In possibly the best example of my liberal hippiness, I would really like it if the world’s nations would just give up on nuclear weapons. Good of a deterrent as mutual destruction is, all that’s needed to screw everything up is one maniac at the red button.
Now, I know this isn’t final by any means, nor is it a complete disarming, but that Russia and the United States are talking about lowering the size of our respective arsenals by 25-50% is damn encouraging.
The new 10-year pact would replace the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty of 1991, or Start, which expired in December, and further extend cuts negotiated in 2002 by Mr. Bush in the Treaty of Moscow. Under the new pact, according to people briefed on it in Washington and Moscow, within seven years each side would have to cut its deployed strategic warheads to 1,550 from the 2,200 now allowed. Each side would cut the total number of launchers to 800 from 1,600 now permitted. The number of nuclear-armed missiles and heavy bombers would be capped at 700 each.
Keeping in mind that a 2/3 majority is needed to ratify any such treaty, let’s play a quick mad lib. In response to this, _______ are already threatening to ______ it.
Did you say “Republicans” and “block”? Good job!
Senators Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Jon Kyl of Arizona, the Republican leaders, wrote Mr. Obama last week warning him that ratification “is highly unlikely” if the treaty contained any binding linkage between offensive weapons and missile defense, reminding him of his position “that missile defense is simply not on the table.”
Of course. Of course.