Trust But Verify (or, I Still Hate You Kyl)

December 2nd, 2010

A follow-up to I Hate You, Kyl, inspired by New “Daisy” Ad Warns Against Delay in Arms Treaty (NYTimes.com 11/19/10), Kyl statement deals serious setback to Obama’s push for START (WashingtonPost.com 11/17/10), and Rachel’s report  below.

 

Like Richard Burt said, only Iran and North Korea want this treaty to be defeated.

Do we really want the Cold War to be repeated?

 

Every living Republican Secretary of State is for it,

But you and your fellows continue to ignore it.

 

Are you going to heed their entreaty

And finally pass this damn treaty?

 

Remember, Senator, your hero’s statement that we must “trust but verify,”

And we’ll lose that ability if this treaty should die.

 

(In fact, Senator, thanks to your and your fellow Repubs’ delay,

We haven’t had any verification for the last year anyway.)

 

Senator Kyle, your behavior has me completely disgusted.

It’s you and your fellow Repubs that can’t be trusted.

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Here’s Rachel’s 11/17/10 report on the New START arms control treaty and 11/18/10 update on GOP opposition to it.

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Here are Hardball’s and Countdown’s 11/22/10 reports.

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Here are the new and original daisy ads. NB: The latter ad’s poster suggests that Johnson’s ad was a “negative” ad attacking Barry Goldwater, which I don’t think is a fair characterization. Unlike today’s negative ads, this one doesn’t directly attack Goldwater (indeed, it doesn’t even mention his name). This is clearly a policy-focused ad, and just because it points out the very real dangers of nuclear war in a way that elicits an emotional response doesn’t make it a “negative” ad.

Here’s Keith’s 11/29/10 update. Ironic that Senator Kyl opines about the “practical” lack of time to pass New START and other priorities, given that it’s his party’s constant and automatic opposition that makes everything in the Senate take so much time.

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Here’s Keith’s 12/02/10 update, including statements in favor of passage by five Republican Secretaries of State and an interview with George H.W. Bush Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger.

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And here’s the last word on the subject. No, not you Lawrence (sorry), but the Rachel Maddow Show’s 11/22/10 “GOPocolypse Now” report: you win because of the Rebel Without a Cause reference. Chris Hayes, subbing for Rachel, also discusses GOP threats to vote against increasing the debt ceiling, which would mean US default and not too long thereafter, a US and global financial disaster that would make the Bush Recession look like the good old days.

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