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

captain underpants

December 20th, 2010
6:10 pm

you can lead a conservative to knowledge, but you can’t make them think.

Bill Campbell

December 20th, 2010
6:48 pm

Obama cares more for Muslims than American Christians!

oldguy (certified narrowminded base)

December 20th, 2010
6:58 pm

So Obomba says the treaty will not prevent a missle defense shield? OMG the oracle has spoken!!!! All truth is now revealed!!! Christmas is here and the “chosen one” has orated!!!
Wait a minute….. Isn’t this the same “chosen one” who was going to keep unemployment under 8%??? close Gismo??? Publish all bills in Congress 3 days before all votes??? Etc….etc….etc…
Why should anyone DARE to doubt his oracle!!!
Boy CT when it comes to propaganda your are the apex!!! Joeph Stalin had nothing on you!
BTW ALL other START Treaties omited a prohibitation on Missle defense

captain underpants

December 20th, 2010
7:02 pm

muslims rule, christians drool

Pete brown

December 20th, 2010
7:06 pm

What a hypocrite Ms. Tucker!

■”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

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
7:08 pm

oldguy….sure he’s been refudiated…so let’s go back to Mission Accomplished! W was so great at speaking the truth.

Your depends are all wet.

Keep up the good fight!

December 20th, 2010
7:09 pm

No matter how many times you post the talking points issued by your overlords it does not prove that you comprehend the point made.

oldguy (certified narrowminded base)

December 20th, 2010
7:16 pm

Just for clarification: Mission Accomplished referred to the removal of a genocidic dictator not the turning of a country and a people who have been ruled by despots for thousands of years to a democracy….
And yes,I wouldn’t believe Obomba if he were to say the sun will rise tomorrow!!

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

December 20th, 2010
7:29 pm

Do you HONESTLY thing the rogue nations in the USSR will honor this when push comes to shove. Please tell me that you are NOT that dense.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

December 20th, 2010
7:30 pm

Keep up the good fight! – Ask santa for a brain this CHRiSTmas.

mmm, mmm, mmm, Barack the LIAR Obama - BEND OVER, Here comes the CHANGE!

December 20th, 2010
7:33 pm

captain underpants – You may want to check your underpants because they are full of SH*T

IRON CHEF Bama Rabbit

December 20th, 2010
7:40 pm

The Clinton administration appeased North Korea with hundreds of millions of dollars in food, oil, and even a nuclear reactor to discontinue their atomic weapons program. The Koreans lied and detonated their own bomb a few months later.

Democrats are very talented when it comes to negotiating treaties with the commies.

Manuel Rivera

December 20th, 2010
7:43 pm

Cuando Obama se va a liberar a los santos encarcelados en Guantánamo?

captain underpants

December 20th, 2010
7:46 pm

i nott 2 smart

IRON CHEF Bama Rabbit

December 20th, 2010
7:48 pm

The special ingredient is bananas.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

December 20th, 2010
8:04 pm

Iron Chef…sure make up your own “facts”. North Korea had a nuclear bomb during the Clinton admin? Prove it cause its a lie.

Liar….Did the mythical Santa bring you your brain for the holiday seasons? I think the elves sent you a defective unit.

Treasure of Sierra Madre

December 20th, 2010
8:07 pm

CT didn’t you do the START treaty thing a couple of weeks ago? I can’t think of any new rants on this subject. Please get back to the usual provocative stuff. Thanks.


December 20th, 2010
8:21 pm

All the more reason to defund NPR — NPR’s Nina Totenberg Apologizes For Saying “Christmas”


December 20th, 2010
8:23 pm

I am patriotic, very well educated, and against the start treaty. I do not believe I am alone.

oldguy (certified narrowminded base)

December 20th, 2010
8:26 pm

Congress will pass the start treaty…..The COLLECTIVE is too dumb not to…..
We’ll follow our historical pattern (as prior to WWII) ignoring reality and then be really suprised when Pearl Harbor happens!!!

joseph eastman

December 20th, 2010
8:28 pm

Bravo! brilliant! Thank you standing against RIch Lowery on the NewsHour!

captain underpants

December 20th, 2010
9:08 pm

christianity is a disease, science provides the cure

captain underpants

December 20th, 2010
9:16 pm


i nominate you for king of the confederacy of tea-party dunces…


December 20th, 2010
9:46 pm

I truly admire the atheist- it takes a tremendous amount of faith to believe all of “this” evolved from a few cells. a whole lot of faith.


