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Obama Goes Nuclear

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Remember George W. Bush’s relentless campaign to free the world of nuclear weapons and bring peace and security to the world?  No?  Huh…thats funny.

Last week, President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev pledged to reduce, over the next 7 years (I mean, really, what’s the rush, right?), each country’s nuclear arsenal by about 1/3…to a mere 1,550 warheads each.  This is still PLENTY of nukes to make life pretty miserable in an “exchange”.  Still…this is PROGRESS, this is another in a series of important foreign policy steps that Obama has taken (and yes, I know its not all good stuff)…and someday…I mean, even Reagan (first sacred liberator, now apparently pariah of the right) dreamed of a nuclear weapons-free world.

Also notable is a shift in nuclear posture, though it defies rational belief that such a position would need to clarified, but here we are.  The U.S. will not use nuclear weapons first on any nation that has signed, and is in compliance with, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.  This, of course, excludes Iran and North Korea.

Ahhh, but now there’s the tricky matter of the amazingly unproductive U.S. Senate (where all good bills go to die) from which a 2/3 vote is required to ratify any treaty…another brilliant move from our nation’s founders…thanks Franklin!

Other problems:  stupid people.

  • Easily the MOST preposterous “critique” comes from Facebooker Tina Fey Sarah Palin:  “It’s kinda like getting out there on a playground, a bunch of kids, getting ready to fight, and one of the kids saying, ‘Go ahead, punch me in the face and I’m not going to retaliate. Go ahead and do what you want to with me.'”  Sadly, no…in reality ITS NOTHING AT ALL LIKE THAT!  But, who needs pesky things like facts, and truth, when you’ve got that folksy charm, right?
  • “Independent” Joe Lieberman, everyone’s favorite former Democrat:  “I am going to be real hesitant to vote for this treaty unless we have a commitment from the Administration that they are prepared to modernize our nuclear stockpile.”  Of course, the myth that our nuclear stockpile is slowly deteriorating to the point that none of them will fire if we need them is a favorite republican talking point.  Keep up the good work, Joe!
  • Not to be outdone in crazy, Fox News gets in on their own fear-mongering as images of a mushroom cloud (believe it) follow Megyn Kelly’s intriguing lead-in to coverage of the treaty signing:  “Now critics are asking, will the new deal leave the U.S. defenseless until it’s too late?”  Curiously, she forgets to mention that those critics are idiots.
  • Senator Lamar Alexander (r-TN) joins in on John McCain’s post-health care bill temper tantrum:  “There’s not a chance the treaty will be approved this year”.  Now that Bush is out of office, the single most important republican cause has become the debt…HEY DUMMY…eh, never mind, there’s no talking with these people…

Should we hang on to some shred of hope that we can peel off a reasonable number of republicans to ratify this thing?  That within the grand old party, there are a few cool heads, a few decent people who favor sensible policy and progress over stubborn party unity?  We’ll see…we’ll see…

In the meantime, check out John Stewart’s take on the issue.

Cheers, John.


Written by D. Heffernan

April 13, 2010 at 3:30 pm

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