Letters to the Editor

Ratify treaty

November 10, 2010

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To the editor:

As one concerned with health care for all citizens, I call on U.S. Sens. Pat Roberts and Sam Brownback to help secure a safe future for all of us.

It is time for the Senate to work to cut bloated nuclear stockpiles and restore inspections of Russia’s nuclear arsenal by approving the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. Since it was signed in April, a vast array of experts — Republicans and Democrats alike — have lined up in favor of the treaty. Defense Secretary Robert Gates has noted that New START has “the unanimous support of America’s military leadership.”

Treaties require careful consideration, but at this point senators have all the information necessary to reach a decision on New START. The Senate has held 21 hearings and briefings on the treaty and the White House formally answered more than 900 questions from senators. In September, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee recommended ratification with a strong and increasingly rare bipartisan vote of 14-4.

Let’s put politics aside and national security first by ratifying the treaty this year.

Comments

cato_the_elder 4 years, 8 months ago

This letter contains what must be a typo. The last sentence of the letter should read, "Let's put politics aside and national security last by ratifying the treaty this year."

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 8 months ago

Why, yes, if we can't stockpile $billions worth of weapons that can never, ever be used, the mongol/mexican/islamic horde will surely run us over.

cato_the_elder 4 years, 8 months ago

Bozo, the doctrine of mutual assured destruction has worked quite successfully for decades, and is still viable. A moratorium on new weapons is one thing, but reducing our nuclear capability is an entirely different matter altogether.

cato_the_elder 4 years, 8 months ago

I favor reduced defense spending, but reducing our nuclear capability is a bad idea that should not be on the table.

MyName 4 years, 8 months ago

Whey the heck shouldn't it be on the table? What do we lose by reducing the capacity for both countries to blow up the world by some degree?

cato_the_elder 4 years, 8 months ago

You are presuming that you can trust the other side, which I don't and never will.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 8 months ago

Did you write this letter on your one Jean, or were you asked by the fellow members of the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice to write it?

Shouldn't you guys be getting busy telling everyone how evil it is to give any kid toy guns at Christmas??

jdrumm077 4 years, 8 months ago

I wrote this comment on my own, not as an inactive member of the Lawrence Coalition for Peace and Justice. Jean Drumm

MyName 4 years, 8 months ago

I'm sure that for you, how magnets work is truly "amazing" too.

whynaut 4 years, 8 months ago

Agreed. I think we should reduce our nuclear arsenal to the capacity of destroying the earth exactly once. Anything extra is just showing off.

mr_right_wing 4 years, 8 months ago

...and the closer Iran and North Korea get to having their own nuclear weapons, the more urgent it is that we get rid of all of ours.

Ideally we'll end up nuke-free and completely at their mercy.

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