans in the U.S. Senate. They are not only hyper-partisan, but they are also petty, petulant and unpatriotic, willing to jeopardize national security if they think they can hurt President Obama. Witness their growing resistance to a nuclear pact with Russia, the New START treaty.
The pact represents minimilist, mainstream downsizing of the nuclear weapons arsenals of the United States and Russia, a continuation of policies first envisioned by none other than Ronald Reagan. New START has been endorsed by every living secretary of state. That includes, obviously, Condoleezza Rice. George H.W. Bush has endorsed it.
But Republicans continue to come up with excuses, including an insistence that Obama is trying to “jam” the treaty through a lame duck session without giving them enough time to consider it. The treaty was signed by the U.S. and Russia in April; they’ve had months to read it.
Some Republicans, such as Jon Kyl of Arizona, claim the Obama administration hasn’t set aside enough money to modernize our remaining nuclear weapons. That, too, is nonsense, according to Linton Brooks, who ran the National Nuclear Security Administration under George W. Bush. Brooks said (via ThinkProgress)

you’ll hear concerns by some that the treaty may or may not be a good idea but you can’t possibly accept it because the U.S. nuclear weapons program is in disarray. And I think the administration’s answer to that is the fiscal 2011 budget with a very substantial increase for my former home, the National Nuclear Security Administration. And I will say flatly, I ran that place for five years and I’d have killed for that budget and that much high-level attention in the administration and I just – nobody in government ever said “my program has too much money” and I doubt that my successor is busy saying that. But he is very happy with his program and I think it does put us on a very firm, firm basis… I don’t think there’s any question this is in our interest and should be ratified.

So, what’s really going on with GOP opposition? They don’t want to give President Obama another victory (even if it also means a victory for the United States). There have been a few too many end-of-year stories written that depict Obama rising from the ashes, with the end of DADT and a stimulus package as a result of the tax deal.

As Mitch McConnell has said, his number one priority is making sure Obama doesn’t have a second term. He doesn’t care how much damage he does to the national interest in pursuing that goal.

435 comments Add your comment

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
9:42 am

Pea…you make absolutely no sense. You have self-defined 2 countries as the biggest threats with absolutely no basis in reality. And you have indicated, again without any logical basis or explanation, that the reductions in certain weapons to a lower level makes us more susceptible to an attack from 2 countries.

Frankly, I trust a lot of other people on these issues before I get too concerned about your unsupported “concerns”.

StJ

December 20th, 2010
9:43 am

As witnessed last month, the majority of the people voted against your policies. The new treaty as written has some serious drawbacks for the US.

Seriously…It’s difficult to win independents over to your side when you’re constantly calling people names like a petulant third grader.

JDW

December 20th, 2010
9:44 am

Peadawg

December 20th, 2010
9:37 am
“Keep, I just don’t see the point of this treaty since it has NOTHING to do with the 2 biggest threats in the world, Iran and North Korea. It seems kinda pointless(and stupid) and reduce missiles and launchers, which in turn will make us more susceptible to an attack from Iran or North Korea.”

I think the point is that being able to verify and monitor the largest, and somewhat unsecure, nuclear arsenal in the world is a good thing.

John

December 20th, 2010
9:44 am

“unpatriotic” so says the socialist.

Peadawg

December 20th, 2010
9:45 am

“You have self-defined 2 countries as the biggest threats with absolutely no basis in reality.”

My apologies. How about the biggest nuclear threats?

Darko

December 20th, 2010
9:46 am

I love how Tucker uses the same “unpatriotic” trick she lambasted Bush for using. How sad.

retired early

December 20th, 2010
9:46 am

GOP= party first…country second.

Ragnar Danneskjöld

December 20th, 2010
9:48 am

Dear jconservative @ 9:35, Merry Christmas. I note two fatal flaws in your argument.

