Dear Senator Kyl:
Please support your Republican colleague in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Lugar, in calling upon your fellow Republicans to immediately ratify the landmark and important New START Treaty.
The message sent to politicians by voters in the 2010 elections was that they want Congress to work together to solve problems facing all Americans. They want people on both sides of the aisle to put aside petty differences and politics as usual and pass legislation that will get people back to work and improve the lives of all Americans.
According to a CNN Poll released on 11/16/10, nearly 73% of the public “says the U.S. should vote in favor of a recently signed treaty between Barack Obama and Russia that would reduce the number of nuclear weapons in each country.”
Your recent call to block passage of the New START Treaty seemed to be based solely on partisan politics and a misunderstanding of the benefits of this Treaty for improving our national security. Even though you claim we need to go slow in ratifying this Treaty, it appears to be a stalling tactic to prevent meaningful legislation from being passed during the Obama administration. If this is really your agenda and the agenda of the Republican leadership, it is disgraceful and bad for the American people. It shows that Republicans are unwilling to put aside petty politics. Instead it shows Americans that Republicans are continuing their obstructionist behavior as usual, but hiding behind false claims that it is based on national security concerns. If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it is a duck. Dress it up with a bow or hat, it is still a duck.
Ratifying the New START Treaty is good for everyone, Republicans, Independents, Democrats and all the people of the world.
According to former President Ronald Reagan’s original chief START negotiator, Richard Burt, he said,
“there are only two governments in the world that wouldn’t like to see the START treaty ratified, the government in Tehran and the government in North Korea.”
There is no need for any tinkering with the Treaty at this stage of the Senate Ratification process. You were part of the extensive Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings that took place a few months ago to fully discuss all aspects of the New START Treaty and why it is important for our national security to pass it now!
Do you want to be remembered in the history books as the person who prevented progress towards making the world a safer place for all people, or, will you come to your senses, put aside your partisan politics and call for your fellow senators to immediately ratify the New START Treaty?
Here is what this Treaty will do to make the world a safer place for Americans and all people throughout the world:
1) It will implement a verification regime that enables both sides to verify the process of safely decommissioning nuclear weapons through physical inspections of nuclear sites. This is a transparency and confidence building program that will increase trust between both nations.
2) Both sides will reduce the number of nuclear weapons 30% from their current high levels to 1,550 deployable weapons.
Meeting with President Obama, Henry Kissinger and other Foreign Policy Experts to Encourage Passage of the New START Treaty
As many Republican foreign policy experts like Henry Kissinger, George Shultz and Senator Lugar have said, the world must recognize the importance of getting rid of nuclear weapons for the sake of humanity. Passing the New START Treaty is a good first step towards that path for peace.
In addition, seasoned military experts have also signed on to the importance of eliminating the threat of nuclear weapons for the sake of human security of the United States and Global Security for all peoples in all nations. The U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff are unanimously for immediate passage of this Treaty. General Colin Powell supports this Treaty together with former Republican Secretary of State James Baker.
There is no sane justification for maintaining the current stockpiles of nuclear weapons or for developing a new breed of nuclear weapons. There is no excuse that can be made to stall passage of the START Treaty at this time.
Nuclear weapons are an evil and a grave danger to all life on this planet. The New START Treaty is an excellent beginning to bring down the levels of nuclear weapons and demonstrate the seriousness with which the U.S. stands behind its policies to support the Non-proliferation Treaty.
Will you, Senator Kyl, please set aside your political partisan agenda and realize that as a Senator in the United States Congress, you are there to help the American people improve the quality of their lives, regardless of party?
The common good for all Americans should be what is on the mind of every single Senator in the Senate. Human beings are human beings. Families are families. You are first a human being who happens to be Republican. However, you are a member of the human family. Therefore, please think first about the human family that is made up of people from every race, religion, socio-economic background, culture, political party or non-party.
Please search your heart and know what you are doing and who you are doing it for. Who is your master Senator Kyl – partisan politics or the American people?
Please vote for the immediate ratification of the New START Treaty in this current session of Congress. There is no need to hold over any vote until January 2011. The world will be on a better path with this Treaty signed now before Thanksgiving and before Christmas 2010. What better gift to the American people and to the world than giving them a New START Treaty already signed by the President of the United States and the President of Russia and ratified by the Congress in 2010.
Please be a true leader and listen to your higher self and ratify this New START Treaty. It is the right thing to do. Signing this Treaty makes the world safer for Republicans and Democrats. Everyone wins by Republicans signing on to this Treaty. Everyone wins!