The choice is clear: a failure to ratify New START would be a dangerous gamble with America’s national security, setting back our understanding of Russia’s nuclear weapons, as well as our leadership in the world. That is not what the American people sent us to Washington to do.
There is enough gridlock, enough bickering. If there is one issue that should unite us – as Republicans and Democrats – it should be our national security.
Some things are bigger than politics. As Republican Dick Lugar said the other day, “Every Senator has an obligation in the national security interest to take a stand, to do his or her duty.”
Senator Lugar is right. And if the Senate passes this treaty, it will not be an achievement for Democrats or Republicans – it will be a win for America.
The full transcript is here. And remember, if the BONEr/Can’tor Republicans block this treaty from being ratified, they will have forfeited any claim whatsoever to being serious about protecting U.S. national security. They also will have “refudiated” the advice of previous Republican Secretaries of State, like James Baker and George Shultz, demonstrating how far off the right-wing deep end they’ve gone. Stay tuned.