(1) “Either the former Secretaries of State are correct or they are fools. If you believe fools, you probably also believe they were appointed by presidents who were fools.” You know that is a false equation. We could perhaps agree that foolishness is a prerequisite for all Secretaries of State, a mindless and unhistoric belief in the virtues of negotiation. Every generation, for 150 years, believed it negotiated an end to war, only to find the negotiations led directly to a war. Despots use negotiations to trick the foolish into a unilateral disarming, and of course the foolish try to kick the football every time. As Mr. Chamberlain advised us all, “I have his signature on this paper.”

(2) You magnify the significance of secretaries of state endorsing something. You surely realize no conservative makes decisions according to endorsement by celebrities – that is strictly a leftist behavior. We actually read the treaties, as if the words mean something.

Steve

December 20th, 2010
9:49 am

What is with “granny godzilla”, Is it her full time job to defend CT?

Darwin

December 20th, 2010
9:50 am

I love the right wingnuts who blog here. “socialist”, “liberal”, “pink commies” – you get the idea. How sophmoric. BTW – University of Maryland has determined that devotees of Faux News are the most misinformed bunch of people when it comes to current events. Oh really? That’s a surprise. Just look at this blog and you can understand. You know, if Al Gore had been president when 9/11 happened, what do you think the Republican response would have been? You think these people would have supported our president like was done with W? I sincerely doubt it. They take every opportunity to boost their base no matter what. Gee, now that’s a surprise.

B Cosby

December 20th, 2010
9:51 am

Oppose Obama- Unpatriotic
Oppose Obama- Racist
Oppose Obama- Cracker
oppose Obama- Petty
Oppose Obama= Petulant
That should pretty much cover Tucker for the remainder of the week. Take the rest of the holidays finding other excuses for the Obama the Great Failer, CT.

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
9:53 am

With some prominent Republicans angry over passage of legislation ending the ban on gay men and lesbians serving openly in the military, the mood in the Senate turned increasingly divisive and Mr. Obama and Democratic lawmakers scrambled to hold together a coalition to approve the treaty

Republicans…. “we dont care about the country, we want to pout.”

Mystified

December 20th, 2010
9:53 am

I didn’t realize Russia was our threat. It seems to me we should be dealing with current threats not a has been superpower. Why would we handcuff ourselves with this treaty with Russia when our nuclear threats are with North Korea, Iran, and the growing animosity between Pakistan and India? Is it just to give Obama a victory? Really? Isn’t that like signing a peace treaty with Mexico during WW2?

Nothing Is Free

December 20th, 2010
9:54 am

Keep Up

From the basement

- -Ahh the false persecution card. “Non-beleivers” dont hate the fact that “Christians love Christmas”. Many “believers” do dislike the commercial overtones of what to them is to be religious holiday.- -

We were discussing the musical aspect yesterday, but now you want to talk about the commercial aspect. I suppose if the atheist were a merchant, the commercial side of Christmas would be the only part he likes.

- – “Non-believers” who are not Christian may dislike that Christmas used to be thrown out there without recognition of other holidays that are as meaning to them as yours is to you.- –

You can celebrate any holiday that you can dream up. There just happens to be a few billion people that already celebrate this particular holiday so it does get rather big. Deal with it.

- -And non-beleivers and many believers do hate when you try to impose Christmas or Christian believes into government, the courts, the schools, etc.- -

You have it backwards. Religion has always been a part of our justice system. It has been the constant attempts at taking it out of our courts that have been yet another whining point for people who want a court system based more on political ideology than moral ideology.

- -Few, if any, have ever said you are not welcome to your believes….just stop trying to force others to participate in “Christmas”, silent prayers, overt prayers, religious symbols on government property or any other number of silly things.- -

You are being forced to pray? Please, call 9-11 if you are afraid. And it’s a little late to worry about that religious symbol thing. Christian /Judea symbols are already all over our court buildings, especially the halls of the supreme court.

- -“I have found that most homosexual men have simply not emotionally matured past adolescence where everything is sexual.” — frankly I think that reflects your own immaturity and prejudice.- -

Frankly I don’t think that you, a person who regularly gather all your imaginary enemies in groups and despairing the entire group, carries the credibility to make judgements about my opinions. And strangely enough, I share that belief with a life long gay friend; so is he also prejudice, or just me?

