A Reason to Celebrate This Weekend
By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
President Obama and his Russian counterpart, Dmitry Medvedev (Maria, my Russian friend, says to pronounce it myed-VYE-dyev), have agreed to a new nuclear arms reduction treaty, committing both countries to a significant cut in the number of nuclear missles we have deployed. The reduction will amount to about 30 percent, leaving each country with about 1,550 warheads aimed at the other.
It’s a start, but only just a start.
To judge the magnitude of the reduction, look at this 1 minute and 40 second video:
Both presidents will go to Prague to sign the treaty on April 8. I love that they chose that date. It’s the Buddha’s birthday. It’s also mine.
The US Senate gets to ratify the treaty. I wonder if the Party of No will try to filibuster this one. Will they dare say they’d rather keep on spending $17.6 billion a year to maintain the present level of “preparedness”? How could they possibly justify a negative vote?
It’s not time yet to phone your senators, as the video suggests (the House of Representatives doesn’t get to weigh in on this,) but it will be soon. The vote in the senate should be unanimous. It won’t be, but it should.
Posted on March 27th, 2010 by Miryam Ehrlich Williamson
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