The Republican Party used to have a lot of people on foreign policy like Dick Lugar, putting national security ahead of their narrow partisan interests. Apparently, that’s not the case anymore, after listening to Jon Kyl’s irresponsible idiocy earlier today. As the Mercury News writes:
If you doubted that Republicans could be so craven as to put their own political interests above national security, the proof was delivered Tuesday: Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl announced he will block New START, which calls for the resumption of nuclear controls that until now have had bipartisan support.
Holding our nuclear security hostage solely to embarrass President Barack Obama is a new low. Public-spirited Republicans should demand that the treaty move forward as planned.
Unfortunately, when it comes to foreign policy, today’s Republicans are far more the party of “craven” Jon Kyl than of responsible Dick Lugar. It’s truly sad to see what’s happened to this once-great party. It’s also enraging to see them put our national security at risk for absolutely no good reason. WTF, Republicans?!?
UPDATE: The New York Times believes that the “world’s nuclear wannabes, starting with Iran, should send a thank you note to Senator Jon Kyl.” The Times also mocks the Republicans’ pretension to being “The Party of National Security,” writing that “the objections from Mr. Kyl – and apparently the whole Republican leadership – are so absurd that the only explanation is their limitless desire to deny President Obama any legislative success.” Sad but true.