- -You have not met “most homosexual men” to even be a judge.- -

And you have not met all Republicans, but that certainly does stop your incessant whining.

- -But hey, let’s judge heterosexuals by the likes of those who attend strip clubs or the sexual maturity of Howard Stern and his listeners. Let’s judge most marketing people by the sexuality portrayed in their marketing. You may want to learn about that grubby twigs and berry in your face and tell me about the maturity level of sanctimonius marketing people.- -

This part of your post is extremely reveling. I deal with marketing demographics every day in my work. You solidly just put yourself in the 15-25 year old demographic. I would never give a thought to AXE or Howard Stern. I get marketing for mutual funds and buying gold. The lack of education, art, culture and common manners by your demographic is hardly an issue that concerns me. Most of you wouldn’t know the difference between Bach and Shotakovich and that lack of education is reflected in your media, as you more than clearly pointed out.

Question

December 20th, 2010
9:55 am

Reaching once again CT? Perhaps you can answer how have we gotten to this point where we are debating important issues with just days left before the new year? Perhaps you recall the Democrats have been in charge of Congress for FOUR years and have had little problem in the past 2 years “jamming” other damaging boondoogles down our throats…

luangtom

December 20th, 2010
9:56 am

Have people reading the AJC been seeing history and remembering ALL of those treaties signed in the past? Exactly how many have been true to their word and actually stopped the parties signing from doing anything against the protocols outlined in the treaty? If any of the parties were caught breaking the treaty, exactly what were the consequences for the offending party? Yes, that is correct. NOTHING. No sanctioning-body meted out punishment, no UN sanctions with any effect were implemented and no one wanted to upset the parties even more. Most of these treaties are just “feel-good” works of prose meant to placate the bleeding-hearts. The treaties of the past with the Soviet Union. Red China, Korea, Libya and all of the rest certainly have done nothing to alleviate the world’s troubles and concerns. Do YOU trust Putin and the rest to abide by the treaties? Do you trust the US government to abide by the treaties?

Mystified

December 20th, 2010
9:56 am

Keep…
What on earth do the Republicans have to pout about? They are kicking the dems butt at every corner. Losing State houses, losing the house, losing a supermajority,

Your policies don’t work…America sees it and is acting accordingly. They are saying no.

are there no prisons; are there no workhouses?

December 20th, 2010
9:56 am

Just don’t cancel the funding for the Doomsday machine.

Joel Edge

December 20th, 2010
9:57 am

Darwin@9:50
“if Al Gore had been president when 9/11 happened”
“You think these people would have supported our president like was done with W?”
I suspect there would have been little to support. Since we’re guessing here. Saddam would still been power. We wouldn’t be in Afghanistan. Maybe (at most) a few air and Tomahawk strikes in training camps or aspirin factories. Condemnation of the terrorist and clean up the mess. End of story.

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
9:59 am

Nonsense child…do try to grow up. We’ve moved on from your nonsense from yesterday. This is a blog about START today.

Avenger

December 20th, 2010
10:01 am

Dawg. “Ya the “word of the month” is unpatriotic. First the GOP was racist, then bigots. I can’t keep track of the words Cynthia uses to describe the GOP” It is what it is..

Alpha23

December 20th, 2010
10:01 am

Who cares what you think!!!!

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Starring Kam Fong as Chin Ho

December 20th, 2010
10:04 am

Alas CT, it is Christmas and still the venom and vitriol flows. I honestly didn’t expect anything more. Merry Christmas anyway.

Nothing Is Free

December 20th, 2010
10:04 am

Keep up

Just as I expected. The attention span of most adolescents are extremely short.

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
10:05 am

Nonsense…another childish pout and demand for attention. Please do grow up.

wtf?

December 20th, 2010
10:05 am

CT-you have actually made a good point here. Although, extra harshly worded, the Reps, are stalling this long overdue treaty so Obama can’t take credit for it’s passing. They have no valid excuse other than business as usual D.C. politics.

