Ah yes, you can always count on the neo-con twins Bill Kristol and Liz Cheney to beat those war drums and ramp up the fear on Iran which is where Cheney and Kristol quickly turned this conversation. Chris Wallace asks the panel on Fox News Sunday what they think about the nuclear arms treaty with the Russians and of course Liz Cheney doesn’t like it. The Wonk Room has a good post up debunking Cheney’s nonsense here.
A common refrain from those looking to oppose the START treaty, the newly released nuclear posture review, and more broadly Obama’s nuclear agenda, is that it is reckless to cut nuclear weapons when our nuclear arsenal is aging and deteriorating. Statements from Jon Kyl, John McCain, and Joe Lieberman all throw out this argument.
John Bolton and friends take this argument to the next level, asserting that Obama is leaving America exposed by not spending enough to maintain existing US nuclear weapons. Bolton wrote in the National Review that the administration is “drastically limiting programs to ensure the safety and reliablity (sic) of our existing nuclear stockpile, the president is risking our security and obtaining nothing in return.” It is a great talking point for conservatives – except that it is just not true. Read on...
After defending his girlfriend Sarah Palin's shot back at President Obama over either's knowledge of nuclear weapons, of course Bill Kristol doesn't think much of "paper treaties and 46 nation conferences" and says the bottom line is that no one has done anything to stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons. Liasson disagrees and tells Kristol you can't say the President is not at least trying to keep them from getting weapons.
Cheney admits that the Bush administration didn't do any better keeping other countries from acquiring nuclear weapons. Williams tells her this just looks like the Republicans are trying to politicize the issue (you think Juan?). Cheney wraps it up by saying we haven't made Iran sufficiently afraid of an attack by the United States and that's the only thing that will keep them from getting nukes.
Everything is about fear and the threat of war with these two. It appears to me that the only countries we don't threaten are the ones with nuclear weapons and the war drums have done nothing but give them an incentive to get them. Why anyone should take these two war mongers seriously when it comes to matters of national security is beyond me, but that's not going to stop Fox from giving them a platform week after week.