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Stephen Rademaker The National Interest
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President Obama and Senate Republicans—led by Senator Jon Kyl (R-AZ)—are locked in an intense negotiation over the “New START” treaty signed by Washington and Moscow last April. As often happens in a negotiation, tempers are fraying, and the rhetoric from both sides has obscured what’s really going on.

Senator Kyl says he’s concluded there isn’t time for the Senate to consider the treaty during the upcoming lame-duck session in December “given the combination of other work Congress must do and the complex and unresolved issues related to START and modernization.” He and his Republican colleagues insist that they are merely trying to ensure that the treaty receives the same careful consideration that other arms-control treaties have received in the past.

The New York Times, on the other hand, declares: “The treaty is so central to this country’s national security, and the objections from Mr. Kyl—and apparently the whole Republican leadership—are so absurd that the only explanation is their limitless desire to deny President Obama any legislative success.”


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