That’s why I’m an equal opportunity offender, dems and reps are both snakes in the grass.(and the libritarian and tea partyers have their own dirty politics as well)

Good Grief

December 20th, 2010
10:06 am

Keep Up et al -

I’m all for reductions in arms, if it makes sense. Right now, with the seemingly headlong rush into nuclear proliferation seen in Iran, and with North Korea testing bombs underground, and with India and Pakistan always glaring at each other across the border, I cans ee why it makes sense for us to call Russia and say we’ll cut down our arsenal if you cut down yours.

I sometimes wish I could buy into this liberal ideal that negotiation and appeasement actualyl work, but then I remember that I took History classes in college and it was there that I learned that negotiation and appeasement rarely work the way you wish they would. Negotiation may postpone the inevitable, but appeasement merely whets the appetite of the dictator.

A Lumpkin Resident

December 20th, 2010
10:07 am

In the month of December, Cynthia Tucker has been wrong about 1) Don’t ask don’t tell and 2) extending unemployment benefits, two issues she derided Republicans about and was WRONG within weeks. This is not a “patriotic” issue. The DEMOCRATS have had eight months to take up the issue, and now in the last three day of the session the Republicans are “unpatriotic”. What a crock of horse squeeze. There is nothing about START that has to be taken up in three days, and there is nothing about START that is “patriotic” or otherwise. This issue will be resolved. If this is all you can come up with as a topic, Cynthia, you are grasping for straws.

granny godzilla

December 20th, 2010
10:08 am

Dave

December 20th, 2010
10:08 am

Funny, I thought Hillary Clinton stated (or more accurately, screeched) that disagreeing with the current administration was the patriotic thing to do… guess that’s only when you disagree with a Republican adminstration.

Don

December 20th, 2010
10:08 am

Ms. Tucker, don’t you dare start the “unpatriotic” business again – this treaty was crafted specifically to give President Obama that “victory” you talk about with little or no regard as to whether it will actually accomplish its object. For the left it’s better to appear to do something rather than to actually do something.

wtf?

December 20th, 2010
10:09 am

If you do some digging, you’ll see everyone who is anyone on both sides of the house/senate has endorsed this very meaningful treaty in the past, then everyone put the brakes on it while they figured out how to get the most political capital out of it.

Pass the darn thing already

ajcs

December 20th, 2010
10:09 am

my prior comment is awaiting moderation i think because it contained a link to a news article describing the wikileaks documents.

Nothing Is Free

December 20th, 2010
10:11 am

Keep Up

You seemed to be pretending to be able to discuss issues and to control your emotions, but I see you are back to normal today.

Perhaps staying on the meds for more than a day would have been a better idea for you.

But good luck to you today. it’s already getting ugly for you. Several tantrums by you, already. Others are trying to treat you like an adult and you are the little twit, stomping your feet and calling others names.

So sad.

JKL2

December 20th, 2010
10:11 am

Darwin- You know, if Al Gore had been president when 9/11 happened, what do you think the Republican response would have been? You think these people would have supported our president like was done with W?

Yes, they would have tried to supported the president. Unfortunately. President Gore would have done nothing in response the way Clinton did nothing in response to attacks against our country. Hard to support “do nothing” as a policy when you’re being attacked.

I’m sure the obama policy of “apologize and throw money at them” will continue to win over the hearts of the world.

ajcs

December 20th, 2010
10:12 am

“keep up the good fight” – yeah, since START was so fantastic, why then did the US need to try to negotiate a secret and publicly denied deal with Russia? oh yeah, cause the treaty is aweful and they know it. Wikileaks exposed these discussions. the US has been trying to deal around START to maintain its nuclear deterrence capabilities. Russia has been hesitant to do so.

If the administration knows this is a pile of dung and both hillary clinton and Gates both lied before the senate, why are people like Cynthia defending it? oh yeah, forgot, to do otherwise would be racist and unpatriot. My bad.

The truth shall set you free…from your progressive tendencies.

