Pay no mind to the fact that Christmas has not only come and gone, but that it's full of capitalistic intentions. No sir, you still have a great thing like Socialism kicking some butt all over this holiday season....
With the massive amounts of rain we got, we're looking to a really snow heavy winter. Even if we already have a nuclear winter to look forward to!
The Senate voted Wednesday to approve the new nuclear arms control treaty with Russia -- a major foreign policy victory for the Obama administration near the end of the lame-duck session of Congress.
The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, was cleared by a 71-26 vote. Several Republicans joined a unified Democratic caucus in support of the treaty.
Under Senate rules, the treaty required support from a two-thirds majority of voting senators for final approval.
The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, was cleared with the help of solid Democratic support, as well as the backing of several Republican senators.
If ratified, the treaty would resume inspections of each country's nuclear arsenal while limiting both the United States and Russia to 1,550 warheads and 700 launchers. It still needs to be approved by the Russian parliament.
President Obama signed the treaty with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in April. The accord is considered a critical component of nuclear non-proliferation efforts and the administration's attempt to "reset" Washington's relationship with Moscow.
Several senators were reassured by the last-minute passage of an amendment stating that the accord should not be interpreted in a way that would hamper U.S. missile defense plans. The amendment was sponsored by Republican senators John McCain of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee, among others.
Others said they had been assured of an administration commitment to modernize America's aging nuclear arsenal.
"The people of the world are watching us, because they rely on our leadership," said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Massachusetts. It is time to "move the world a little more out of the dark shadow of nuclear nightmare."
"We are the leading nuclear power on this earth. It is our responsibility to lead," said Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-North Dakota. This treaty is "a step in the right direction."
Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar, the top Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, called it a step forward in terms of constraining "expensive arms competition with Russia" and frustrating "rogue nations who would prefer as much distance as possible between the United States and Russia."
Not all Republicans were convinced, however.
Sen. Jim DeMint, R-South Carolina, argued on the Senate floor that the basic premise of the treaty -- that America's nuclear arsenal should be at parity with Russia's -- is flawed.
"Russia is a protector of none and a threat to many. America is a protector of many and a threat to none," DeMint said.
Isn't it a warm feeling that you're getting with the knowledge that the USA and Russia still have enough nuclear weapons to turn the whole planet into dust. And here I thought the cold war was over with. Whoops. I guess that's our Christmas gift... yet another war and the feeling of safety that our government is giving us.
Though I should probably remind you that only fools and children believe that all the nuclear weapons on the earth currently can vaporize the planet or any bullshit like that. All the nukes on the planet couldn't even scour a surface area the size of Texas.
That's not to say that a nuclear war would cause massive deaths and a plight on the land for a long time to come. But it wouldn't wipe out the human race, let alone all life on earth. So I guess I should just be satisfied with massive destruction and horrifying pestilence.
Though, I suppose it's better to overestimate nuclear devastation than underestimate.
Let's take a look at that last quote for a second and laugh about it.
"Russia is a protector of none and a threat to many. America is a protector of many and a threat to none," DeMint said.HA HA HA HA HA! Oh, what a card! But you know, 1500 warheads isn't that many when you take into account the amount of targets within each country, along with the fact that many targets would be allotted more than one warhead due to importance, along with compensating for factors like shoot-downs, failures, and device malfunctions.
What I'm saying is that it just must suck living in a loser country that doesn't have stocks of nuclear warheads, no country with considerable nuclear striking capabilities will ever yield to a foreign military threat without turning large parts of the earth into a burning inferno. Pretty sweet, don't you think? Pretty much, just fuck nuclear treaties. It's the ultimate "Fuck you, got mine."
All they really are in placed for is preventing oppressed countries from obtaining the weapons they need to resist imperialism no matter the source. Then again, these weapons are horrifying and their power is undeniable and therefore we have to make sure that only ultracapitalist countries possess them. How about we just open it up for everyone? I think every civilian should be allowed to own and use nuclear weapons. Provided that they pass a criminal background check. How else will they be able to protect their homes and property?
I remember when I was a kid they would still occasionally call Earth quake drills the administration approved earthquake drills. Oh those were the days.
Essentially what I'm saying is something quoted by a great man...
nuke em all let god sort them out
-General Douglas MacArthur, Republican Presidential hopeful 1950