Richie, START doesn't deal with N Korea or Iran and was never meant
to. However, START has improved our relationship with Russia which resulted in
Russia not following through with missile sales to Iran. So START is already
improving our ability to cut nuclear proliferation and is a significant step
towards creating a network of barricades against further proliferation. If your
concerns are with N. Korea and Iran that you should recognize START as a
significant step in a long and complex process towards hemming in those nations
nuclear ambitions. How, pray tell, would rejecting START improve our ability to
deal with Iran and N. Korea?
START is a deeply flawed arms reduction that benefits Russia's interests, not
ours. It would allow rogue countries like Iran and North Korea to build up
their nuclear supply and destroy us. Tell Senator Hatch if he votes for this
treaty he is toast at the 2012 election.
Incredibly refreshing to see two politicians from different parties come
together in their support of START. If only those in the Senate could do the
same. I hope Hatch is paying attention.
I agree. It is too bad that the GOP is more interested in war than in long-term
efforts for peace and arms control. Hatch, being in the cross hairs of the
radical right, will flush his principles and sell out to the far right, as did
John McCain this year. Pity these men have no principles.
START is supported by many Republicans: James Baker, George Schultz, and Henry
Kissinger to name but a few. Unfortunately, none of them are in office, and the
top priority for the Republicans who are in office is to make sure that anything
that Obama proposes fails.