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

Get Real

December 20th, 2010
4:01 pm

Mike R, Obozo has worked very closely with other world leaders by bowing to them and kissing their a$$!

HDB

December 20th, 2010
4:03 pm

williebkind
December 20th, 2010
3:58 pm

I know that….but the question is the COST of defense!!Compare the cost of one B-2 versus one Tomahawk….which can do the greatest damage cheaper??? How about $600 for a $7.95 toilet seat?? How about $1200 for a HP computer that one can buy for $625 from Best Buy!! It all adds up!!

james

December 20th, 2010
4:05 pm

HDB- exactly the point that is missed with “increased” taxes. We have a first class military (obviously) but our accounting would make enron accounting look good. We have become victims of our own success.

Really last word

December 20th, 2010
4:08 pm

Treaties aren’t worth the paper they are written on. As far CT’s opinion . . neither is it worth the paper it is written on.

short-bus christian

December 20th, 2010
4:12 pm

reagan was gay.

Gm

December 20th, 2010
4:14 pm

Get Real: Its call customs, when they come to our country they have to shake the President hand wich is not their custom, when you lived in hicks all your life you would not understand that.
I know seeing class and grace comming from a African American is hard for some you bigots and hicks in Georgia all of us dont play football and basketball and sing and dance for you.

Bob

December 20th, 2010
4:17 pm

This treaty is advocated by George H.W. Bush, Condoleeza Rice, Colin Powell, James Baker, Henry Kissinger, and many other republicans with extensive foreign policy experience. It has full support from all of our current military leaders. It has full support from our NATO allies. It has been publicly available for review since April and was submitted to the Senate for ratification in May, yet a few republican leaders think they need to look at it a little more. Politics are a joke in our country.

Atlas shrugging

December 20th, 2010
4:20 pm

C T you and BOOOOOkman should stick to subjects you actually know something about, oh wait, that would be nothing. Is it any wonder no one buys your liberal rag.

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:20 pm

Liberals are so funny…they don’t trust capitalists, but they do trust Soviet politicians…

Dave Bronx

December 20th, 2010
4:22 pm

The Republicans owned the Capital and the Whitehouse for 8 years called us unpatriotic for not going along with them on the Iraq and Aghan wars not to mention the big tax give aways to their rich friends.

The GOP and conservatives only see patriotism through their own eyes and everyone else is wrong (including the hack who wrote this article) even though they refuse to help 911 first responders or returning vets, they USED these people politically but when it comes time to help them for having sacrificed their health and lives the Republicans just don’t give a damn.

The Republicans only care about card carrying NRA members and members of the rich elite class who can pay to get them re-elected. The rest of us, veterans and tax paying citizens they’ve been trying to marginalize us since the Royal Reagan couple took office.

I honestly don’t understand what’s wrong with the Republicans. Compassionate Conservatism was the biggest lie and joke they ever told along with the lies to get us into the Iraq war.

We won’t forget their selfishness and greed come 2012, of course they have the advantage of being owned by FOX News, Murdoch and any lobbyist that will enrich their lives and now thanks to Bush STACKING the supreme court it’s going to be an uphill battle but eventually American citizens are going to see the GOP for the true colors or one would hope.

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:22 pm

Liberals are so funny…WalMart must be stopped ta all cost, but the Soviet nuclear missile threat is really no biggie…

smelly

December 20th, 2010
4:22 pm

“McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, have themselves followed the Rovian low road by questioning Obama’s patriotism.”–Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 26, 2008

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:24 pm

Hey Dave Bronx…as of Friday, that’s the Obama/Pelosi/Reid big tax giveaway to the rich.

Mary Elizabeth

December 20th, 2010
4:24 pm

HDB @ 3:57

The idea of curtailing nuclear weapons is not limited to Reagan or Obama, nor is it limited to Republican thought or Democratic thought. We arbitrarily set up polarizations, or “enemies,” where none need exist.

Mike R @ 3:59 p.m.

Yes, the shift has been made to Afghanistan from Iraq, and in Afghanistan, although our military is still there in order to keep Al Qaeda from regaining a stronghold, from Pakistan back to
Afghanistan, once again, President Obama has said that he does not plan to be in Afghanistan for years. He plans to bring home some troops as of July, 2011, if some progress has been made in strengthening Afghans. Even more troop withdrawal is planned for the months thereafter.
Diplomats throughout the world have noticed a change in style from President Bush to President Obama from a style that says,”You are with us or against us” to one that is trying to build a long- ranged communication pattern with other leaders that will allow for complex dialogue involving areas of mutual interests and common goals – financial as well as others. Style in this case is extremely important for communication to continue with positive impact, as Benjamin Franklin knew so well when he spent years building rapport with France to our benefit when France helped us, in the final hours, of the American Revolution defeat the British.

I must go now to get my final Christmas cards in the mail.

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:25 pm

Liberals are so funny…they call George W. Bush “Hitler” or “the world’s biggest terrorist” but feign outrage when anyone calls Obama un-patriotic.

