Dick Lugar: Pass New START Treaty!


    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.

    • Bumble Bee

      These people are the worst people on earth.

    • Teddy Goodson

      I know that DeMint put a hold on legislation to support the Women’s Museum because he claimed he was worried about a possible future display being put in the museum about abortion (the Director of the Museum says that is not in the plans, and would not be, but DeMint refused to listen), and that Coburn, Kyle, and others have put holds on various Obama nominations—- but a treaty? Does this power of a single arrogant Senator to put mysterious “holds” on some business of the Senate extend to treaties?

      If so, this behavior is utterly out of hand. Obama needs to get on his high horse and go to the American people…. and, for once, name names and wave the patriotism flag of national security. But will he have the, ah, guts to be so confrontational?

    • Shenandoah Democrat

      about 60 votes, I want to see a show-down. If these Rethugs want to play, make them stay up all night for a debate until it’s on the news everywhere and Americans realize who is a threat to national security. Don’t Back Down!!!

    • Teddy Goodson

      but, as an American voter, I am insisting that the treaty be brought to a vote, without engaging in Harry Reid’s ditzing around “since he cannot get the required votes.”

      Bring up the dam**d treaty, make the Republicans put their actions where their mouths are, flush the traitorous bastards out of the protective cover Reid always offers. Make Kyle and his co-conspirators stand up and be counted, in front of, ah, God, and everybody. Do it now.

      No time like the present to show those voters who claimed to want bipartisanship, who claimed Obama was anti-American, the results of their voting for Republicans. This treaty is no joking matter, and should not be subject to petty politics and posturing. Not even by a sainted Republican.  

    • Shenandoah Democrat

      Lugar, Snowe, Collins, Scott Brown, Voinovich it seems pretty simple. Lugar ought to be able to bring a long a few. Obama ought to send Gates and James Baker to talk to the recalcitrant Rethugs. He can score points on this.