Missile Control Hysteria

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I suspect that 67 votes just aren’t there to approve the New START strategic arms treaty no matter when it comes up for a vote, so in a way the arguments pro and con don’t matter very much. Still, the sheer level of shriekiness and hysteria that conservative opponents are mounting is remarkable even for an era practically personified by conservative shriekiness and hysteria. That’s especially true considering how favorable the treaty is for U.S. interests and the fact that it boasts almost unanimous support by military and national security pros of all stripes.

Anyway, that’s all just a preamble to Fred Kaplan’s latest deconstruction of anti-New START hysteria, this time from the dynamic duo of John Bolton and John Yoo. It’s all right here, and worth reading just for its comprehensive look at how empty the opposition is. It’s really something.

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