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:28 pm

Mary Elizabeth…I don’t know whether to laugh at you, or feel sorry for you. Maybe I’ll just do both.

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:31 pm

Democrats, along with their willing accomplices/mouthpieces in the mainstream media, have been campaigning against “The Bush Tax Cuts” for going on 8 years now. Now that Obama/Pelosi/Reid have used their Democrat majorities in both houses to extend this tax policy for two additional years, they have taken ownership of this exact same policy. What will happen in the 2012 campaign season? Democrats will campaign against………..themselves? Inquiring minds want to know!!!

Mary Elizabeth

December 20th, 2010
4:31 pm

Harry Callahan @ 4:28 p.m.

Your words speak for you, as my words speak for me. I can say, unequivocally, that I do feel sorry for you.

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:33 pm

Mary Elizabeth…just so you know, EVERYBODY with an IQ north of 75 reads what you write, and laughs.

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:34 pm

…but don’t forget your Christmas card for AmSoc, er I mean AmVet…

james

December 20th, 2010
4:40 pm

received my annual exorbitantly wrong and high water bill- on hold now for 45 minutes which I know will end in them simply hanging up and going home.

I look forward to the gov’t getting more involved in my life.

Keyser Soze

December 20th, 2010
4:40 pm

Is this a reprint from The Onion? A hyper-partisan criticizing the other side for being hyper-partisan. Cynthia, history did not begin the day you got your job. There has never been a time, from 1789 until now, when partisans ON BOTH SIDES have not been “hyper-partisan, petty, petulant and unpatriotic” and willing to jeopardize ANYTHING to hurt the other side! You really think it was otherwise when Bush and Clinton were president? Get a clue!

Mary Elizabeth

December 20th, 2010
4:42 pm

Harry Callahan @ 4:33 and 4:34

As I said, your words speak for you. They do not speak for “EVERYBODY,” as you so blatantly would wish. Your sad spirit is obvious and is destructive – not only to others but to yourself.

ATL Guy

December 20th, 2010
4:43 pm

John McCain and Lindsey Graham had promised a vote on START if they White House would prevent Dont Ask Dont Tell from going forward. The White House turned down the deal and now the Republicans are determined to kill it no matter what. There is no philosophical differences between the parties on this Treaty. It just boils down to vindictiveness and pettiness on the part of the Republicans. They put party before country on this vote. Just like they did with the 9/11 Bill they only want to deny Obama any victories.

Lil' Barry Bailout

December 20th, 2010
4:47 pm

“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.”
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You lie. Many Republicans are opposed for valid, relevant reasons. One is that the treaty puts new limits on anti-missile defense. Seems the Idiot Messiah wants to give away the store.

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:48 pm

For a generation, Democrats have led their core constituency of can’t-think-for-themselves Dependocrats to believe that low taxes cause recession and high taxes give us prosperity. But now, with his presidency, his relevance, and indeed his legacy on the line, Obama has been forced to admit that raising taxes would cause a double-dip recession, and lowering taxes, ALL taxes, including payroll taxes, will stimuate the economy and help create jobs. What will REALLY be amusing, though, will be watching the spinmeisters like Bookman and Tucker come 2012, telling the willing liberal sheep that yes, low taxes were bad under Republicans, but then low taxes were good when Obama/Pelosi/Reid lowered them, but now will be bad again and we MUST re-elect Obama to stop these Republican giveaways to the rich. And the willing liberal sheeple on the left will go “Baa baa baa” right on down to the polls to vote for Obaam again…

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:49 pm

Thank you Mary Elizabeth…you run along back to the corral now, OK?

Get Real

December 20th, 2010
4:53 pm

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
12:39 pm

Been out running errands since my last post. After reading your response I would suggest you take a couple of deep breaths, perhaps take some meds and get off your soap box. If the treaty is in the best interest of the USA then it should be passed. If the Republicans stomewall when it is legitimate then that would be a major problem, but spare me the party of NO response as a catch all for everything.

Get Real

December 20th, 2010
4:55 pm

Get Real

December 20th, 2010
4:01 pm

Name Jacker, please do not speak for me….

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 20th, 2010
4:55 pm

Reagan broke the back of the Soviet Union by not negotiating missile defense with them at Reykjavik, so now obozo and his fellow socialist wannabes scurry about trying to rebuild our former enemies.

Does this surprise anyone?

And increasing the budget of a federal department is not the same as modernizing the US nuclear arsenal, though I suspect Queen Pinko knows this and is just talking down to her dullard liberal audience, who were like yeah, duh when they first read this trollop.

Just sayin…

Harry Callahan

December 20th, 2010
4:57 pm

When the Republicans held the White House, the Senate, and the House, weren’t Democrats the party of NO?

