Friday, December 24, 2010

13 Republicans Join Democrats
To Pass START Treaty, 71-26

by David Lightman - December 22nd, 2010 - The Tribune (San Luis Obispo)

Signed by Obama and President Dmitry Medvedev in Prague last April, New START commits the U.S. and Russia to reduce deployed strategic nuclear warheads to no more than 1,550, within seven years, down from the current limit of 2,200.

Among other things, critics were concerned about verification procedures and the implications for future U.S. plans to deploy missile defenses, to protect itself and allies from missile attack from hostile states like Iran.

Many Republicans also argued that a treaty of such importance should not be rushed through in the waning days of Congress.

The Heritage Foundation, which advocated against ratification, noted that it was the first time the Senate had given its advice and consent to the ratification of a major treaty during a lame-duck session.

I do not trust these people. The list of 13 Senators includes:

Lamar Alexander (Tenn.),
Bob Bennett (Utah),
Scott Brown (Mass.),
Thad Cochran (Miss.),
Susan Collins (Maine),
Bob Corker (Tenn.),
Judd Gregg (N.H.),
Johnny Isakson (Ga.),
Mike Johanns (Neb.),
Richard Lugar (Ind.),
Lisa Murkowski (Alaska),
Olympia Snowe (Maine) and
George Voinovich (Ohio).

The constant effort by so many liberal appeasers to assure us that the words of the Treaty, which ban work on missile defense according to the Russians, don't really ban missile defense, is not just troubling. It is totally unpersuasive to any but the most gullible.

Through the incompetence of George W. Bush and the ideology of Barack Obama, nuclear proliferation is becoming rampant in the world even as we disarm. It will soon be a reality that irrational dictators and religious fanatics will have their hands on nuclear bombs and the missiles to deliver them. We are going to see nuclear bombs fired at America and the best chance we have of stopping them is to shoot down the missiles before they explode. No matter what these 13 Republican traitors say, the millions of Americans that will die because we will not create an effective missile defense is blood on their hands.


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