Kudos go to Senator Richard Lugar for having the courage to take on obstructionist elements within his own party for putting power politics above national security. As the ranking Republican on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, his thoughts with regard to the New START Treaty bear special attention. Here are some of his quotes, taken from a Foreign Policy report:
“At the moment, the Republican caucus is tied up in a situation where people don’t want to make choices. No one wants to be counted. No one wants to talk about it.”
“Every senator has an obligation in the national security interest to take a stand, to do his or her duty. Maybe people would prefer not to do his or her duty right now. … I’m advising that the treaty should come on the floor so people will have to vote aye or nay. I think when it finally comes down to it, we have sufficient number or senators who do have a sense of our national security. This is the time, this is the priority. Do it.”
“[If the vote is delayed, there will be] endless hearings, markup, back to trying to get some time on the floor… It will be some time before the treaty is ever heard from again.”
See yesterday’s post for how you can help support Senator Lugar’s courageous call to action.