When conservatives try to speak at our colleges and universities, and they get shouted down by liberal extremists who would deny them their constitutional right to speak, aren’t THEY the party of NO?

simplythetruth

December 20th, 2010
4:57 pm

To enter into a START Treaty is nothing more than window dressing. One would have to make the assumption that all parties would behave responsibly and honorably. That lets both the U.S. and Russia have an automatic disqualification. Both parties cannot truthfully say that they trust each other. For example, since the breakup of the former Soviet Union, many reports, whether factual or not have been made questioning the full accountability of Russian nuclear materials and weaponry.
You don’t have a reasonable way of confirming the true compliance of either party. I don’t even trust our current government since they don’t even obey our own existing laws when it comes to our borders.Now, on top of just that, the current administration wants to “regulate” the internet and ram-through the “Fairness Doctrine”. When a government seeks to regulate and define what its citizens can view as “truth”, then an atmosphere condusive to totalitarianism can’t be far off.

Get Real

December 20th, 2010
5:05 pm

Get Real

December 20th, 2010
3:39 pm

Get another name pal, don’t steal mine

slade

December 20th, 2010
5:08 pm

The greatest generation has turned into a bunch of greedy old farts, the boomers are crying in their soon to be repossessed beemers, time for the gen x to show ‘em how it’s done.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 20th, 2010
5:11 pm

She Must Be a Nolabelist

* “McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, have themselves followed the Rovian low road by questioning Obama’s patriotism.”–Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 26, 2008
* “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.”–Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 20, 2010 -Taranto, WSJ

Cult of personality

December 20th, 2010
5:11 pm

Obama can do no wrong. Cynthia for once forgot to call the republicans racists. She must be losing her touch.

james

December 20th, 2010
5:14 pm

I report- one change “former enemies”- at least wouldn’t put them into the friendly bucket for a holiday ham

Thulsa Doom

December 20th, 2010
5:15 pm

Why would anybody in their right mind trust the community organizer to sign a nuclear arms treaty that would keep us safe? What on earth does a community organizer know about nuclear arms treaties. With our luck we will have about the same success in nuke arms treats with this incompetent as we do with his handling of the economy- which aint too good now is it? Change you can believe in- what a joke this guy is.

jeff

December 20th, 2010
5:26 pm

it’s clear that left and right have completely different views, so why don’t the far right religious zealots just split off and –Oh yeah, they tried that – AND LOST THE WAR. Because they were, essentially, too stupid to beat THE NORTH. So shut up and listen to your betters, fools. PSL Imagine what the south could have been – no scientists, no highways, no nuclear power, no computers, none of the government money from NY and CA that southern states rely on for all those non-productive government related jobs they have, just fools and their right wing ramblings like you see in most of these posts.

Honest Broker

December 20th, 2010
5:35 pm

From today’s Wall Street Journal Best of the Web:

She Must Be a Nolabelist

“McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, have themselves followed the Rovian low road by questioning Obama’s patriotism.”–Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 26, 2008

“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.”–Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Dec. 20, 2010

captain underpants

December 20th, 2010
5:35 pm

The ignorant born again redneck blogging brigade is out in full force. Bunch of know nothing chicken hawks.

Alfred Hussein Neuman

December 20th, 2010
5:36 pm

Cynthia the race baiter has spoken. Remeber when she wrote this? “McCain and his running mate, Sarah Palin, have themselves followed the Rovian low road by questioning Obama’s patriotism.”–Cynthia Tucker, Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Oct. 26, 2008

Only democrats, especially black ones, can question a person;s patriotism.

captain underpants

December 20th, 2010
5:37 pm

i report and honest broker should get a room.

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
5:38 pm

Ahhh…the new talking points must have just been issued to the wingnuts.

mr. sensitive

December 20th, 2010
5:46 pm

I thought there was something wrong when the Republicans accused Obama of being unpatriotic. Now, the author accuses the Republicans of being unpatriotic. Is Cynthia Tucker really a closet Republican?

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
5:53 pm

do tell us…what exactly was the commentary about on 10.26.2008 that meant McCain/Palin accused Obama as being unpatroitic….. a label flag or something other stupid “litmus” test.

Sorry, definitely not the same as holding up a vote on START because you want a political defeat. That is unpatriotic when it comes to the safety of the country. Let’s have a straight up and down vote.

Mary Elizabeth

December 20th, 2010
5:56 pm

Harry Callahan 4:49 p.m.

Just know that your words have no credence with me.

Anyone as small-minded and mean-spirited as you needs to be called out for the bully that you are.

I Report (-: You Whine )-: mmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Just sayin...

December 20th, 2010
5:58 pm

A Web site dedicated to “Full Marriage Equality” calls on supporters of the DADT repeal to consider

the men and women who risked their lives (and those who gave them) and endured so many things in service to their country, who haven’t been free to be who they really are and share their lives openly with the person or persons they love. Shouldn’t someone who risked their life for this county be able to marry someone of the same sex, or more than one person, or a biological relative? Or at least share a life with the person(s) he or she loves without a fear that their own government will be against them? Is bravery and valor negated if a man loves another man, or his long lost sister?

Aahhh, yes, and don’t forget farm animals.

ew

captain underpants

December 20th, 2010
5:59 pm

bush lied, people died.

Jack

December 20th, 2010
6:06 pm

These Republicans are beneath contempt…playing politics with our national security…..and include both of our Senators……….HELP!