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.

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False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR)

December 20th, 2010
1:54 pm

CT: You are once again right on target. Please continue to do what you do and keep calling these suckers out!!! The GOP is all about party (and POWER) before people. And just wait until Darryl Issa gets subpeona power next year. The GOP will absolutely implode under the weight of thier ruthless dysfunction. Thier continued efforts to discredit, disrespect and dishonor the ofice and this president will result in an easy 2012 re-election for Obama.

ronald

December 20th, 2010
1:55 pm

“That said, it is fun to watch Cynthia devolve into lunacy after her comrades got drubbed in the last election. The American people are sending a clear message of rejection to her beloved President”

Dave- The voters TRIED to send a clear message that they wanted the deficit to shrink. However, since that election, both the Republicans and Democrats alike have agreed on 2 HUGE measures that take our country in the OPPOSITE direction. Unemployment benefits should have been shortened and tax breaks should have expired. Instead, our Congress voted for the reverse. Don’t kid yourself into thinking that this is a 1-party problem. The GOP in this lame-duck session are equally responsible as their Democratic brethren when it comes to bloating our deficit.

George W

December 20th, 2010
1:56 pm

False…you are right! HAHA THAT IS WHY THE DEMS JUST GOT WHIPPED IN THE MID TERMS!

Scout

December 20th, 2010
2:03 pm

Quote of the Day:

Native guide to Ramar of the Jungle …………

“Drums talk. Say we not welome here. Leave now.”

Gm

December 20th, 2010
2:07 pm

George W: Once again another white man telling the wrong history: Blacks in America are decedent of Africa.
When most white Americans trace their history they are not from this country.
Ronald: The only problem with CT when will she learn southern whites do not care if Obama droped unemploment to 0 and save the world in their eyes he is still African America and the only place he should be is playing sports and entertaining them.
History wil show he will be the greatest President ever.

Mala Cori

December 20th, 2010
2:07 pm

Cynthia’s article today was a bore.

Time to focus on the next leader and get excited about the future. I’m liking Herman Cain. He has what Obama (and others) lack on their resumes: Military experience, corporate leadership (and success), strategic thinking (based on his experience in turning failing copmanies around), and overall executive experience. We really need to look at what skills are required for the job of a U.S. president have and match it with a person’s resume. We need to stop buying into celebrity smoke and mirrors. The two most important skills of a US president require him/her to (1) lead our military and (2) our economy. Obmama has never served in the military nor has he ever implemented a successful budget or lead a business. Issues like health care and education should be handled at the state level (like MA which has it’s own healthcare law, and NJ which is overhualing their own educational system).

kevinbgoode

December 20th, 2010
2:09 pm

Well, of course. . .the Party of NO. . .which represents the elite, isn’t interested in America beyond recognition of the country as a place to charge convenience fees at will.

George W

December 20th, 2010
2:12 pm

Gm….wrong again….I am black. I also have a white friend from South Africa. She is African American.

George W

December 20th, 2010
2:13 pm

Gm….your “greatest president” of all time will not make it past 2012.

Good Grief

December 20th, 2010
2:19 pm

Gm – Thanks for not answering my questions. Shows that you are very skilled in the art of dodging.

SissyLou

December 20th, 2010
2:23 pm

Cynthia Tucker is an idiot. I wonder if she used her moronic rhetoric when the Democrats filibustered and stonewalled every single one of Bush’s initiatives?

The Educated One

December 20th, 2010
2:28 pm

This MORON in office is not about victory for the US, as his Socialist Agenda is the only concern that he will ever have. What concerns me CT is why would you or any other American blindly follow anyone that wants to raise TAXES and redistribute wealth? This guy has done ZERO in his short time in office. He will go down as one of the worst presidents along with Carter. BTW, lynnie gal, if you want to play the race card, start with your boy Barry as his comments and his affliations are all with racists people. At least the Republican Party does not want to raise everyone’s taxes and continue to spend us into more debt.

The Socialist is gone in 2012!

Enough Said!

False Evidence Appearing Real (FEAR)

December 20th, 2010
2:36 pm

George W: I believe several factors tie into the midterm results, namely the current state of the economy. The first stimulus wasn’t big enough and not making a public statement in saying so was an early mistake made by this administration. According to some conservative and liberal economists, Obama’s pushing and passing of the 2nd stimulus last week should result in measurable relief over the next year or so.

Another factor of the midterm results had to do with public perception. Obama passed more significant legislation during his first 18 months than George Bush did in his entire 8 years. I’m hopeful that this administration will overhaul thier communication machine and deploy hardcore surrogates capable of knocking down the constant flow of venomous policy-related disinformation and downright lies that spew from the right.