Ed

December 20th, 2010
10:12 am

Personally, I can’t wait until the GOP takes over everything and the entire country collapses around them. The GOP wants a one-party-rule, conservative, pure-capitalistic government right here in America. Sounds a lot like China. Except they are far too greedy to have the success at it that the Chinese have, so welcome to Third World America, home of the GOP. It’s gonna happen sooner than later, too.

George W

December 20th, 2010
10:13 am

Ctucker….wake up you are still dreaming wake up! You are right, it is unpatriotic to not want to diminish our arms so that the playing tables of warfare are more “even” in world. This is just like Obama’s socialist world views. Lets make everyone even….doesnt makes sense.

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
10:14 am

I sometimes wish I could buy into this liberal ideal that negotiation and appeasement actualyl work

Please do explain this “appeasement” which apparently so many Republicans have participated in and continue to participate in. Be very specific. Which countries have been taken over? Which Republicans have come out and said that this treaty is absolutely wrong and not just that they dont like the negotiated terms or that they have not “read” the treaty.

retired early

December 20th, 2010
10:14 am

America has 140 nuclear submarines. It would take just one Trident sub to destroy EVERY city in the entire Northern Hemisphere. Each sub has more firepower than all the bombs used in WW II…. TIMES THREE !!!
Now, who on this blog said something stupid about this START treaty compromising our ability to defend ourselves…People, if you don’t know what you are talking about…. do us all a favor and just SHUT UP!!!

wtf?

December 20th, 2010
10:15 am

ED, you’re a complete fool. It’s obvious you know less than nothing about Chinese or American history

George W

December 20th, 2010
10:18 am

Retired….you are exaderrating that fact that ONE Trident Sub can destry every city in the Northern Hemisphere. They are very powerful but not that much!

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
10:21 am

Nonsense….childish behavior and demanding attention time and time again does not mean your nonsense and lies have any greater import. You just hate it when you cant keep up with the adult conversation.

Kamchak

December 20th, 2010
10:22 am

Saying Republicans question the patriotism of Democrats during the Bush administration (when they NEVER did) and then now calling Republicans unpatriotic for not supporting the treaty.

You really wanna go there, sport?

From Ann Coulter’s 2003 book Treason:

Fifty Years of Treason

Liberals have a preternatural gift for striking a position on the side of treason. You could be talking about Scrabble and they would instantly leap to the anti-American position. Everyone says liberals love America, too. No they don’t. Whenever the nation is under attack, from within or without, liberals side with the enemy. This is their essence.

You did specifically use the word “Republican,” so do you wish to argue that Ann Coulter isn’t a Republican?

Good Grief

December 20th, 2010
10:22 am

Keep Up –
Allow me to apologize for the exaggeration. I forgot once again that a liberal may say anthing they want without fear of reprisal, but a conservative must offer heavily detailsed citation to support their point of view.

Darwin

December 20th, 2010
10:22 am

So, you guys think that our policies in Iraq and Afghanistan has been a success? BTW – what does Iraq have to do with 9/11? Oh well, I guess you prove the second point of my blog. You watch too much Faux News. Oh, and I guess we wouldn’t have had such a deficit. Oh right, that Obama’s fault.

ajcs

December 20th, 2010
10:23 am

funny how the dems keep blaming the repubs for their failures. hey CT, unless i am mistaken, dont the dems have a supermajority currently in the senate. if they wanted to pass it, they could, but they know that not all dems are for the treaty as well.

give me a break. how does it feel to know that according to the latest polling, the percentage of american people considering themselves liberals are coming close to an all historic low. good job, pelosi. at least some people realize that the party of handouts, amnesty and prostration is worthless.

Concerned veteran

December 20th, 2010
10:23 am

I think this treaty should be a priority…Why stockpile masses of weapons if the ones we do have remaining would do the job…On a small scale, I mean…
As far as President Obama being re-elected to a second term…There is little chance of that happening…VERY little….

Nothing's homie.

December 20th, 2010
10:24 am

I like a little pepper with my salt. That’s all us conservatives are saying about the treaty.

Mr Obama: where’s the pepper?