Wednesday, December 22, 2010

A good START

Finally. The Senate ratified new START, 71-26. I've covered the silliness of conservative arguments against this treaty before. I'm actually still somewhat amazed that there are 26 senators who think that reducing the number of nukes in the world is a bad thing, or that it's not really a problem to continue having no verification regime in place to look at Russian compliance. This doesn't bode well for further treaties working toward a world without nukes, which Obama has said is an ultimate goal.

It's disheartening that this really modest, inoffensive treaty went through such a partisan ringer. Remember that the constitution mandates that treaties get 67 votes for ratification of any treaty in the senate. America's ability to practice diplomacy abroad in a major way depends on the world's most dysfunctional deliberative body. That's not a good thing. I hope my pessimism is misplaced.

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