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Posted on Dec 22, 2010
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Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl is among a faction of Republicans quibbling with the arms reduction treaty, but he’s also proposed an amendment.

Atop Wednesday’s to-do list in the Senate was a vote on the proposed and revised version of the U.S.’ Strategic Nuclear Arms Reduction treaty with Russia, which was running up against resistance from some Republicans in the chamber but still seemed likely to pass, thus adding another legislative feather to President Obama’s cap before year-end.  —KA

Update: It passed. Now the ball is in the Russian parliament’s court.

The New York Times:

Republican critics called it a bad deal, arguing that the treaty’s inspections were inadequate and that nonbinding language in its preamble could give Russia leverage to try to keep the United States from deploying missile defense installations in Eastern Europe.

“The administration did not negotiate a good treaty,” Senator Kyl said on Tuesday. “They went into negotiations, it seems to me, with the attitude with the Russians just like the guy that goes into the car dealership and says, ‘I’m not leaving here until I buy a car.’ ”

The treaty requires the United States and Russia to reduce their nuclear stockpiles so that within seven years of ratification neither deploys more than 1,550 strategic warheads and 700 launchers. It would also resume the on-site inspections that lapsed last December with the expiration of the original Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or Start.

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By Alan Attlee, December 22, 2010 at 7:23 pm Link to this comment
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The previous commenter, “who’syourdebs”
sees the obvious as I do, as obvious!
(Obama and his FOX masters of course spin the
obvious through the not-so-chiaro—molto-oscuro

Obama’s sham victories are window dressing, can we say that, since
all our windows are smashed by the Oligarchs’ Enablement Tax Bill?
The START agreement was a must do, so it was done.
The Don’t Ask Bill was an easy give away by the oligarchy, a giveaway
which helps the oligarchs to obscure their real victory.

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By who'syourdebs, December 22, 2010 at 3:54 pm Link to this comment

It strikes me as very telling that victories for Obama are proving much less elusive when they do not entail the wealthy of our nation sharing some of their largess with the rest of us. I’ll point to the START treaty and the repeal of Don’t Ask-Don’t Tell as glaring examples. I wonder if the evangelicals will finally get it—the Republicans don’t really care much about conservative social issues—they care about protecting the fortunes of the privileged few. I guess the manufacturers of nuclear weapons haven’t paid their kickbacks lately. Well, hell, they make plenty of money anyway off peddling conventional weapons to well-off dictatorships and third world civil wars. “Money talks and bullshit walks” is how the saying goes. Hey, we should look on the bright side—serfdom is preferable to nuclear annihilation, right?

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