Let’s see, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, Sen. Richard Lugar and former Sen. Sam Nunn, plus former secretaries of state Madeleine Albright, James Baker and Henry Kissinger, along with former defense secretaries William Cohen and William Perry and former National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft and Vice President Biden. That enough headliners for ya?
Apparently not for Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, who still won’t throw his considerable support behind the New START Treaty. This, even after the White House promised him $4.1 billion for “maintaining and modernizing” our arsenal. 67 votes are needed to ratify the treaty, and without Kyl’s backing, the deal is dead in the water. There probably wouldn’t be enough Republican votes to go along with the President during the lame duck session, and when the Tea Party takes over, fugetaboutit…
From the Associated Press:
The treaty would reduce U.S. and Russian strategic warheads to 1,550 for each country from the current ceiling of 2,200. It also would set up new procedures to allow both countries to inspect each other’s arsenals to verify compliance.
It’s not so much the cuts that are as important as the verification process. Since the last treaty expired a year ago, we’ve had no way to know what the hell is going on a stone’s throw from Sarah Palin’s house.