I’m also hopeful that independants and democrats will get out and vote enmasse after they’ve had two years to witness the shenanigans of a GOP-lead House.

splink

December 20th, 2010
2:38 pm

Okay Cynthia, quit your waaawaaa, take your thumb out of your mouth and listen. Americans have noticed that on a regular basis Obama has not been for American strength or wealth in his global vision. The Repubs and the majority of Americans feels differently about it. We feel that if the world perception of us is strong, most of the naughty boys will leave us alone. Now, under Obama’s START (and, make no mistake, it IS Obama’s START), we will be weakening our defenses. Now the sad part about Repubs voting against this, and possibly being able to stop it in its’ tracks, is that it will require saving the butts of citizens like you who do not feel that America should be perceived as strong. Now sit down, shut up and let us clean up the mess you and your comrades have made. Got it?

George W

December 20th, 2010
2:40 pm

False….simply passing legislation does not mean that it is good for the American people. Obamas ideas are socialistic and scary to most Americans.

mala cori

December 20th, 2010
2:55 pm

Enter your comments here

Gary Donehoo

December 20th, 2010
2:57 pm

Girl, you are a liberal fool.

Mary Elizabeth

December 20th, 2010
3:02 pm

splink @ 2:38

“Now sit down, shut up and let us clean up the mess you and your comrades have made. Got it?”

These words of yours exemplify “strength?” I don’t think so.

Gm

December 20th, 2010
3:02 pm

George W: Yes he will be the greatest of all time, saved America from the great depression.
Once again please stop using the word socialistic go visit a socialist country before you throw it out there I have.
I am sure the 2 million Americans who now have a little money from unemployment will disagree with you, this great President has done more for America in two years then Clinton, Bush combined. Continue to stay with the party of satan, I am sticking with the man who cares about middle class and sick kids who has no health care.

Def Lep

December 20th, 2010
3:06 pm

Damn Straight! We want Barry Obama’s policies to fail.

George W

December 20th, 2010
3:07 pm

Obama cares about damning American business. Giving free rides to the lower class and fooling the middle class into thinking he cares. Unemployment rates have gone up under this president. Things are getting worse. Care to look at the deficit?

TnGelding

December 20th, 2010
3:11 pm

I think they’ve misplayed their hand this time. What good are weapons you can’t use? Trust, verify and destroy.

Good Grief

December 20th, 2010
3:12 pm

But, George W, Gm told us that it’s Bush’s faul that things are so bad. He’s a liberal, so I thought we could believe him…

uga63

December 20th, 2010
3:14 pm

@Mary Elizabeth 1:25 — I can see the forest all right; I can assure you of that. Unnecessary quotation marks aside, equal support on your part for both non-proliferation and arms reduction treaties as tantamounts means whereby “weapons of mass destruction would be minimized” speaks volumes. I would posit that your fundamental viewpoint is that nuclear weapons are awful devices that should therefore be eliminated in their entirety…with the US taking the lead by way of unilateral disarmament of course. If I am wrong in my assessment, please correct me. Nevertheless, that viewpoint (or any similar variation) is absurd. Your last paragraph careens into utopian fantasy whereby the liberal believes that negotiating with aggressive and/or irrational states is prudent and pragmatic. I would love to hear your opinion as to how a singular superpower (united citizenry or not) willfully weakening herself (as in the case of the US voluntarily lessening their military capability via START) promotes peace and tranquility. That line of thinking is tantamount to thinking that a Russian counterbalance to the US’ (currently) sole superpower status is a good thing…which I suppose is…if you’re a non-US citizen.

granny godzilla

December 20th, 2010
3:16 pm

so I see the un-American avtivities are continuing….

shame on you people, shame, shame , shame

the people support this, the people get this and they are watching you
faux patriots and keeping notes…..

George W

December 20th, 2010
3:16 pm

Good Grief…..sure go ahead and believe GM. hahah

TnGelding

December 20th, 2010
3:17 pm

With this latest stimulus package happy days are indeed here again. We’ll know in a few years if it was worth it. I’d rather just go ahead and bite the bullet now.

You naysayers need to start watching C-NBC instead of listening to Rush. It is rather depressing to see someone different from you excel, tho, isn’t it? And with liberal policies, yet!

George W

December 20th, 2010
3:19 pm

TnGelding…..you are right spend spend spend with no budget in sight!

George W

December 20th, 2010
3:20 pm

TnGelding….hmmmm what other class of Americans seems to always spend without having budgets.

Democrats – party of the poor
Repubs – party of the rich

williebkind

December 20th, 2010
3:21 pm

Why should not socialist want to treaty up with socialists. That makes perfect sense but it is not for me. Why should we agree to make ourselves less so others can equal us. Now that is liberal philosophy!