December 20th, 2010
9:47 pm

You should never complain again about being called unpatriotic. Your rhetoric knows no limits. Don’t complain about a lack of civility in our country. You are part of the problem.


December 20th, 2010
10:15 pm

Reuters: “Waste in U.S. Afghan aid seen at billions of dollars”

How unpatriotic!


December 20th, 2010
10:46 pm

In case no one has pointed this out yet, is it not fair now to call Ms. Tucker a Rovian hypocrite? My God.

“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


December 21st, 2010
12:10 am

@ ZeKe….. You’re a misinformed, brainwashed, big house Middle classer who vote Tea Party Republican. We Patriotic Liberal Democrats are the glue that hold America together and prevent you Bush/Cheney anti Americans from completely destroying our Country. Question; Why did the Bush/Cheney Regime sat on the information they received from the Clinton Admin. about an imminent attack on America by Bin Larden and Al-qaeda involving air planes ??? Bush and Cheney’s procrastination allowed the 9/11 terrorist attacks to occur. Senators Graham and McCain are nothing more than scrooge of Christmas past. They’re a couple of whiny sissies who’re apparently having a hissy fit because the patriotic and ambitious Senate Leader Harry Reid is forcing them to do some work and earn that generous salary they receive. Bah-Humbug !!!


December 21st, 2010
3:43 am


Q: What does obama call his wife and daughters.

I kill me:) Now, you idiots on the left(redundant, I know) do realize that the US gives up more than the Soviets(yes, putin is a stalinist at heart) under this treaty, right? Oh, thats right, you believe in altrusim and that the US is evil and SHOULD give up more..

May all leftists perish in a holiday house fire sparked by real candles to save electricity..

And a happy hanukah to the lawyers!!

Gary Wagner

December 21st, 2010
7:50 am

You liberal “journalist” pigs are worse than pathetic. Your hate-filled diatribes are the only thing “unpatriotic” happening in this country today.

Shut up and go home, you Obamazombie fool.


December 21st, 2010
8:02 am

How can you tell when Obama is lying?

His Teleprompter is turned on…..

You’re a flaming Liberal and use the word “unpatriotic” – what a laugh.

You Libs are reduced to hiding behind patriotism – you the folks who wouldn’t know patriotism if the ACLU bit you.

I remember when Obama refused to wear a label pin US flag and refused to place his hand over his heart when our anthem played – any you’re going to lecture us about patriotism?

You’re pathetic Cynthia; what, the charge of racism doesn’t work any longer?

Give me a break……….


December 21st, 2010
8:05 am

God, you have quite skillfully mastered the art of sophistry — congratulations Cynth! Keep stoking the native fires.

Jeff Clement

December 21st, 2010
8:12 am

Citing Ronald Reagan when it’s convenient, without context is pretty weak. Ms. Tuck is hyper-partisan, petulant and petty. Reagan, if you will recall, was willing to walk away from a Russian offer on nuclear arms and wait for a better deal. He was pilloried by the press, but he went on to get a better deal.

I really doubt Ms. Tucker, or almost anyone chiming in on either side, have an understanding of what is in the treaty, much less actually read it. The fact is, everyone reacts in a partisan way on almost everything and the facts don’t matter, they just get in the way for most people.


December 21st, 2010
8:28 am

Only in America can someone have a “column” and opine about things they know nothing about. Ms Tucker, stick to accusing people of racism, give us back something to chuckle about.


December 21st, 2010
8:33 am

I am not against the Start Treaty. I am not for it either. I think that a full discussion, followed by some time to think about it is appropriate for the Senate. Although the Administration has been working on the Treaty for some time, the Senate hasn’t. Furthermore, a new Senate has been elected. I do not like any lame duck session, and this is a binding international agreement. Wait for next year.


December 21st, 2010
8:33 am

Cynthia Tucker believes that everyone whose opinion doesn’t conform to hers is racist, evil, unpatriotic and/or stupid.


December 21st, 2010
8:43 am

Just wanted to point out you forgot to call us racist bigots, homophobes and fascist pigs. I suppose you are saving those for your next unbiased article


December 21st, 2010
8:51 am

If you disagree with someone or a group of people, you should simply point out why you believe that there ideas are wrong, not engage in name-calling. People are allowed to oppose ideas, even if Condoleeza Rice supports them.

