Even if New START is ratified before the Democrats' Senate majority significantly shrinks, it will not help advance nonproliferation advocates' long-term goals unless a lost consensus on arms control fundamentals is rebuilt first.
Nuclear proliferation is a very serious issue. It impacts all areas of our foreign policy. But apparently it's not as important to Jon Kyl as helping Sen. Mitch McConnell make sure Obama is not re-elected in 2012.
If you seriously want to prove that you still have the chops to remain Majority leader in the next Congress, it's time to get serious about finishing the current Congress on a winning consensus-building note.
October 1 marks 18 years since the U.S. Senate approved Reagan's Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. It also marks the 300th day since that treaty expired, cutting off U.S. weapons inspectors' access to Russian nuclear sites.
America's military is solidly behind the new security treaty that cuts Russia's nuclear weapons. Is the Republican Party? The test comes Thursday when senators have to choose: Back the military or play politics?
Treaties are negotiated, sliced and diced, rehashed, renegotiated (with many interim iterations) and finally signed -- only to have all that progress hit a dead end when it comes to ratification and enforcement.
What's more dangerous: the thousands of nukes that will still target U.S. and Russian cities if the New START treaty is not ratified OR the opportunistic, Tea Party pandering politicians who would derail this commonsense agreement?
In a hopeful sign of growing bipartisan support for nuclear reductions, former military commanders and national security officials announced their support today for quick approval of the New START treaty.
Mitt Romney this week ignored our top military leaders, deepened the split in GOP ranks, made profound factual blunders rivaling Michael Steele's and turned his back on Ronald Reagan's legacy. So why don't you know about this?
It's now down to politics. The only reason to oppose the New START treaty is political gamesmanship on the eve of elections to deny the administration a victory. This would sacrifice our national security for narrow, partisan gain.