TnGelding

December 20th, 2010
3:25 pm

We libs have our share of rich, and our share of pols that support the rich. The GOP didn’t have the guts to pay for the bigger government it gave us; Homeland Security, Medicare Part D. Iraq war, Afghanistan war. How many trillions of deficit spending is that over 10 years?

Gm

December 20th, 2010
3:29 pm

George W, Ever heard of Corporate welfare:
So when business asked for bail out, would that not be corporate welfare? Does that money come from the tax payers.
This is whats wrong with you hypocrites Rep you can not call it what it is.
Once again tell the 2 million families who will be getting unemployment because of job lay off they dont need it, this is why I say this is the pary of satan.

George W

December 20th, 2010
3:32 pm

Gm….you mean the people who think 99 weeks of unemployment is not enough? Atleast Satan has a job….I cant say as much for these scumbags.

HDB

December 20th, 2010
3:39 pm

The Educated One
December 20th, 2010
2:28 pm

” At least the Republican Party does not want to raise everyone’s taxes and continue to spend us into more debt.”

Better review that idiom:

1) Reagan passed a tax INCREASE in 1982; quadrupled the deficit in his first term
2) GHWB – “Read my lips…no new taxes……and then another tax increase”
3) GWB – Scheduled tax INCREASE in January 2011; spending off-the-books for two wars; unfunded mandates for NCLB and Medicare Part D……..

It’s the Republican Party that PUT this nation in the debt that it’s in!!

Get Real

December 20th, 2010
3:39 pm

Yeah, let’s take down our missle defense system, do away with our missles, bombs, military and trust Russia! Nikita Kruschev once said they would bury America without firing a shot! I guess he knew the mentality and thinking of all Dimocrats and he could count on them electing a looser like Obozo and destroying America!

Mike R

December 20th, 2010
3:42 pm

Cynthia I would love to negotiate a deal with you. You just lay down and agree to anything. In a world that listens only to power I’m not thinking it’s the best time to deal with Russia on nuclear arms. They are one of the last governments I would trust. Their in bed with Iran and I wouldn’t trust Putin or his sidekick Medvedev as far as I can spit. We all know who runs that country, Putin, who happens to be ex-KGB. I’m happy Cynthia isn’t in the White House!!

And this is getting even more hilarious when we are calling Republicans unpatriotic. That’s the first time I’ve heard that one, still can’t stop laughing…

HDB

December 20th, 2010
3:47 pm

Get Real
December 20th, 2010
3:39 pm

“Yeah, let’s take down our missle defense system, do away with our missles, bombs, military and trust Russia! Nikita Kruschev once said they would bury America without firing a shot! I guess he knew the mentality and thinking of all Dimocrats and he could count on them electing a looser like Obozo and destroying America!”

If you actually attempted to understand what Khrushchev was stating……he was intending to force the US to divert so much capital into defense spending that it would cause economic collapse. Although Reagan’s spending caused the collapse of the Soviet Union, it also planted the seeds for this nation’s economic problems. If you look at THAT aspect…. Khrushchev almost succeeded……he began the journey that we as a nation must find a way to extricate itself from!! If you noted the INCREASE in defense spending under REPUBLICANS…….you can see where the destruction of America can generate itself!! Eisenhower warned us about the military-industrial complex…and its main purpose is to keep feeding the arms monster!!

granny godzilla

December 20th, 2010
3:48 pm

We are not callin ALL republicans unpatriotic….just the ones that are.

you know the ones, the ones for whom the security of our nation is
soooooo much less important than a GOP victory.

They are indeed – unpatriotic.

Mike R

December 20th, 2010
3:50 pm

HDB

December 20th, 2010
3:47 pm

Defense spending has very little to do with the deficit so your all wrong on that one…

Tom Middleton

December 20th, 2010
3:50 pm

Of course START will keep nukes out of the hands of terrorists, and of course there are Republicans opposing it for selfish political gain. Didn’t Mitch McConnell already tell us he wants a Republican president in 2012, any way he can get him?

Let’s hope they both are reveling in the White House when Al Qaeda lights up Washington with a loose nuke, instead of off negotiating a new treaty for which they can take the credit!

HDB

December 20th, 2010
3:51 pm

George W
December 20th, 2010
3:20 pm

“TnGelding….hmmmm what other class of Americans seems to always spend without having budgets.

Democrats – party of the poor
Repubs – party of the rich”

Can we agree that neither side budgets well…….

Democrats — party of the poor: Poor people don’t have enough money to budget….just barely subsisting

Republicans – party of the rich: Rich people have so MUCH money that they don’t HAVE to budget!!

Mary Elizabeth

December 20th, 2010
3:53 pm

uga63 @ 3:14 p.m.

Your remarks are full of misconceptions and sweeping generalities about how I think regarding nuclear weapons or the interaction of the U.S. with other world powers.