Falcon78 in Northern Virginia

December 21st, 2010
9:20 am

Cynthia Tucker has zero, zip, nada credibility and expertise to be writing on the pros and cons of the New START treaty. She has no resume, no experience, no anything to be writing on national security and defense issues and the specifics of those policies. Yet, she does manage to tie it to the politics, and the race politics of being against Obama. Just like the Bud Light commericial–”How is it that you are not married?”, they should ask Ms Tucker, “How is it that you still have a job as a columnist for a major city (albeit Atlanta) newspaper?”

Bill Carson

December 21st, 2010
9:22 am

This woman is the female version of Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post. She is extremely race based. Whatever Obama wants, she wants. Race comes first with her and Robinson. You’ll never see her disagree with Obama on anything.


December 21st, 2010
9:26 am

So the Democrats who wanted us to loose the war in Iraq, Afghanistan, Vietnam, who want the country to be overun by citisens of other countries are patriots and the Republicans who don’t agree with a treaty aren’t? Are you kidding?


December 21st, 2010
9:29 am

I am embarrassed to live in a state with trash like the AJC, second only to the New York Times in its bias and ignorance.


December 21st, 2010
9:39 am


“what the lame stream media, like cynthia, is not reporting are the nuclear experts not only in this country but in our allies’ countries that are warning against this bill.”

I’ll give you Richard Perle (who resigned from the Reagan Administration because of his opposition to the way the INF Treaty was panning out) and I’ll even stretch to John Bolton, even though he was never really involved in nuclear policy to any great degree. Just give me the names of two more “experts” who oppose ratification of New Start. I have a PhD in International Relations and I’m a former Air Force Officer. I have friends who are career military officers, FSOs and others who work in places like the Defense Threat Reduction Agency and the Missile Defense Agency. NOT ONE OF THEM OPPOSES RATIFICATION OF THIS TREATY.

“It offers no way to verify.”
False. It reintroduces verification measures after those under START lapsed with the Treat. Verification was never negotiated under GW Bush’s Moscow Treaty, which is why we currently have no means of verification beyond “national technical means”. Maybe the measures of New START aren’t as robust as START, but they provide something, and that something can be improved on at a later date as mutual confidence between the US and Russia is restored through measures such as this.


December 21st, 2010
9:48 am

Falcon 78

“Citing Ronald Reagan when it’s convenient, without context is pretty weak. Ms. Tuck is hyper-partisan, petulant and petty. Reagan, if you will recall, was willing to walk away from a Russian offer on nuclear arms and wait for a better deal. He was pilloried by the press, but he went on to get a better deal.”

What this neglects to mention is the role of Gorbachev and Soviet Politics played in this. Gorbachev was in a much weaker political position than Medvedev and Putin are right now. The Soviet economy had been crumbling for over a decade, the USSR had to find ways of cutting defense spending. What’s more, Gorbachev had nailed his colors to the mast and had to be able to show that his reforms and engagement could yield positive results.

On the other hand, Putin and Medvedev would have absolutely nothing to lose if New START isn’t ratified. They can just use American obfuscation as an excuse to keep riding the same nationalist and anti-democratic wave they’ve been using since 2000 to maintain power.


December 21st, 2010
9:48 am

It’s a bit ironic that Ms. Tucker complains about partisanship then calls Republicans “unpatriotic.” I agree that the treaty should be ratified, but I don’t agree with the name-calling mentality, especially when it entails vilifying entire groups of people.

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December 21st, 2010
9:59 am

You know, it’s funny. I thought dissent was patriotic. I thought the Democrats cried foul over being called “unpatriotic” for opposing the Iraq war (even though they never were). Silly me, I always understood the Republicans to be promoters of smear campaigns, hate, and bully tactics. Perhaps a mirror would be useful.

jaye mallott

December 21st, 2010
10:01 am

A traitorous liberal calling conservatives unpatriotic. It is to laugh.

Trial Advocate

December 21st, 2010
10:01 am

Are you serious? They don’t want to give another victory to Obama? The November election was sure a victory for Obama, wasn’t it? DADT by a lame albatross congress will come back to haunt the dems. Cynthia you should seriously consider rehab. Whatever it is you are smoking has become a serious problem.

Wolf FAC

December 21st, 2010
10:11 am

There you go again CT. Anyone who opposes you or B Hussein Obama is “unpatriotic.” This retired AF officer, decorated ( 2 Silver Stars) Vietnam vet and affluent, well educated (MS degree) white 67 year old American male opposes START and replies “rubbish” to your left wing propaganda. Write about something you understand for a change.