Monday, November 22, 2010

Steve Clemons, director of the American Strategy Program at the New America Foundation and the man behind the popular political blog "The Washington Note," talks about the weekend in Congress and the future of the START treaty.


Steve Clemons

Comments [8]


This issue should be viewed more in terms of maintaining a steady course rather then framing this treaty as some great breakthrough. A united states president has an obligation to reduce the levels of nuclear warfare whenever and wherever possible. Certainly no waste of presidential time. The over the top spin, is making Obama look desperate. And foolish.

Nov. 22 2010 12:12 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Like it or not, and flagging economy or not, the US is the world's policeman, as no one else is trusted as much to do the job even if they had the desire and resources to be. Without a cop, the criminals run wild. All laws and treaties become meaningless. The Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty becomes meaningless. However, a cop has to be honest and not a rogue himself, or he becomes as much feared and despised as the criminal. Maybe even more so. So we put limitations on the power of the police as well. Most countries do NOT want to see the US leave the main stage of history. What they want is an honest and fair cop who can also limit his own power to an extent as well as harm others.

Nov. 22 2010 10:41 AM
gary from queens

Clemens could not rebut the caller who said that the Irans and N Korea's are not the nations who will be impressed with the US lead in disarming and will follow suit. rediculous liberal pretentions.

Plus, the US defends many nations with its nuclear umbrella----against aggressive nations like Russia. The US uses nukes to deter aggression. Russia uses it to threaten and bully other nations. And we're supposed to get to nuke parity with Russia?! Perhaps now we should adopt a doctrine that enables criminals to arm themselves to parity with law enforcement?!

liberals have no common sense.

Nov. 22 2010 10:30 AM
gary from queens

First a clip from Adm. Mullens. Now an interview withj Clemens. Isn't anyone in your shop interested in a conservative view of the treaty. Brian, where's the counterpoint that we see on the fair and balanced Fox news?!!

I had to listen to progressives rail against the supposed imperial presidency of GW----or as Gary Kamiya had referred to him in in 2007, the "triumphalist-in-chief." Treatises published alleging that a powerful executive is a doctrine formulated by neoconservatives. That we needed have a check on executive authority. They lectured that we must restore "separation of powers" and "checks and balances." Well, no more than two weeks after a drubbing at the polls, the New America Foundation now counseling Obama to bypass Congress and push their liberal agenda through executive orders! They're also suggesting that the government should ban anything in the media and internet that isn't factually true! It would seem that "power to the people" seems out of fashion, now that the people have spoken.

Nov. 22 2010 10:16 AM
Leah from Brooklyn

I'm just hoping this time around I hear a lot more "noo-clee-ur" and a lot less "nook-yoo-lur."

Nov. 22 2010 10:14 AM
Steve Mark

Where are the Republicans who chanted the mantra "Trust but Verify" and show the endless clips of Reagan telling Russia to "tear down this wall." If ever there was a bipatisan issue START is it and if ever there was a President who would be rooting for this President it would be Reagan.

Nov. 22 2010 10:14 AM
Ben from Brooklyn, NY

You would think the administration's argument would be pretty obvious: we're supposed to be concerned about Iran going through all the cumbersome steps of setting up a nuclear program yet without a monitoring regime in Russia what's to keep a terrorist with a briefcase bulging with cash from buying a few warheads?

Nov. 22 2010 10:14 AM
Robert from NYC

I have no idea what Carville said. Every time it's played on one show or other I cannot understand what the man is saying partly because of his thick southern speech and partly because the audio is not so great and I've even made the sound loud on the TV and it made it worse. What the heck did he say?!!!

Nov. 22 2010 10:11 AM

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