Here are my words on Dec. 17, 1:25 p.m., from Jay Bookman’s blog. My words, below, better describe my thought processes regarding how world peace might better be pursued. The other specifics of your questions to me, I do not care to address this afternoon. I simply will say, however, that I trust the evolved consciousness of President Obama pragmatically to seek peace – to the extent that his lost world might find a way to redeem itself.

“Read Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech again, in full, or the speech he made in Cairo just before the young people in Iran rebelled at their having to live in an undemocratic government, when the beautiful young woman, Neda, was killed on the streets of Iran.

Obama’s ideas are “radical” in the best sense because they change the consciousness of the world for the better. Jesus Christ was “radical” in this sense though He was hardly political. (And no, I am not comparing Obama to Christ – for some readers out there.) However, I am saying that a radical changer does not have to be an overt activist. Again, the former Prime Minister of England, Gordon Brown, was highly impressed by Obama and called him “a great president with a great heart.” Gordon Brown got to know Obama at the 2009 G-20 conference with world leaders. Obama was one of those world leaders. His style, concern for all others at that conference, and intellect were as impacting on the world and its change, as marching in the streets would have been 50 years ago. His is a subtle mind and a finely-tuned mind, as I have said here before. Even with those traits, the forceful, Bill O’Reilly, said of Obama that he (I paraphrase) had a core of steel. This was after O’Reilly interviewed Obama.

If the world is to change from radically “lurching from crisis to crisis” to a more sane approach to a global mindset reality, in common with globalization, it is good that we have the caliber of mind and style of Obama’s which may be able – through working with world leaders in other G-20 forums – to shift the “reality” of interaction on this globe to a kinder and more stable approach. One, today, must learn to work with others for common goals. The more on board, the more the exceptions, like Ahmadinejah, will be left to the minorities of how to work with others, and will fade out in influence, hopefully, in this paradigm shift of a new world approach to peace and mutual financial interests on Earth through the majority of world leaders following someone like Obama’s more just lead.”

Get Real

December 20th, 2010
3:54 pm

(4) Obozo, Pelosi and Reid rammed Obozocare down America’s throats and futher increased the deficit!

(5) Cash for clunkers – increase in deficit

(6) You might want to check dificit figures before and after Obozo! Think you will find he has added much more to the dificit, unemployment, driven down the economy, housing market, foreclosures, etc., etc. while taking lavish vacations, golf outings and hobnobbing with celebraties!

HDB

December 20th, 2010
3:55 pm

Mike R
December 20th, 2010
3:50 pm

Actually, defense spending DOES have a good deal to do with deficit spending!! Having been in procurement, the cost overruns on certain military equipment, the overpricing of vendors on military contracts: those appropriations INCREASE on the average of 7% a year!! When you add defense appropriations to domestic spending…it ALL adds up!! The shortfall has to be made up somehow!!

james

December 20th, 2010
3:55 pm

Always interesting to read the Reagan bashers. He had us run the USSR into bankruptcy and avoid ww111 by outspending them. A few presidents since could have learned a listen on the full financial and human cost of ward. I was channel surfing over the weekend and big ol’ michael moore and melissa etheridge still cry about the wall coming down. What president was that? Was that jimmy? It wasn’t jimmy was it- he is still trying to free those darn hostages.

williebkind

December 20th, 2010
3:57 pm

We are going to get nuked someday! The liberals have waged war on America on the home front and in other countries. The damage is done. We can only have the assurance that we will not go out alone.

HDB

December 20th, 2010
3:57 pm

Mary Elizabeth
December 20th, 2010
3:53 pm

Many here have also forgotten that there was a President who stated as part of his mission was the total eradication of all nuclear weapons; his name: RONALD WILSON REAGAN!!

Is Obama attempting to move forward on Reagan’s dream??? Hmmmmm…………………………

williebkind

December 20th, 2010
3:58 pm

HDB

December 20th, 2010
3:55pm
The constitution demands we have a Navy. That is defense.

Mike R

December 20th, 2010
3:59 pm

MARY ELIZABETH

December 20th, 2010
3:53 pm

Can you explain better what Obama has done to create peace in the world? From what I gather he is handling the Middle East in the same fashion as Bush. The war now has shifted to Afghanistan where Obama has sent more and more troops over the last year or so. Can you be specific on how Obama has worked closer with world leaders to promote peace?? Our relationship with other countries hasn’t changed in any way since Bush left besides maybe being worse with a few. You seem like an Obama lover and you see things that really aren’t happenning.

Get Real

December 20th, 2010
4:00 pm

Somehow, I don’t remember any Dimocratic President that had balls in my generation! Oh, and Bill Clinton don’t count because someone else had his balls!