The administration says the Kremlin must be persuaded it would face "unacceptably dire costs" if it were to threaten even a limited nuclear attack in Europe.
Although the outcome of this fall's midterm elections didn't suggest great possibilities for the last two years of President Obama's term, he would like to suggest, as he does in this speech after Wednesday's START vote, that .
Members of the House and Senate may be in for a longer week than they'd hoped for if they don't get some serious legislating done -- and fast. The height of the holiday season may be at hand, but it's also the lame-duck season, which could lead to last-ditch-effort time.
We are about to enter a two-year period in which the Beltway Republicans will always blame Obama's America first -- you know, the America that happens to disagree with much of the conservative agenda, the America from which they want to "take back" the country, as if the rest of us represent an alien force.
By stalling or killing President Obama's new START treaty, Republicans would provide moral support to Iran, North Korea and any other rogue regime seeking to arm itself with nukes.