Heritage Foundation, Defense and Homeland Security
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) released a press statement finding that there was more work to be on the New START nuclear deal with Russia and that he thought rushing consideration in lame duck was ill-advised. That triggered a tsumani-assault of arm-twisting, grand-standing, threatening, and bullying we have not seen from the White House since Obamacare.
On the one hand, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) claimed there was something akin to universal bipartisan support for the treaty even as the White House attacked Republicans for trying to deny the president a foreign policy “victory” for partisan purposes.
One hysterical claim held that if New START is not approved terrorists will be able to get Russian nuclear weapons, neglecting to note that the 10,000 tactical nuclear weapons terrorists might want are not covered by new START.
They declared this is what Ronald Reagan would want-failing to note Reagan would never sign a treaty that compromised missile defense.
They claimed the interests of Israel would suffer – a surprise comment from an administration that gives short shrift to the embattled nation.
One assistant secretary exclaimed no one of “pedigree” opposes the treaty – apparently missing the op-ed last week by a former CIA director who was also an arms control negotiator. He raised concerns and I am sure will be disappointed to discover he has no pedigree. Sen. Kyl will be disappointed to find he has no pedigree either.
Then the White House accused a senator of selling his vote to get visa waiver status for Poland. An odd claim since the White House can’t do that without a change in the law.
The White House gone wild has done everything but address the significant concerns raised about flaws in the treaty.
May be there is a ground swell of opposition to the treaty because the treaty is flawed? May be its the White House that is playing politics?
In resorting to Chicago-style politics to ram the treaty through the Senate the White House is sending a signal that plans to govern for the next two years just like it did for the first two.
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