There are those in America that are trying to flex their muscles and pretend they're ballsy by saying, "we've got to keep those nuclear weapons." That's very rugged, when you say that. (Laughter) It's not rugged at all; it's an idiot that says that. It's stupid to say that.
In a way, Schwarzenegger got his big break from nuclear weapons -- the plot of the Terminator films is founded on a nuclear apocalypse that happened (happens?) in 2029. Now the "Governator," Schwarzenegger says its time to reduce the nuclear threat.
He could have been talking directly to some of his Republican colleagues. Several are trying to use the recent mishap involving the loss of communications to 50 U.S. intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs) as a reason to kill the treaty. Senator John Barrasso (R-WY), for example, said, "The recent failure reinforces the need for the United States to maintain 450 ICBMs to ensure a strong nuclear defense."
Schwarzenegger talks about this nuclear machismo much more eloquently and convincingly than I can. Here is the full excerpt from his speech:
Well, let me just tell you that what I'm most excited about -- and I'm asking Congress to pass -- is the agreement to reduce our nuclear weapons. This, I think, is the most important thing, because we can talk from here to eternity -- (Applause) -- we can talk from here to eternity about doing business together but if there's an accident, a nuclear accident of someone pulling something -- as you know, there are still a huge amount of missiles that are pointed at each other for no reason.
But everyone is trying to -- every country is kind of concerned about "How do you get -- how do you reduce that?" Because there are those in America that are trying to flex their muscles and pretend they're ballsy by saying, "we've got to keep those nuclear weapons." That's very rugged, when you say that. (Laughter) It's not rugged at all; it's an idiot that says that. It's stupid to say that. (Applause)
So, therefore, I think that what President Medvedev has done and President Obama has done and what Secretary George Shultz under Ronald Reagan has been promoting for decades now, is to reduce the nuclear weapons. And you've got to start somewhere and I think that they have done an extraordinary job in doing that.
Now Congress has to go and agree with that and ratify it. And they haven't done that because there is a paralysis in Washington, which is the sad story when you live here, that you see that an election like this that's coming up on November 2nd has literally paralyzed Congress and they're not capable of doing anything. And it's a major complaint that I have. It is really a shame and it is such a disservice to the taxpayers, to the voters, to the American people.
And so I have had that conversation with President Medvedev and also with President Obama; I think they did a great job. So I think that is the number one and most important thing. So as soon as the election is over we've all got to concentrate so that Congress makes their move forward and does that so that we can go and live in a safer world. That's the most important thing. OK?
Thank you very much. Thank you. (Applause)