While the exact timing of this aquisition is unclear, it is obvious that a new vehicle has in fact been utilized. It was a necessity since the crash and burn of the omnibus to find another way to move the agenda forward. Whether it has been in storage awaiting use or has recently been acquired, the steamroller is now on the move.
On board is the START treaty headed for approval over the objections of some republican senators. The treaty with the Russians about restricting the development of offensive nuclear missiles has raised some questions regarding the language in regard to delegation of defensive missiles. The treaty, which expired in December of 2009, will allow inspections and data exchanges regarding those missiles to resume between the two nations.
A handful of republicans oppose the treaty because of questionable language in the preamble about limiting our ability to increase defensive missiles. Proponents argue that the preamble is not binding, yet the Russians have made it clear that if even one word is changed they will reject it. Time is definitely a factor in order to resume communications and inspections, but I can’t help but wonder, if it has been on the shelf for nearly a year, why it can’t wait a few more weeks? It is prudent to review thoroughly a treaty which would limit our ability to defend our country militarily for a period of 10 years.
Prudence has apparently left the building, while liberal agenda has boarded the new vehicle steamroller. Like a joyriding teenager yelling woohoo as they speed off into the sunset.