Sunday, December 19, 2010

McConnell to Oppose START Treaty

Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell announced this morning on CNN's State of the Union show that he will not vote to ratify the START treaty. Good for McConnell; Ronald Reagan would have advocated exactly the same position with respect to verification and missile defense

McConnell also objected the Democrats' attempt to jam this through before Christmas -- just like last year's infamous Christmas Eve vote on Obamacare.

"I've decided that I cannot support the treaty. I think the verification provisions are inadequate and I do worry about the missile defense implications of it. The McCain amendment yesterday regarding missile defense was defeated, and I know the administration actually sent a letter up yesterday, indicating they're committed to missile defense. But an equally important question is how do the Russians view missile defense and how do our European allies view missile defense? And I’m concerned about it. I think if they'd taken more time with this—rushing it right before Christmas, it strikes me as trying to jam us. I think if they'd taken more time—I know the members of the Foreign Relations Committee spent a lot of time on this but the rest of us haven't—and so all of a sudden we're once again trying to rush things right here before Christmas Eve. I think that was not the best way to get the support of people like me.”

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