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From Dep't. of Under-reported, Under-Appreciated Very Important Items: Pres. Obama will renew his push for nuclear treaty


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Um, this is kind of important. It's also very under-reported and under-appreciated. In fact, other than Rachel Maddow, I can't remember a single person at any cable news outlet that pays much attention to President Obama's relentless efforts to rid the world of nuclear weapons.

Remember this? Anyone? Bueller?

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President Obama, 2009:

As a nuclear power as the only nuclear power to have used a nuclear weapon, the United States has a moral responsibility to act. We cannot succeed in this endeavor alone, but we can lead it. We can start it. So today I state clearly and with conviction America's commitment to seek the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons. [applause] I'm not naive. This goal will not be reached quickly. Perhaps not in my lifetime. It will take patience and persistence. But now we, too, must ignore the voices who tell us that the world cannot change. We have to insist, yes we can."

Now the president is renewing that push for a nuclear treaty at the United Nations. Per The Hill, progress on a treaty has been stalled due to Pakistan's opposition:

Administration officials and arms control activists believe they now have a new window for action. They point to increased cooperation on the UN Security Council and the beginning of John Kerry’s tenure as secretary of State as reasons for optimism. [...]

[Daryl Kimball, the executive director of the Arms Control Association] said progress on Fissile Material Cut-Off Treaty (FMCT) would depend on cooperation from Pakistan, which harbors fears of archrival India having more access to fissile material. The five permanent members of the UN Security Council might hold side talks with India and Pakistan in April to try and move the treaty forward, he said. [...]

Kerry is seen as a potential facilitator in those talks because of his long-standing relationship with Pakistan. [...]

Kimball said that if Pakistan won't agree to let the treaty talks proceed, another option would be for other nuclear powers to jointly declare that they will collectively observe a moratorium on fissile material production. The United States, Russia, France and Great Britain have already acknowledged they've stopped producing fissile material, and China is believed to have ended it as well.

Maybe it's finally time to get this news around, whaddya think?


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VIDEO: President Obama's Press Conference on Historic Congressional Session



President Obama hails the bipartisan cooperation that resulted in the most productive post-election Congressional session in decades and saw the passage of important legislation on tax cuts, the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell, medical assistance for 9/11 responders, and the ratification of a new START treaty. December 22, 2010.


Senate votes to invoke cloture on START Treaty 67-28


I'm watching CSPAN2 as I type this. The START treaty was signed by Russian President Medvedev and President Obama on April 8.

Gee, this didn't take long... not. Obstruct much, GOP?  Oh, and sorry you had to, you know, work. Doing one's job can be such a nuisance.

Republicans voting AYE  included Collins, Snowe, Corker, Alexander... And they just removed the graphics listing the GOP ayes. Apologies.

The final vote was 67-28 to invoke cloture.