Quote of the day

Yglesias on the START treaty:

Extra nukes over and beyond what’s needed to deter credibly don’t do anything for the country—they don’t add inches to our national penis or anything

I had not been following this that closely till now, but the Republican opposition to the START treat is absolutely nuts and shows just how profoundly unserious and nihilistic they have become as a political party.  I’ll leave the details to Yglesias:

But what’s the treaty? Well, it safely reduces the quantity of Russian nuclear weapons while preserving America’s ability to verify what’s happening with the remaining weapons. In exchange, the US will dismantle some weapons but still have more than enough to preserve our deterrent…

Meanwhile, foreigners will wonder wtf has happened with US foreign policy and would-be proliferators will find their efforts somewhat boosted by the collapsing credibility of the disarmament process. And all for what? A cheap political talking point on a fourth-tier issue? A bit of extra pork?

Maybe some day grown-ups will actually be in charge of the Republican party again.  For now, our whole nation is suffering through their kicking, flailing, middle-of-the-grocery-store-floor tantrum.

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About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

One Response to Quote of the day

  1. Jason says:

    My only objection to the above is that you missed the chance to have the quote of the day come from Charles Krauthammer, and not in a “wow this guy is insane” way, but for writing about the insanity that is airport security in his column today: “Nowhere do more people meekly acquiesce to more useless inconvenience and needless indignity for less purpose.” If liberals and conservatives can’t unite around debt reduction, maybe we can do so about this!

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